Web Summit

Web Summit: Zelenska’s powerful address lends bright spot to lacklustre conference

Ukraine’s first lady received a standing ovation in Lisbon, although the technology conference seemed like a bit of a slog this year, and event co-founder Paddy Cosgrave’s dig at the government didn’t gain much traction

Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine, at the Web Summit in Lisbon with Paddy Cosgrave. Picture: Sportsfile

Technology conferences are largely dominated by the presence of one or two key speakers who set the tone for the event early on. If organisers are lucky, those speakers will say something controversial, thereby generating plenty of media coverage, and instilling a sense of Fomo in all those who didn’t attend.

But the latest instalment of Web Summit, the Irish-founded tech event which now takes place in Lisbon, was for the most part focused on ...