Web Summit Day One: What to see

Start-ups, investors and Michael Dell on the biggest deal in tech

Richard Hulskes of Wevolver with robots at the Web Summit in Dublin last year. Photo: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Richard Hulskes of Wevolver with robots at the Web Summit in Dublin last year. Photo: Eric Luke / The Irish Times


Michael Dell sealed the biggest deal in tech history when his company agreed to acquire storage maker EMC for $67 billion last month.

This morning, the Dell founder will take to the stage at Web Summit in Dublin to discuss the PC maker’s evolution into one of the largest technological corporations in the world.

Another must see talk today is Slack co-founder and chief executive Stewart Butterfield, who is taking to the centre stage at 10.05am. Butterfield, who is also the co-founder of photo sharing site Flickr, will discuss his messaging platform Slack which may just kill off e-mail. Launched in 2013, Slack is already valued at $2.8 billion.

Two-time Olympic Gold medallist and ImVere chief executive Cindy Parlow Cone will be on the sport stage with IRFU head of medical services Rod McLoughlin at 10.20am to discuss how concussion has impacted sport.

As the CTO of Facebook, Mike Schroepfer is connecting more than a billion people. He will be on the centre stage at 11.30am today to share how high-altitude drones, laser communications systems, artificial intelligence and virtual reality are being used for this purpose.

Oculus VR is an American virtual reality technology company founded by Palmer Luckey and Brendan Iribe. In March 2014, the company was acquired by Facebook for $2 billion in cash and Facebook stock. Palmer will be taking to centre stage at 12.05 to talk about whether virtual reality will ever be mainstream.

What better way to finish the day, than hearing from Mike Krieger, the man who co-founded the second largest social media platform in the world. The Instagram founder will be on the centre stage at 4pm to discuss his vision for the photo sharing app.

Don’t forget to check out the Food Summit in Herbert Park. Run in conjunction with Good Food Ireland, it is a street festival-like celebration of the best of Irish food. Sunil Ghai, Anada restaurant’s award-winning head chef, has created a collection of vegetable-based curries that are sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Other producers providing food include Anthony Creswell of Ummera Smoked Products, Maxine Hyde of Ballymaloe Relish, and Foods of Athenry owners Siobhan and Paul Lawless.