From the 5th to the 8th of November 2018 in Lisbon was held the best technology conference in the world, the Web Summit. That’s the story of my last day.
I firstly would like to say thanks to all of you that have read and download my Survival Guide. I had the pleasure to met some of you and I am so happy to have been able to help you during these amazing Web Summit days. Second of all, this is the third one of four posts about my journey at the Web Summit: conferences, meetings, startups, and obviously some impressions of this edition.
Web Summit Day 1 ➤ bit.ly/WS18_1
Web Summit Day 2 ➤ bit.ly/WS18_2
Web Summit Day 3
My last day at the Web Summit started with a provoking session “Will a robot steal my job?” where the speakers, including Martin Kern interim director of European Institute of Innovation and Technology and Luca Visentini Secretary-General of European Trade Union Confederation, focused on how automation is influencing job markets around the world.
There is no brake on the technology because progress and innovation should not be seen as a failure,” said Martin Kern.
Visentini said that people who fear that their work is at risk (due to the automation and application of intelligence Artificial in the most diverse areas) are not here (in the Web Summit). We can not simply say to people working in the traditional sectors, in the mines or in the automotive sector, that they do not worry. ”
And those who integrate today, by necessity or by choice, the gig economy should not be left unprotected. “We need to empower people because they do not have the collective bargaining power to claim compensation, just as we need to ensure they have equal access to health or social protection (pensions or unemployment benefits),” he said.
Less critic Holly Liu of Y Combinator recalling that five years ago there were no drivers of Uber, taking the example to point out that if there are jobs that are lost, so many are created. “And those who are more flexible, better able to adapt, will be winners,” adds Kevin Johnson, CEO of Udemy.
Change our bad #habits and give back the #city to the citizens, thats’s the main #challenge.@pisanoassessore deputy major for #innovation and #smartcity at @twitorino.#WebSummit pic.twitter.com/b6ZzOysmdk
— Camillo Sirianni (@CamiSiri95) November 8, 2018
Bernd Heinrichs, the CDO of Smart Mobility Solutions at Bosch and Paola Pisano, Deputy Mayor for Innovation and Smart City of Turin (Italy), discussed the smart cities development and how we can use tech to fix the transport problems and increase efficiency.
Paola Pisano explained also to us the strategy of innovation and digitalization of the city of Torino based on citizens participation and the creation of a cutting-edge innovation testing lab.
Wayve, the self-driving car startup, wins pitch competition at the Web Summit. They developed Machine Learning capabilities for autonomous cars and is currently testing them on UK roads. Check the Eu Startups article for more.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the President of Portugal, left a powerful message at the closing ceremony.
“Using the digital revolution for dialogue, for peace, depends on you. That is the challenge. It is difficult, it is hard, because the wave which is sweeping the world will last, and it is the opposite of the digital revolution, the opposite of the meaning of the digital revolution,” the Portuguese president said, alluding to the extremist movements currently taking over some countries.
“The digital world is all about freedom, open economies, opening up societies, and what we are seeing around the world is the opposite of this. We see xenophobia, intolerance, we see borders closing down.”
Before expressing his message of inclusion, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa recalled the challenges that had remained unresolved in last year’s edition. The main thing was to keep the Web Summit in Portugal, a mission that was successful. You can read more in Dineiro Vivo.
Startups Day 3
During this third day, I met some interesting startups and companies that are making incredible innovation in different industries. For some of them, I will write a dedicated post soon..
Littlefish is a peer to peer social lending platform that cares. It’s a platform that provides members right across the African continent with access to flexible financing options. They connect lenders with spare cash with the borrowers who need it.
Safe travel is a travel insurance that covers the risk in the unexpected that may occur during a voyage, whether recreational or professional. It also covers any kind of cancellation of the trip with an immediate refund of 100% of the amount. It’s an innovative combination of progressive insurance underwriting, cutting-edge technology and unique service with endless possibilities.
Snowhaze is a free private browser that combats technologies used to track, collect or influence internet users. It has all technologies for state-of-the-art privacy and security built-in one app. They are the technically leading private browser and VPN provider on iOS.
Refundit allows tourists to claim VAT quickly and hassle-free. Founded by the Israeli entrepreneur Uri Levine, co-founder of the Waze navigation app that was sold to Google in 2103 for over $1 billion. The company is focused on Europe for now, which is the biggest market for VAT refunds.
Bitwala, is a blockchain banking service, headquartered in Berlin that was founded in October 2015. The company focus on “mainstream adoption” to “close the gap between crypto and traditional banking”. Bitwala is set to launch a blockchain banking set-up to tie cryptocurrency and fiat fund-management together in one account.
Sooner is an investment alternative that allows the client to create financial planning assisted by an experienced team, customized and often rebalanced to make sense of their life goals, all with the ease and practicality of our technology. They want people to invest meaningfully, setting objectives, because what matters is that they carry out their projects.
Web Summit impressions ➤ bit.ly/WS18takeaways
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