So the fourth Dublin Web Summit took place in October 2013 and with it the top companies in web and technology from around the globe.  Growing from 500 in it’s first year (2010) to over 10,000 this year (10,424 were registered), it certainly was the event to be at if you have an interest in areas such as technology, development, software or marketing.


The Leaders' Lunch
An excellent range of speakers covering a vast range of topics and a start-up village were some of the key highlights of the event.  My personal favourites included;

  •  Gary Vaynerchuk (Author, Marketing & Social Media Specialist, Public Speaker, CEO of Wine Retail Store)
  • Nicole Mendelsohn, Vice President for Europe, Middle East & Asia, Facebook
  • Justin Cooke, Innovate 7 who has previously worked with brands including Topshop and Burberry
  • Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote
  • Ben Parr, Investor, Entrepreneur, Author & Journalist
  • Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, SpaceX & Telsa

One of the most talked about events during the Web Summit was the ringing of the NASDAQ Bell which signifies the opening of the New York Stock Exchange which was run for the very first time here in Ireland.


Dublin Web Summit - The Marketing Shop


And one of the new additions to this year’s event was the inaugural Food Summit, arranged in conjunction with Good Food Ireland in the nearby Herbert Park Hotel which showcased Irish food at it’s finest with fine artisan produce and some of our top restaurants taking part – you can find the list of contributors to that event here.


Good Food Ireland Food Summit - The Marketing Shop


So what did I think of the event?  In a word FANTASTIC!

One venue split into many separate areas depending on whether your interests were in start-ups, digital marketing, cloud technology, development and more.

The topics covered were many and in each case experts in their many fields took to the stage and shared nuggets which were tweeted, blogged, facebooked or shared on Linkedin to the many thousands who were following the event via livestream or social media on the #WebSummit thread.

Men outnumbered women by far at the event but that’s something that should in the coming years change as more women take the stage and move forward in their careers in this fast moving but very exciting area.

Is it an event I’d recommend?  Most definitely, if technology, web or marketing are your interests.   An environment with brilliantly creative people who are changing the world, you can’t but feel inspired by what’s happening around you.



Web Summit image:

Dublin, Thursday 31st October 2013: Pictured at the The Web Summit 2013. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography.

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