Monday 9 December 2019

Web Summit: Founder Paddy Cosgrave slams RDS wi-fi outage

It's understood reason for outage down to technical fault outside of control of the RDS

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave
Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave

Ailish O’Hora

WEB Summit co-founder Paddy Cosgrave slammed the RDS following an embarrassing disappearance of wi-fi at the event which is dubbed ‘Davos for geeks.”

However, it is understood that the outage was due to a technical fault outside of control of the RDS.

As over 20,000 delegates descended on Dublin for the Summit, hailed as the hottest technology event in Europe, wi-fi coverage disappeared throughout the RDS - the Dublin epicentre of the summit.

The outage started just as the summit was kicking off just after 9.30am.

Last year there was a shortage of water in Dublin when the event took place but this time the technology gave way as the creme de la creme of world technology hit town.

And it was not the first time, Mr Cosgrave said.

"We have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to get the Wi-Fi working, it's incredibly disappointing,” he said.

Technology heavyhitters like Peter Thiel, the man behind PayPal and others like our own John Collison from Stripe will speak today.

The event runs for three days in Dublin and is worth an estimated €100m to the local economy

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