Dublin Tech Summit aims to return city to the top table

A technology conference is aiming to attract 10,000 attendees to Dublin and reaffirm the capital as the “epicentre” of the global tech scene after the departure of the Web Summit to Lisbon.

The Dublin Tech Summit, founded by ex-Accenture consultant Ben English, will be held in the Convention Centre and across the Silicon Docks over two days next February.

Given the conference’s location, nestled among many of the world’s largest multinationals in Dublin’s thriving docklands, the summit will aim to foster links between large established firms and indigenous SMEs.

“I think all companies, whether they’re emerging or established, all have different goals and I think sometimes without a catalyst and a convenient platform to bring all these together it might be difficult to find how synergies can arise.

“Our focus is on making sure that Dublin is hosting another conference that’s on the global conferencing map akin to DLG in Germany, South by Southwest in Texas, Money 20/20 in Copenhagen, and we believe with the Dublin Tech Summit we’re starting a new conversation that brings people together in the spirit of partnership,” Mr English said.

A number of speakers have been confirmed including Uber’s lead engineer, Rafi Krikorian; and Irish woman Jules Coleman, co-founder of London-based startup, Hassle.

The internet of things, big data, fintech, and business and marketing will be among the summit’s key themes.

Including Dublin in the conference’s title not only highlights the city’s “inherent strengths”, but also shows its commitment it “is not going to leave Dublin”, according to Mr English.

Negotiations have begun with government agencies such as Enterprise Ireland and IDA, as well as Dublin City Council and the Irish Hotels Federation, to ensure contentious issues that arose between Web Summit’s founders and authorities don’t repeat themselves.

It is hoped its close proximity to Dublin Airport and public transport links will prove a further feather in the cap of the conference. 

Early-bird tickets will be available from April 27 for €245 with full-price tickets going on sale afterwards for €395.

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