Web Summit event in Hong Kong postponed due to pandemic

Web Summit organizers have postponed a sister event scheduled to take place in Hong Kong early next year due to the Covid crisis.

The annual Rise conference was scheduled to return to Hong Kong as an in-person event in March 2022 after the event was canceled last year.

“The uncertainties caused by the pandemic continued and after careful consideration we have unfortunately decided to postpone Rise from March 21 to 23, 2023,” the company said.

“We will focus on bringing a global audience to world events in 2023 and look forward to welcoming a global audience to Hong Kong soon,” he added.

Rise, which typically attracts over 16,000 attendees from over 100 countries, was held in Hong Kong for five years starting in 2015, becoming one of the largest events of its kind in Southeast Asia. However, the 2020 event was canceled due to security concerns related to widespread pro-democracy protests in the protectorate.

A plan to move the conference to Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia was announced late last year, but it was scrapped after a deal was reached in September to host Rise in Hong Kong for five years. additional.

The success of Web Summit and its sister events has been overshadowed in recent times by disputes between co-founders Patrick Cosgrave, David Kelly and Daire Hickey, which have resulted in a number of lawsuits.

The company’s flagship event, which started in Dublin before moving to Lisbon, typically attracts over 70,000 people. Web Summit returned as an in-person event in November after being hosted as a virtual conference last year.

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