Web Summit 2018. Tips & tricks

Organizational part

Tickets

Tickets:

- Full (€850)

- 2 for 1 (€850)

- Woman in Tech (€85)

- Awarding (free)

- As a volunteer (free)

 

Flight tickets: 

- Direct flights Wizzair or Fly UA (if you have more than 6 months till conference)

- Wizzair Kyiv -> Frankfurt -> Lisbon

- bus tickets :)

Accommodation

Tips:

- Book near the conference

- All good accommodations are booked very fast

- Ask about heating (!!!)

- Airbnb could be the best option

- Book additional days for explore Lisbon

Main part

Before conference

Tips:

- Set your goals

- Try to have your LinkedIn and other professional accounts up-to-date

- Install Web Summit application, update your info & connect to people that you would like to meet

- Try to select needed talks

- Pass registration in airport, it will save your time in 1st day of conference

- Prepare elevator pitch about yourself, there will be a lot of networking :)

On conference

Tips:

- Try to arrive earlier every day (a lot of queues, 'first come first served' approach)

- Main stages have video recordings, find 'niche' stages regarding your topics https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJtkHqH4Qof97TSx7BzE5IQ

- Do not change stages a lot, big distances and queues are 'eating' your time

Opportunities for employee

- Enjoy atmosphere https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shSLieOZxjc&list=PLxptNs2MLOjmCEHsQAh86hOvajWxMpjtt&index=2

- Visit stages (Centre stage, Auto/Tech & TalkRobot, Creatiff, CryptoConf, HealthConf, Startup University etc.)

- Visit Amazon/Google stages

- Feel the trends

- Visit Pitch stage

- Visit stands

- Ask your questions after talks via https://www.sli.do

Opportunities for company

- Present company on stand

- Create your own stage with speakers

- Employee branding in the world-wide event

Opportunities for startup

- Find customers (on other stands or via networking events)

- Join as an 'alpha' or 'beta'

Networking

- Networking is everywhere

- Visit Ukrainian community meetup (or do not :))

- Visit Web Summit official party

- Visit networking events

- Actively use Web Summit app (setup meetings, use scans, use recommendations etc.)

Other tips

- Bring warm clothes

- Bring your sandwich or be prepared to queues and expensive food and drinks

- Bring coffee from Starbucks, because on conference it is not tasty :(

- Comfortable shoes is a must (!)

- Tax free (from 64 euros) terminal doesn't work in airport with low-costs

Trends

- AI is EVERYWHERE

- VR is still a 'hype' topic

- Alternative energy

- Cloud is the MUST

​- Diversity in big companies

- LEAN and Impact mapping are still must

My favorite talks

- Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the web almost thirty years ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lEyAMSws34

- Darren Aronofsky, director https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t4jJO0APhU

- David Skok, author of the ForEntrepreneurs blog https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkThrRM-Vp8&list=PLxptNs2MLOjmF6mfnL-DI44cBEy8bbRhO&index=26

- Amazon cloud workshops
- Pitches & demos
- Startup workshops

Photos

Thanks!

Web Summit 2018. Tips & tricks

By Julia Savinkova

Web Summit 2018. Tips & tricks

Some tips & tricks after visiting Web Summit 2018

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