If you are interested in technology, you have probably heard about Web Summit - the largest IT conference in Europe, which annually brings together tens of thousands of IT people, startups, investors and everyone who is interested in innovations and trends in the modern tech world. This year our team was lucky to attend this awesome event and see that the world is changing rapidly, technology is the future (which is already here), and startups with an interesting and useful idea have real chances to get investments and grow into a big successful company. From this article you will learn:
- How we got to the biggest tech conference in Europe;
- How a startup can apply for Web Summit;
- Current trends in modern technology;
- How to organize your time and get useful contacts during Web Summit.
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CodeGym at Web Summit 2019A few words about how the CodeGym team appeared in the center of technological events. Thousands of startups come to Web Summit annually to attract investors, to form a partnership, or simply see what is happening in tech. Summit organizers contacted us with an invitation to present our course. It was pleasing to realize that our stand is next to the pavilion with Google, Porsche and AWS stands. Here's how it looked:
How a startup can get to Web SummitAlmost everyone can apply for a startup exhibition. If you have an interesting idea, MVP, and an understanding of how you can be useful for your future users and investors, then there’s a good chance for you to be invited for an exhibition. The main thing is that you should clearly explain to the representative of Web Summit what your product is, what benefits it brings and why visitors might be interested in it. Companies which are confident in their product and want to get even more attention from investors and the press can participate in the Startup Pitch - a battle of startups, where you need to present your startup as concisely and interestingly as possible. An application for Startup Pitch must be submitted in advance, the organizers then select the best companies, as per their opinion, who are given the opportunity to compete for the title of the “Startup of the Year”. This year the Swiss startup Nutrix, which is developing a nanosensor to track the level of glucose in the human body through saliva, was chosen as a winner out of 134 participants.
Trends in techOne of the key benefits of such events is the visualization of trends in technology. Web Summit 2019 showed that being just a cool company and making your product well is not enough. A successful startup and a billion-dollar tech giant have a common desire to realize the impact of its activities on the world, society and the future. Conscious technologies is the main trend of 2019, which will only increase over time. What areas are most popular among startups now? There were 3 most prevalent categories of companies at Web Summit this year:
- The mass consumer-focused companies (banking applications, tourism, applications for fitness, time management, smart maps);
- The companies which use trending technologies, mainly in the enterprise (data science, AI, VR / AR, machine learning);
- Companies which care about the environment (everything that has the word eco, green, sustainability in its name or description).
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