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Yesterday, Paddy Cosgrave made a surprise visit to Beta-I during the “Startup Accelerators: How startups and corporates are driving the future” presentation.

His appearance and subsequent presentation was obviously scheduled for the end of the presentation, but the audience was not expecting it.

What did Paddy Cosgrave have to say about We Summit 2016?

That it was incredible. Especially in comparison with the previous iterations of the event in Dublin.

“The city(Lisbon) just works so much better.”

Paddy Cosgrave

But still, there were thousands of things that Web Summit had to learn from doing the event for the first time in Lisbon, and wants to improve for the 2017 edition.

After all, it was the biggest Web Summit ever.

Some of the lessons learned from organizing Web Summit 2016 in Lisbon:

  • Queues can get long due to security.
  • The event needs more toilets.
  • Extra Food Stalls are also a requirement

Basically, the venue was not prepared for the huge crowds that attended Web Summit in 2016.

I personally experienced long queues to access the venue itself, bathrooms and other areas, it’s great to see Paddy Cosgrave recognizing those issues and taking it into account.

What can we expect for Web Summit 2017? 80,000 70,000 people?

Previously, 80,000 people were expected for the next Web Summit.

The problem is that apparently, Paddy has made a judgment call to limit the event to 70,000 people, as it seems like the venue can only hold around those many people without significant risks to the quality of the event itself.

It feels like a wise call, as the quality of the event is way more important than sheer attendance numbers.

One can only wonder, who are the 10,000 people that will be left out.

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