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From Left: Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder Web Summit and Adrian Weckler, technology editor INM Photo: Doug O'Connor

From Left: Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder Web Summit and Adrian Weckler, technology editor INM Photo: Doug O'Connor

Stephen Rae, editor-in-chief INM

Stephen Rae, editor-in-chief INM

TAORMINA, ITALY - JUNE 17:  Actress Eva Longoria attends the 60th Taormina Film Festival on June 17, 2014 in Taormina, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images for Maserati)

TAORMINA, ITALY - JUNE 17: Actress Eva Longoria attends the 60th Taormina Film Festival on June 17, 2014 in Taormina, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images for Maserati)

Lily Cole attends the VIP preview day of The Chelsea Flower Show at The Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Lily Cole attends the VIP preview day of The Chelsea Flower Show at The Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

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From Left: Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder Web Summit and Adrian Weckler, technology editor INM Photo: Doug O'Connor

INDEPENDENT News & Media (INM) has been selected as the Web Summit 2014's media partner.

The Web Summit will take place at Dublin's RDS from November 4 to 6 and will host 20,000 people from more than 100 countries with recently announced speakers including actress and angel investor Eva Longoria and entrepreneur and super model Lily Cole.

INM, which owns this website and a range of newspapers, will move its newsroom to the Web Summit for the duration of the event and provide high level coverage of it over the three days.

The move will highlight that integrated technology and multimedia is part of a modern newsroom - Independent.ie is Ireland’s number one news site with 9.1million unique visitors recorded in July 2014.

“The partnership between INM and the Web Summit links the best digital news offering in Ireland to cutting edge developments in technology,” said Stephen Rae, editor-in-chief at Independent news and Media.

“We have lots of exciting ideas around collaboration between our titles online and in print which bolt on to our partnership with the Web Summit."

Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder of the Web Summit, added that INM's focus on the growth of online and its multimedia audience has been impressive.

"It's a great fit for us to tell the stories and news about our event that will be of interest to everyone."

The Web Summit has also announced a media partnership with The Guardian.

"We’re delighted with the quality of these journalists too and to partner with two very forward thinking and tech-orientated news organisations like the Independent and The Guardian," Mr Cosgrave added.

"They will both add significantly to not only the coverage of the event, but also the experience at the event.”

He added that both organisations have put huge emphasis and investment in their online content in recent years that has been reflected in their growth as two of the most innovative and read publications in Europe.

Other speakers announced for this year include Mark Pincus, founder of gaming giant Zynga, and Tim Webber, Oscar-winner and visual effects specialist.

The new additions to the line-up were announced at the summit’s headquarters in Dublin this week.

The summit has also announced newly dedicated ‘satellite-summits’ including sport, food, film and music.

Speakers at the music stage include Jeff Jampol, manager of the Doors and Michael Jackson.

Jamie Heaslip will be among the speakers at the sports stage while the food summit, in association with Good Food Ireland, will showcase the best of Irish produce.

"We're delighted to announce our new stages which will reflect the internet of everything and focus on and examine the ubiquity of tech in everyday life," Mr Cosgrave said.

Earlier this year, Dublin's Web Summit company expanded to 104 employees, doubling in size.

The company's expansion comes as it increases the size of Dublin's Web Summit and branches out into different territories. Earlier this year, the firm held a conference in Las Vegas entitled Collision.

The company is understood to be developing software that could include intelligent event organisation features. Last year, Web Summit organisers used their own coded software to co-ordinate the event, which attracted over 10,000 tech executives and media to Dublin.

Mr Cosgrave has spoken before of his ambition to expand the summit beyond conferencing.

Meanwhile, three new senior executives have also joined the firm, including former JP Morgan executive Cian Kennedy, Deloitte corporate financier Joao Alexandre and Dublin investor and former Engineyard executive Eamon Leonard.

 

 

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