30,000 expected to surf into Internet show
SOME 30,000 people are expected to attend an Internet exhibition in the RDS next month.The Irish Internet Show, which will be the largest event of its kind held in Ireland, is being sponsored by the Irish Independent and Telecom Eireann.
Speakers will include Rob Raisch, who has worked with computer networks for 19 years, John Audette, founder of the first online advertising agency, Ivan Pope, who started the first internet magazine W3, and Gerry McGovern of Internet development consultancy Nua.
The show will run from Friday, November 21, to Sunday, November 23, and will include a one day business conference on advertising, commerce, security and legal issues on the Net.
There will be exhibits from IBM and Compaq and local Irish companies that offer a solutions to using the Web.
Consumers will also be offered a chance to learn about the Internet. The show includes a ``Telecom Internet Surf Zone'' featuring a hundred computers where Web novices will be introduced to the Internet.
Research has shown that the number now using the Net in Ireland is 150,000, and this figure is set to reach 250,000 by the year 2000.
A study by the Irish Internet Association has shown that the average Internet user was well off, well educated and male (75pc).
Almost two-thirds, or 61pc, of users accessed the Web from home and 35pc from the office. Some 78pc of respondents were professionals and 24pc worked in computer related jobs.