Drawing over 70,000 attendees from around the world, this year’s Web Summit once again brought an exciting energy to Portugal’s capital. For four full days, decision-makers, innovative entrepreneurs and visionaries all met in Lisbon to learn, network and hear inspiring speakers deliver talks and discuss hot topics on lively panels. Committed to improving the gender gap in attendance, Web Summit reached 46.3% female attendees this year, surpassing last year’s event by nearly 2%.
On the topic of diversity, our Founder and CEO, Daniela Braga kicked off the week alongside Cloudflare co-founder and COO, Michelle Zatlyn on Centre Stage for opening night! She spoke proudly of the number of women working at DefinedCrowd and the effortless way our global team reflects the gradually tipping gender balance in the tech world.
“My company is 42% women and we are not doing it on purpose”Daniela Braga
TV personality Filomena Cautela led the discussion ‘A two way street: Portugal & the tech world’ which broadcasted live across all Web Summit’s social channels. As Lisbon continues to attract international tech companies, the talk discussed the many benefits to opening offices in Portugal. If you missed it, you can watch it here.
Tuesday was a busy day with press conferences and external events. Daniela was invited to speak at the EDP cocktail party and was a guest at Evolution Equity dinner. Two years ago, Daniela met Managing Partner Dennis Smith, which led to closing our Series A funding. More on our story with Web Summit here.
On Wednesday, our team was practically on fire meeting and engaging with hundreds of people at our bustling booth. Neevo, our community mascot, was also out and about on the exhibition floor, promoting our human-in-the-loop community and helping people sign up. In the afternoon, Daniela took to the DeepTech stage for ‘Making the most of data’, a panel discussion with Collibra’s Co-founder & CTO, Stijn (Stan) Christiaens, Ipsos’ CEO Global Science Organisation, Helen Zeitoun and Recode’s Data Editor, Rani Molla. Some key points discussed were the importance of structured data and how we can improve education around data privacy.
The week ended on a high with Daniela running one of the busiest round table discussions on ‘How does data quality impact AI?’ The session started with a short introduction, followed by an interactive Q&A. The audience was made up of people across different industries asking about their data concerns. Later in the day, we caught up with old friends from Startup Lisboa for a live Facebook discussion.
That wraps up our week at Web Summit 2019. It was a pleasure meeting so many different people and exchanging perspectives about the future of tech. Some key takeaways from the week include the concern for data privacy and the importance of regulation for tech and AI. See you for the next edition of Web Summit in 2020!