THE NASDAQ bell, synonymous with techie start-ups, has been rung in Ireland for the first time - at the biggest ever Dublin web summit.
10,000 attendees witnessed the ringing of the bell including Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Nasdaq executive vice president Bruce Aust.
The Taoiseach said the Nasdaq bell was symbolic of Ireland’s prime position as a digital hub.
“Dublin and the Silicon Docks have become one of the most exciting places on the planet today for building the businesses of tomorrow and that is in no small part down to the energy, intelligence and dynamism of our people. Ireland continues to be a global magnet for tech start-ups and I'm confident they will play a large part in shaping the future of the internet."
Mr Aust added that the summit was brining international attention to Dublin as a vibrant tech city.
“Over the past three years the CEOs of companies such as Wonga, Quantcast and twitter all attended the Summit and subsequently chose Dublin as the location for their European operation,” he added.
Barry O’Leary, IDA Ireland chief executive added that the occasion shone a light on those multinationals that have chosen Ireland as a location to do business.
The summit, which was founded by Paddy Cosgrave, continues into tomorrow.
Live stream from Web Summit main stage