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One attendee grabs forty winks on a couch at one of the pitching stages as the summit winds down. Photo: Maxwells

One attendee grabs forty winks on a couch at one of the pitching stages as the summit winds down. Photo: Maxwells

Attendees at the Web Summit yesterday. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Attendees at the Web Summit yesterday. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Paddy Cosgrave speaking at the Web Summit. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Paddy Cosgrave speaking at the Web Summit. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Co-founder Paddy Cosgrave at the Web Summit (Photo: Sportsfile)

Co-founder Paddy Cosgrave at the Web Summit (Photo: Sportsfile)

Co-founder Paddy Cosgrave speaking to Independent.ie reporter Denise Calnan at the Web Summit in The RDS. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Co-founder Paddy Cosgrave speaking to Independent.ie reporter Denise Calnan at the Web Summit in The RDS. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Bono throws a paper plane back at the audience at the Web Summit at the RDS in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Bono throws a paper plane back at the audience at the Web Summit at the RDS in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Steve Humphreys

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04/11/2014 (L to R) Web Summit Co Founder Paddy Cosgrave,Adam Kostyál, Senior Vice President, Nasdaq Listing Services & Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD where the The NASDAQ was opened on the Web Summit Centre Stage during the Web Summit at the RDS, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

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Bono, Musician, Elevation Partners, on the centre stage during Day 3 of the 2014 Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin, Ireland. Photo: Brendan Moran

Bono, Musician, Elevation Partners, on the centre stage during Day 3 of the 2014 Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin, Ireland. Photo: Brendan Moran

Bono speaking at the Web Summit at the RDS in Dublin.

Bono speaking at the Web Summit at the RDS in Dublin.

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One attendee grabs forty winks on a couch at one of the pitching stages as the summit winds down. Photo: Maxwells

The boss of the RDS said they will do everything they can to ensure better wifi coverage for the Web Summit at the venue next year.

Delegates attending the Web Summit – Europe’s biggest tech convention – were hit with a wifi outage on the first day of the summit this year.

Problems continued with wifi for the first two days of the summit - although there was some improvement by the third and final day.

Web Summit found Paddy Cosgrave hit out at the outage, and said he hoped that the problem would be resolved by next year.

Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland programme earlier today, RDS manager Michael Duffy told host Cathal MacCoille said they were aware of the difficulties.

“When you take a large number of people and put them in a relatively small area, wifi finds it a very difficult environment,” he explained.

According to Mr Duffy, there were some 9,500 people on the system in a relatively small area of the venue in Simmonscourt. Some 24,000 devices were also on the system.

Delegates reported long-running problems with wifi during the summit, and Mr Duffy conceded that tablets and mobile phones were unable to get a reception.

Mr Duffy gave an assurance that they would continue to work with Paddy Cosgrave and the web summit in addressing the problem.

“If the Web Summit want to provide their own IT, we’re open to that,” he said.

“It’s a technically challenging environment not just to the RDS, but other events,” he added.

MacCoille also made a reference to an interview Paddy Cosgrave gave to independent.ie about the fact that the Food Summit had to be held in Herbert Park, a 25 minute walk away from the Web Summit. He questioned why it couldn’t be held in the same venue.

“We’re completely open to having the food summit [in Simmonscourt],” Mr Duffy said.

The Web Summit for 2015 is scheduled for the RDS.

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