Web Summit 2016

This November we visited Web Summit — probably the most important conference in IT world. Just the numbers: 3 days, hundreds of startups, more than 50000 attendees. This days Lisbon has been changed — you could meet a person with “attendee” badge on his jacket everywhere.

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This is how it looks like from cableway.

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Every day there were new booths from new startupers. In addition to the booths were a lot of all sorts of activities — lectures, presentations, competitions, and even test drive of BWM i3. It was almost impossible to visit everything. And for those that was not enough, it was a night summit — the pub crowling in specially reserved bars, where people could talk informally over a beer.

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You could see here different kind of attendees — from small start-ups to the Internet giants. But I can not say that I saw at the conference something special, some kind of a breakthrough in technology: just another yet social networks, new messengers and bots for them, the website and mobile application constructors, SaaS-services, blockchain-services and, of course, the Internet of Things.

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For those who are tired — the ability to eat or taste the Portuguese wine! That’s really who really earned a lot of money at this conference — the Web Summit team and fast food companies. The cheapest ticket for the conference cost 350 euros, a hot dog — 5 euros, a bottle of water — 2 euros!

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Our goal was to get acquainted not only with the new technologies, but also with new partners.

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Of course, we were not the only ones who offer outsourcing services for the development of this conference — there were big studios from India, South America, USA and, of course, Russia. Overall — the Web Sumiit conference is more for managers than for programmers. Nevertheless, I believe the trip productive and optimistic about the 2017 th year — now there are new contacts you want to convert into projects.