Web Summit to open with 22,000 expected to attend

//Web Summit to open with 22,000 expected to attend

Web Summit to open with 22,000 expected to attend

Final preparations are under way for this year’s Web Summit, which opens in Dublin later this morning.

Almost 22,000 people from 109 countries are to attend what organisers claim is Europe’s largest tech event.

The Web Summit first took place in Dublin four years ago and was attended by around 400 people.

This year, nearly 22,000 delegates will visit the RDS for the conference, with 86% coming from abroad.

This year’s event has been broadened significantly, with 600 speakers, nine stages and a cinema for summits based around music, film, sport, food and of course technology.

Big name speakers include Peter Thiel, the co-founder of Paypal and first external investor in Facebook; Desperate Housewives actress and businesswoman Eva Longoria and former Apple CEO John Sculley.

For the second year running, the Nasdaq stock exchange opening bell will be rung live on stage.

There will be a special event for 2,000 school students.

13,000 hotel rooms and B&Bs have been booked and the overall value to the economy is estimated to be €100m.

After criticism in previous years, the organisers have tried to increase the number of female attendees, although just 15% of the speakers will be women.

The event, which has been dubbed Davos for Geeks, kicks off after 9am.

RTÉ News – News Headlines

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