The Web Summit is back in Dublin for 2014. Established in 2010 as a showcase for the current state of internet technology, it has become one of the biggest events of its kind anywhere in the world in just four short years.
The three day event is held in the RDS in Dublin, with over 20,000 attendees expected from over 100 countries. It’s the biggest year ever for the Web Summit, with new areas opened taking in Music, Film, Food and Sports.
Speakers this year include actress Eva Longoria, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, Facebook investor Peter Thiel, Cisco’s Padmasree Warrior, Google’s VP of Engineering Anna Patterson and actress/model Lily Cole.
It’s an incredible event to be held in Dublin, but chief community officer Eamon Leonard admits they could do more in pursuit of diversity, especially in terms of bringing in more female speakers and developers.
Leonard says: ““What we have not been successful at is recognising the responsibility we bear in addressing diversity, both at our own conference, and in the wider industry. We want, and need, to be better at that. This kind of change doesn’t happen overnight, and when you run events a handful of times a year, it can take time for that change to kick in”.
15 percent of the confirmed speakers for the Web Summit are women, with many more included as a growing list of attendees. To help redress the balance even further, the Summit will be making €250,000 worth of free tickets available to female developers, designers and founders.
With each ticket costing roughly €800 that’s an incredible saving, and gives attendees the chance to rub shoulders with the best and brightest in the world of technology. Click here for more information.
The Web Summit runs at the RDS Dublin from the 4th to the 8th of November 2014.
In Short: The Dublin Web Summit is now a global event and is committed to addressing diversity by giving away free tickets to female attendees