Due to phenomenal demand, our entirely crowdsourced stage of speakers from around the world is returning for another year at Web Summit 2014. Even better, we’re introducing something completely new: People’s Panels.
We love bringing you great speakers each week, and the lineup is just going to get bigger and better as we come closer to November. But Web Summit wants to build on the incredible attendee experience even more, so we want to make sure that all of our attendees are afforded just the same opportunities as Peter Thiel, Drew Houston, and the rest of our 350+ speakers.
What the People’s Stage represents about Web Summit is that anyone can speak at our event, regardless of their occupation or background. You don’t have to be an internet nerd, the founder of a successful startup, or a multimillion dollar investor. You just need to have a fascinating story to tell.
But that’s not it, there’s more! As well as the People’s Stage, there will be another exciting opportunity for the public to set the tone of the event through our new People’s Panel. Unlike the People’s Stage, the People’s Panel represents a new chance for the public to set the Web Summit agenda. By suggesting ideas for topics that our People’s Panels can discuss (and which the winning entrants will moderate), you can get the conversation rolling and kick-off the debate at this years event.
Like last year, applicants have the opportunity to put themselves forward as candidates to address the masses at the event in November, or alternatively, if you feel someone needs the nudge of encouragement to speak at the event this year, you can nominate them.
Round 1 of the People’s Stage and People’s Panels will be the nomination phase. Once all the applications have been processed, the competition will go onto the public voting phase, where you can make your vote count.
This year, there will be a third round of voting, where the general public will have one final chance to pick the best ideas to feature at this years event from the top 50 contestants for the People’s Stage and the People’s Panels.
So, now you’re asking, what happens if I win. Well, the third round of voting really matters because the top 50 get to speak at the Web Summit People’s Stage, the top 10 get to speak and also receive an extra ticket for a friend, while the 3 best entries after all the social voting get to speak, bring a friend, and a free hotel room for the duration of their stay.
Similarly for the People’s Panels, the Top 50 get to moderate their own People’s Panel at Web Summit, the top 10 get to moderate and get an extra ticket for a friend, and top 3 get to moderate, receive an extra ticket for a friend, and a hotel room.
But there’s more, even finalists of the public voting in both categories don’t go home empty handed as they will receive a discount on general tickets.
So, what do you have to lose. Nominate someone to speak, suggest a topic for discussion, or even put yourself forward. 20,000+ are coming to Dublin this November and are coming to hear your ideas.