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Our experience of the Web Summit in Lisbon

Posted by KingEclient on 15 November, 2016

On 7 and 8 November we had the opportunity to attend the 2016 Web Summit, which was being held in Lisbon for the first time since the creation of the congress in Dublin in 2009.

Some 50,000 people came together at what can be considered to be one of the largest meetings in the mobile web sector, comparable to the World Mobile Congress.

One of the most notable aspects of this event was the attendance of not only technologists, ‘nerds’ and entrepreneurs but also people coming from a range of other sectors, such as investors, visionaries, bankers, business people and scientists, all of which gives the congress tremendous character and ensures that it is connected to the real world.

The Web Summit organisers provided us with an app that was particularly useful for knowing what was going on and where. The app also made it possible to establish contacts and facilitate networking.

 

Four main areas of activity

  • Firstly, there were the conventional stands where it was possible to visit different companies and organisations that were already relatively well established in the market.
  • Then in each of the halls there were open pitch areas, where entrepreneurs could make a presentation lasting on average 10 minutes on their business idea and current situation. A group of three investors and journalists then asked them about different aspects of their initiatives.
  • There were also more closed areas for the thematic talks and round tables, such as those we attended on banking and insurance.
  • Lastly, and perhaps what we liked most, there were more than 250 micro-stands on both sides of each of the three halls, where one could make contacts with entrepreneurs and start-ups from all areas and with all kinds of ideas imaginable. They were organised into subject areas such as ecommerce, health, technology, banking, tourism, fashion, big data, etc. We found them truly inspiring for the avalanche of ideas and the abundance of trends we were able to detect.

 

Interesante reflexión compartida con @hitRECordJoe: no hacer películas para ganar dinero, sino ganar dinero para hacer películas. #WebSummit pic.twitter.com/AJIuZflOZ2
— KingEclient (@kingeclient) 7 de noviembre de 2016

El sector asegurador apuesta por redefinir sus modelos de negocio y el modelo relacional con sus clientes. #WebSummit #insurance pic.twitter.com/JLDQU18uOy
— KingEclient (@kingeclient) 8 de noviembre de 2016

Las compañías de #seguros empezarán a vender seguros complejos y personalizados en #Internet. #WebSummit pic.twitter.com/kGH6nnEzGh
— KingEclient (@kingeclient) 8 de noviembre de 2016

Las nuevas tecnologías, devices y #apps: nuevas propuestas de valor para la protección de los clientes #insurance #WebSummit pic.twitter.com/72NkUEXxeC
— KingEclient (@kingeclient) 8 de noviembre de 2016

 

Our visit enabled us to enjoy finding out about the latest trends in a range of areas: augmented reality, user experience, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, big data and mobile payments.

Written by José Luis Infiesta

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