Web Summit Rio 2023: what to see, who will be there, and a programming tip

What you need to know about Web Summit Rio, the world's largest technology event

Renata Agazzi
Renata Agazzi

Digital Account Manager

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O Web Summit Rio is one of the largest technology and innovation events in the world, taking place for the first time in Latin America, in Rio de Janeiro, between May 1 and 4. The event will bring together more than 500 investors, 750 startups and 20,000 people at Riocentro.

In this article we will talk about the history of the event, its importance, and who will be attending, as well as giving a suggested program for those interested in topics such as data, e-sports, artificial intelligence, and information security.

What is Web Summit and how did it come about?

The Web Summit has been held annually since 2009, taking place in its first five years in Dublin, Ireland. In 2015, the event moved to Lisbon, Portugal. After two editions, Web Summit announced a partnership with the Portuguese government, which guarantees the conference in the country until the year 2028.

The Web Summit is considered one of the world's leading events for the digital market, technology and startups, connecting CEOs, investors, politicians, content creators and media to discuss trends and innovation. In 2023, with the event's expansion, Rio de Janeiro will become a hub for discussion on technology-related topics.

Who will be at Web Summit Rio 2023?

Some of the top companies present are Unilever, Microsoft, IBM, Siemens, Amazon, Nestlé, Forbes, Visa, Canon and Philips. The trend companies most in demand by participants include Itaú, Banco do Brasil, Sebrae, KPMG, Oracle, Icatu Seguros, EDP Brasil, Grupo Boticário, Banco BV, Carrefour, Claro Brazil, PayPal, AWS, Magalu, Embraer and Petrobras.

Levva, a Brazilian technology company, will also participate in the event after having marked its presence in the 2021 and 2022 editions in Lisbon.

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Speakers include such personalities as:

David Vélez

David Vélez
Founder & CEO

Gabriel Braga

Gabriel Braga
Co-founder & CEO QuintoAndar

Catherine Powell

Catherine Powell
Global Head of Hosting

Nik Storonsky

Nik Storonsky
Founder & CEO

Luiza Trajano

Luiza Trajano

Magazine Luiza

Luciano Huck

Luciano Huck


Mariana Ramos Dias

Mariana Ramos Dias
Co-founder & CEO


Thomas Dohmke

Thomas Dohmke


Cassie Kozyrkov

Cassie Kozyrkov
Chief Decision Scientist


Howard Wright

Howard Wright
VP & Global Head of Startups
Amazon Web Services

Get to know all the speakers at the Web Summit Rio 2023 by clicking here.

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Levva Curator: Web Summit Rio 2023

Levva is confirmed presence in the largest event of technology and innovation in the world. We are a technology company, specialized in developing digital solutions that enhance the results of our customers. We act as technology partners of large companies such as NC Group, Ticket, Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, Ambev and many other giants.

We are strong in Data & AnalyticsSoftware Development, Business Agility, UX Design and Information Security. Here, we have our own e-Sports championship, RIVVALS: engagement, fun, and rivalry. RIVVALS is one of the great deliverables of the company culture. It allows people from different projects to create genuine connections and a lot of good humor.

Among the main themes discussed in the lectures at the Web Summit Rio 2023 are data, e-sportsartificial intelligence and cybersecurity. We have prepared some programming tips for those passionate about technology and innovation, all with speakers who are references in their professions.

Spoiler: Ready for a lively evening with happy hour and connections with professionals from major companies around the world? The opening night promises to bring a lot of fun, entertainment, and preparation for the world's largest technology event.

16:00 - 20:00 | Opening Night

11:00- 11:45 | How to build a thriving ecosystem for the tech community
Marc Penzel (Genome)

11:15 - 11:35
| Going global: How to take on new frontiers
Juan Pablo Ortega (Yuno), Mada Seghete (Branch), Dileep Thazhmon (jeeves), Harry McCracken (Fast Company)

11:30 - 11:45
| Connecting lives through technology
Christin Gebera (Telefônica Brasil)

11:45 - 12:05
| How AI is going to scale your organization
Bruno Guicardi (CI&T), Alexandre Winetzki (Woopi), Fabiane Ziolla Menezes (The Brazilian Report)


12:20 - 12:40 | E-Sports in Brazil: How it all began
Nicolle Merh (Black Dragons), Bruno "PlayHard" Bittencourt (Loud)


15:00 - 15:20 | Future trends driving global innovations
Ricardo Al Makul (KES)

15:00 - 15:45 | The future of work in an AI-world
Bruno Guicardi (CI&T)

11:20 - 11:40 | How secure is your data, really?
Jeff Shiner (1Password), Brittany Kaiser (own Your Data), JD Durkin (The Street)


12:05 - 12:30 | How can startups effectively manage the SaaS products They use?
Don Muir (Arc), Bianca Martinelli (Alexia Ventures), Rhett Power (Forbes)


14:20 - 14:50 | Investing in emerging technologies
Itxaso del Palacio (Notion), Miryam Lazarte (LatAm Startups), Patrick Arippol (Alexia Ventures)


15:10 - 15:30 | The next 10 Years of developer AI
Thomas Dohmke (GitHub), Pedro Doria (Meio)


15:50 - 16:15 | E-sports in Brazil: A sleeping giant
Nicolle Merhy (Black Dragons), Bruno "PlayHadr" Bittercourt (Loud), Roberta Coelha (MIBR), Luiz Gustavo Pacete de Lima


15:50 - 16:10 | How to build aworld-class engineering team
Michael Mac-Vicar (Wildlife Studios)


16:40 - 17:00 | IA: Future or fear?
Sarah Al-Hussaini (Ultimate), Aline Oliveira (traive), Gustavo Ribeiro (The Brazilian Report)

11:45 - 12:10 | How to make products that people love
Mikayel Vardanyan (Picsart), Erika Palomino (MAM Rio), Mathias Schilling (Headline), Larry Madowo (CNN International)


12:40 - 13:05 | How to change the world, one startup ate the time
Tony Jamous (Oyster HR), Fabio Carrara (Solfácil)


13:05 - 13:30 | The future of product design
Sonny Vu (Alabaster), Juliana Causin (Época Negócios)


14:30 - 15:00 | Investing in women makes for good business
Gabriela Estrada (Vexi), Miryam Lazarte (LatAm Startups), Gina Gotthilf (Latitud)


15:00 - 15:45 | IoT and the future of logistics
Parker Treacy (Cobli)


15:00 - 15:20 | Future trends driving global innovations
Ricardo Al Makul (KES)

15:40 - 16:05 | Do founders make good CEOs?
Thibaund Lecuyer (Loggi), Edith Harbaugh (LaunchDarkly), Robson Privado (MadeiraMadeira), Sandra Boccia


16:05 - 16:25 | Where does design go from here?
Felipe Rocha (Porto Rocha), Leo Porto (Porto Rocha)

Web Summit is the World Cup of technology. Soon, we will bring you more content with insights about what happened at the event. In the meantime, how about reading our articles about Web Summit Lisbon 2022 - a e two?

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