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Web Summit: A Global Gathering of Tech Experts and Innovators

Summary

Web Summit, the yearly technological conference, kicked off its first full day in Lisbon with a focus on leaving behind the controversies that were sparked by its former executive director. Despite the noticeable absences resulting from Paddy Cosgrave’s social media […]

Web Summit: A Global Gathering of Tech Experts and Innovators

Web Summit, the yearly technological conference, kicked off its first full day in Lisbon with a focus on leaving behind the controversies that were sparked by its former executive director. Despite the noticeable absences resulting from Paddy Cosgrave’s social media comments about the Israeli military action in Gaza, the event saw the presence of technology leaders such as Alibaba’s Chairman Kuo Zhang and Signal’s Meredith Whittaker on the main stage.

While some partnerships were lost and exhibitors withdrew due to the controversy, over 70,000 people, including 900 investors and 2,600 startups, were still registered to attend Web Summit. Google and Amazon Web Services had withdrawn their participation prior to Mr. Cosgrave’s resignation, and Intel and Siemens also announced their non-participation. Additionally, some scheduled speakers for the main stage were unable to attend.

Web Summit was eager to highlight positive aspects, such as the increased presence of women, with 43% of attendees being female compared to last year’s 42%, and 38% of this year’s speakers being women. More than a third of the startups at the event were founded by women. However, The Irish Times reported that some individuals had reconsidered their participation in the wake of the controversies.

The new CEO, Katherine Maher, addressed the controversies and emphasized her commitment to fostering difficult conversations rather than avoiding them. In her opening speech on the main stage, Maher struck an optimistic tone, declaring Web Summit as a place “where the future is born.”

“This is a preface to a conversation about the future regulation of artificial intelligence (AI),” stated Maher, touching upon the “controversial” conversation surrounding AI and the concerns regarding setting boundaries for the technology. “How do we have AI and enjoy democracy? How do we have AI and enjoy freedom of expression, as I mentioned last night?” added Maher.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Web Summit?
Web Summit is an annual technological conference that brings together top experts from the technology industry, investors, and startup companies from around the world.

Where is Web Summit held?
Web Summit is held in Lisbon, Portugal.

Who is the founder of Web Summit?
Web Summit was founded by Paddy Cosgrave along with co-founders.

Who are some of the speakers at Web Summit?
Web Summit hosts prominent speakers from the technology industry, including Alibaba’s Chairman Kuo Zhang and Signal’s Meredith Whittaker.