Hype or Reality? A Round up of Web Summit

November 15, 2014

Athar Majeed

Biggest Technology Event

This is a reflection of one of the most substantial three-day tech conference at the Web Summit Dublin. This conference was Europe's biggest technology event ever and one of the biggest in the world that attracted the world's finest and inspiring entrepreneurs. It was on a Tuesday morning when we lifted off the ringing of the opening bell of the New York's Nasdaq Stock Exchange.

That year, the Web Summit and Tech conference went from strength to strength with 22,000 attendees, 1,500 volunteers, 108 staff and contractors from all over the world.

Every day kicked off with a robust cup of coffee and that inspired the zeal to talk and interact with as many people as possible. During that year, the Tech conference and Web summit was spread over two huge sites the RDS and Simmonscourt. In my opinion, the conference brought together great minds, start-ups, investors, entrepreneurs and provided ample networking opportunities all under one roof. The Web Summit was divided over 10 summits (these being the Builders, Enterprise, Machine, Marketing, Investors, Surf, Sport, Music, Fringe, and the Night).

Networking with Startups

During the three day Web Summit and Tech Conference, we brushed shoulders with cool and inspiring start-ups from all over the world. All these start-ups were arranged in the following three categories Alpha, Beta and Start. This made it easier to understand the level of trading they were operating under. It was great to learn about all the different products and services that were available in the market, which would not have been as easy without the Tech Conference and Web Summit.

During the time, we spent hours walking around and having tête-à-tête to the entrepreneurs and got to exchange business cards and scheduled a couple of follow up meetings. For us, generally, our primary goal was to network and build relationships with as many people as possible because we knew every second count. In short, we had a lot of ground to cover over the three days.

Entrepreneurial Success Stories

Inspirational presentations from leading serial entrepreneurs like Peter Thiel and Mark Pincus in the tech industry was one of the highlights of the 2014 year's Tech Conference and Web Summit. The speakers provided food for thought and mind provoking questions sure to keep your entrepreneurial energy thriving. The Summit came to an end on Thursday evening with an exploding finale and on the main stage a final panel that included Bono (founder of U2), Dana Brunetti, Eric Wahlforss, David Carr and Bill McGlashan. The main stage was filled to capacity, and we were lucky enough to grab a seat in the main arena. Not forgetting to give thumbs up for the summits' food that was delicious. It was indeed a privilege to sample Ireland's finest foods.

Making new friends, catching up with old and putting a face to a logo was great and also priceless because we don't take time out of our busy lives schedule to be able to do this. So the Web Summit and Tech Conference provided us with a base where we could take stock and understand what the rest of the tech world was up to, plus not forgetting to have fun and enjoy ourselves.

On a final note, it was definitely the place to be, to promote your business, meet inspiring entrepreneurs, listen and learn from experts in the field and plunge into the tech world. Record crowds ascended on Dublin over the three days. The Tech conference and Web Summit atmosphere were electric and mind-blowing. It was great to have so many entrepreneurial people gathered in one place. We met a lot of social savvy entrepreneurs and learnt a lot. For us the Tech Conference and Web Summit were all about networking, collaborating and building lifelong relationships.

The Web Summit and Tech Conference were unquestionably where the tech world interacted during 2014. Thank you guys for organising such a great event. We hope to see you over the next couple of years and during major Dublin Web Summits and Tech Conferences. Hats off and congratulations to everyone involved and contributed to making this a reality.

Have you attended Web Summit? If so please share your experience in the comments. I'd love to hear from you if you find it useful and worth to attend, please?


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