Last week, I attended the Web Summit in Dublin for the first time. Overall, it was a great conference with many highlights and some famous speakers. About 10,000 people showed up at this year’s edition. This is huge compared to last year (roughly 3,900 attendees) and compared to most other startup conferences in Europe.
Some of this year’s highlights were the ringing of the NASDAQ opening bell and Elon Musk (Founder of Tesla, spaceX,…) together on stage with Enda Kenny (Irish Prime Minister). The speakers list also included names such as Niklas Zennström (Skype, Atomico Ventures), Tony Hawk (The world’s most famous skateboarder), Kevin Rose (Digg, Google Ventures), Phil Libin (Evernote), Drew Houston (Dropbox), Gary Vaynerchuk (Vaynermedia) and Tim Armstrong (AOL).
But despite all the well known speakers, startups also had enough space to present their ideas to the media and to investors. I enjoyed walking through the two halls where several hundred startups pitched their idea at their own little booth.
Long story short: The Web Summit was one the most impressive startup events I’ve ever attended and I’m really looking forward to next year’s edition.