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The Web Summit opens space for politicians to create a "mini Davos" in Lisbon

Without forgetting regular guests such as Facebook, Tinder, Nintendo or Uber, the Web Summit has decided to extend this year in Lisbon the number of politicians in their talks which, according to In an interview with Efe, its manager, Paddy Cosgrave, has already been described as a sort of "mini Davos".

Lisbon, Oct 31 (EFE) .- Without forgetting regular guests such as Facebook, Tinder, Nintendo or Uber, the Web Summit has decided to extend this year in Lisbon the number of politicians in their talks what, according to maintains in his interview with Efe its manager, Paddy Cosgrave, makes that it has already been qualified as a sort of "mini Davos".

The appointment, which will be held from 6 to 9 of November, has surprised to know that in this edition some of the speakers will be the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, François Hollande, Al Gore and Yorgos Papandreou, names that collide with what is usual in this Glastonbury for "geeks" (crazy about technology).

"This year we have a particularly strong cast of politicians, leaders in technology and representatives of governments ", admits Cosgrave, who considers it" important "that the relationship between technology and politics is also enhanced through the debates of this forum.

" La Technology touches every part of society, from politics to the environment. ", says Cosgrave to Efe.

This exchange will be given in a very special way in the space baptized as Forum, where 500" outstanding attendees "to the event, which is estimated to have 60,000 participants in total, will share "points of view" and will be able to "discuss solutions for our increasingly uncertain future."

"Some people call it mini Davos. that those who create much of that technology aimed at changing things meet those who design public policies in relation to that change, "Cosgrave explains.

enlargement of politicians is not the only novelty that introduces this edition with respect to previous years, says the person responsible for the event.

There will be new conferences, some of them from questions and answers basically, with which it is hoped to promote a more direct type of contact, and the space dedicated to the visibility of women in the technological field will be enhanced, one of the main objectives of the organizers.

"In the Web Summit of 2016, 42% of the attendees were women, almost double the percentage obtained the previous year. expanding our Woman in Tech initiative, "explains Cosgrave.

The challenge, again, will not be lost in this tide of simultaneous talks, which will gather 1,000 speakers and large conferences distributed in nine scenarios. The most important advice I can give is to download the Web Summit application to see the schedule and plan the day, "says Cosgrave.

Facebook, Tinder, Nintendo, Uber, Amazon, Renault, Lloyds and even IKEA, as well as figures from the world of sports such as Luís Figo, models like Sara Sampaio, and activists such as Caitlyn Jenner, are part of the program of an event that, remember its responsible, is not limited to office hours.

"The Web Summit is not a conference that starts at 9 and ends at 5:00, often the best Contacts and meetings are held at night, "he says.

Thus, there is the possibility of doing business in the morning at the International Fair of Lisbon (FIL) and the MEO Arena, a the outskirts of the city, and at night through parallel events that take the center of Lisbon, such as the Night Summit or the Sunset Summit.

They are options in which deals have been closed that form part of the imagination of those attending this congress, for example, the investment of 26.5 million dollars that Uber got between drinks in the 2011 edition or the purchase of Humin by Tinder in 2015, recalls Cosgrave.

In short, business opportunities in multiple corners of Lisbon, whose mayor has already warned that there will be "conditions" in traffic in much of the city, which also reinforces its public transport.

The vertigo figures of the event include a reinforcement of the internet network, which will allow in the precincts of the FIL and MEO Arena the simultaneous connection to WI-FI Internet of 67,000 devices, many of which will belong to the nearly 3,000 accredited journalists, from more than 150 countries.

The capacity is already at maximum, recognizes Cosgrave, who moved the event from his native Dublin to Lisbon precisely because of the constant growth of this congress, which will be held in the Portuguese capital, at least, until 2018.

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