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The Aftermath of Dublin’s Web Summit

by Laura Anderson

Now that last year’s drama surrounding the Web Summit’s move to Lisbon from Dublin has died down, things are looking up for the company and co-found Paddy Cosgrave.

Cosgrave is feeling rather bullish in fact, according to the Irish Independent.

This year has brought about an exciting series of milestones for the company, including the purchase of internet domain and an expected twofold increase in the number of Web Summit attendees.

The established annual technology conference, which was held in Dublin for its first five years of existence, will be hosted outside of Ireland this year for the first time since its creation.

In the wake of last year’s announcement of the change came a good amount of criticism, along with speculation with regards to whether the Web Summit had perhaps been neglected by Dublin authorities.

However, increase in the size and sphere of influence of the conference seems to indicate that the controversy did not cause any lasting injury to Cosgrave’s company.

If anything, enthusiasm for the Web Summit is at an all-time high.

Hopes for the future of Web Summit

Hopes remain however that the Web Summit will return to Dublin eventually, a predication that is supported by Cosgrave.

Cosgrave started the company in 2010 with co-founders David Kelly and Daire Hickey.

The founders have spoken opening about an ambition to form a billion-dollar company.

By all accounts, they are well on their way to this goal.

Over 1,000 commercial partners and exhibitions will be present at this year’s Web Summit, including megabucks firms such as KPMG, Accenture, McKinsey and Cisco.

A number of influential individuals will be in attendance this year, among them the president of the UN Assembly and the director of the World Trade Organisation.

Other highly anticipated speakers include Tinder’s Sean Rad, Renault’s Calosw Ghosn and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

The Web Summit has agreed to host the event in Lisbon for a minimum of three years, but Cosgrave is confident that it will return to Ireland in the future.

Said Cosgrave, speaking to the Irish Independent, “I’m sure we’ll be back at some stage – it’s just a matter of when”.

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