InMotion at Web Summit

InMotion at Web Summit

Web Summit is Europe’s largest technology conference, attracting speakers and startups from all over the planet – and for the first time, including some of the team here at InMotion. In just six years, the event has grown from 400 attendees to more than 50,000, visiting from over 150 countries. In short, its profile is huge – and still growing.

2016 was Web Summit’s first year in Lisbon, Portugal. The organisers moved the conference from its birthplace of Dublin, Ireland, citing the need for bigger scale and better infrastructure to match a rapidly growing event.

And they certainly made the most of the extra space, with a hectic schedule across 2o-plus stages. Speakers included plenty of big names – Hollywood star Joseph Gordon-Levitt seemed to be on a different panel every day, with supermodel Lily Cole and World Cup winner Ronaldinho also among the celebrity entrepreneurs.

Less headline-grabbing, but probably more fascinating, were panels featuring Estonian startup Starship Technologies (starring founder Ahti Heinla and a fleet of delivery robots), as well as an update on Google Advanced Technology & Projects’ adventures in connected clothes and “interactive everything”. Of the hundreds of startups on show, GoOpti‘s airport ride-sharing platform was among the most interesting.

There was also a hotly contested pitch event, with Danish startup Kudo Robot‘s educational coding robot eventually winning the top prize of  €100,000 in VC funding from Portugal Ventures.

InMotion venture partner Mark Oakley was on the AutoTech stage, in conversation with tech journalist Georgie Barrat and Daniel Ramot, CEO of US ride-sharing startup Via, in front of an audience of around 1,000 people.

The title of the session was ‘Ride sharing is caring’, but it was a wide-ranging conversation taking in not only ride-sharing but the full future transportation mix.

You can watch it in the video below starting at around the 1 hour 15 minute mark.

Second half of Day Three of AutoTech stageSecond half of Day Three of AutoTech stage at #WebSummit.

Posted by AutoTech on Thursday, 10 November 2016

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Sam Clifton
Venture Capital


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