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.

More info also on twit­ter: https://​twit​ter​.com/​G​r​a​s​s​r​o​o​t​s​W​a​ves












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