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Thousands of people await the start of the Lisbon Web Summit

Thousands of people gathered today at the Altice Arena in Lisbon to participate in the opening ceremony of the Web Summit, the most important technological congress in Europe that, for Second consecutive year, it is celebrated in the Portuguese capital.

Lisbon, Nov 6 (EFE) .- Thousands of people gathered today at the Altice Arena in Lisbon to participate in the opening ceremony of the Web Summit, the most technological congress important of Europe that, for the second consecutive year, is celebrated in the Portuguese capital.

Around 60,000 people attending this event are expected, between today and next Thursday, of which a thousand will be speakers and at least 2,500 journalists from around the world and with very different motivations.

Many of them made long lines this afternoon to meet the access procedures, such as the Brazilian João Luiz Pinto, representative of an investment fund for 'start ups', who explained to EFE that this congress is a great opportunity to "detect trends "in the field of technology, an" indispensable "channel in today's world.

Pinto highlighted the high level of the participants:" the speakers of the Web Summit represent the new the thinking of today's world. "

Also the Australian artist Lynn Guo, president of an Italian art investment group, has arrived in Lisbon to attend the Web Summit, and has done so with the aim of knowing "what the future will bring" in its field of work.

For others, such as the Portuguese businessman João Pedro Silva, the purpose is very different: "I was there last year and it went very well, both in a personal and work sense, so I hope to maintain those expectations," he said.

Silva, whose company is dedicated to web and digital marketing, does not rule out closing some agreement during the congress.

"I come to see what is being done, take that knowledge to my company and, at the same time, do 'networking' and generate opportunities for my business, "he added.

The Web Summit 2017 will begin with a speech by its head, the Irish Paddy Cosgrave.

At the ceremony It is also expected to intervene the UN Secretary General, the Portuguese António Guterres, and the Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, who will be in charge of the official opening.

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