What is the Dublin Tech Summit?
As anyone involved in the tech industry is no doubt well aware of by now, a brand-new technology convention is coming to Dublin next month in the form of the inaugural Dublin Tech Summit. This event will be sure to please anyone interested in tech-related fields and themes, especially after the ‘Dublin’ Web Summit moved to Lisbon in 2016.
The DTS will focus on eight core themes; Internet Of Things, Big Data (and Analytics), Marketing, Fintech, Medtech, Business, Creative Technologies and even Fashion (from a tech perspective of course!). To many, the Dublin Tech Summit, is being viewed as a sort of spiritual successor to the Web Summit. It is hoped that, assuming the event proves to be successful, it will become an annual event and a new marquis event for Ireland’s bustling tech community.
Where is the Dublin Tech Summit being held?
The conference will take place in the Convention Centre Dublin, situated in the heart of Dublin’s city centre along the quays of the River Liffey (or the ‘Silicon Docks’ as the area is sometimes referred to due to the multitude of influential tech companies who have set up office in the vicinity). Among the other events scheduled to take place in the Convention Centre this coming year include the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair, the 2017 Career Zoo, GamerCon and the annual Dublin Comic Con.
The Convention Centre Dublin is expected to hold approximately 10,000 attendees from Ireland and further afield. A two-day-long event, it is hoped that the Summit will provide an economic boost for local businesses, while also enhancing Ireland’s reputation as a leader in the world of tech.
Who is behind the Dublin Tech Summit?
The Dublin Tech Summit was founded by entrepreneurs Ian Hyland, owner of Business & Finance Magazine, and former U.S. Department of State member Ben English. The two main founding partner organisations backing the summit are telecommunications firm eir and Fáilte Ireland, the Irish tourism board, both of which no doubt have a keen, and somewhat vested, interest in the convention being a long-term success.
Other organisations and businesses who are sponsoring the event for 2017 include Enterprise Ireland, Coder Dojo and Accenture. This represents a varied myriad of organisation types which have taken a keen interest in supporting the summit in its opening year.
Who will be speaking at DTS 2017?
The Dublin Tech Summit has gathered many notable speakers and presenters for their event. For example, Gary Vaynerchuk, the CEO of Vayner Media will be in attendance to share a presentation about how IoT affects the economy, and then will participate in a Q&A afterwards.
Those interested in IoT, should also make be sure to check out the “State of The Internet” seminar, run by James Kretchmar, CTO EMEA of Akamai Technologies Inc. The “How Big Data is Revolutionizing Fashion” talk from Daryl de Jori, founder of IFDAQ, is bound to be a big hit with everyone from fashionista bloggers to large scale clothing retailers. For added spectacle, a robot by the name of RoboThespian will also be in attendance as well, regaling visitors with insights into the latest technological developments (he is one after all – think C3PO from Star Wars if he was the protagonist of an Isaac Asimov novel).
Another notable name to check out is Grammy award-winner Jimmy Chamberlain from the band The Smashing Pumpkins. He will take part in a session about technology in the arts alongside Pixar veteran Matthew Luhn, who worked on the art and animation production of several classic movies including Up, Finding Nemo and all three of the Toy Story films.
When is the Dublin Tech Summit and how do I get there?
A two-day event, the Dublin Tech Summit will run on Wednesday, February 15th and Thursday, February 16th. Proceedings are scheduled to commence with opening remarks from Tech Summit CEO Noelle O’Reilly at 9:30am, with an estimated wrap-up time of around 6:30pm on both days.
In order to attend the summit, tickets must be purchased in advance, as no tickets will be available to purchase at the venue on the day. While early bird tickets are no longer available, there are still limited amounts of two-day passes and latecomer ticket options to choose from.
If arriving from out of town for the event, there are plenty of nearby options to choose from in terms of hotels, some of which are within a five-minute walking distance of the Convention Centre. However, do bear in mind that many local hotels are expected to book out as the event draws near. For those commuting to the event, several city-based and national commuter bus services stop on the nearby quays, while the Connolly and Pearse stations are only about ten minutes’ walk away, making the Tech Summit easily accessible by those travelling from outside of Dublin’s city centre.
More details about the Dublin Tech Summit can be found on the event’s official website.