Web Summit appoints Katherine Maherm, from Wikimedia Foundation, as its new CEO, following the resignation of Paddy Cosgrave. With over 1,000 investors, 2,000 members of the media, 340 partners, and 70,000 attendees from over 160 countries, Web Summit 2023, scheduled from November 13 - 16, represents a kaleidoscope of industry sectors, from Fortune 500 giants to pioneering startups.
After Paddy Cosgrave stepped down due to controversy surrounding his comments on the Israel-Hamas conflict, Katherine Maher has been appointed as the new CEO of Web Summit. Cosgrave, the founder of Web Summit, resigned as CEO earlier this month, citing his personal comments on the conflict as a distraction from the upcoming Web Summit 2023 conference in Lisbon. Katherine is the former CEO of Wikimedia Foundation, an American 501 non profit organisation providing essential infrastructure for free knowledge.
One of Web Summit's hallmarks is its lineup of speakers, including CEOs, subject-matter experts, celebrities, and influential politicians, delivering insights that resonate across the global technological landscape. Past speakers at the event have included luminaries like Stephen Hawking, Al Gore, Bono, and U.N Secretary-General António Guterres.
Web Summit: Where Diverse Perspectives Converge for Global Tech Impact
The Web Summit provides the platform for diverse voices to come together, explore emerging trends, share ideas, and form partnerships that drive innovation forward. For example, companies pioneering smart energy grids and IoT devices can engage with energy providers and policymakers, facilitating the integration of these technologies into existing energy systems.
The Web Summit also serves as the stage to unveil cutting-edge technologies and explore their potential applications across industries. For instance, Stripe, a fintech company, launched at the Web Summit in 2013 to revolutionise online payments. In other words, it provides an environment where startups can pitch their ideas to potential investors, professionals can form collaborations, and new partnerships.
The Department for Digital Economy and Technology, in association with the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce, has unveiled the list of 33 startups chosen to represent Egypt at the Web Summit to empower startups in their growth journey and enhance their abilities to attract investments and financing.
The Summit also provides a platform for deep dives into these subjects, with workshops, keynote sessions, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. Participants can enhance their knowledge, gain insights from industry experts, and develop skills crucial in today's rapidly evolving tech landscape.
The Web Summit is an opportunity to learn and share in the digital age
In an era where information travels at the speed of light, Web Summit plays a pivotal role in disseminating knowledge and fostering learning. Workshops, panel discussions, and keynote speeches provide attendees with unparalleled insights into the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities across various industries.
In essence, Web Summit is a global cornerstone for celebrating innovation and fostering entrepreneurial spirit. It's where the best and brightest converge, turning ideas into reality and driving technological progress. In a digital age, Web Summit remains an indispensable platform for thought leadership, networking, and the exploration of groundbreaking ideas.