Glasto comes to London Web Summit

Glastonbury might be taking a year off, but Britain’s favourite rock festival will have a presence at the London Web Summit. The same stage that has supported Bono’s platform shoes, Coldplay’s loafers and Radiohead’s panoply of electronic gadgets has been pressed into service for the summit.

Tech entrepreneurs are apparently the new rock stars and the stage should add a little showbiz panache to an event that looks set to be the highlight of the tech-industry year in the capital.

The Web Summit offers contributions from over 50 speakers, including such industry luminaries as Niklas Zennstrom, one of Europe’s top tech entrepreneurs and investors, founder of Skype, Kazaa and venture capital fund Atomico, Lars Hinrichs, the founder of Hackfwd, Jason Goldberg, the founder and CEO of fab.com and Nikesh Arora of Google.

Those attending will be able to take advantage of unique industry insights from experts in their field, as well as having the opportunity to network with leading startups, investors, media and digital leaders. The Digital Stage is dedicated to the latest trends and developments in social media, with input from global experts.

With a startup competition prize fund that includes £50,000 of funding from DFJ Esprit, the Summit promises to be what Luca Ascani, Co Founder and Chairman of Populis, described as "one of the most important events in the web sector’s calendar."

The London Web Summit takes place on March 19 in the Brewery in London, co-curated by TechCrunch Europe Editor Mike Butcher and Paddy Cosgrave of the Dublin Web Summit.

As media partner in the Web Summit, Populis will provide full coverage of the workshops and speeches, with interviews, news and backstage gossip. Stay on the Digital Edge channel for full reports from this unprecedented event.

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