The Dublin Web Summit, now more commonly referred to as the ‘The Summit’, attracted some of the biggest technology companies from around the world to the RDS, Dublin at the end of last month. The event took place on October 30th and 31st and played host to renowned technology representatives such as Drew Houston, CEO and Co-Founder of Dropbox; Matt Mullenweg, Founding Developer of WordPress and Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland. A number of Irish Government and industry representatives were also present, including An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Founded by Paddy Cosgrave, Daire Hickey and David Kelly back in 2010, The Summit is an annual showcase that has grown exponentially over the years to become the biggest tech conference in Europe. In its opening year, it managed to attract Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and Chad Hurley, co-founder and CEO of YouTube which further helped to establish Ireland as one of the technological centres of the world with a number of skilled professionals and potential jobseekers highly skilled in the field.
The majority of attendees delivered talks about the current state of technology and the future beyond. Over 900 startup companies also received the opportunity to pitch ideas and attract investors from the vast number of companies present which include PayPal, Google, BBC, Facebook and Adobe.
There was signifcantly good news for jobseekers as IDA Ireland announced 335 new Irish jobs with international tech firms at the event. The occasion was also used so that Enterprise Ireland would strategically pitch helping out international startup businesses if the same course of action was taken by international investors with Irish startups. This showcased positive signs of an economy that is gradually becoming healthier with chances of increased employment also looking more hopeful.
Plans for next year’s Web Summit are already in place as the website is already advertising tickets with a current deal of a 2 for 1 voucher costing Ђ790. Visit it here at www.websummit.net