We’re welcoming 30,000 people to Web Summit 2015. Back in 2011, 400 people attended.
We put our growth down to data science. We like to hire physicists with PhDs in areas like complex systems and network analysis.
They can then apply their knowledge and understanding of data science to the task of creating and optimising the real-life Web Summit networks. They’re helping us engineer serendipity.
One of our data scientists in Web Summit HQ.
We like to think our events are a little different. The same can be said for the Web Summit working environment. Take it from Mike, one of our data scientists:
“When I finished my PhD, I was looking for somewhere in the tech sector that was solving interesting, challenging and novel problems in the field of data science. It became immediately apparent to me that the way Web Summit approached event organisation was unique, exciting and innovative, too.
“The best thing about the Web Summit working environment is the people: without exception each person – whether it be an engineer, account manager, marketer, live events producer or media liaison – is excellent at what they do. The atmosphere is engaged, collaborative and creative.
“I’m proud of the algorithms I’ve devised to bring attendees together. These started as simple seating plan algorithms, and have since expanded to match-make attendees, investors and startups across hundreds of dinners, pub crawls, mentor and investor hour meetings, and curated events.”
“Web Summit’s desire and willingness to experiment was the biggest draw. They demonstrated a willingness to take gambles and make mistakes in the pursuit of making things better.
“Stagnation is simply not an option, and all decisions are driven by data rather than temperamental “gut” instincts. As a scientist at heart, this was very appealing and very difficult to pass over.”
If you’re a scientist at heart, take a look at the our Technology Programme.