So I just got back from my first Web Summit that took place in Lisbon last week. Before going, as a novice, I had some misconceptions as well as some expectations that turned out to be true. Sure, ...
Bravo to all organizers - VERY ambitious programs - so many simultaneous talks. Please put the most in depth topics on Day 2. It takes 1 day to get a 'lay of the land'. Airport check = smart, ea...
Web Summit & Expo is a 4 day event being held from 6th November to 9th November 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. This event showcases product from Computer Hardware & Software, IT & Technology industries. This event showcases products like Infomation technology, business, networking, engineering, emerging technology and much more etc. in the Computer Hardware & Software, IT & Technology industries.
Bravo to all organizers - VERY ambitious programs - so many simultaneous talks. Please put the most in depth topics on Day 2. It takes 1 day to get a 'lay of the land'. Airport check = smart, easy, great idea; volunteers = fantastic. Love the Live Feeds, I did not go to Centre Stage once. Lisbon is the perfect city for Web Summit - up and coming, collaborative attitude ...very nice people.
So I just got back from my first Web Summit that took place in Lisbon last week. Before going, as a novice, I had some misconceptions as well as some expectations that turned out to be true. Sure, Web Summit is known as the biggest, greatest tech conference in Europe but there are things that it is and isn’t. It’s important to know why you’re going and what you expect to get out of it before you spend your precious time and money on immersing yourself in the all-consuming experience. Why Go? The Content: If the numerous conferences, talks and panels are what you’re after, then I have some disappointing news for you: they are shallow at best and bet on rather general discussions of global tech trends as well as celebrities than providing you with any actual know-how, knowledge or skills ... Show more Show less
This year it was chaotic. Rude staff. Sexism. Can't even describe everything. It was also very ableist.
It was my first time and as much as I enjoyed it the mammoth size of the place and distance you had to cover to get to and from talks was truly exhausting. Think 5 football pitches worth of space plus a huge arena to give you some perspective. Many popular talks overlapped or clashed across opposing ends of the (massive) venue. If your interests were varied it was difficult get to different talks in time. In future, they should try to run several instances of certain talks so that there are more opportunities to attend. Many of the zones were not referenced in the maps which was very unhelpful (e.g. PT Meeting Centre). The volunteers weren't knowledgeable enough to locate certain areas but this is a reflection on the organisers for not preparing them enough. It was good to see a ... Show more Show less
Best tech event of the year
Too broad and big. Rather go to something more specific. Nice vibe and crowd!
Opening night lottery system was totally disappointing and the support was inadequate. When we ask our questions I waited too long to get a response.
Big fancy show avoiding real life challenges. Exciting as it is one has to sober up after coming back to the real world. Web summit team do not be afraid to go deeper and face issues of standard. Forget politicians, actors and all the star people that have no value. Do we cheer to see them? Yeaa..but do they give value. Nope. Waste of time. Wherever you guys are heading with this..for me has no substance with lot of sugarcoating. Viktor
It is impossible to interact, you feel like you are a sheep with a number and no body cares. You can't ask questions to the speakers, there is lines for everything, toilet, food, metro, moving from one space to another... I have a 3 days pass and I would love to sell it because I dont wanna come back after the experience of the first day.
poor content too much hype
Great event to get to learn trends, would like to see biotech more represented but I guess out of scope for this event? . Too many things going on at the same time and too many people but other than that, quality talks, interesting people and products.
Too much of a show, too little of bysiness and good networking.
I love Web Summit from the venue to the speakers line up, quality content. Web Summit is for me a well oiled machine,with perfect organization, skilled team and provides a great value for money. Definitely recommend to next years goers.
Very nice venue with lot of inspiring people on the stage. But it is too overcrowded, you have to wait for everything and in such a crowd it is not easy to find right people for your business.
Fantastic array of speakers. Very inspiring and motivational. Forefront technological innovation and networking opportunities at its finest; a no-brainer for those in the startup world. The sheer volume of people can be overwhelming at times, but easily compensated for by the welcoming Lisbon aura.
My first time attending websummit this year and to be honest it will probably be my last time. There were so many people that it felt almost impossible to find relevant people to speak to, and content was difficult to curate in a meaningful way for such a diverse audience. Having said that, there were many interesting, high profile speakers, and a great atmosphere around Lisbon.
As a developer I was expecting the talks to be similar to RISE (which is more towards the business side) but the calibre of speakers (particularly the fullstk track on day 3) just blew me away. There's something for everyone at web summit, not just marketing and business types. Also check out the parties after - it's where half my contacts came from.
First day: Opening session: Poor. Flop. People outside, wifi broken, guests missing, a PM with a very poor english, not a single translation.
WebSummit seemed well organized up until the opening night. Thereafter, it felt unprepared for the volume of attendees and this created an unpleasant environment. It was extremely difficult to find and network with potential connections because it created a high-stress atmosphere.
Though a 50,000+ tech conference sounds great on paper, the actual reality/experience of being in one is far different from the fantasy when the registration process, food service, facilities management, people flow management etc etc are all sub-par. This is what happens when too much time is spent on marketing & promotion and too little on logistics & operations. After this, I'm sticking to smaller, more intimate, more focused conferences. Less is definitely more.
Way to many people. Long lines for getting in, eating, and going to the toilet. Missing really good speakers when waiting in lines for everything. This is not ok...
Second day. 9.18 pm. Over 1km of lines outside. First attendees were still waiting to get in at 9.05. Most will miss initial speakers (the reason I paid to come). Fortunately Portuguese are polite. In any other city you would have a riot. Organisation seems incapable to handle big crowds. Sad.
Interessanting parallel events, too expensive tickets. Great melting pot.
Interessanting parallel events, too expensive tickets. Great melting pot.
Nowhere near as focused as it used to be.....risk of losing momentum and interest...far too diluted, anything and everything goes.
not worth. thanks
Really great event for meeting fellow entrepreneurs, while exploring new trends in IT and not least meeting interesting people and expanding network
This event was very unorganized and seriously oversold with attendees. The one entrance was a hot mess and this event was so overbooked that the sessions were standing room only and packed where you were rubbing up against the person next to you. Serious planning flaws! I know it was their first year in Lisbon so hopefully they will get this all sorted out in the future. Also after numerous issues that was raised to Paddy, the founder of the event, he made it clear to me that he thought the United States was a joke (In writing!). Unprofessional and surprising that someone of his stature would make statements about a country that is probably more than half of his revenue.
Global conference organisers. Go to event website »