70,469 participants, 163 countries, 46.3% female attendance
Web Summit 2019, the world’s largest technology conference according to the Financial Times, has released its official numbers for this year’s event. Officially opening this evening, here’s a summary of who will be participating this week.
The event has sold out for 2019 with a record number of attendees.
On Friday November 1, Web Summit announced that it had sold out of tickets for its 2019 edition.
The event will be welcoming 70,469 attendees from 163 countries, with a large number of visitors coming from the UK, Germany, Brazil, and the United States just to name a few.
Web Summit’s gender ratio has hit a record high across all of their events around the world.
This year has also outdone all Web Summit events in terms of gender ratio, with this year’s participants being 46.3% female. This surpasses last year’s event where the figure was at 44.5%, and also this year’s North American conference Collision in Toronto, where the event was 45.7% female.
Over 1,200 speakers and 2,500 media will be present this year.
To be exact, 1,206 speakers will be talking across the 22 stages this year. Many will be interviewed on stage by a handful of the 2,526 journalists attending the conference.
The exhibition floor will host over 200 partners and 2,000 startups, with the chance to connect to over 1,200 investors.
As previously mentioned in the sellout announcement last Friday, Web Summit also sold out of partner and exhibition space with amounts that even exceeded this year’s projections on the floor.
The conference will see 2,150 startups and 239 partners this year. For startups, the most represented industries are enterprise software solutions, fintech and AI and machine learning.
This year’s event will also welcome 1,221 investors.
About Web Summit
In the words of Inc. Magazine “Web Summit is the largest technology conference in the world”.
Forbes says Web Summit is “the best tech conference on the planet”, Bloomberg calls it “Davos for geeks”, Politico “the Olympics of tech”, and the Guardian “Glastonbury for geeks”.
Whatever Web Summit is, it wouldn’t be possible without an incredible team of nearly 200 employees based in Dublin, Lisbon, Toronto and Hong Kong; including world class engineers, data scientists, designers, producers, marketers, salespeople and more. They’ve disrupted an old industry by building incredible software and designing mind-blowing events – revolutionising how people and ideas come together to change the world.
As one of the world’s largest gatherings of entrepreneurs, investors, multinationals and thought leaders – over 120,000 people from more than 170 countries join Web Summit in Lisbon, Collision in Toronto, and RISE in Hong Kong.
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