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What went down at Web Summit

Last week, a group of us from Samsung NEXT attended Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference, which brings together leaders of the technology, business, and political worlds from across the globe, gave us an opportunity to share our perspective on the future of the home, give back to the community through entrepreneurial education, and speak with some of the most impressive technology leaders at the event.

Below, we’ll share a quick rundown of all our activities at Web Summit.

The future of experiences in the home
In a keynote session, David Eun, Chief Innovation Officer of Samsung Electronics and President of Samsung NEXT, shared a rough sketch of how outside experiences can be brought into the home. Walking through various rooms in the house, Eun detailed some of the ways that technology will re-shape the way we live within those walls.

By 2020, Eun said, it’s estimated there will be some 30 billion connected devices generating a staggering 40 zettabytes of data. There are also expected to be voice assistants in more than 8 billion devices by 2023. Together those are pretty dramatic numbers, and they underline how the places where people live will be more connected and give their residents more control over what they can do in their homes.

“In the future, it’s conceivable that almost every device and appliance will have voice assistants built into them. And this will enable true personalization further enhancing the transformation from a house into a home,” Eun said.

That means in 2025, your kitchen could become your nutritionist, your personal chef, and your shopping assistant. Your bathroom could be transformed into a wellness and health center. And your living room could be a place that brings the world to you.

Read more about David’s presentation at Web Summit or watch the entire presentation here.

ClassroomX: Teaching the next generation of entrepreneurs
Our mission is to champion builders and founders inventing a more purposeful future. That’s why we launched ClassroomX, a new educational program aimed at teaching entrepreneurs and early-stage startup employees the lessons they need to accelerate their success.

Web Summit is a global event that brings together people from across the tech ecosystem all over the world, which is why we thought it would be the perfect place to connect startup founders with experts who can share their advice and experience.

Over the course of three days, we had 17 sessions providing practical tools and guidance on how to approach — and overcome — some of the most common challenges entrepreneurs and early-stage startups will face as they grow.

We’ll share those sessions online soon, and will also share upcoming ClassroomX events in the Samsung NEXT weekly newsletter. Sign up here.

What’s NEXT podcast studio
Over the three days of Web Summit, we interviewed a number of founders and technologists behind some of today’s most groundbreaking innovations. 

We spoke with people like:

  • Hilary Coles, founder of Hims and Hers
  • Mada Seghete, founder of Branch 
  • JF Gagné, founder of ElementAI
  • Alexandra Zatarain, founder of Eight Sleep 
  • Roham Gharegozlou, founder of Dapper Labs 
  • Olga Feldmeier, founder of Smart Valor
  • João Graça, founder of Unbabel
  • Ariel Garten, founder of Muse, and 
  • Yancey Strickler, founder of Kickstarter and author of the new book “This Could Be Our Future.” 

We’ll begin releasing those interviews weekly, beginning in the next few weeks. To listen to future episodes of the podcast, subscribe Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, or via RSS on your podcast app of choice.

… And more
Samsung NEXT’s Brendon Kim and Christina Bechhold Russ participated in a number of panels on corporate venture capital and the state of startup financing. We met with the press, hosted a photo booth, and met fantastic entrepreneurs from all over the world. We had a great time, and can’t wait to come back.

Thanks for a wonderful Web Summit — we look forward to seeing you again next year!


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