This year Web Summit will pass 50,000 attendees. We’re excited. It’s also set to be our most international conference yet, with attendees from over 150 nations set to join us in Lisbon in November.
Take a look at the delegations coming from just seven of these countries. We can’t wait to meet them.
Netherlands will be sending representatives from some of Europe’s most influential companies, including Jean Botti, chief innovation and strategy officer at Philips; Gillian Tans, Booking.com‘s CEO and Corinne Vigreux (pictured above), TomTom‘s co-founder. Corinne’s company is behind the famous boxed TomTom satnav, which was the fastest selling tech device of all time.
Canada’s Web Summit representation is diverse to say the least. Expect to see the Cirque du Soleil president Jacques Methe (check out their work in the above video), along with the Kik‘s CEO Ted Livingston. Michael Tamblyn, CEO of Kobo Rakuten and Helios Wire‘s CEO Scott Larson also make the Canadian crew something special.
The French are sending some of the most influential figures in both their private and public sectors. We can’t wait to welcome Henri Verdier, CIO and Chief Data Officer with the French government, and Minister of State Axelle Lemaire (pictured above) to Web Summit. They’ll be joined by the CEOs of two behemoths: Carlos Ghosn of Renault-Nissan, and Eurosport‘s Peter Hutton.
As CTO of FreeWheel, Diane Yu (pictured) helps the likes of ESPN, Discovery and VEVO reach the right audience at the right time. She’s making her way to Web Summit from China, joined by Charles Manning, CEO of Kochava, and Social@Ogilvy‘s global MD Thomas Crampton.
Amnesty International secretary-general, Salil Shetty (pictured) will be speaking on how tech can deliver on its promise to make the world a better place. Guatam Rege, Josh Software‘s co-founder is also making the trip, as is Mohit Rajpal. Mohit’s startup, MyTaxiIndia.com, won our PITCH competition at our US event, Collision – they’re definitely one to watch.
Is your browser blocking ads as you read this? The man behind the company that made that possible – Adblock Plus founder, Till Faida – is coming to Web Summit from Germany. SoundCloud CTO Eric Wahlforss (pictured), will also be returning, along with Cinco Capital founder Lars Hinrichs and Dubsmash president Suchit Dash.
The Australian delegation is looking strong. Check out Ruby architect Nick Sutterer in the above video from Ruby Australia. Coming with Nick are Paul Shetler, CEO of the Australian government’s Digital Transformation Office and Craig Henneberry, design director at Stackla.