#WebSummit: Wifi woes are in the past, we need to celebrate the success

Our technology correspondent is on the ground at Web Summit 2016 in Lisbon

I walked on site this morning and took some time to soak up the brilliance of Web Summit. While there's no shortage of tech conferences in glamorous locations around the world, Web Summit is something different. The move to Lisbon has helped the conference reach its full potential.

The startups have more space this year to show off their companies. There is space to stop and chat. There is room to move outside and grab a coffee. There's strong wifi. There's a tech shop on site for those needing a cable or charger. There's amazing food on offer throughout the site. There's transport passes for €25. 

This list goes on. 

Paddy Cosgrave has spoken many times about his vision for Web Summit and the organisation's desire to grow. I believe this is what he envisaged. There's no denying that it has not been smooth sailing along the way, but as I sit here in Lisbon, that doesn't matter.

To quote the song from Frozen, "The past is in the past, let it go". And that's what we need to do now. 

It's very easy to sit around, bitching and moaning about their move from Dublin or that wifi demo that went wrong, but to do that is to waste an opportunity. We have the opportunity to celebrate Web Summit's success and be proud of its achievement. 


Some of the biggest names in the world of tech are here, as are the best and brightest startups. The sense of innovation on the ground is remarkable. There's an excitement in the air as you walk through the hall where startups are eagerly pitching their business to everyone and anyone that walks by.

From a production point of view, Web Summit has excelled this year. The various panel discussions seem to have a key focus this year. The topics are relevant and interesting. Just this morning there was an excellent panel discussing the fall out from the US Presidential election. There has been talk of virtual reality, customer service, artificial intelligence and so much more. 

One of the nicest things about tech events such as Web Summit is the atmosphere. As I walk through the city, it's very easy to identify who is taking part in the event; they're wearing a lanyard or a wrist band. I have found people very friendly and have had conversations with strangers on the Metro about their business.

More of this is needed in the world. While it is sad that the conference has left Dublin, we need to give credit where it's due.