Roundtables at Web Summit

Want to make it to the top table at Web Summit? Roundtables are 45-minute discussions with industry leaders, where you’ll have the opportunity to talk through some of the most pressing issues facing tech, business and society today.

Check out the roundtables that took place at Web Summit 2023.

Please note: You must have a Web Summit ticket to participate in or attend roundtables. Add roundtables you’re interested in taking part in to your personal schedule on the event app, so you don’t miss out on the sessions that interest you most.


Roundtables during day two of Web Summit 2023 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal.

Check out some of our previous roundtables

Imagining planetary digital futures

[Hosted by UCLA]

Professor Ramesh Srinivasan ideates, imagine and discuss what the planet’s digital future might look like. This session explores outside the utopic and dystopic hype that tends to saturate most mainstream conversations around AI, big tech, platforms and more. Recognising that – in many ways – humanity is digitally mediated around the planet, Ramesh debates what futures are possible and how to arrive at them.

Participatory Models in Multimedia Projects: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

[Hosted by Tale os Us]

In today’s dynamic landscape where everyone contributes to content creation and seeks or even demands authenticity, it’s crucial to understand the balance between harnessing collective creativity and preserving a project’s foundational vision. This roundtable session with Tales of Us CEO Eva Vonk, dive into the nuances, merits, challenges, and potential pitfalls of participatory models throughout the life cycle of multimedia projects. Whilst creating a space to explore if there exists a collective middle ground in this participatory journey, and which efforts help strike the right balance.

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The rise of instant payments in Brazil and around the world

[Hosted by Zippi]

Within just two years of its launch, Brazil’s instant payment solution, Pix, has become the dominant method for money transfers in the country. Recently, the US and EU have unveiled their plans to introduce instant payment systems. Zippi co-founder and CTO Ludmila Pontremolez gives an insightful session exploring how instant payments are paving the way for a fresh wave of innovative financial products.

AI won't take your job, but someone who knows how to use it will

[Hosted by Nylas]

Generative AI has taken the world by storm but, while the immediate productivity gains are obvious, many developers have been left wondering about the lasting impact this technology will have – not just on their daily work, but on their ability to work. Nylas co-founder and CTO Christine Sprang discuss one of the hottest topics in tech right now.

Gaming for climate action

[Hosted by Playmob]

How can you use gaming to engage three billion people in the fight against global warming? Join this session to learn how games can be a positive force for good for our planet.

Plan for the best and prepare for the worst: How to hyperscale your business

[Hosted by Audiomob]

Audiomob co-founder Christian Facey talks about how planning for the worst- and best-case scenarios is an essential strategy for enabling effective hyperscaling throughout 2023 and beyond.

How to cultivate new and growing audiences for your business

[Hosted by HuffPost]

This session discuss the importance to news organisations and other businesses of finding, embracing and cultivating new, growing audiences. During a wide-ranging discussion, HuffPost editor-in-chief Danielle Belton touches on diversity, gender, age, and how to appeal to highly diverse international audiences.

Are we ready for a quantum revolution in healthcare?

[Hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim]

How does the world of quantum computing intersect with the world of healthcare, and is now the time for the quantum revolution? Boehringer Ingelheim CTO Clemens Utschig-Utschig discuss how technology affects healthcare, and to discover what quantum developments might mean for individuals and the future of medicine.

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Things I wish I'd known when I built my first data products

[Hosted by Twirl]

You can use the unique data you have about your users and your business to improve your products, and even to build products no one else can. But getting it right is an art, and there are lots of common pitfalls. In this session, led by Twirl co-founder Rebecka Storm, learn from others’ hard-earned experience.

Harnessing AI’s creative potential in the design industry

[Hosted by Hey Studio]

The creative industry is undergoing a transformative revolution with the integration of AI. Hey Studio founder Veronica Fuerte explores the fascinating interplay between AI and creativity, and to delve into how AI-driven tools and technologies are redefining the way designers create, optimise workflows and push the boundaries of design innovation.

AI and application security

[Hosted by Socket]

Learn about the transformative power of AI in reshaping the cybersecurity landscape. Explore the potential of large language models (LLMs) in revolutionising threat detection and response, and discover how they offer a level of accuracy and explainability that surpasses traditional methods.

Who are you? How the convergence of microbes, human DNA and AI can alter our evolution

[Hosted by Natural Nipple]

You are 90 percent microbial DNA and 10 percent human. That leaves more room to optimise our longevity and wellbeing – harnessing epigenetics – than the nature versus nurture argument anticipated. In this session, The Natural Nipple founder, CEO and microbiome clinical specialist Lauren Wright explores how AI can accelerate the identification and optimisation of the microbiome in order to improve the health of the next generation.

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