Pandemic forces Europe’s largest tech event to go fully online




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Lisbon  – Web Summit, Europe’ biggest technology conference, be held entirely online in December due the coronavirus outbreak.

 

The has forced the cancellation or postponement of many events this year, the conference organiser said on Thursday.

 

“Lisbon is still Web Summit’ but with growing COVID-19 outbreaks across Europe, we have think of what’ best for the people of Portugal and our attendees,’’ the conference’ 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 the Portuguese capital in 2016, attracts around 70,000 participants every year, drawing speakers from leading global tech and start-ups as well as politicians.

“Web Summit be able to host 100,000 attendees online on its own conference platform,’’ the organiser said.

They added around 800 speakers join the event, including Zoom’s Executive, Eric Yuan, and star, Chris Evans.

Portugal, which has so far reported a of 81,256 cases and 2,040 from the coronavirus, much lower than in neighbouring Spain, began lifting its lockdown on May 4.

But like most other European countries, has seen the number of COVID-19 rise again after a summer lull.

“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.

(Reuters/NAN)