Web Summit, day 2: 10 key speakers you can’t miss

  • ECO News
  • 9 November 2016

We have selected ten among the dozens of speakers the Web Summit will be welcoming on the stages this Wednesday. Find out who are the key speakers you cannot miss today.

Another day of the Web Summit takes dozens of speakers to the many stages of Meo Arena and FIL to discuss many subjects in the fields of technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. Therefore, ECO has chosen ten key-speakers for the second day of the event.

ECO chose ten key-speakers to keep an eye on this Wednesday.
ECO chose ten key-speakers to keep an eye on this Wednesday.Paula Nunes/ECO
  1. Alex Stamos, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer. Stamos will approach a very important topic in Meo Arena’s main stage, at 10:15 a.m.: privacy. In his solo presentation, he will clarify how the security of hundreds of thousands people is managed.
  2. Alan Boehme, Chief Technology Officer for The Coca-Cola Company. The Coca-Cola brand never gets old. Why? Because it has been able to continuously reinvent itself over the years. For that reason, this Wednesday, Boehme will speak in the Saas Monster stage (Pavilion 1, FIL) at 10:50 a.m. to discuss how the digital era is transforming businesses and what role do smartphones have in that transformation.
  3. Heinrich Zetlmayer, managing director of ESL. ESL is the largest eSports gaming league. His solo intervention is entitled What do we know about eSports? and will take place at 10:50 a.m. in the SportsTrade stage (Pavilion 1, FIL). His discourse is very relevant, since predictions for this year are that eSports will almost double their value, to around 463 million dollars.
  4. Shawn Layden, chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment. In a conversation with Charles Arthur from the British newspaper The Guardian, Layden will mainly discuss the new PlayStation VR virtual reality glasses and the evolution of the gaming consoles market. This means, he will most likely explain the vision for the future of the entertainment world. The conversation will take place at 10:55 a.m. in the Content Makers stage (Pavilion 2, FIL).
  5. Michael Shmilov, Viber’s Chief Operator Officer. It is one of the most widely used messaging apps in the world. Shmilov will have a conversation with Parmy Olson, from Forbes, about the way in which brands and celebrities engage and communicate with followers in today’s world. That conversation will take place at the PandaConf stage (Pavilion 3, FIL) at 11:15 a.m., and the future of messaging apps will also be discussed.
  6. Alexis Ohanian, cofounder of Reddit. In the main stage, at 11:20 a.m., there will be a conference joining the people responsible for the two largest online communities in the world. Ohanian will represent Reddit, the largest forum on the internet.
  7. Ryan Hoover, creator of Product Hunt. Hoover is the other person joining Ohanian on the main stage. He has founded one of the largest platforms for sharing projects and ideas, a must for anyone moving around the world of startups and entrepreneurship. Product Hunt and Reddit have one thing in common: they allow a positive and negative voting for the projects and posts. Therefore, that feature will be the center of the conversation, moderated by Kurt Wagner, senior editor of Re/code.
  8. Soups Ranjan, director of data science at Coinbase. Blockchain is already a word frequently seen in the news. It concerns the new virtual currency, among which Bitcoin is the best example. Therefore, at 11:20 a.m., at the Binate.io stage (Pavilion 3, FIL), Ranjan will explain how these new currencies are used in sophisticated bank frauds in the network.
  9. Jonathan Downey, founder and CEO of Airware. The drone market is increasingly growing; Downey is the head of one of the largest companies developing operating systems for unmanned commercial aerial vehicles, and so he is very familiar with the subject. He will demonstrate at the Talk Robot stage, at 11:30 a.m., the many features a drone can have, besides filming and photographing.
  10. John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems. Jonathan Downey, from Airware, will not stand alone on the stage; the chairman of Cisco will also be at the Talk Robot stage at 11:30 a.m. to explain his company’s strategy within that segment.