web summit

14 Talks You Won’t Want To Miss At Web Summit

Linkilaw Business News, Startup Advice & Tips

14 Talks You Don’t Want To Miss At Web Summit

1. Government and entrepreneurs a marriage made in hell?

When? November 8 @ 10:20 a.m.

Where? Centre Stage

Who’s speaking? Daniel Saks – Co-Founder & CEO, AppDirect

Rene Oberman – Managing Director, Warburg Pincus

Jose Manuel Barroso (2004-2014), European Commission

Karen Tso – Anchor, Squawk Box, CNBC

Why you want to be there: Lawmaking and governments can either drive entrepreneurship or asphyxiate innovation. Will governments strive to build bridges to entrepreneurship? Hear from the experts.


  1.  Roadblocks to autonomous driving

When? November 8 @ 10:40 a.m.

Where? Centre Stage

Who’s Speaking? Carlos Ghosn – CEO, Renault-Nissan Alliance

Arjun Kharpal – Technology Reporter, CNBC

Why you want to be there: With Uber introducing its first driverless cars, the era of autonomous driving is now upon us. This is undoubtedly a huge stepping stone, but how long will it be until self-driven cars become the norm? And who better to speak about this than the CEO of a company that sells more than 1 in 10 cars worldwide?

  1. The future of the worker

When? November 8 @ 11:40am

Where? Centre Stage

Who’s speaking? Andrew McAfee – Principal Research Scientist, MIT

Gary Marcus – Professor, NYU

Tom Dotan – Reporter, The Information

Why you want to be there: We’re all curious about the future of machine learning. Will it create or eliminate jobs? Or will it do both? Some of the world’s most expert minds on this issue speak out.

  1. Should the Internet be a safe place?

When? November 8 @ 11:35 a.m.

Where? Future Societies

Who’s Speaking? Salil Shetty – Secretary General, Amnesty International

Juan Branco – Legal Advisor to Julian Assange, Wikileaks Defence Team

Rabia Chaudry – Activist and Author, Adnan’s Story

Laurie Penny – Contributing Editor, New Statesman

Why you want to be there: How do you balance your human right to freedom of expression with that to right to privacy? WIth the rise of social media websites on the Internet, filtering becomes more difficult, and as has been shown by WIkileaks, no one is safe from hacking. The real question is – are those good or bad things?

  1. Thriving in the cross-cloud era

When? November 8 @ 11:30 a.m.

Where? Saas Monster

Who’s Speaking? Ray O’Farrell – CTO, VMware

Why you want to be there: The cloud has simplified things for us all. But like every coin, it has two sides. Which are the downfalls of the cloud? How do we deal with cross-cloud dissemination of information? Cloud specialist Ray O’Farrell sheds some light on the issue.

  1. Is the internet making us more stupid?

When? November 8 @ 2:50 p.m.

Where? Future Societies

Who’s Speaking? David Schneider – Co-Founder & Creative Director, That Lot

Why you want to be there: Yes, the Internet is an incredible source of knowledge. Yes, the Internet has connected us like never before. But by connecting us to people across the planet, has it disconnected us from our closest ones? Is that rational? Is the Internet making us stupider?

  1. Solving crime, predicting markets, composing ugly music

When? November 9 @ 12:40 a.m.

Where? Binate.io

Who’s Speaking? Scott Rickard – CTO, Search Data Science, Salesforce

Why you want to be there: Wow, that’s a confusing title. So what’s this all about? This is all about multi-discipline. All about idea generation. All about strokes of genius coming from the least expected places.

  1. Peak minimalism: Style and reason in design

When? November 8 @ 2:20 p.m.

Where? Creatiff

Who’s Speaking? Oliver Reichenstein – Founder, iA Inc.

Why you want to be there: Anyone with a client facing interface knows the importance of design. Here you can actually learn to design for a purpose. Design for a cause. Long live design!

  1. Is ego the biggest reason for failure?

When? November 9 @ 12:35 p.m.

Where? Centre Stage

Who’s Speaking? Dave McClure – Founder, 500 Startups

Eileen Burbidge – Partner, Passion Capital

Justin Kan – Partner, Y Combinator

Laurie Segall – Senior Technology Correspondent, CNNMoney

Why you want to be there: You hear (nearly) every startup founder say that their idea is the next Google. Yet, 9 out of 10 startups fail. Is this ego? Is not giving up early enough ego-driven? Let’s hear the opinions of the world’s most notorious investors.

  1. An app that measures impact: changing the act of giving

When? November 8 @ 1:25 p.m.

Where? Future Societies

Who’s Speaking? Alexandre Mars – Founder & Investor, Epic Foundation

Why you want to be there: With a saturated market of apps, why not lend your attention to one that focuses on giving back? Alexandre Mars, serial entrepreneur presents the Epic Foundation.

  1. Navigating the legal system 101

When? November 8 @ 12:35 p.m.

Where? Startup University

Who’s Speaking? John Suh – CEO, LegalZoom

Justin Antonipillai – Under Secretary for Affairs, US Department of Commerce

Oisin Hanrahan – Founder & CEO, Handy

Will Yakowicz – Staff Writer, Inc.

Why you want to be there: The legal industry is a period of revolution and disruption from the inside out. LegalZoom started the trend – but what does the legal background look like today and what does that mean for startups? Come figure it out.

  1. Can the blockchain really change the world?

When? November 8 @ 12:30 p.m.

Where? MoneyConf

Who’s Speaking? Peter – Co-Founder, CEO, Blockchain

Why you want to be there: We know that the potential of blockchain in technological innovation is huge. But just how large is it? Here’s the expert’s opinion.

  1. The next paradigm: Interactive everything

When? November 9 @ 12:00 p.m.

Where? AutoTech – Talk Robot

Who’s Speaking? Ivan Poupyrev – Technical Project Lead, Google ATAP

Why you want to be there: What screen is too big and which is too small? To what extent does that impact your user experience? And which is the best solution all round? Ivan Poupyrev has been working on these questions for 20 years and all will be revealed here.

  1. What place do ethics and values have in technology?

When? November 8 @ 3:55 p.m.

Where? Centre Stage

Who’s Speaking? Darian Shirazi – Founder, Radius

Peter Szulczewski – CEO, Wish

Joe Lonsdale – Partner, 8VC

Laurie Segall – Senior Technology Correspondent, CNNMoney

Why you want to be there: We love some philosophy, even in technology! To what extent is technology’s impact positive and to what extent is it affecting our generations and the ones to come? Can we predict the future?