Sunday 19 February 2017

'I have a ticket and can't get in' - Some Web Summit attendees watch opening ceremony from outside

Published 08/11/2016 | 07:16

A woman takes selfies in front of the Web Summit logo on the opening day at Parque das Nacoes in Lisbon
A woman takes selfies in front of the Web Summit logo on the opening day at Parque das Nacoes in Lisbon

It was a mixed opening evening for the Web Summit in Lisbon, with tech issues and logistical problems putting a damper on some of the attendees' evenings.

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Capacity for the MEO arena in Lisbon is reported to be 20,000, however many more than that turned up to the opening evening expecting to gain entry to the event.

The event is sold out, with 53,056 scheduled to attend.

Founder of the event, Paddy Cosgrave, tweeted that those who were unable to gain entry to the opening ceremony would be able to watch from an outdoor screen.

Many attendees who weren't happy with this solution took to Twitter to complain.

 

Earlier that evening, there was an apparent tech issue as Mr Cosgrave gave a demonstration on his phone.

Late late tickets started at €1,000 for exhibition floor only and were up to €3,000 for a General Attendee, €4,245 for Premium and €5,245 for the Platinum ticket.

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