I attended today’s 6th Web Summit at the RDS in Dublin. Paddy Cograve continued his run of sell out conferences – this time with almost 1,000 attendees, on a Friday afternoon in Dublin. I have now attended 3 of Paddy’s 6 web summits.
I think today was the weakest yet.
Sam Barnett was a weak kick off act – did not provide much insight until he explained how he avoided paying rent in his startup (his landlord was a criminal). Eamon Leonard offered a fairly laboured comparison between rockbands and startup companies (not sure how Paddy found this so interesting). However Eamon’s delivery style and sense of humour kept people amused. Strange that Jennifer O’Connell should pitch thejournal.ie and then announce she is moving on (hardly the greatest pitch for any business). Emi Gal (Brainient) was exellent – speaking of personalisation and relevance in video).
The coffee break appeared to be sans coffee – a bit Irish for the price people paid.
And on the networking front – yes probably had the opportunity to catch up with 6 or 7 people and make one or two new contacts. The pre and post gatherings offered ample opportunity to meet with various people.
So – will I attend future web summits? I’m left a little cold after today’s – but to be fair there were a couple of thought provoking presentations and the general atmosphere was decidedly upbeat in comparison to much of what we see in Dublin these days.