Tech titans in town for Dublin Web Summit

150 start-up jobs up for grabs at Dubstarts event

The heads of Paypal, Dropbox, AOL, Hailo and Shutterstock will be among the speakers at this year’s Dublin Web Summit which is expected to attract 10,000 people from more than 90 countries to the capital.

The summit, which begins on Wednesday, will feature more than 500 start-ups exhibiting to the partners of the world’s top VC firms, as well as a “food summit” which will showcase chefs from Ireland’s top restaurants and hotels and artisan food producers from across the country.

The Nasdaq opening bell will be rung onstage at the RDS during the Web Summit on Wednesday, with trading on the American stock exchange opening from Ireland for the first time.

Cisco chief technology officer Padmasree Warrior will be the guest speaker at the Leaders' Lunch on Thursday, an event which is bringing together female business leaders, entrepreneurs and influencers from Ireland and abroad, to promote successful "women in tech".

On the subject of tech and start-ups, some 150 jobs are up for grabs at tomorrow's Dubstarts jobs fair – an innovative event which aims to connect students and recent graduates with start-ups from Dublin's tech scene that are currently hiring. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend the event, taking place in The Powerscourt Centre & Pygmalion in Dublin, where they will meet with 50 of Ireland's fastest growing start-up companies along with a select number of larger organisations, such as Jameson and Paddy Power.


Start-ups including Soundwave, Newswhip, Popdeem, Frockadvisor and Wattics will be hiring on the night, for positions ranging from programming to design to business and marketing.

"It can sometimes take companies months to find, interview and hire the right people. Dubstarts is like speed-dating for start-ups and we've even seen some people land jobs on the spot at our events," event organiser Mark Whelan said.

Dubstarts founder Vincent Lyons said the event has exploded since 300 people attended the first fair 18 months ago, with a lot of companies reporting success in hiring good candidates. "There is a generation between the age of 20 and 30 that are really well educated and looking for a challenge. Start-ups are a good place for them to work. We have companies looking for community managers to keep the buzz going on social media and make videos. We have companies looking for programmers, sales people and designers."