African-Led global movement is taking centre stage at this year’s Web Summit

It has been labelled by Forbes as being: “The best technology conference on the planet”, and this year’s Web Summit looks to be bigger and better than ever!

The event, which is now in its 9th year, is being held in Lisbon, Portugal, and boasts an impressive line-up of CEO’s and founders of the world’s biggest companies; along with the most promising new start-ups and influential investors; so, it’s no surprise that the 4-day event has been a sell-out, with over 70,000 people expected to attend.

The summit will feature 23 conferences across nine main stages and will cover topics ranging from data science to environmental sustainability, with event organisers welcoming people who are looking to tackle the big challenges facing the industry today.

Amongst the impressive list of attendees and speakers is Mariéme Jamme, founder at iamtheCODE, who’s company’s mission is to build a generation of 1 million women and girl coders by 2030 and is the first African-led global movement to mobilise government, private sector, and investors to advance STEAMED (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Entrepreneurship, and Design) Education.

With over 65 Million girls being denied access to basic education, Mariéme Jamme’s company is making a difference to lives and communities by giving women and girls in Africa the opportunity to break the code, find work and become digital leaders.

The event will also be welcoming Sabarish Gnanamoorthy, who at 15 years of age is one of the youngest Virtual and Augmented Reality developers in the world! He was named as one of the top 10 VR influencers in 2018 and has the backing of top tech companies such as Google and Apple.

Other notable speakers include CEO of, Gillian Tans; who is responsible for the company’s global strategies and operations. The website has changed the path for not only holiday companies, but also individual property owners and investors, who are now benefiting from the sites ability to help them make a profit of their own.

Ray Dalio, Founder, Co-Chief Investment Officer & Co-Chairman at Bridgewater Associates; a company that manages approximately $150 billion in global investments will also be taking to the stage.  As will former Prime Minister, Tony Blair; who is now the founder of Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, a venture that he started in 2017 and states was created to function as a: “new policy platform to refill the wide-open space in the middle of politics.”

Twitter’s co-founder Evan Williams, Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, and EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager have also all been added to the list.

Web Summit has stated that they are gathering the world’s experts to answer the question: “Where next?” And at this time, with great uncertainty within industries; it will be interesting to hear what the answers to this question will be.

The full list of speakers can be viewed here and you can find out more about the event by visiting:


Mr Ryan Otto – Business Adviser KTF

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