Last October I travelled to Dublin, Ireland to attend the WebSummit, Europe’s biggest tech and startup conference.
Some numbers will give you an idea of the dimension of this conference:
- More than 300 speakers
- Over 50 workshops
- 10,000 people attended
- 900 startups present
- 400+ international investors
- Attendees from over 100 countries
The talks were spread by seven stages, with the biggest ones on the Main Stage. Among the speakers I remember best were Tony Hawk, Gary Vaynerchuck, Phil Libin (Evernote), Matt Mullenweg (WordPress), Aaron Levie (Box), Scott Belsky (Adobe), and Scott Harrison (Charity: water).
Attending conferences is a great way to network, to stay up to date with the newest developments in the tech world, and to hear from the founders and thinkers of our day. I plan to return later this year.
As I had never been to Dublin, I ended up staying there a couple of extra days to see the sights. It is a city filled with history and culture, and has some great museums and other interesting places to see.
And of course, Dublin is home to some of the biggest tech headquarters in Europe, namely Google, Facebook, and Twitter. It’s certainly a city in the world tech map, and one to keep an eye on.