“Lisbon is still Web Summit’s home but with growing COVID-19 outbreaks across Europe, we have to think of what’s best for the people of Portugal and our attendees,’’ the conference’s founder, Paddy Cosgrave, said in a statement.
The decision, which came after the organiser said in June the event would take place in Lisbon as planned, followed talks with the Portuguese Government and Lisbon’s Mayor.
The event, which moved from Dublin to the Portuguese capital in 2016, attracts around 70,000 participants every year, drawing speakers from leading global tech companies and start-ups as well as politicians.
“Web Summit will be able to host 100,000 attendees online on its own conference platform,’’ the organiser said.
“The safest and most reasonable answer is to host Web Summit fully online in 2020, we look forward to welcoming attendees back to Lisbon in 2021,’’ Cosgrave said.