A crowd of people standing together and cheering on a stage decorated with the Web Summit logo and branding.
Volunteers on stage at Web Summit 2019 in Lisbon. Image: Vaughn Ridley/Web Summit via Sportsfile (CC BY 2.0)

Web Summit’s return to in-person events will create 20 new jobs

25 May 2021

This November, Web Summit is planning a return to the stage in Lisbon. It’s looking for live event producers, designers, operations managers and more to help make it happen.

Web Summit is set to return as an in-person event this year and is planning to create 20 new jobs that will be based between its Dublin headquarters and offices in Lisbon, Tokyo and Toronto.

The tech conference pivoted online during the pandemic and 2021 will be its first year back in front of a live audience since 2019.

The company behind the conference is looking for executive producers, designers, operations managers and more to help it transition back to a physical stage. These new roles are in addition to the 50 already announced by Web Summit in March of this year. Recruitment is set to begin this week.

This year’s Web Summit is expected take place in Lisbon in November, with plans to host more than 70,000 attendees. The new hires will be joining the company’s live events, design and project management teams. Web Summit said further roles will be opening up in these teams in the coming weeks.

Live event producers will help design and organise events hosted around the world in addition to the main Web Summit event in Lisbon, including Collision in Toronto, RISE in Kuala Lumpur and Web Summit Tokyo.

Web Summit co-founder and CEO Paddy Cosgrave said that “talented producers” will be key to ensuring these events are “the best and safest events possible”.

Over the years, our live event producers have been the great minds behind the gatherings we’ve hosted across the world,” he said. “They have designed some of the most influential networking events. They have organised some of the world’s best parties, as well as invite-only gatherings for the leaders who are reshaping the world.

“You can never replace the magic of real-life events. I’m delighted we are in the position again to be building out the live event teams that will play such a big part in how we return to meet in real life.”

There are currently 235 people working at the company. It said it is aiming to fill the 20 new positions by the end of September and that it is accepting applications from candidates who want to work remotely.

Find more information on jobs at Web Summit here.

Web Summit volunteers at the Lisbon event in 2019. Image: Vaughn Ridley/Web Summit via Sportsfile (CC BY 2.0)

Lisa Ardill
By Lisa Ardill

Lisa Ardill joined Silicon Republic as senior careers reporter in July 2019. She has a BA in neuroscience and a master’s degree in science communication. She is also a semi-published poet and a big fan of doggos. Lisa briefly served as Careers Editor at Silicon Republic before leaving the company in June 2021.

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