The next day was our first day at the conference. The amount of people at the Web Summit is crazy. In the end, there were 42,751 attendees, and that was in the middle of a pandemic. Anyway, we were well-prepared and had filled our bags with disinfection material and FFP2-masks from DM. Still, we had to wait about an hour to get our tickets and enter.
The conference is extremely diverse in terms of speakers, participating startups and investors. As a consequence, you can choose between talks like the one by actress Daniela Melchior (Suicide Squad) or the one by the CEO of Shell. The same diversity can be found among the startups and exhibitors. On the same floor, there are young, dreaming startups (I personally liked the ones that wanted to reinvent the Zeppelin), alongside really successful startups like Personio from Munich, which has raised $524 million in funding so far. And in the middle of it all, AWS, who collected our contact details in the streets of Lisbon the day before the conference started.
On the one hand, the diversity is great, on the other hand, the choice of options is overwhelming. This ended with Lucas sitting down at a socket after 30 minutes and starting to program.