For first time in Lisbon 6-9 November the 2016 Web Summit was held in the Portuguese capital instead of Dublin, Ireland. “Europe’s largest technology marketplace” claims to have attracted more than 53 000 attendees, 7000 CEOs, 15 000 companies from 166 countries. Amazon, Cisco, Facebook, General Electric, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Samsung, Twitter, were all major participants.
Its wide ranging statement of the state of play in the industry reads: “There is no longer such a thing as a ‘tech’ industry – just industries that have been affected by tech. Just as the first industrial revolution 250 years ago left an indelible mark on the lives of the people who lived through it, tech is turning upside down everything we thought about work, social interaction, politics and life itself”.
One popular novelty presented at the Lisbon Web Summit was the assistance robot WiiGO. Tracking users thanks to its visual recognition system, it is designed to help people with reduced mobility. “It’s basically a totally autonomous shopping cart that was designed to follow a person with reduced mobility, helping them carry their goods around a shopping centre for example,” said Luis de Matos, CEO of Follow Inspiration, the start-up behind WiiGO.
Silicon valley concerns
A number of worried comments were heard among participants concerning the plans of US president-elect Donald Trump, who is said to be less attached to Silicon Valley’s information technology industries than his opponents.
“It impacts supply chain potentially, especially with our relations with China, where so much of our hardware is being manufactured,” explained Tony Conrad, an investor who founded the about.me website.
“My hope is the actions of President Trump do not mirror the rhetoric of candidate Trump when it comes to a lot of the policy discussions, especially when it comes to immigration,” said Alexis Ohania, co-founder of sharing website Reddit.
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