(Lisbon) The 2020 edition of the Web Summit, a high mass for startups and the digital economy held in Lisbon since 2016, will be completely virtual due to the risk of the COVID-19 pandemic. the organizers announced on Thursday.
Posted Oct 8, 2020 at 6:49 AM
The conference for entrepreneurs and tech investors will be held December 2-4 on a computer platform built by the Web Summit team, which hopes to bring together about 100,000 attendees when they were 70,000. to visit the Portuguese capital last year.
"It is not reasonable to organize large events, regardless of size," Paddy Cosgrave, lead organizer of the Dublin Davos 2010, told AFP.
"The health of the people of Lisbon and our participants is very important […] and the reality is that we are in a second wave" of the health crisis caused by the new coronavirus, the Irishman explained, which ultimately led to the hypothesis of a & # 39; hybrid & # 39; format excludes combining on-site events with virtual interventions.
While other major tech conferences like the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona have been canceled altogether, the Web Summit could become the largest conference ever online, its promoters say.
According to Mr. Cosgrave, the interventions that mark this year's program will be related to the themes of the pandemic and its consequences, such as the increase in teleworking, the problems caused by monopolies in the technology sector , the result of the US presidential election or China's place in the world.