Dublin is reaffirming its place as a global technology hub, with aims to attract 10,000 delegates to the inaugural Dublin Tech Summit in February 2017. It is one of three new tech events scheduled to take place in the Irish city over the next year, as it underlines its reputation for technology and innovation following the loss of the international Web Summit to Lisbon this year.
With a multinational and talented workforce, an open economy and a competitive tax environment, Ireland has cultivated a successful business and knowledge hub in the ICT sector, centred around Dublin. The city has attracted key players including Intel, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Amazon, PayPal, eBay and Twitter. Hewlett-Packlard and Intel have large manufacturing plants to the west of the city, and Dublin is also host to the Internet Neutral Exchange (INEX) which provides high-speed IP traffic exchange facilities for international IP service and content providers.
The Dublin Tech Summit will take place across two days at Dublin’s Silicon Docks, with the main conference taking place in the Convention Centre Dublin. Organisers are expecting more than 200 speakers and investors, with the conference focussing on seven key themes: business, fintech, the internet of things, medtech, big data, social enterprise and creativity.
Founded by Business and Finance magazine publisher Ian Hyland and former Accenture consultant Ben English, the event will bridge the gap between start-ups, scale-ups and established companies, English says.
“In hosting the event across Dublin’s iconic Silicon Docks and The CCD, we are truly reaffirming Dublin as a global epicentre for technology and innovation. We need to bring people together and start talking about something new like ‘why is Dublin great?’”
A number of launch events will take place over the course of the next year, English says, showcasing each of the core themes. “For example, the first one is around fintech at the London Stock Exchange and we’re working with people like Level 39… Europe’s largest fintech accelerator. We are focusing not on an event but creating a global network of engagements leading up to the Dublin Tech Summit.”
Another new tech event in Dublin, Sports and Tech, welcomed 300 attendees to a small-scale launch during Web Summit 2015, and now hopes to attract 5,000 to the RDS in November. Launched by members of sports website Pundit Arena, NASC Connect, and Sport for Business, its sports technology focus will include insights from leaders like Adidas and Under Armour, as well as highlighting areas in sport where entrepreneurs can take advantage.
Meanwhile, Launch’d, a spin-off conference from the annual CoderDojo Coolest Project awards, will be held in the RDS in June. More than 1,000 tickets to the free event have been claimed so far. Co-founder Noel King hopes to reach 10,000 attendees in its first year, with speakers selected to inspire young entrepreneurs and those who are about to launch a product.
(via The Journal and The Irish Times)