Lisbon Readies Itself For Web Summit 2023

Lisbon Readies Itself For Web Summit 2023

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By Hernaldo Turrillo

With over 1,000 speakers from diverse backgrounds, Web Summit 2023, brings in bureaucrats, visionaries, innovators, and investors to reshape and steer the trajectory of the world through technology and innovation. Some of the prominent speakers include Margrethe Vestager, the Executive Vice President: A Europe Fit for the Digital Age at the European Commission; António Costa, the Prime Minister of Portugal, and Nick Clegg, President of Global Affairs at Meta

Lisbon Readies Itself For Web Summit 2023

Lisbon, Portugal, is set to become the world's tech capital from November 13th to 16th with the upcoming Web Summit 2023. With over 71,000 attendees from more than 160 countries, this tech conference grounds ideas, innovations, and visionary leaders.

The halls of Altice Arena will host a diverse gathering that includes C-level executives of tech giants, government representatives, founders of forward-thinking startups, investors, and media professionals, with 42% of attendees being women, from various fields to discuss and explore the latest trends in the industry.

Web Summit 2023 welcomes influential figures from the tech and business world as speakers, including Ravi Gupta, Partner at Sequoia Capital, and Kuo Zhang, CEO of Alibaba.com. Olugbenga Agboola, the Co-founder & CEO of Flutterwave, and Ole Obermann, Global Head of Music at TikTok, offer perspectives on fintech and the convergence of tech and entertainment. Charles Hoskinson, Founder of Cardano, and Peter Koerte, Chief Technology & Strategy Officer at Siemens AG, round out this group, discussing blockchain and digital transformation.

Web Summit 2023 also welcomes professionals from the media and entertainment industries, such as Taylor Lorenz, Tech and Online Culture Reporter at The Washington Post, and Matthew Garrahan, Head of digital at Financial Times. Greg Williams, Deputy Global Editorial Director at Wired, adds a tech journalism perspective. Meanwhile, Maëlle Gavet, CEO at Techstars, and Mitchell Baker, Chairwoman & CEO at Mozilla, bring insights from the world of startups and open-source technology. With Patrice Evra representing sports and investments and Amy Poehler and Gillian Anderson from the entertainment industry, the Web Summit 2023 speaker lineup offers a blend of voices from across the tech and business spectrum.

Web Summit: An opportunity to bring global ideas and actions together

A global level event, Web Summit is an opportunity  2023 where the most innovative minds of the world discuss a diverse range of topics. The theme of Web Summit 2023 resonates with the current global tech landscape. Margrethe Vestager, EVP of a Europe Fit for the Digital Age at the European Commission will address “Is Europe ready for the digital age?” panel.

For a panel on the intersection of technology and sports, titled "AI v the eye test”, the speakers are: Damien Comolli, President of Toulouse Football Club, André Villas-Boas, Football Manager, and Raphael Honigstein, Journalist from The Athletic.

Athina Kanioura, Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer at PepsiCo, Inc., will address a panel on the digital transformation odyssey across PepsiCo's value chain.

Jonathan Levy, Executive Editor at Sky News, and Kate Day, Deputy Editor-in-Chief at POLITICO Europe, will tackle the issue of news avoidance in a session called "Switching off." Caspar Lee, YouTube star, Ben Jeffries, CEO of Influencer, and Natalie Monbiot, Head of Strategy at HourOne, explore the emerging concept of the virtual human economy.

AI's global impact is a hot topic, with Michael Kratsios, Chief Strategy Officer at Scale AI, Cédric O, Former Minister of State for Digital, Government of France, and Nick Thompson, CEO of The Atlantic, discussing regulations, geopolitics, and innovation. Hanna Harris, Chief Design Officer at the City of Helsinki, shares insights on "Designing a city."

Alicia Garza, Founder/Co-creator of Black Futures Lab/Black Lives Matter Global Network, discusses "Advancing equity: From protests to policy."

Addressing the issue of cybersecurity, Juan Pablo Ortega, Co-founder & CEO of Yuno, Ajay Bhalla, President of Cyber & Intelligence Solutions at Mastercard, and Vera Bergengruen, Political Correspondent at TIME, examining "Building trust in the digital age”.

Loren Gray, Social Media Personality & Songwriter, reflects on "Leaving a creator legacy." TS Anil, CEO of Monzo, and Karen Kwok, Reporter at Reuters Breakingviews, will share insights on "Scaling in a volatile world." Nick Clegg, President of Global Affairs at Meta, will discuss "The case for an open approach to AI," and Taso Du Val, CEO of Toptal, explores "How to find and develop talent for GenAI projects”.

Zach Justice, TikTok Creator & Podcaster, Rachel Weiss, Investor at BOLD. L'Oreal's Corporate Strategic Venture Capital Fund, and David Wiener, Founder & COO of Rembrand, will shed light on "Video ads are broken, but AI product placement can fix that." Kumar Sangakkara, Co-founder/Former Captain & ICC Hall of Famer of Behaviol/Sri Lankan National Cricket Team, and Chris Ebeling, Chief Creative Officer at Behaviol, will discuss "Shaping the future of sports gaming”.

Web Summit 2023 promises a dynamic mix of discussions led by experts and visionaries from diverse fields, making it a must-attend event for anyone interested in the evolving digital landscape.

With the participation of more than 340 partners, including major tech companies and organizations, Web Summit offers an unparalleled platform for networking, collaboration, and growth. The event provides an ideal platform for startups to showcase their innovations and secure funding from enthusiastic investors.

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