The Magnificent Seven of Web Summit 2016

Orla Hodnett
Orla Hodnett

The Web Summit has made the big move and the event, previously held in Dublin, will run from the 7th to 10th November in sunny Lisbon. The biggest tech event of its kind in Europe, the Web Summit will bring together the biggest names in business, technology, media and sports. From startups to titans of industry, the little minnows will be swimming with the blue whales.

This is part of our HR Events & People series

Every imaginable industry is represented, with speakers as diverse as actor, Shailene Woodley, to prime-minister of Portugal, António Costa, to the co-founder of Tinder, Sean Rad… rad indeed. Even HR and recruiting is represented among the many speakers, presenters and exhibitors. The full schedule for all stages is here but here’s a look at some of the most intriguing speakers at this year’s event.

Ronaldinho, footballer and investor


Not content in being just one of the greatest footballers of his generation, he has also waded into the world of business and technology. He will be speaking about his video application, Zoome, which has just launched.

Eamon Leonard, founder of Cohort


Cohort has not yet launched, but it certainly sounds intriguing. It is a tool for helping you to find the candidates you need, through your existing network, utilising Facebook, Twitter, Email and others. Who knew your friends and acquaintances were so well connected?

Peter Coppinger, co-founder and CEO of

5j2ljrdr_400x400 has quickly become one of the go-to tools for collaboration and improved… eh… teamwork. Universally useful for sharing projects and tasks, Teamwork is an essential tool for project management.

Joseph Gordon Levitt, actor and founder of hitRECord


He’s been Batman’s Robin, he had a successful career as an adorable child actor and now he’s looking at how technology and creativity work together. His project, hitRECord allows people to use their creative skills to collaborate on a project.

Sean Ryan, Workplace by Facebook


One of many collaboration and teamwork tools to make this list, Workplace by Facebook is an internal communications tool. Ad-free, the tool creates a personalised news feed, as well as connecting you with your colleagues. It even facilitates video calling.

Yvette Pasqua, CTO of Meetup


We have given Meetup more than one mention on this blog. It is a tool for organising meetups with people with similar interests to yourself. Not only is it a great way of meeting like-minded people, it’s a great way of finding groups of people with the skill sets your organisation needs.

Allan Grant, co-founder and CTO of Hired


Founder of one of the leading online job marketplaces (one of 7 companies he founded), Grant will be present to discuss his many successes. Hired allows candidates to compare opportunities and companies can make offers to candidates through the site.

Check out the full schedule for WebSummit 2016 here.

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