The Web Summit returns to the RDS in Ballsbridge this November, bringing some of the biggest names in tech back to these shores.
Now in its sixth year, the Web Summit has certainly made a name for itself, its meteoric rise in stature making it one of the premier events of its kind globally. Over 30,000 attendees from 100 countries are expected to descend on Dublin this November, a huge economic boon for the city in the lead up to Christmas.
This year will once again see the bar being raised, as Paddy Cosgrave and his highly motivated and highly efficient team lay on no less that 21 individual summits, all run under the auspices of the Web Summit itself.
So for those who may have felt left out of the proceedings in previous years, the three day event this November will see the addition of a content summit, a data summit, a fashion summit, an enterprise summit, amongst many more…definitely something there to satisfy everyone.
It goes without saying that the big draw of the Web Summit is, of course, the speakers: the movers and shakers in the tech world who influence our lives in ways that, for the most part, we probably don’t even realise. Once again the organisers have outdone themselves, with no less than 1,000 speakers scheduled to appear this November in the RDS! We’re still trying to figure this one out, it is only a three day event after all!
Some of the big names confirmed for the 2015 Web Summit include John Collison of Stripe, Yancey Strickler of Kickstarter, John Sculley, former Apple head honcho and now CEO of Zeta Interactive, Sean Rad of Tinder, Palmer Luckey of Oculus VR, and Scott Harrison of charity: water.
As the Web Summit is now so much more than just tech, there are also speakers from a variety of other disciplines, like Irish and Leinster Rugby’s Jamie Heaslip, Tour de France winner Chris Froome, Edwin van der Sar of Ajax, Mary Aiken, one of the producers of CSI:Cyber, bestselling author Dan Brown, and even Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the UK Liberal Democrats.
All work and no play makes for missed opportunity. You don’t travel half way around the world to come to Dublin just to stay in your hotel room. Attendees will be able to let their hair down of an evening with the Pub Crawl Summit. Yes, that is a summit too. These evenings have proven to be great networking events, with a deal or two done over a pint or two. Hello, Uber. And hello, Bono. Mighty craic guaranteed.
Tickets for the 2015 Web Summit may be booked online, and start at €625 for an Exhibition Floor Only ticket, rising to €4,725 for a Platinum ticket – this ticket does give you access to the speakers, though!
The 2015 Web Summit runs from Tuesday 3rd to Thursday, 5th November, in the RDS Ballsbridge (including the Simmonscourt Pavilion).
Web Summit 2015
Lead image © DUBLIN BUZZ; all other images courtesy Web Summit 2015