The 2020 edition of Web Summit begins today

by Lisboeta

Digitization of health to taxes in technology are some of the topics that will be discussed at the Web Summit Live from Lisbon, which this year brings together almost 110,000 people online

Dublin, Lisbon, and now Internet. The 2020 Web Summit kicks off this Wednesday in a digital format that keeps it connected to Portugal, but in practice allows the display of technologies to take place around the world.

Paddy Cosgrave, leader of Connected Intelligence Limited (CIL) and mentor of the Web Summit, admits that he has received tempting proposals to bring this edition of the innovation show to a southeast Asian country, where the restrictions caused by the pandemic will be lower, but in the end, after renegotiations with the Portuguese Government and the Municipality of Lisbon, a digital format for the event was decided.

Web Summit will have more than 800 speakers on its vast agenda that runs online for three days.

The list of speakers is extensive and the full calendar is available online. There are many interesting names on the headliners, such as Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, Brad Smith president of Microsoft, Eric Yuan, the founder of Zoom and Laing Hua of Huawei. There are other Portuguese personalities, including members of the government, The President of the Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Prime Minister António Costa, but also of sport, such as José Mourinho.

The usual startup competition is expected to also take place in a similar way, and more than 2,500 participants representing the new generation of business are expected. The organization estimates that there will be 1250 registered investors.

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