In the three years since its inception, the now-global technological conference that is Web Summit has grown exponentially since its first outing in 2010.
With just over 500 attendees in its first year, last year’s Web Summit saw its attendance rise to over 10,500 – and the numbers are only on the up, with November’s upcoming conference projecting that over 20,000 people will be descending on the capital. Within its three years it has become one of the world’s most influential and international tech events – this year showcasing over 500 world-renowned speakers (a selection of them pictured below) over 10 stages, exhibiting over 2,000 start-ups, bring in over 1,000 experienced investors ready to support new companies, and providing coverage from over 800 of the best tech journalists in the business.
Having been called ‘the best technology conference on the planet’, Web Summit aims to bring together industry members ranging from the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, to start-ups (and everything in between and outside of this range) for three days of conferences, talks, networking, exhibitions, information exchange, and so much more.
This year’s Web Summit takes place from the 4th-6th November, and uses the RDS as its main base of operation, though events will be held citywide. Having caught the attention of the technological world’s leading players, this year’s big attendees include the likes of Padmasree Warrior (CTO of Cisco Systems), Werner Vogels (CTO of Amazon), Drew Houston (founder of Dropbox), and Anna Patterson (Vice President of Engineering at Google) – if you’re in the business and can afford the ticket price (early bird Standard tickets are currently at €649), this is a worthy investment of your time and money – Web Summit’s networking has been described as “simply legendary”.
Early bird tickets are currently on sale, though from midnight on 8th of September these will no longer be available, and the more expensive Regular tickets will go up. For attendees, there are four pricing levels for tickets, though the most popular (and least pricey by far) are the Standard, which grant you access to access to everything except the VIP Networking Lounge, the Sponsors Lounge, and the Speakers Lounge.
Apart from the content, this event is all about seeing and being seen – and has proven itself to be utterly invaluable as a forum for networking and the exchange of ideas.
All images courtesy Web Summit