- Web Summit becomes three day festival of ideas. 300 plus speakers, 3 days.
OVER 1,000 WEB SUMMIT tickets were snapped up in a matter of hours today, proving that Europe does indeed want it’s own SXSW. Tickets for Europe’s biggest starup event went on sales on Tuesday morning and due to unprecedented interest the Web Summit ticketing system had to be taken offline in order to deal with the demand. Only 500 tickets were due to be released but because of the huge interest and since people in the US did did not have the chance to buy tickets the Web Summit released a further 500 tickets before shutting off systems again yesterday evening. Tickets will be on general sale later this month.
"For the past few months we've been doing Pub Summits across all five continents with the aim of getting in over 100 cities, and we've reached an awful lot of people. We didn't quite know how many until we switched on our ticketing this morning and realised we may just be on to something," said Paddy Cosgrave, Web Summit creator and curator.
Today the Summit also added to its growing lineup with Niklas Zennstrom, founder of Skype and Atomico; Scott Belsky who sold Behance to Adobe in 2012 for a reputed $150m, well-known Fab, Uber and Blackjet investor Shervin Pishevar as well as the world renowned blogger and Google Glass entusiast Robert Scoble.
The 2013 Web Summit will broaden its scope moving from a two-day conference to a festival of ideas and events becoming Europe’s answer to SXSW. This year a third day of workshops will be added to the start of the event, which will now begin on October 29th. There’ll be 1,000 places available to the workshops, distributed on a first come first serve basis.
Over the past three years the Web Summit has grown from humble beginnings in a lecture theatre in Trinity College, to a festival of multiple stages and events attracting thousands of people from across the world.
October’s summit will feature over 300 speakers including the Phil Libin, CEO of one of the hottest apps - Evernote; Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale; Wordpress co-founder Matt Mullenweg; Hailo co-founder Jay Bregman; Eugene Kaspersky of Kaspersky Labs; Rina Onur of Peak Games; soon-to-be-space traveller, WPP board member and tech investor Esther Dyson; as well as Digg founder turned Google Ventures partner Kevin Rose. Ex Mashable editor Ben Parr and Jennifer Hyman, founder of Rent The Runway, will also feature at the Web Summit. Additional speakers will be announced on a rolling basis.
Web Summit founder and curator Paddy Cosgrave said; “We’ve moved from a one day conference in 2010, to more than three days. Web Summit 2013 will feature a broader range of events including workshops, pitching sessions and keynotes from some of the world’s most incredible entrepreneurs. The 2013 Web Summit will evolve to become an all-encompassing SXSW-like-full-festival experience.
“This year’s event will celebrate creativity and innovation in its broadest terms as the Web Summit partners with everyone from non-profits to leaders in science, technology and education,” continued Cosgrave.
The Web Summit has grown at a phenomenal rate over the past few years. The company behind the event has taken on 30 staff over the past 12 months. Web Summit now has over 40 full-time employees, with events in Dublin, London, Berlin and New York.
More than 5,000 people from outside of Ireland will travel to Dublin for the Web Summit, making the Web Summit the largest tech festival in Europe. More than 1,000 startups are expected at the Summit along with over 350 members of the international press and more than 300 international investors..
Dublin Web Summit will take place in the RDS on October 29th and 31st.
General tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks at websummit.net