Web Summit 2020: behind the numbers

For the first time, Web summit welcomed the biggest ever crowd remotely. From 2-4 December, 104,328 people were attend talks, exchange ideas at roundtables and masterclasses, set up meetings and network with those in their industries and beyond, all through the Web Summit mobile and desktop apps.

Because it was the biggest online conference, we wanted to share some of the figures behind the event.

45.8 percent women

A constant measure of the success of Web summit events is the number of women attending. This year, 45.8 percent of  attendees were female. From this group, a lot of women were in tech.

168 countries

One result of the move to an online event is what is potentially the most geographically diverse Web Summit yet. People from 168 countries join Web summit this year, connecting and networking across oceans and time zones.

1,137 speakers

Through five channels we could find a mix of world leaders, founders, entrepreneurs, executives, investors, sports stars, musicians and actors. These are people from all walks of life because, in 2020, there isn’t an industry left that hasn’t been impacted and reshaped by tech. We had a oppoortunity to see the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, the CTO of Facebook, Mike Schroepfer, tennis star Serena Williams, and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

679 talks

This year, in hectic schedule, Web summit has brought as 679 talks on everything from AI to climate change to smart cities. The schedule was sorted by 30 different topics. Using the Web and Mobile app, we were enjoying browsing and setting up the talks and other events.

2,007 startups

From bootstrapped companies to unicorns in the making, the attendees of Web summit could find every industry represented on Web summit startups profiles page, where you can reach out and connect with them. We enjoyed theit pitchs over on Centre channel and saw some of the best startups in the world pitch their hearts out.

1,145 investors

Inc. called Web Summit “the largest gathering of entrepreneurs”. This year, Web summit had 1,145 VCs, LPs, angel investors and major funds joining us. Among them are Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates, Nisa Leung of Qiming Venture Partners, Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, Garry Tan of Initialized Capital, and Reshma Sohoni of Seedcamp.

2,229 members of the media

Whether they’re moderating the talks, interviewing speakers or bringing the biggest stories to the rest of the world, journalists and reporters are vital to an event like this. This year, Web summit was delighted to welcome 2,229 journalists, editors and broadcasters to Web Summit, representing CNN, Wired, the New York Times, Bloomberg, Vox, Business Insider, Reuters, Politico, Associated Press, the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, BBC, the Financial Times, Axios and the Intercept, to name a few.

Masterclasses, roundtables and Q&As

The thing we’ve missed most about live events this year is the face-to-face conversations and chance meetings that take place every day at Web Summit. To bring people together, Web summit has organised industry-focused masterclasses and roundtables, and Q&As with some of the biggest speakers. Web summit team redesigned WS apps in a way that helps attendees to create meaningful connections, adding features such as Mingle – three-minute speed-networking with people our algorithm thinks you should meet.

Masterclasses: On the Web summit, we had opportunity to attend to 154 partner and startup masterclasses running over the three days of the event.

Roundtables: Web summit hosted 290 roundtables on topics ranging from “self-care in a crisis” to “gaming for a better planet”.

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