Entrepreneurs, investors, sponsors and journalists await the return of the Web Summit, but little else is known about how it will go beyond having an online and a face-to-face approach in Lisbon. The news started to arrive about a week ago, when the CEO, Paddy Cosgrave, announced on Twitter that this mega-event would remain in the Portuguese capital this year, confirming that the pandemic would not shake the summit and awakening the 'bug' among the usual participants.
Until yesterday the organization informed that the Web Summit would be postponed for a month - that is, instead of happening in November, it moves to the last month of the year (between the 2nd and 4th of December) - in a mixed format, feet based on FIL and Altice Arena and through videoconferences. The reader wonders: how many people will be at Parque das Nações? What are the security measures to prevent outbreaks of contagion? They will only be defined in four months and will be reviewed every week, according to the recommendations of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) that are in force at that time, because the negotiations between the organization and the Government are still ongoing. The Jornal Económico questioned the DGS on whether it is preparing a document with specific guidelines for the event but did not receive a response until the publication of this article.
And if at Collision From Home (sister conference of Web Summit) all the panels, transmitted by streaming, were divided into recordings in the living room, bedroom or library of speakers, the same should not happen in Portugal. According to Paddy Cosgrave, the digital version of the event will probably be recorded from other cities, including Porto, Coimbra and Faro, or even in the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira.
“Doing something simultaneously for Portugal and showing a little bit of Portugal to the world. Over the past few years, the focus has been very much on Lisbon, which is fantastic for Lisbon, but I think the world should know that there is more to Portugal than Lisbon. There are incredible islands too. We are really thinking about it ”, said Paddy Cosgrave, in a press conference, in which he explained that, for the first time, there will be a stage called“ Portugal ”and a channel dedicated to interviews with entrepreneurs and founders of Portuguese startups or even researchers and national academics. “It is very important at this time, to help build the country”, underlined the Irish manager. The software platform for these Talks will be the same one that received Collision from Home.
The traditional “Road2WebSummit” program, which resulted from a partnership between Startup Portugal and Web Summit, also continues and will award 100 passes to the companies that are chosen, after encounters with the ecosystem across the country. Prize winners will continue to be university students or recent graduates with an interest in working for national startups or creating their own businesses, as they will receive 50 thousand entries. Passes for students, alumni and staff will arrive at universities in Portugal in September, which will receive a number of tickets based on their size.