Europe’s largest tech event forced online by the pandemic

Europe’s largest technology conference will be held entirely online this year, as the coronavirus pandemic forces scores of major events to go digital.



LISBON, PORTUGAL - 2019/11/07: Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa speaks during the closing ceremony of the annual Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon. (Photo by Henrique Casinhas/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)


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LISBON, PORTUGAL – 2019/11/07: Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa speaks during the closing ceremony of the annual Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon. (Photo by Henrique Casinhas/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The organizers of Web Summit said in a statement on Thursday that the decision followed discussions with the Portuguese government and city of Lisbon.

“Lisbon is still Web Summit’s home but with growing Covid-19 outbreaks across Europe, we have to think of what’s best for the people of Portugal and our attendees,” said the conference’s founder Paddy Cosgrave. “The safest and most reasonable answer is to host Web Summit fully online in 2020. We look forward to welcoming attendees back to Lisbon in 2021,” he added.

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LISBON (Reuters) – Web Summit, Europe’s biggest technology conference, will be held entirely online in December due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has forced the cancellation or postponement of many major events this year, its organiser said on Thursday.

“Lisbon is still Web Summit’s home but with growing COVID-19 outbreaks across Europe, we have to think of what’s best for the people of Portugal and our attendees,” the conference’s founder Paddy Cosgrave said in a statement.

The decision, which came after the organiser said in June the event would take place in Lisbon as planned, followed talks with the Portuguese government and Lisbon’s mayor.

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