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Web Summit returns to Lisbon

Lisbon hosted its most highly anticipated event of the year, Web Summit which returned this week to the Altice Arena in Park of Nations.

It is the biggest live tech event since the pandemic began and organisers welcomed back some 40,000 people to Portugal, the most vaccinated country in the world. Attendees saw more than 60 unicorns on stage and in attendance, two dozen of which have only become unicorns in the last 18 months.

With a captivating international speaker line-up from Twitter’s Biz Stone; father of the internet Sir Tim Berners Lee; to Opal Tometi, founder of Black Lives Matter; and actress and Smart Girls founder Amy Poehler, the global technology conference “bridges the gap between creativity and tech while balancing sober dialogue with the optimistic ethos synonymous with innovation.”

Web Summit’s VP Portugal says, Artur Pereira“ The biggest talking points have been around the post-covid world, climate change, Facebook and crypto. We created Impact – a designation for start-ups, investors and speakers that align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This year we welcomed 190+ Impact start-ups and 18 Impact investors. More than 30+ talks across our stages were delivered by Impact speakers.”

With the CO26 in Glasgow running at the same time, sustainability was not just a watch-word, but the event itself aimed to be as close to carbon-neutral as possible and banned all plastic from the event.

Highlights of this year’s Summit can be watched here.

Chitra Stern of Martinhal said of the event: “This year’s Web Summit brought this tremendous energy to our wonderful city and shone a light on Lisbon’s position on the world stage and in the world of technology and innovation. It was a true privilege to witness such great minds and industry leaders come together and enter into the discourse on issues that matter most in our changing world.”