Web Summit Schedule: Day 1 & 2

Web Summit Schedule: Day 1 & 2

Web Summit is known for attracting some of the biggest names from the tech world and this year is no different. This list covers some of the exciting talks taking place during the first two days of this year’s Web Summit (Nov 7-8).

Be sure to check back on Monday where we’ll cover the most interesting talks from the second half of the schedule (Nov 9-10).

Nov 7


  • New Realities - 6:45pm - Centre Stage

One of the earliest talks on the schedule, New Realities features influential members of European and global politics talking about the uncertainty of modern diplomacy and its influence on the US election, Brexit and beyond.  

  • Axelle Lemaire - Deputy Minister, Government of France
  • Mogens Lykketoft - President, United Nations
  • Roberto Azevêdo - Director-General, World Trade Organization
  • José Manuel Barroso - President (2004-2014), European Commission.
  • Tom Nuttall - Charlemagne Columnist, The Economist


  • Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Creativity and Commerce - 7:05pm - Centre Stage

Actor Joseph Gordon- Levitt takes to the Centre Stage to discuss how he stays active in creating art while also running a successful business, the online collaborative production company hitRECord.

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Director, Founder, hitRECord
  • Laurie Segall - Senior Technology Correspondent, CNNMoney


Nov 8


  • Ten Years from Now… - 9:45am - Centre Stage

Saturday’s opening talk sees Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer reveal the social media giant’s key projects for the coming decade, including virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

  • Mike Schroepfer  - CTO, Facebook


  • Driving a Connected Future - 11:25am - AutoTech - Talk Robot

A conversation between three leaders of the transport industry on the future of the connected car, from the rise of ride-sharing to the evolution of the electric vehicle, and of course, when we can expect to see mainstream adoption of the self-driving car.  

  • Nicolas Brusson - Co-Founder & CEO, BlaBlaCar
  • Jose Viegas - Secretary-General, International Transport Forum
  • Carlos Ghosn - CEO, Renault-Nissan Alliance
  • David Barroux - Editor-in-Chief, Les Echos


  • Should the Internet be a Safe Place? - 11:35am - Future Societies

A discussion on freedom of expression, the rise of trolls and the effect online abuse has on the physical world. Should Internet censorship exist or is it does who are offended who need to change?

  • Salil Shetty - Secretary General, Amnesty International
  • Juan Branco - Legal Adviser to Julian Assange, Wikileaks Defense Team
  • Helly Luv - Activist, Artist
  • Laurie Penny - Contributing Editor, New Statesman


  • Emojis: Why You Love Them - 3:50pm - Future Societies

A look into the ever-increasing popularity of the world’s favourite symbol-based language, the emoji.

  • Ba Blackstock - Co-Founder, CEO & Creative Director, Bitmoji


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