This article is part of KrASIA’s partnership with Collision.
Collision returns for its second online conference, with 38,039 participants from 141 countries. CEOs, founders, and tech giants, including the CMO of TikTok and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, and stars including Nicole Kidman, are among the thousands of attendees joining the event to network on the company’s proprietary conference software. Over the last year, Web Summit has hosted more than 180,000 attendees at events on its conference software, which was built in-house by a team of 50+ engineers.
Collision welcomes more than 38,000 attendees from 141 countries – its biggest year yet.
The technology conference has surpassed last year’s count of 32,000 attendees to host its largest event yet. 1,426 journalists, 860 investors, 621 speakers and 113 partners are using the platform over the three days of the event to make meaningful connections with people all over the world. Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom are among the top attending countries, along with Germany, India, Portugal and the Netherlands.
180,000 people have used the company’s proprietary platform over the last year.
Since the company attracted 32,000 attendees to its first online event, Collision, in June 2020, the proprietary platform has hosted more than 180,000 people. The company scaled even further to host Web Summit – a 104,000+ person event – on its platform in December 2020. In March of this year, the platform was licensed to its first ever customer, the United Nations Development Programme.
44 percent of Collision attendees are women.
The gender ratio at Collision has remained stable, dropping just slightly below last year’s event (45.2 percent) and 2019 (45.7 percent), the first year Collision was hosted in Toronto.
The event welcomes 1,266 startups.
Startups attending Collision represent more than 78 countries and 27 industries. Among them are 22 AMPLIFY startups – companies founded and led by people from underrepresented communities. Startups at the event that pursue one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals have been designated ‘Impact startups’.
Across the platform, more than 1,500 pre-scheduled sessions are taking place, from live Q&As with Cloudflare’s Michelle Zatlyn, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and Revolut’s Nikolay Storonsky, to press conferences with Grammy Award winner NE-YO, and the CEO of Virgin Hyperloop, Josh Giegel, to roundtables with Wikipedia CEO Katherine Maher and Toronto’s Mayor John Tory.
Spontaneous water-cooler moments are recreated with thousands of attendees meeting for three minutes at a time on the platform’s speed-networking tool, Mingle. The matchmaking is powered by the company’s custom algorithm.
When Collision, North America’s fastest growing technology event, moved online, the pivot to host thousands of attendees online was coined by the Sunday Times as a “pretty big experiment”. For the second year in a row, Collision will host attendees online on its proprietary software. After hosting 32,000 attendees at its first online event in June 2020, the Collision platform was called “the stunning future of online events” by Digital Trends. This year, the platform will host more than 38,000 attendees.
About Web Summit:
Forbes says Web Summit is “the best tech conference on the planet”; Bloomberg calls it “Davos for geeks”; Politico, “the Olympics of tech”; the Guardian, “Glastonbury for geeks”; and, in the words of Inc. magazine, “Web Summit is the largest technology conference in the world”.