Web Summit 2018 — by the numbers
As we get ready for Web Summit 2018, we’re taking some time to look at the figures behind what will be our biggest event yet.
We’ve got 69,304 people from 159 countries joining us in Lisbon. Our attendees will walk an estimated 935,604km over the course of the week, and drink around 363,846 coffees. With more than 1,200 speakers delivering talks and debating on panels across 24 stages, the only thing you have to figure out is which talks you simply cannot miss.
So far attendees have added more than 554,000 talks to their schedules, 180,000 messages have been sent and there have been more than 813,500 profile views on our app as investors and startups plan their week. For some, the best time to continue these conversations face-to-face is over a drink. We’re firm believers in networking outside of office hours, so make sure you join us at one of our Night Summit events.
Speakers include the inventor of the Web, Sir Tim Berners Lee; the founder of Blogger, Twitter and Medium, Ev Williams; United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres; and European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager.
Some of the best stories over the years have come from our exhibiting startups and this year is poised to throw up a few surprises. More than 1,800 of the most promising startups from across the world will be exhibiting across our ALPHA, BETA, and GROWTH tracks. We’ve put together a list of the most in-demand startups joining us this year (with fintech and AI being the most popular industries).
1,500+ tech investors
Web Summit now represents the largest accumulation of VC funding in one place at the same time in the world. Ray Dalio, Co-Chief Investment Officer of Bridgewater Associates, Alexis Ohanian and Garry Tan, co-founders of Initialized Capital, Mamoon Hamid, General Partner at Kleiner Perkins, and Trae Vassallo, co-founder at Defy Ventures are among the 1,500+ investors who will be walking our exhibition floor.
This year we’ll be welcoming more than 2,600 broadcasters and journalists from Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Financial Times, Politico, Inc., Forbes, Mashable, Vogue, Venture Beat, Fast Company, Business Insider, and many others to deliver the best stories from Lisbon to the rest of the world.