Thursday 21 September 2017

Dublin Web Summit: More than 3,000 technology players to descend on RDS

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD joined Paddy Cosgrave at the official opening of The Web Summit taking place at Dublin's RDS on the 17th & 18th October
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD joined Paddy Cosgrave at the official opening of The Web Summit taking place at Dublin's RDS on the 17th & 18th October
Peter Flanagan

Peter Flanagan

MORE than 3,000 of the technology world’s biggest players will converge on the RDS in Dublin tomorrow for this year’s Dublin Web Summit.



The event, which sees a host of big names from the industry speaking and advising start ups as well as other businesses, is now in its third year.



It has grown enormously in that short time, having started with about 600 attendees in 2010.



Following on from the two day event will be the Founders summit.



This is where the serious players in the industry, and the serious money, will discuss issues facing the industry in a closed environment similar to the World Economic Forum in Davos.



Among the attendees this year will be the US economist Larry Summers as well as Goldman Sachs head of Technology, Anthony Noto.



The Web Summit will open with Limerick native Patrick Collison speaking about his new company Stripe, which he runs with his brother John in Silicon Valley.



Mr Collison is one of the new wave of web entrepreneurs and at 23 is already in charge of a company worth hundreds of millions of euro.



He’s already one of Ireland’s most successful exports.



Wednesday’s schedule includes round table discussions on big issues such as the state of the start up environment in Europe today as well as chats on mobile payments and the relations ship between media and the tech world.



Apart from the main stage this year there are also three other stages at the summit focused on app development, cloud computing and digital marketing.



Crucially, this year there will be a new emphasis on networking and putting start up companies in direct contact with potential investors.



While this year’s event may lack the rock star image of the likes of Bono and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey – both attended the inaugural event two years ago – it will arguably be of more use to small companies looking to garner interest in their products.



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