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Dublin Web Summit - where the tech world meets

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by Startacus Admin

web summitIt’s that time of year once again where thousands of the tech world’s most prolific movers and shakers descend upon the Irish capital to take part in the event which organizers are now boldly proclaiming to be the “biggest global tech event”.

Are these boastings justified? Well in its short 4 year history the summit has grown from 500 attendees in 2010 to an expected 7000 this time round, success which has prompted the organizers to drop the word “Dublin” from the name in favour of the more self-assured title ‘The Web Summit’. If it’s not the biggest tech event, it’s not far behind.

Dozens of stages will play host to over 300 speakers across the 2 day event, sharing their expertise with and inspiring businesses who find themselves increasingly affected by ever advancing technologies. Founders, CEOs, inventors and designers will step up to the mic before a plethora of large, medium, small and startup businesses to demonstrate the latest global tech offerings and give instruction to those wishing to keep their enterprise at the forefront of the global race.

What will be on offer?

This year there will be an impressive collection of Global technology brands in attendance of which Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Cisco are but a few. As you can imagine, guest speakers will cover all manner of issues deemed important in the landscape of digital business. Here’s a taster of what attendees can expect:

Digital marketing talks from Tim Armstrong (CEO AOL), Justin Cooke (CMO Topshop) and Debbie Weinstein (VP Global Media, Unilever)
A stage dedicated to the developers of some of the worlds most innovative application ecosystems - discussing issues like developer culture, software development and data analysis. A stage geared solely towards cloud computing and the tech revolution it is helping to fuel
A number of workshops geared towards technology business and design

For Startups

As usual this is the part that we are most interested in and we must admit that the 2013 programme looks set to deliver quite a number of events which may be of interest to startups and small businesses. Aside from the obvious benefits which may come from hearing informative and inspirational talks from leading tech companies and the opportunity to create and develop industry contacts there will also be a dedicated ‘startup stage’. Here, 150 of the world’s most promising tech startups will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of expert judges in the hope of winning the coveted title of ‘brightest young PITCH startup’. a commendation which is sure to generate much media (and investor) attention.

The stumbling block (or rather impassable barricade) for many has to be of course been the ticket price - at just shy of €1000 it’s a summit which is immediately out of the price range of many startup businesses. But if you are lucky enough to have a ticket it’s sure to be a enjoyable few days and we hope that if nothing else you will at least take home some inspiration for the future of your business.

The Web Summit will run on 30th and 31st October, so if you can’t be there but want to keep up-to-date with all the goings-on, keep an eye on social media and tech sites!

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Published on: 8th October 2013

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