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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2024

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2024

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2024

Marie Boran

On International Women’s Day, Web Summit celebrates the remarkable achievements and invaluable contributions of women worldwide by highlighting some of the amazing speakers at our events. At Web Summit, we are fortunate to have a platform that amplifies diverse voices, and over the past year, an array of extraordinary women have taken to the stage at our events. From Web Summit events in Qatar, Rio De Janeiro and Lisbon to Collision in Toronto, we have hosted visionary leaders, innovative thinkers and changemakers who have shattered glass ceilings and paved the way for future generations.

Web Summit Qatar 2024
Deep Space Initiative founder, CEO and astronaut Sara Sabry speaking on stage at Web Summit Qatar 2024. Speaking at Web Summit Qatar 2024, Deep Space Initiative founder, CEO and astronaut Sara Sabry shared insights on the value of space travel. “I truly believe that we need to be sending more people – more leaders, more politicians, more people of influence – to go to space, because it gives you this other perspective of the world, that we’re really all the same,” said Sara.

Web Summit Lisbon 2023
We hosted some high-profile speakers on AI and society at our event in Lisbon, including Signal president Meredith Whittaker, an outspoken advocate for AI and big tech regulation. On the subject of automation and the future of work, Meredith said: “We need to be on the lookout for claims that AI is a magical technology that replaces workers, because that has not been borne out.” Also speaking at Web Summit 2023, Just & Sustainable founder and climate activist Sage Lenier inspired fellow gen Z activists, pointing out the increasing threat of climate change to our collective future. “If all we can do is ‘less bad’, then we are still failing,” said Sage, referring to what the founder sees as less than adequate efforts by governments and private industries around the world to tackle climate change.

Collision 2023
Catharina Lavers Mallet, former VP and general manager of Maxis and The Sims (Electronic Arts), spoke about how video games – The Sims in particular – can be more than just a distraction, giving players space to express themselves. “It’s not about the stories that we tell as developers. It’s about the platform and features that allow the users to represent their own imagination and creativity,” said the VP. Also speaking at Collision 2023 was Sheila North, Former MKO Grand Chief of Bunibonibee Cree Nation, who offered inspiring insights on the lack of equality in the global tech ecosystem. “When we collect data, we think about statistics. We’re unfairly represented in this space. It’s important to look forward on statistics.”

Web Summit Rio 2023
At Web Summit Rio 2023, creative entrepreneur, tech advisor and Black Lives Matter co-founder Ayọ Tometi shared how the social movement has progressed since its inception in 2013. “We’ve raised a profound level of awareness. A new consciousness has taken over the globe,” said Ayọ.