Selling the dream at a rain-washed Web Summit

Once held in Dublin, the giant tech conference has now committed to its new host city, Lisbon, for up to ten years. The weather at last week’s event, though, was a reminder of home and its own beginnings

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
11th November, 2018
Selling the dream at a rain-washed Web Summit
Paddy Cosgrave, chief executive officer of Web Summit, greets the throngs from Centre Stage during the event’s 2018 Opening Ceremony at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal. In an oddly Mass-like gesture, he asked attendees to stand up and shake hands with three strangers near them Pic: Sportsfile

It rained in Lisbon. The crowd got off the train late on Tuesday night in Anjos station in a downpour. The Web Summit may not be coming back to Dublin, but the weather this year was distinctly Irish.

A little more than a day earlier, it was still bright as the Altice Arena began to fill up. With 90 minutes still to go until festivities began, it was already half full, and the last of...

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