Top 5 tech events not to miss in Portugal

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Portugal has become a worldwide “tech hub” during the last few years. A friendly environment for startups, combined with economic benefits and quality of life offered, has been attracting digital nomads and entrepreneurs from all around the world. Even multinationals like Google or Amazon have recently chosen the country to set up technological facilities. This scenario has led to positioning Portugal as the perfect stage for top-tier tech events. After all, participants here have the opportunity to network with an international community while enjoying the sun and ocean landscapes. 

Since the offer has been expanding, FES Agency ranked the top 5 events you can’t miss in the coming months:

#1 NDC PORTO 2022

At the end of April (from 25 to 29), the spotlight turns to Porto. NDC is one of the most important events for software developers. Launched in 2008, NDC conferences are held all over the world, including cities like Copenhagen, Oslo, London or Sydney, and Porto has joined the list in 2019 for the first time. This second edition in the larger north’s Portugal city will take place at Alfandega Congress Center and have already confirmed over 80 speakers. Tali Nassi (from Amazon), Alon Kiriati (from Dropbox), Claire Novotny (from Microsoft), Dale Lane (from IBM), Tejas Chopra (from Netflix) or Anderson Oliveria (from Farfetch) are some of the names forming the lineup, just to mention a few. Many independent software developers are expected as well, not only as speakers but also as attendees. 

Besides over 100 conference sessions (those who can’t be physically present can attend the sessions online), the independent event offers workshops focused on coding, app design or machine learning, for example. NDC will occupy several rooms in the venue which is Porto’s main congress center – with the plus of having an amazing view from Douro river. For relaxing from all the knowledge shared, the fun is guaranteed with inspirational talks and music.

#2 APDC Digital Business Congress

On May 11th and 12th, APDC – the Portuguese Association for Communications Development – brings off its annual congress, in Lisbon, aiming to gather governmental entities, fundations and companies to discuss main current issues related to technology and economics. This will be the 31st edition and is subordinated to the theme “The Way Forward”.

The agenda is not known yet but surely will be worth it, taking into account the previous editions. Last year, with the claim “Reinventing with Technology”, the event was attended by Portuguese government executives, as well as Media and Bank sectors and European Parliament representatives. Other entities such as Obama Foundation or News Partnerships for Southern Europe at Facebook and companies such as Nokia or Axians participated in the event, where the future pos-covid, with a special look around problems within the information in the digital universe, were addressed. Vodafone, Accenture, Huawei, Google, SAP, Deloitte or CISCO are some of the sponsors for this year’s edition.

#3 Lisbon Tech Job Fair

On May 25th, Lisbon will receive a tech job fair powered by Techmeetups – a global cluster that has been promoting job fairs and other tech-related events all over the world, for the last ten years, and it’s responsible to connect a community with over 65.000 startups, students and graduates, professionals, coders, salespeople, financiers, marketers & developers worldwide.

With the claim “want to leave a job, like, yesterday? You’re not alone”, the Lisbon job fair edition brings opportunities by connecting attendees with companies hiring. So, if you’re a student, graduate, alumni or just a job seeker trying to boost your career in technology, marketing or sales, this is the perfect event for you. Update your resume and don’t miss this opportunity to make a good first impression next to companies and entities like Inetum, Imaginary Cloud or Working in Denmark.

#4 QSP Summit

The most relevant Management and Marketing conference in Europe takes place in Matosinhos (near Porto) between the 28th and the 30th of June, this year under the claim “Building Sustainable Growth”. The organization of QSP Summit has already announced influential names – journalist Fareed Zakaria, entrepreneur Jane Thomason (from Kaisei Holdings and a worldwide recognized blockchain specialist) or publicity executive and Ogilvy Group’s vice president Rory Sutherland are among them – as keynote speakers for this edition, which is expected to receive over 3.000 visitors. On the other hand, over 140 brands will participate as exhibitors in this 15th edition.

QSP Summit is a platform where the most advanced insights over Marketing and Management are brought to light, covering a varied spectrum of sectors, such as music, visual arts, tourism, media, beauty, automobile, science or energy.

#5 Web Summit

It’s already an ex-libris within the international entrepreneurship, technology and innovation ecosystem. Web Summit arrived in Portugal in 2016 and its relationship with Lisbon has lasted year after year, against initial expectations. The organization has even signed an agreement with the Portuguese government to stay in the country until 2028. 

This year, the event will return to Lisbon in November (from 1st to 4th) to demonstrate solutions and debate proposals for the future, always with technology and its relation with society’s main issues at the heart of the matter. Web Summit is considered a heaven for startups to find investors and growth opportunities. The 2021 edition has received over 1.500 startups, 700 speakers, 850 investors and 42.000 attendees from 128 countries. On stage, names such as Amy Poehler (author, comedian and Amy Phoehler’s Smart Girls founder), Ayo (fka Opal) Tometi (co-founder of Black Lives Matter), Thierry Henry (ex-football player), or Dr Siyabulela Mandela (director for Africa at Journalists for Human Rights) have stood out. Nonetheless, the offer of speakers was so diverse, offering options for all kinds of tastes and interests, from fintech to sports or politics, gaming, event management, education and music, among so many others.

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