Web Summit announced today that it will revive RISE, one of Asia’s largest technology conferences, in March 2022, moving it to Kuala Lumpur after five years in Hong Kong. He also announced a new event, called Web Summit Tokyo, which will also launch in 2022.
The Web Summit flagship event is currently being held as an online conference.
In November 2019, Web Summit announced that it would postpone RISE until 2021 amid pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. But the 2021 event will not take place, and RISE will resume with its 2022 event in Kuala Lumpur. Of course, this year has seen a number of cancellations of other major events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Web Summit is planning for the 2022 edition of RISE to be in person, and has agreed to a three-year partnership with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to host the event.
In a press release, Web Summit and RISE Co-Founder and CEO Paddy Cosgrave said: “This is not a goodbye to Hong Kong. We hope to return to the city in the future with a completely new event ”.
Web Summit Tokyo, which will take place in September 2022, as part of its global expansion, which will also include an event in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro or Porto Alegre are currently being considered as the location.
Web Summit has already announced plans to host its flagship event as an in-person conference in November 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal.