Bournemouth, United Kingdom (PressExposure) October 06, 2013 -- The leaders from technology industry will meet in Dublin, Ireland at Web Summit on October 30 & 31.
Since 2010, Dublin hosts Europe's largest industry event and this year will present over 350 speakers and introduce more than 400 start ups. Every year the team around Paddy Cosgrave has successfully multiplied the count of attendees and it seems they have reached the limit of possible and reasonable. More than 10.000 attendees over 2 days will meet on 4 stages and 50 workshops. How they want to multiply this next year?
More important than numbers is the purpose of the event. Some of the start ups have shared their thoughts with BuyDaBizz.com and they see the Web Summit as "a great networking opportunity and a chance to exhibit our product to the European start up community" (e.g. Henri Viiralt, Jomi Interactive)
The motto of the Web Summit for this year is "This is Europe's SXSW". And we all know that SXSW is great place for networking. Of course, we can not expect more than 30000 attendees interested in technology start ups as they came for 5 days lasting SXSW Interactive 2013 to Austin, TX. With more than 10000 attendees we still can expect business and networking orientated mixer of top brains in industry, investors, influencers with the most ambitious, innovative and creative start ups from all around the world.
I've asked a few start ups for sharing their opinion about the Web Summit and the most complex was given by Andr© Fossa, Founder of Agenda Pet and he has shared it with BuyDaBizz.com for this article:
"The Web Summit succeeded in putting together a really unique ecosystem with technology and entrepreneurship at its core. The way I see, it was built to generate more businesses and less hype.
The fact that the event of such magnitude is held in Europe contributes to balance a little bit the technology mindset, mostly Silicon Valley centric. This is powerful for non american entrepreneurs like myself because it attracts people (investors, partners, entrepreneurs) that come from the same place and have similar challenges and expectations as ourselves. That's why I believe business generation can be leveraged..."
This is exactly what the organiser must be aiming for. Dublin has been considered as European Silicon Valley with Headquarters offices of Google, LinkedIn, eBay, Facebook alongside many more global giants and event like Web Summit plays very important role of an alternative mixer.
"At the same time," AndrÃ© Fossa continues, "if you look at the attendees list of companies and people, you'll see that trend builders will be there, pushing for cutting edge innovations and markets.
That was the main reason why we decided to apply to Alpha Program: we saw that Web Summit would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to connect with other entrepreneurs and investors that would help us taking AgendaPet to the next level."
This is, probably, the best description of what the event organisers wanted to achieve from the perspective of a start up founder with clear vision.
But organisers went an extra mile, too. They did not only focus on networking and business generation. Paddy Cosgrave has announced that they are "...also launching an initiative for charities to exhibit at the Web Summit for free. We've set aside a dedicated exhibition area, where we'll be giving 5 of the most inspiring and effective charities from around the world the chance to raise awareness for their cause. All they need to do is apply".
And this is for sure the number which can be doubled next year.