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Web Summit, a European tech conference scheduled for Dec. 2-4, will be fully online this year for the first time.
The decision to hold Web Summit online came in the interest of public health following discussions with the Portuguese government and the city of Lisbon, according to a press statement.
Web Summit has been described as “the world’s biggest tech conference.”
Web Summit CEO Paddy Cosgrave said, “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 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.”
Approximately 800 speakers will join this year’s event online, including Zoom founder and CEO, Eric Yuan; European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager; Captain America star Chris Evans; Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer; scientist and conservationist Jane Goodall DBE; and public intellectual Cornel West.
More than 500 companies have confirmed they will exhibit online.