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“The web summit one of the largest and most important technology and entrepreneurial events in the world has decided to change its home for the first time.Portugal has been selected to host its 2016 edition...good choice

Ah here.

A fresh promo by the Portugal Tourist Board extolling Lisbon, the Web Summit’s new home.


Visit Portugal (Facebook)



This morning.

Web Summit co-founder Paddy Cosgrave (left) with Portugal’s deputy prime minister Paulo Portas celebrating the switch to Lisbon at the RDS, Ballsbrudge , Dublin 4.

(Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie)



Eyes down.

Roisin Keown writes:

Last afternoon of Web Summit. Reaching peak tech, we came up with a little lo-fi fun to keep us entertained. Web Summit Bingo. Download your cards here. Enjoy.



Dublin City Council hoarding this afternoon.

Snapsnap writes:

Just ask Paddy




This afternoon

Meath Farmer, pumpkin magnate and – how does he find the time? – Broadsheet social media manager Tom ‘Dylan’ Dillon (left) with hay-stuffed (by his own hand) teddy superhero which will be in the showgrounds of the RDS for the duration of the Web Summit.

Why not sit on him and have a real strawman argument?

And then have a look at the teddy.



Anon writes:

Handed out as I was leaving at the RDS…Probably a start up.


Inside the Summit of SHAME.

This morning/afternoon

Day 2 of the controversial Web Summit RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.



This afternoon

Jobs minister Richard Bruton with Emmet Savage, CEO of Rubicoin at Web Summit.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton: We’ll get other conferences to successfully replace Web Summit (Kevin Doyle, Independent.ie)

(Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie)



From top: Maser; Matthew Griffin; Steve Simpson; Donough O’Malley

Donough O’Malley writes:

Just in case any of your readers are going to Web Summit 2015, I thought this might interest them, I’m part of the official Web Summit T-shirt group, along side Steve Simpson, Maser and Matthew Griffin. We produced four limited edition designs that are only available at the summit, with all proceeds going to Coderdojo, a global charity that offers programming clubs to kids….

Announcing The Web Summit Tees (WebSummit)



Top: Paddy Cosgrave and Enda Kenny launching last year’s Web Summit

Read them and weep.

The culmination of soul-crushing, drawn out correspondence between Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave and people in the the Taoiseach’s office which eventually led to the Web Summit leaving Dublin for Lisbon.

Full correspondence here


From a sitting room in “Ranners”

To the technically unfriendly RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave writes:

Today we are excited to announce the next chapter in the Web Summit story. In 2016 Web Summit will move to Lisbon.

Lisbon is a great city with a thriving startup community. What’s more, it has great transport and hotel infrastructure and a state-of-the-art venue with capacity for more than 80,000 attendees.

Tell my wifi I love her.



A response from Dublin Chamber of Commerce this afternoon:

The decision by Web Summit to leave Dublin should serve as a wake-up call to the Government about the importance of increasing investment in infrastructure. It’s also a reminder of how Dublin is competing with other international cities for business 

Oh, it’s on!

The Next Chapter (Web Summit Blog)

Previously: Who Took The Web From The Web Summit?

Web Summit Loss a Wake-Up Call for Spend-Shy Government (Dublin Chamber of Commerce)


GK writes:

Last year I registered with my email address to get access to the [Dublin]  Websummit Live Webcast. After the signup I got a “Thanks for applying for a Web Summit 2 for 1 tickets discount code” email. Yesterday I then got this (above)…. It looks like Websummit has used my email address to parse my twitter followers and cross reference it with their database of who had registered to watch the Live Webcast (pretending to be a 2 for 1 discount code). Confusing/Clever/Creepy…. you decide!

With no wifi, how is it even possible?

*bangs head*


Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Adam Kostyal, Senior Vice President at NASDAQ (middle), at the Web Summit in Dublin last November

Last December Damien Mulley asked, under the Freedom of Information Act, how much the IDA and Enterprise Ireland spent on the webless Web Summit.

Specifically, in relation to Enterprise Ireland, he asked for details relating to…

1) Grants, fees, payments made to the Web Summit/F.ounders
2) Web Summit/F.ounders costs paid by Enterprise Ireland such as speaker fees, travel costs (if any)
3) Costs for Enterprise Ireland for stands, marketing and running events around Web Summit/F.ounders

And the results are in.

Ultimately, he’s found Enterprise Ireland has spent approximately €584,000 over the last three years, comprising of roughly €265,000 in 2014; €175,000 in 2013; and €144,000 in 2012.

Here’s a breakdown of the costs…

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In relation to the IDA, Mr Mulley has found the IDA spent €100,000 ex VAT in 2014; €140,000 ex VAT in 2013 and €80,000 ex VAT in 2012.

Cheap at half the price?

Or too expensive at any PRICE..

We may never care know.

How much has Enterprise Ireland spent on Web Summit? (Damien Mulley)

How much has IDA spent on Web Summit? (Damien Mulley)

Previously: Summit Stinks

Related: Where is technology’s critical culture (Jane Ruffino)

Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland