Tuesday 27 September 2016

Web Summit 2015: ex Manchester United's Van Der Sar and author Dan Brown among tech conference attendees

This year could be last summit in Dublin

Published 09/09/2015 | 13:11

Edwin Van der Sar, pictured, spent six years at United
Edwin Van der Sar, pictured, spent six years at United
Author Dan Brown

Da Vinci Code author, Dan Brown, Tinder founder, Sean Rad and ex Manchester United legend Edwin Van Der Sar. are among the attendees at this year's Web Summit in November.

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This year’s event will involve over 30,000 people attend with over 2,000 start-ups, 1,000 investors and 650 speakers, co founder Paddy Cosgrave said today.

Mr Cosgrave described the conference as the most important gathering of start ups on the planet.

“Organisers are expecting somewhere in the region of 30,000 attendees, beating last year’s figure of 22,500.  More than 2,000 start-ups, 1,000 leading investors and 650 speakers from nearly every major technology company in the world will come to Dublin to take part int he three-day conference.”

Whitney Wolfe pictured with Tinder CEO Sean Rad
Whitney Wolfe pictured with Tinder CEO Sean Rad
WEB WIZARD: Event organiser Paddy Cosgrave at the Web Summit

Mr Cosgrave said that since the first conference in 2010, start-ups who have attended have raised on average €391,448 each.

He also added that this might be the last time that the Web Summit is held in Ireland.

He added that the company is in negotiations with a number of other cities, including Lisbon as a venue.

“Since the very first event that we held in Ireland we’ve been approached. In 2011 we held meetings in Number 10 Downing Street, and anyone who was at the summit last year would have noticed the amount of foreign state agencies,” he said.

There will be 21 summits over nine stages at this year’s event which will take place in the RDS in Dublin from Tuesday, November 3 to Thursday, November 5.

Other notable speakers include the founder of Instagram, Mike Krieger, the head of Pixar, Ed Catmull and Stripe’s John Collinson.

Hollywood actress Eva Longoria at the Web Summit at the RDS.
Hollywood actress Eva Longoria at the Web Summit at the RDS.
Enda Kenny rang the Nasdaq bell from the Web Summit in Dublin

To mark the fifth anniversary of the event Mr Cosgrave has invited the original 400 attendees from 2010 to attend this year’s event for free.

“These are our founding 400 - all from Ireland - and we want them to come to Web Summit to celebrate our growth,” Mr. Cosgrove said.

John Collison, co-Founder of Stripe, speaking at last month's Web Summit in Dublin. Picture: Steve Humphreys
John Collison, co-Founder of Stripe, speaking at last month's Web Summit in Dublin. Picture: Steve Humphreys

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