The Web Summit is a technology conference held annually since 2009. The topic of the conference is centered on internet technology and attendees range from Fortune 500 companies to smaller tech companies. This contains a mix of CEOs and founders of tech start ups together with a range of people from across the global technology industry, as well as related industries. The 2018 edition has seen over 70.000 participants, 2000 start-ups, and 1500 investors looking for promising partnerships.
Represented by Chiara Bassetti (University of Trento) and Marco Sachy (Dyne.org), Commonfare has been one of the EU-funded CAPSSI projects that took part to the event. The commonfare.net platform has been showcased and several talks and meetings had with the diverse audience attending the summit: politicians, academics, venture philanthropists, and young visitors.
The visit by Carlos Moedas (European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation), Monique Morrow (President and Co-Founder of the Humanized Internet), and Mounir Mahjoubi (French Secretary of State for the Digital Sector) has been particularly interesting for understanding the vision of the the good that comes from merging tech and social innovation developed by European policy-makers and innovators.
The discussion continued during the event organized at Casa do Impacto on the evening of November 6th, in which there has been the presentation of Social Innovation Community Declaration and a round table about current and future European policies for social innovation.
On Wednesday November 7th, we also attended the presentation of the Portugal Social Impact by Maria Manuel Leitão Marques (Minister of the Presidency and of Administrative Modernization) and Filipe Almeida (president of Portugal Inovação Social), followed by stimulating exchanges. Then we joined a meeting with the same Social Innovation section of the Portuguese government and various Portuguese social enterprises whose values and goals significantly match those of Commonfare. Our experience at the Web Summit ended with attending two further evening events at Casa do Impacto: a workshop focused on the Next Generation Internet (NGI) Initiative developed by the European Commission, and the event “Tech for Impact” dedicated to the co-construction of sustainable cities.