Web Summit 2017: 19 Of The Finest Young Speakers
Growth is one of the most important factors of any companies success. And since constant learning is essential for new companies to grow, it is always good to keep up with a variety of ways of learning.
Events such as business conferences make a great opportunity to learn especially by providing an opportunity to meet others in the industry who may be in the same boat as you as well as more established industry leaders.
Web Summit is a technology conference that takes place in Lisbon, between the 6-9th of November this year. This annually held event that recently (in 2016) moved from Ireland to Portugal is an amazing opportunity to swim with all kinds of fish, especially if your company’s size is closer to a sardine than a whale. The potential to develop long-lasting business partnerships is alone makes the conference worth the effort.
But networking and promotion opportunities are not the only reasons you should be buzzing this year. This year’s Web Summit will also provide you with a great amount of inspiration.
Though it’s generally accepted that wisdom comes with age, does it really? Or rather – does it only?
We’ve put together a list of what we think are the 19 most inspiring young people who have been announced to be Web Summit 2017 speakers, that you won’t want to miss!
This 27-year-old Helsinki transportation engineer is the Head of Strategy in Mobility Services of OP Financial Group. Her work on the concept of Mobility as a Service gained her widespread recognition worldwide. In 2014 she was selected to be one of the 100 leading global thinkers for Foreign Policy.
2. David Karp
31-year-old American web developer and entrepreneur, best known for launching in 2007 one of the most popular microblogging and social networking websites – Tumblr. This New York-based Founder and CEO began interning at the age of 14 (!).
He is a board member of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health care across the United States as well as globally.
He Tumblrs for a living!
3. Martin Garrix
21-years-old Dutch DJ, record producer, and musician ranked #1 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ lists for 2016 & 2017. You might spot him performing at the biggest festivals in the world such as Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, and Tomorrowland.
DJ – get ready!
4. Ana Kasparian
31-years-old Armenian-American is a host and producer of the online news show “The Young Turks”. Gained audiences’ love with her sharp sense of humour and intelligent style, Ana Kasparian has been placed on the Forbes 30 under 30 in 2016.
Laughter makes you pretty!
5. Alfie Deyes
24-years-old British YouTube star, author, and investor. He runs the YouTube channels: “PointlessBlog” (over 5.5 million subscribers), “PointlessBlogVlogs” (over 4.1million subscribers) and “PointlessBlogGames” (over 1.8 million subscribers) and has published three books since 2014. His videos generally feature observational humour.
PointlessBlog, “Point-full” YouTuber
6. Shradha Agarwal
32-years-old Co-Founder and President of Outcome Health (formerly ContextMedia) – the Chicago-based healthcare technology company. Her lifelong passion is to build organizations to connect people and information. She has lead scaling operations, product innovation, and talent development.
Shradha also mentors entrepreneurs and serves on the boards of OneGoal and Chicago Children’s Choir and supports youth education, women leadership, and civic engagement. She will participate in panels focusing on “How to Built A Health-Tech Unicorn”.
Her favourite pizza place in Chicago is Bonci.
Cotton candy, rainbows, and Health-Tech Unicorn
7. George Hotz
28-year-old American hacker and creative consumer best known for unlocking the iPhone, allowing the phone to be used with other wireless carriers. Also – his technical efforts and publicity with reverse engineering the PlayStation 3 console and subsequently being sued by and settling with Sony cannot go without recognition (and admiration).
He is a founder and CEO of comma.ai, building, and open sourcing aftermarket, user installable, self-driving kits.
Give it up for The Guy Who Messed With Apple
8. Stephanie Alys
27-years-old Co-Founder and CPO (Chief Pleasure Officer) of MysteryVibe, an award-winning British pleasure brand. She is focused on changing perceptions around pleasure in a positive and empowering way. She is a strong advocate that pleasure is a great part of the human experience that is fundamental to happiness.
Featured in major publications (BBC, The Times, Guardian, Economist, CNBC, TechCrunch, WIRED) Stephanie will be speaking about the future of sex and technology, and how humans will be intimate and connect with each other.
Chief Pleasure Officer
9. Rune Theill
Dutch entrepreneur, Co-Founder, and CEO of Rockstart. Rhe company provides access to Capital, Market, Community, and Expertise to empower and support startups in Europe as well as South America, Asia and Africa.
Rockstart is an international team of 40+ professionals dedicated to support and empower startups to become scalable and change their world for the better.
Global Entrepreneur Investor
10. Kate Reidy
Irish MIT Researcher who works internationally (Russia, Denmark) specializes in Nanoscience, Physics, and Chemistry of Advanced Materials. Her previous research includes innovative solar and nanophotonic energy sources. Kate acted as Editor of the Trinity Scientific Review and currently is on the Executive Team of Women in Technology and Science Ireland.
International Nanoscience Research Conductor
11. Joe Lazauskas
American, Director of Content Strategy for Contently, Editor-in-Chief of The Content Strategist, technology and marketing journalist, author, winner of the last years Digiday Award for Best Brand Publication. Content marketing and native advertising expert. A regular speaker at ContentMarketing World, Web Summit, Collision, and other major industry conferences.
Art and Science Storyteller
12. Anna Ascani
30-years-old Italian politician, MP, at the age of 25 voted as one of the youngest Italian MPs. Her main parliamentary activities include culture, education, policies for Youth and European Affairs. She is one of the 30 Forbes Under 30 European leaders.
Italy’s youngest MP of 2013
13. Giovanni Daprà
Co-Funder & CEO of Moneyfarm, digital wealth manager that helps people protect and increase their wealth over time. The idea came from the belief that a better customer experience comes from technology and finance working together. Experience gained at Deutsche Bank AG and Bocconi University lead to the fact that currently Moneyfarm is growing, operating both in Italy and the UK.
Wealth-increasing solutions provider
14. Gina Gotthilf
Brazilian VP of Growth and Marketing at Duolingo, a platform for free language education for the world. Previously she represented Tumblr in Latin America and launched her own consulting company – Global Ginga. Over the past 4 years, Gina has helped build Duolingo’s user base from 3 million to 200 million. Gina runs the cross-functional growth team and is a head of all marketing and communications at Duolingo. On WebSummit she will discuss the future of education.
Elle s’appelle Gina et elle travaille pour Duolingo. Et voilà!
15. Jeroen De Wit
Belgian Co-Funder and CEO of Teamleader – an application designed to enable startups to manage their relationships, opportunities, projects, timesheets and to invoice in a unified and collaborative online solution. Jeroen is a passionate entrepreneur focused on helping other businesses.
Professional Business Helper
16. Michelle Kennedy
Co-Founder and CEO of Peanut – launched in February 2017. Peanut is a platform that connects like-minded mothers, which has grown virally across the US. Michelle started as a corporate lawyer, to then move from law to business by being a part of the launch of Bumble (dating app) and later founded Peanut.
Basically a Successful Apps Launcher
17. Kieran Holmes-Darby
Managing Director of Excel Esports Ltd, which he co-founded in late 2014. The company is a marketing platform for tech and gaming companies. Keiran’s focus, however, is with writing professional player contracts and attracting sponsorship by selling the benefits of his business to potential investors.
The Art of Gaming Business
18. Mette Lykke
Danish entrepreneur, Co-Founder and former CEO of Endomondo – the most popular social fitness community with over 30 million users. Recently Mette has become the CEO of Too Good To Go – a global social enterprise dedicated to tackling food waste in the restaurant, retail and catering industry.
Don’t forget to switch your Endomondo on while running to hear her speech!
19. James Iliff
Co-Funder and CCO of Survios, a virtual reality startup focusing on developing engaging games and immersive technology. James is a VR designer experienced in VR headsets and motion capture installations as well as working in the areas of avatar embodiment, narrative architecture and interactive cinema.
Survios-elf some immersive technology!
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