The Web Summit Rio Times

Our first South American Web Summit event – Web Summit Rio – took place in May 2023 in sunny Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!

Web Summit Rio 2023 was the largest tech event in Brazil, gathering more than 21,000 people to network, make deals and share ideas. Bringing together amazing speakers from every corner of the world, up-and-coming entrepreneurs and the company leaders redefining the tech industry, it truly was an unmissable event.

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Centre Stage during the opening night of Web Summit Rio 2023 at Riocentro

Technology and innovation

Is the future of urban mobility not on the ground, but in the skies? Can Brazilian aviation experts “[use] technology to make aviation safer and better”? Top entrepreneurs and innovators are working on next-gen tech to lead us into the future.



Culture and society

Amazonian Activist Txai Suruí on Centre Stage during the opening night of Web Summit Rio 2023 at Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

From a spokesperson for Indigenous peoples to the CEO of OnlyFans, the top speakers at Web Summit Rio shared their insights on how society is evolving in the region and identified some of the key cultural trends to watch out for in 2024.

Brazil’s enterprise ecosystem

Skyscrapers and other buildings line the waters of Rio de Janeiro's warm-looking Guanabara Bay. The rocky Sugarloaf Mountain is in the background.

Latin America has been the investment region of choice for much of the last decade, even with global economic conditions now stymying the flow of capital. How has Brazil led the way in raising funding and founding unicorns in that time? And what lies ahead as times get even trickier?

  • 6
    percentage of Brazilian GDP represented by tech startups
  • 23
    percentage of Brazilian population that’s digitally excluded
  • 20
    number of Brazilian unicorns
  • US$5
    value of initial SoftBank fund in Brazil

“The Brazilian financial sector is an example for the whole world.”

Ana Buchaim, CMO, B3, on Corporate Innovation Summit Stage during day one of Web Summit Rio 2023

– Ana Buchaim, CMO, B3

“ChatGPT is a bullshit engine.”

A person (Signal president Meredith Whittaker) sits in an armchair. They hold a microphone in their right hand and are gesturing with their left. They appear to be speaking. On the wall behind them, the Web Summit Rio logo is visible in several places.

– Meredith Whittaker, President, Signal

“While we’re moving fast and breaking things, we have to think of the consequences of what that means.”

Chelsea Manning, Security Consultant, Nym, on Centre Stage during day one of Web Summit Rio 2023

– Chelsea Manning, Security Consultant, Nym