Welcome to the Web Summit, 2016 edition! Lisbon welcomes the conference for the first time, in a three year series hosting the event. It takes place in the Parque das Nações (Expo) area, at the Meo Arena and at the FIL complex.
I have been in Dublin for the 2013 and 2014 editions, and have written about the experience before (Check the Tech Conferences category). This year, the summit takes place in my hometown, and I’m very proud of the fact. It will be great for Lisbon and Portugal, and also I’m sure it will be a great experience for the thousands of visitors from all over the world.
Today at lunchtime I went to the venue to collect my media badge and see the sights. All is looking good. The signage is plenty and helpful, and so are the volunteers, spread a little bit all over. The police presence is well noted, as it should be for an event welcoming over 50 000 people. The registration process went very fast and without problems.
I will start the coverage of the conference tomorrow morning, at centre stage with the talk by Facebook’s CTO. Hundreds of speakers will follow, and I’ll do my best to do a post at the end of each day, with some highlights of the proceedings. I’ll probably stick mainly to Centre Stage, where the big names will appear. I may take a peek at the Startup University, and elsewhere, time permitting.
Badge in hand, I’m ready for what I expect will be another great event put together by Paddy Cosgrave, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the Wi-fi (the conference killer) to work without a hickup.