Here are the talks I found more interesting
John Hayes, CMO of American Express, and David Karp, CEO of Tumblr (above) discuss Brands, Marketing and Digital.
Quote from John: “To be old is to believe the past is better than the future. To be young is to believe the future will be better than the past”
We then had the Pitch competition. 6 finalists out of 1500 presented their companies before the judges. They were:
– Basestone (UK)
– Mimi smart hearing (Germany)
– Tracknstop (Ireland)
– Re3D (USA)
– Apploi (USA)
– Codacy (Portugal)
I am proud to announce that Codacy was the winner in its class, and will be travelling to Coca-Cola in the US to learn from them and make contact with this global company. All the best to them and I’ll be talking to them soon.
Peter Thiel (above), recent author of “Zero to One” discussed investing, artificial intelligence, space travel, Silicon Valley, the startup landscape in Europe, whether there’s a new tech bubble, security vs privacy, Tim Cook coming out, and being a billionaire.
The conference ended with a discussion on “Movies and music in the 21st century”. The guests, including Bono, talked about the evolution of the cultural industry, transparency vs opacity, the move to deliver U2’s latest album on all iPhones, and, of course, the future.
These have been three days jam-packed of great content all over the venue. I stuck to the main stage, but all over the place were great events taking place. I managed to talk to two of the Portuguese startups present: Look Ouch and Muzzley, who had a stand here and were looking to get even more attention in the international landscape.
I’m very looking forward to coming back in 2015 and excited about what the future holds.