Paddy Cosgrave

2015 Web Summit to feature Dan Brown, Chris Froome and Pixar’s Catmull

Paddy Cosgrave, Web Summit (Image: Web Summit)

9 September 2015

Paddy Cosgrove has announced details of the 2015 Web Summit that will be the largest yet, covering a diverse range of topics including sport, health and content.

Among the headline speakers will be author Dan Brown, Tour de France winner Chris Froome and head of Pixar Ed Catmull.

From the technology world, Sean Rad of Tinder, Mike Krieger, Instagram founder and Stripe’s John Collinson will speak. With full details available closer to the event, Cosgrove confirmed some 650 speakers will take to various stages over the course of November event.

Cosgrove said that special accommodation was being made for students, with the announcement of a giveaway of 7,000 tickets to secondary school and third level students as part of the Schools Summit and Careers Summit.

With the summit being described by Cosgrove as “the most important gathering of start-ups on the planet”, the organisers are not forgetting their early supporters. Cosgrove said that a special invite has gone out to the original 400 attendees from 2010 to attend the 2015 event free.

“These are our founding 400 — all from Ireland — and we want them to come to Web Summit to celebrate our growth,” he said.

This year, the organisers are expecting somewhere in the region of 30,000 attendees, up from the 22,500 of the previous year, with more than 2,000 start-ups, 1,000 investors.

There will be 21 Summits over nine stages for 2015, with a number of new stages dedicated to fashion, health technology and content.

“Web Summit is now the biggest and most influential start-up event on the planet,” said Cosgrave. “This year we are expecting around 30,000 attendees from over 100 countries to come to Dublin. We have some amazing speakers lined up along with over 2,000 of the world’s most disruptive start-ups exhibiting over the three days. Web Summit is where those who are building all our digital futures come to meet and learn from the technology leaders of today – and vice versa. Dublin will be home to three days of legendary networking, inspirational stories and ground-breaking innovation. I can’t wait.”

Also new for 2015 will be Angel Summit for early stage investors on the Monday before the main event, as well as the Accelerator Summit.

One key difference over last year for the summit is the expansion of the welcome desks at Dublin airport to allow attendees to register there on arrival, as opposed to at the venue where delays can occur.

Answering questions, Cosgrove confirmed that there have been discussions with various other venues, outside of Ireland, to host the Web Summit. The questions were prompted by reports of outgrowing venues and last year’s highly publicised Wi-Fi problems.

Cosgrove would not be drawn, citing ongoing negotiations, but Mike Harvey, Web Summit head of communications, said the Portuguese government in particular were keen on getting the Web Summit. Despite no confirmation either way, this has been widely interpreted as potentially the last Web Summit to be held in Dublin.




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