Wednesday 1 June 2016

New Dublin social media conference aims to replace Web Summit

Paul O'Donoghue

Published 17/01/2016 | 20:20

No Repro Fee.
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Criona Ni Dhalaigh and Samantha Kelly, Social Media Summit Director and co-founder, pictured at the launch of the Social Media Summit which is being held in the Helix Dublin on the 1st and 2nd of March 2016. Pic. Conor McCabe
No Repro Fee. Lord Mayor of Dublin, Criona Ni Dhalaigh and Samantha Kelly, Social Media Summit Director and co-founder, pictured at the launch of the Social Media Summit which is being held in the Helix Dublin on the 1st and 2nd of March 2016. Pic. Conor McCabe

After the announcement that the Web Summit is moving to Lison, many wondered if another budding entrepreneur might look to fill the shoes left by Paddy Cosgrave and Daire Hickey. A new start-up event, the ‘Social Media Summit’, is trying to do exactly that.

Backed by Dublin City Council the Summit will convene in Dublin’s Helix venue over the first two days in March.

Founded by Tom Williams of Platinum Events and former TEDx speaker Samantha Kelly it is billed as a gathering of “key influencers, leaders, investors and creators within the global social media community”.

Although it is expecting to attract several hundred attendees in comparison with the thousands who flocked to the Web Summit, organisers are optimistic and pointed out Cosgrave’s event started at a similar size.

The Summit’s keynote speaker is internationally renowned Social media Strategist Ted Rubin #13 on Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers.

Launched by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Sinn Féin  councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh at Dublin’s Mansion House, the event will provide valuable support for new and emerging businesses in the field of social media in Ireland by focusing on social media priorities and best practice with some of the world’s leading experts.

She said: “We closed 2015 with lots of talk about the Web Summit leaving Dublin. We open 2016, the year of the Rising, with a determination to support a number of Conferences that can grow like the web summit and strengthen Dublin’s global brand for Innovation and technology leadership.

"City Council are supporting the Social Media Summit because we believe it can grow in numbers and keep Dublin “centrefield” on this fast growing  web-based  communications stage."

Social Media Summit Director and Co Founder Samantha Kelly said: “Social media as a valuable tool for engaging and enriching lives, through communicating and sharing knowledge with lots of people and very fast in ways that wasn’t possible only a short time ago. 

"The Social Media Summit has been created to help Irish companies to engage more and show them how to use the latest platforms and tools available to them."

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