Friday 15 December 2017

Michael O'Doherty: Web Summit moves on, to bore another country with its corporate tech speak

Paddy Cosgrave speaking at the Web Summit in The RDS
Paddy Cosgrave speaking at the Web Summit in The RDS
Michael O'Doherty

Michael O'Doherty

As widely predicted, the Web Summit will soon hold its final nerd-fest in Dublin (for the foreseeable future) and, after a five-year tenure in the capital, will move to Lisbon next year.

Following last year’s much-publicised fiasco, at which the wi-fi in the RDS broke down, as well as ongoing complaints about hotels cashing in by increasing their room rates by up to 500pc, there had been much speculation that the event might seek a different home.

Many other, bigger companies seem happy to come to Dublin to stage their conferences, with most delegates speaking positively about their time in the capital, so it was hoped that what was, after all, an event started by three Irish people would remain true to its roots.

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