Lisbon in the running to host Web Summit

Lisbon or Amsterdam - one of them will be the stage for next year’s Web Summit, one of Europe’s most important tech, entrepreneurship and innovation conferences. This year, as has been the case since 2010, the event is being held in Dublin, Ireland, between the 3rd and 5th of November.

While the decision will only be announced in early October, Lisbon’s city authorities believe there are numerous reasons why the Portuguese capital ought to be picked. Starting by its “strong positioning in the tourist market, and the excellence of its infrastructure and services”, but also the “increasing international importance of its start-up ecosystem”.

To mayor Fernando Medina, the bid to host the 2016 Web Summit is “another solid step in establishing the city as a desirable stage for major global events in the field of entrepreneurism and the technology and innovation sectors”, and it’s no accident that Lisbon is “a ‘start-up city’ ”

“Lisbon is a city which is ever more open to the world, including the digital world”, Medina pointed out. And it’s precisely in the digital world that the “Let’s bring the Web Summit 2016 to Lisbon” campaign is going on, led by Ship, a web portal for entrepreneurship-related content.

To join the campaign just post with the hashtag #LXwebsummit16 on Facebook and Twitter, sharing your reasons why Lisbon would be the best host city. Ship has already come up with seven reasons, among them, the fact that a local start-up won a pitch at the previous Web Summit, the strong local start-up community and the fact that the Web Summit, like the city, “wants to set trends, not follow them”.