Impressions from the Web Summit tech conference, 5–8 November, 2018, Lisbon

A gigant­ic, trendy ini­ti­at­ive reunit­ing tech organ­iz­a­tions from all over the world: large and small, estab­lished orgs as well as  start-ups, pro­pri­et­ary tech as well as open tech, products serving indi­vidu­als as well as com­munit­ies. Good for vis­ib­il­ity if you have a booth. Chal­len­ging to net­work unless you have a pre­set agenda/contacts.

Grass­roots Radio had a booth on Nov 6th — and had rep­res­ent­a­tion from M-ITI : Duarte Sousa (com­munit­ies & con­tent) and RootIO (under­ly­ing tech­no­logy) Jude Mukundane and Andreea Bonea. This was the day where our pro­ject got most vis­ib­il­ity and we each of us talked to approx­im­ately 20–30 inter­ested people.


The high­light was the vis­it of the European Com­mis­sion­er for Research Sci­ence and Innov­a­tion — Car­los Moedas, who men­tioned that EU will increase the budget for social innov­a­tion, “not because it’s trendy, but because we believe that the future of innov­a­tion is about social innov­a­tion”.

Along with the founder of Web Sum­mit, Com­mis­sion­er Moedas, vis­ited the Social Innov­a­tion Vil­lage area (where EU fun­ded pro­jects had their booth) and he chat­ted with select pro­jects. Grass­roots Radio  was one of them. The Com­mis­sion­er men­tioned an earli­er vis­it to M-ITI and meet­ing ‘the Amer­ic­an Pro­fess­or’ that came up with this idea — and that he was glad that this idea came to fruition with the aid of the EC. Moedas was accom­pan­ied by the por­tuguese Min­is­ter of the Pres­id­ency and of Admin­is­trat­ive Mod­ern­isa­tion — Maria Manuel Marques, the French Sec­ret­ary of State for Digit­al Affairs — Mounir Mah­joubi, as well as, the Web Summitt’s cre­at­or — Paddy Cos­grave.


Grass­roots Radio  also vis­ited the EC invest team to scope out like minded ini­ti­at­ives or pro­jects, where couple ref­er­ence materials/websites were presen­ted:

Grass­roots Radio  also atten­ded an inspir­ing present­a­tion delivered by the Com­pet­i­tion Com­mis­sion­er Mar­grethe Vestager around fair demo­cracy and the role that tech­no­logy plays in this equa­tion.

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