[news] Le Web 2010 Announced – Save The Date

Save the date! Loic and Geraldine Le Meur, founders and organizers of the biggest Internet conference in Europe –Le Web Paris– have recently announced the dates and location of the 2010 edition: December 8th and 9th, 2010 at Les Docks in Paris, France.

The main numbers of the 2009 edition were:

  • 2,500 participants
  • 50 countries
  • 300 journalists
  • 15,000 tagged photos on flickr
  • thousands of tweets and blog posts

[video] Gary Vaynerchuck on The Future of Conferences

Gary Vaynerchuck (or garyvee for short) is like a nuclear powered volcano with clear ideas: if you start him up on one topic he will erupt in honest, direct and rather colorful descriptions of what he thinks of it, and you will hardly be able to regain control of him. That is probably why so many people love him (and for the same reasons hate him). I was conquered by his blunt style and the real content he decorates with foul language. His speech at Le Web 2009 was no exception on this (will update this post with the official video as soon as it’ll be available) and he touched several sensitive points that have to do with conferences.

Gary Vaynerchuk and Loic Le Meur at Le Web 09
Gary Vaynerchuk and Loic Le Meur at Le Web '09

At a certain point Loic Le Meur, founder and main host of Le Web, told him that “[Le Web] is not a conference, it’s a community” to which Gary exploded with this remark “If this is a fucking community, why aren’t we doing Q&A?!” (referring to the fact that his presentation was structured as a talk with Loic on stage and there was no real/direct engagement with the audience). Of course his comment was followed by a powerful round of applause and cheers from the attendees.

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[event] Le Web Paris’09, the most important Web event in Europe

Le Web '09In a bit more than one month the fifth edition of Le Web Paris will take place (Paris, 9 & 10 December 2009). Le Web is probably the biggest and most important European conference regarding all that’s related to the Web and this year the main theme is “Real-Time Web”.

Le Web was created in 2005 by Loïc and Geraldine Le Meur and has been growing through the years to the expected 1,800+ attendees this year. Loïc leverages on his powerful Silicon Valley network to attract top-of-the-line speakers and web-stars like: Gary Vaynerchuk (Wine Library TV and recent author of Crush it!), Jack Dorsey (Twitter), Chad Hurley (YouTube), Marissa Mayer (Google), Gina Bianchini (Ning) and Joi Ito (Creative Commons). For the complete list of more that 50 speakers click here.

Though last year many attendees complained about several organizational issues (like catering and room temperature), these don’t affect the networking possibilities that Le Web has to offer, which are obviously top notch, especially for European affairs (most attendees are from Europe) but also with the web celebrities (mostly) from the USA. The organizers also promised to improve the what didn’t work last year 🙂

If you still haven’t bough your ticket for Le Web, well you should hurry up because it’s often packed and sold out! If you’re part of the PICNIC network you can have a 10% discount on the regular ticket fee. Drop me a line (email or twitter) to get the promo code.

Let me know if you’re going to be in Paris next December 9 and 10. I will be there.

Follows a video in which the event’s founders describe this year edition of Le Web: