Without a doubt, the big news this week in the tech world (at least in the tech conference world) was the decision to move the Web Summit from Dublin to Lisbon, starting in 2016 and for a period of, at least, three years.
I have attended since 2013 and can attest it is really an event not to be missed. 22 thousand other people agree (30K this year, and maybe 40k next year).
Official entities were involved in “lobbying” Paddy Cosgrave, the conference’s President, but what I think made the difference was the immense campaign put together by the Portuguese entrepreneur community. Countless tweets were sent, memes were created, a Facebook group with over 5000 members was created, blog posts were written, and more.
This move made the news all over the world. Here are a few of those articles:
- WIRED: Web Summit ditches Dublin for Lisbon
- Yahoo: How much is the Web Summit being paid to move to Lisbon? They’re not saying
- International Business Times: Web Summit: Europe’s Biggest Tech Conference Moves From Dublin to Lisbon
- Newstalk: Dublin Web Summit to move to Lisbon in 2016
- BreakingNews.ie: ‘Millions of euro lost’ as Web Summit moves to Lisbon
- VentureBeat: Web Summit to move from Dublin to Lisbon in 2016, a massive loss for Irish tech economy
- The Irish Times: Dublin to lose Web Summit to Lisbon from next year
- Observador: Vitória! Lisboa vai receber a Web Summit em 2016, 2017 e 2018
- Jornal de Negócios: O wi-fi em Lisboa ganha a Dublin por cinco razões
- Expresso: O que Lisboa ganhou a Amesterdão e Dublin: 40 mil pessoas e um megaevento mundial
- Público: Lisboa vai acolher um dos maiores eventos de tecnologia da Europa
- DN: Web Summit. Lisboa recebe maior evento mundial de start-ups durante três anos
- Dinheiro Vivo: Web Summit em Lisboa de 8 a 10 de novembro de 2016
I’ll close by linking to Ship’s post thanking everyone involved. I couldn’t have said it better myself: The number one reason why the Web Summit 2016 will be in Lisbon: you