Web Summit 2020

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The Web Summit 2020 technology conference was held online from December 3 to 5, 2020 from Lisbon , Portugal.  This year’s central theme was: ‘where to next’ due to the great uncertainties in our economy.  According to organizers, this conference had more than 100, 000 attendees, 2,000 journalists, 1,000 investors, 2,000 startups and 150 partners from more than 150 countries.   It was hosted on its own software.

Technology Issues:

This Conference addressed issues such as hacker breaches and privacy breaches, environmental responsibility, mental health and fake news.

Conference for both Large Corporations and Start-ups:

This conference had speakers and exhibitors from the world’s largest companies, medium and small sized companies as well as start-ups.

Pitch Startup Winner:

According to organizers, there were more than 2,000 startups with 700 of these competing in the startup competition.  The winner was medical technology startup, Lalibela Global Networks. Its digital health record system, ABAY-CHR automates hospital management and thereby reduces the use stationary resources and increases efficiency. This software improves the functionality of medical centres in Ethiopian and makes healthcare cheaper for patients by streamlining administrative tasks, and reducing time spent looking for patient files.  On the importance of winning the pitch startup award, CEO Dr Wuleta Lemma stated that “Winning gives us the credibility to get new investors, talk to potential customers and make new strategic connections, and motivates us to keep improving the quality of African healthcare.” [newsrelease]

Domestic Disinformation in the US Presidential Election:

While social media platforms were effective at preventing foreign disinformation during this year’s election cycle than in 2016, the problem persisted in the way the algorithms work combined with domestic disinformation according to Alex Stamos, director at Stanford Internet Observatory. Youtube was the worst because the misinformation spread by the largest influencers got the least amount of enforcement especially live video. i.e. influencers erroneously claimed victory while votes were counted

Next Year’s Collusion:

Web Summit 2020 was a massive international technology conference.  The next conference to watch for is Collision 2021 being held June 21 to 24, 2021 from Toronto.

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