Dublin Web Summit -> Web Summit -> The Summit
Here’s How it Happened
In Paddy Cosgrave’s Letter to Irish Startups you can read the inside story about how The Summit was founded. So, what exactly is The Summit? Where did it come from? In 2010 the first ever Dublin Web Summit – a 500-person event focussed on nurturing the Irish local tech community – was launched. In 3 short years, the event had expanded to become the largest startup tech conference in the world, and that fascinating evolution can be seen in it’s branding too.
Dublin Web Summit was an event with a distinctly local community feel. In it’s first year, there were less than 30 speakers attending the Dublin-based tech conference, most of whom were local entrepreneurs, business people, and investors. There was 1 workshop, 3 startup exhibitions, and 4 international investors.
By 2011, the event had tripled in size, drawing over 1500 attendees to Ireland’s capital city, including speakers such as Chad Hurley, Jack Dorsey and Matt Mullenweg. As the aspirations of the company grew, it aimed to attract more international tech influencers to Ireland.
In 2012, Dublin Web Summit was re-launched as Web Summit – indicating that this was a new era for the company. That year, 4,200 people attended Web Summit. 40% of these were from companies based in Ireland and 60% came from European and international companies. Web Summit was a new international gathering of tech industry leaders, and acted as a platform for young, emerging tech entrepreneurs and early stage startups.
In 2013, Web Summit expanded even further, transforming to become The Summit. Over 10,000 people from 90+ countries attended the event and 50 workshops took place over two full days. There were 695 early stage startups exhibiting, 150 startup pitches, 149 growth stage startup companies exhibiting, over 400 international investors and 400 international journalists & bloggers. The 300+ speakers included Elon Musk, Shane Smith, Tony Hawk and Drew Houston. A number of side-events were launched, including the Night Summit – a series of night-time events featuring Irish musicians, performers and artists – and the Food Summit – a showcase of gourmet Irish food.
The Summit is a new kind of event that celebrates and encourages the use of technology in multiple disciplines.
CNBC described The Summit in 2013 as “the biggest event of it’s kind in Europe”. The Guardian said “it defines the ecosystem”. Based in Dublin, The Summit is where the tech world meets.
This year, 20,000 people interested in the future of the world will meet and learn from the people changing the world, faster and further than any generation in history.
Read more about The Summit 2014 here.