When life gives you Lemons, go to the Web Summit!

20/12/2019 - 13:30

This year’s annual Web Summit in Lisbon took place from 4 to 7 November. We received an invitation from Huawei and sent Tom Celis and Vincent Verbist to attend the event.

About Web Summit 

Like every year, Web Summit took place in the MEO Arena in Lisbon. The annual event where Fortune 500 companies, remarkable startups and interesting speakers meet to discover and present the latest technologies. Web Summit is also called “Glastonbury for geeks” and “Davos for geeks”. This is because they are known for attracting tech celebrities, ranging from Stephen Hawking to Elon Musk. Over the past six years, the event has grown from 400 visitors to Europe’s largest tech event with more than 70,000 visitors from all over the world.


Due to the trade ban between the U.S. and China, Huawei is forbidden to run the Android operating system on its new devices. This includes all Google Mobile Services related apps, such as Google Play Store. To compensate for the loss of apps such as Google Maps and Youtube, Huawei has developed HMS – Huawei Mobile Services.

Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) was created to allow applications to be built efficiently by developers, thus providing a counterpart to GMS. For example, their own navigation app will be developed on HMS. This is the reason why we received an invitation. On November 5th, they organized the Huawei Developers Day at Web Summit to attract software developers and introduce them to HMS. In Lisbon, Tom and Vincent received a detailed explanation about HMS, were introduced to the Shining-Star Program and discussed some possibilities with Country Managing Director, Allen Yao and VP of Sales, Lars Guns. 

The Shining-Star Program is designed to encourage innovation among developers worldwide. For this purpose, Huawei has released 1 billion USD. In December, part of the Lemon team will receive intensive and technical training on the use of HMS at the Huawei Belux headquarters in Brussels. In this way, we are optimally prepared for possible further collaborations.