There were more than 500 Canadians at this year’s Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. Two hundred of them were sent as part of a Canadian delegation to the world’s biggest tech conference.

Why? For a lot of reasons.

Firstly, because Web Summit’s other tech conference, Collision, is coming to Canada in 2019. It made a lot of people interested in heading to Lisbon to learn how they should prepare for what will happen in Toronto. CanCon spoke with Alison Gibbins, Tech Community Engagement Lead at RBC, about her evaluation process.

Secondly, while some are looking to prepare for Collision in Toronto, others are looking to prepare Toronto for Collision. CanCon spoke with Chris Rickett, Manager, Entrepreneurship Services at the City of Toronto about what is keeping Mayor John Tory up at night.

Of course, there were also members of the delegation less interested in selling the idea of Canada to the world than they were in selling to global customers. Jauntin’ CEO Rain Takahashi spoke to CanCon about why Europe can be a more enticing market than the United States when it comes to international expansion.

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