Wednesday 22 November 2017

It's time we showed more respect for geeks bearing gifts in tech world

Actress Eva Longoria speaking to Jemima Khan at last year’s Web Summit at the RDS
Actress Eva Longoria speaking to Jemima Khan at last year’s Web Summit at the RDS
Bono throws a paper plane back into the audience. Photos: Steve Humphreys
Richard Curran

Richard Curran

There is something seriously wrong when Europe's biggest technology conference moves away from Dublin - the city where it all began. The Web Summit is a private business venture and its owners can decide to host it anywhere they want, as part of a wider business decision. However, it is a multi-million euro direct financial hit to the tourism industry and a setback for Dublin's image as a technology centre. The blow to our tech egos is harder to quantify but is very real nonetheless.

IDA Ireland won't suddenly find that it can't attract tech companies to Dublin because the Web Summit isn't there anymore. Irish start-up technology firms won't suddenly go out of business. It is hardly a crisis.

The real damage is more subtle. It deflates our own hype about how good we are in this sector. It is time for a reality check on Ireland's global footprint in technology.

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