Web Summit, day 3: 10 key speakers you can’t miss

  • ECO News
  • 10 November 2016

We have selected ten key speakers you can’t miss on the last day of the Web Summit, and pointed out five more you should keep an eye on. All so you can end the WS on a high note.

The entrepreneurial atmosphere overpowers Lisbon, and it will continue to do so until the end of this Thursday, the last day of the Web Summit 2016, taking place in Lisbon since the beginning of the week. Yet the last day of the largest technology and innovation event does not mean the thousands of attendees will have time to spare. Dozens of speakers will head towards the stages of Meo Arena and FIL, and ECO selected ten key speakers you must listen to today – and we highlighted another five for you to get to know.

  1. Ne-Yo, singer. In a panel dedicated to the music industry, the author of albums such as Non-Fiction and Year of the Gentleman will be at the main stage (Meo Arena) to speak of the digital transformation in the industry. The conference will happen at 10:40 a.m.
  2. David Neeleman, co-owner of TAP Portugal. Neeleman will attend the PandaConf stage (Pavilion 3, FIL) at 11:00 a.m. where he will present a distinction between airlines with cheap flights and low cost airlines.
  3. Kyu Rhee, Chief Health Officer for IBM. IBM has developed one of the most cutting-edge technology cognitive IT systems that is currently often used in North-American hospitals. At 11:35 a.m., Rhee will be at the HealthConf stage (Pavilion 1, FIL) to discuss how the cognitive computing era is revolutionizing the area of health.
  4. Gary Vaynerchuk, founder of VaynerMedia. Besides being a prominent youtuber, Gary Vaynerchuk is someone very well known in the entrepreneurial world. If you are passionate about the subject, it is possible you have encountered an inspiring text written by him. He usually teaches it is pointless to fear failure, and that it is imperative you take a chance even when everyone says you shouldn’t. Vaynerchuk will speak at 11:45 a.m. at the main stage.
  5. Chris DiBona, director of open source for Google. The panel will take place at the FullSTK stage (Pavilion 3, FIL) at 11:50 a.m. and is centered around open source systems, in a time where these solutions are increasingly being more used by both companies and users. DiBona will share the stage with Jim Zemlin (LinuxCon), Denese Cooper (PayPal) and Kris Borchers (JS Foundation).
  6. Romeo Durscher DJI’s director of education. The director of the largest drones manufacturer will speak at 11:55 a.m. at the TalkRobot stage (Pavilion 2, FIL) to speak of how the small gadgets remotely controlled can be used in rescue missions.
  7. Till Faida, founder of Adblock Plus. It is a computer tool that blocks ads on webpages and it is driving advertisers and content creators crazy. Each will be represented at the panel where the pros and cons of these extensions. It will take place at 12:00 p.m. at the PandaConf stage (Pavilion 3, FIL).
  8. Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s prime minister. Bettel will participate, at 12:30 p.m., in a conference about the digital societies where technology and innovation will be the main topics. It will take place at the Future Societies stage (Pavilion 1, FIL).
  9. Mike Quigley, Chief Marketing Officer for Niantic. You don’t know him? Do you remember Pokemon GO, the popular game everyone was playing this summer? It was developed by Niantic, a Google-incubated startup that later on chose to follow its own path. Quigley will speak of the future of the company and, of course, of the game they developed. The conversation will take place at the main stage at 01:45 p.m.
  10. Eric Wahlforss, cofounder of SoundCloud. It will be another conversation about music and the transformation in the industry, triggered by technology. It will be at the MusicNotes stage (Pavilion 1, FIL) at 02:00 p.m.

Other key-speakers: Corinne Vigreux (cofounder of TomTom); Gregory Gittrich (Chief Content Officer at Mashable); Werner Vogels (Amazon’s chief technology officer); Tom Hulme (partner at Google Ventures); Paul Tighe (bishop and Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Vatican). You can find the schedule here.