Monday 23 April 2018

RDS has the space to let Web Summit grow, says Cosgrave

Paddy Cosgrave
Paddy Cosgrave
Michael Cogley

Michael Cogley

Founder of the Web Summit Paddy Cosgrave says that the RDS has "almost infinite" space that would allow the event to grow to 100,000 attendees.

The Web Summit has grown substantially since its creation in 2010 where only 400 people attended.

Last year, the Web Summit saw more than 22,000 people attend from over 100 countries. Mr Cosgrave expects the number of attendees to grow to more than 30,000 for this year's event between November 3-5.

"(The RDS is) almost infinite, you could grow to probably 100,000 as many other conferences have in smaller cities around the world. So there are solutions," he said.

Web Summit registration will now also take place at Dublin Airport to tackle peak times at the RDS.

Mr Cosgrave refused to talk about negotiations between the Web Summit and other countries over a potential move from Dublin.

Portugal's deputy prime minister, Paolo Portas, said that his country had been applying to bring the event to Lisbon since March. However, Mr Cosgrave said this wasn't the only interest.

"Since the very first event that we held in Ireland, we've been approached. In 2011 we held a number of meetings in Number 10, Downing Street," he said.

"Dublin will always be our home, this is our headquarters, we have 130 people here and irrespective of whether we're here for the next five years or anywhere else, Dublin is still absolutely our home, this is an Irish company."

Irish Independent

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