Web Summit 2017
Exploring humanity in all we do.
For me, Web Summit was a mixed bag. With 20-minute sessions scattered throughout four large trade-show-style pavilions and one large arena, and hundreds of vendors competing for precious moments of your time, it seemed targeted to people with short attention spans who liked to network. Most of the sessions I attended reinforced what we already know in our industry: audience comes first, do your homework, have a strategy, choose quality over quantity, and be prepared to quickly pivot and adapt.
Web Summit opening night: All about humanity
Even before Web Summit officially opened, they dished up some inspiring speakers with surprisingly human perspectives. In the 1.5 hour opening event, I was expecting to hear about the limitless possibilities of future technologies, but the main theme of the evening was about meeting the challenges and responsibilities of ensuring that technology improves humanity rather than damages it.
OK, not the whole team. We wish!
But Kathy Wagner is ever so pleased that the week of Web Summit 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal is upon us. Web Summit is touted as the world’s largest tech conference and brings every industry together through 25 sub-conferences.