The event was held in Lisbon for the first time in its six year history
And just like that, it's over. Web Summit 2016 has come to an end and it was a great success from start to finish. Tens of thousands of people took part in events organised by Web Summit over the past week and most people here on the ground are happy out!
It's just gone 4.30pm on Thursday evening as I sit and write this. It's been a long, but very enjoyable week. I was really intrigued to see how Web Summit would execute the delivery of their first conference outside of Dublin, but they knocked it out of the park. I'm pretty sure that nobody is happier about that than this man:
Aside from the little Wifi / phone glitch on Monday evening, the event was hassle free for most people. The site was well laid out, the transport infrastructure served attendees well and there was free coffee.
As I said earlier in the week, the move to Lisbon has helped the conference reach its full potential. I've lived in Dublin my entire life and can't think of anywhere in the city that could host Web Summit 2016 in the way Lisbon has. Don't me wrong, it's wasn't a flawless experience for everyone. Locals complained of heavy traffic and the queues on the Metro were slightly manic at a particular time in the evening, but that's what you get when you have tens of thousands of people in a small area for a short period of time.
I spent some time exploring this city this morning and I wish I had more time here to see all it has to offer. I managed to walk everywhere in the gorgeous sunshine, which is such a treat for an Irish person in November! While there's a number of exclusive, fancy restaurants and bars dotted around the city, I found Lisbon to be far cheaper than Dublin. I have become slightly obsessed with the coffee here and cannot get over how an Americano is only 70 cent.
I'm getting ready to head back to my hotel to pack before heading home tomorrow morning. My voice is gone and my back aches, but I've really loved being here at Web Summit in Lisbon. I've met some amazing startups, some brilliant women in tech and watched some fantastic discussions.
All that being said, I'm very much looking forward to sitting on my couch all weekend.
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