Numbers that helped build the future

Balance of the 4th edition of Building The Future

  • 3 days of live streaming event
  • 21 thousand online participants
  • 150 thousand unique viewers

Building The Future, the main Portuguese digital transformation event, which has the main sponsorship of Microsoft and the construction of imatch, and which took place between the 26th, 27th and 28th of January, through live streaming from the Capitólio, in Lisbon, registered a total of 21 thousand online participants in 66 countries.

This 4th edition had a team of around 170 people in its organization, 150 thousand unique viewers, brought together 365 speakers in 180 sessions, with 48 sponsors, 60 startups over more than 65 hours of online transmission, 12 thousand people connected to each other, 1,700 meetings, more than 20,000 interactions in chats, 650-speed networking meetings, 300 Job Pitch Challenge interviews, a day entirely dedicated to digital transformation in Education and Skilling, which involved more than a thousand schools and also the award of the Best Company to Work for in IT 2022 award, by Teamlyzer, to Microsoft Portugal.

To drive knowledge sharing on how technology is redefining human progress and the way we interact with reality, the Building The Future platform, which will be operational until February 4th, as well as providing participants with the opportunity to make personalized networking and matchmaking, Polls and Q&A, as well as the integration of the personal calendar, made available, for the first time, through Janssen, subtitling and sign language in all sessions of the Inspiration stage.

Andrés Ortolá, General Manager of Microsoft Portugal, says “Portugal is a country of entrepreneurs and innovators. During these three days, we deepened the need to accelerate the processes of Digital Transformation and skills development, around pillars such as “People”, “Planet”, “Education” and “Skilling”. We reflected on fundamental themes of our digital economy and had effective moments of hacking for the area of ​​Sustainability, of developing innovative solutions with Startups for the areas of Cybersecurity, Deep Tech and 5G and a talent hunt with real opportunities. More than 65 hours of content were produced, which will be accessible to all Portuguese people. We witnessed the best that is done in the country and witnessed how digital transformation is the engine of the future. I was involved for the first time in what was the 4th edition of Building The Future, an event in which it was demonstrated that we have the right people, partners and technology to continue Activating Portugal, making us a more competitive, innovative and sustainable country. It is with this mindset that we will continue to build the future”.

For the 2nd consecutive year in a pandemic context, we did not give up and went back to making an extremely innovative event, even using an organic augmented reality system for the first time in Portugal. In addition to these new technologies, which make a difference, we also had the opportunity, through digital, to have a series of national and international speakers sharing stories and testimonies that we believe are vital to inspire and challenge Portuguese society and economy. Filomena Cautela energized the entire event again, and we felt that energy echoing in the chats that were in full swing during the three days”, reinforced Teresa Virgínia, CMO & PR Lead at Microsoft Portugal.

Education and Skilling featured on the last day

The third day of the event, entirely about Education and Skilling, curated by the José Neves Foundation, opened with the participation of José Vítor Pedroso, Director General of Education, who highlighted “when Microsoft Portugal dedicates one of its days to Education it is a relevant sign of the importance that this sector has in the development and future of countries”.

A school is increasingly a place aimed at all children and, therefore, we have to create a space that, through technology and digital, has this ability to differentiate and customize methodologies that are used for the student to learn. with the objective of being a school for everyone and for everyone”, he concluded.

After the opening session, we highlight a series of sessions focused mainly on lifelong learning with the testimony, for example, of José Neves (José Neves Foundation), Carlos Oliveira (José Neves Foundation), David Simas (Obama Foundation), Mark East (Microsoft), Kati Tiainen (Microsoft), João Baracho (CDI) and Pedro Cunha (Gulbenkian).

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