Web Summit sees 1,000 early birds sold in a few hours

By: May 8, 2013
Web Summit now has over 40 full-time employees, with events in Dublin, London, Berlin and New York Web Summit now has over 40 full-time employees, with events in Dublin, London, Berlin and New York

The Web Summit, which this year will be a SXSW-style ‘festival of ideas’, saw 1,000 early bird tickets snapped up within a few hours.

“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,” says Paddy Cosgrave, Web Summit organiser.

The 2013 Web Summit is moving from a two-day conference to a ‘festival of ideas’, SXSW-style event. A third day of workshops will be added to the start of the three days, 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.

“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,” says Cosgrave.

Over 300 speakers will attend the festival in Dublin, including Phil Libin, CEO of 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, Jennifer Hyman, founder of Rent The Runway, 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 blogger and Google Glass entusiast Robert Scoble.

More than 5,000 people from outside of Ireland are expected to travel to Dublin for the Web Summit. The rest of the tickets will be on general sale later this month.

Stephen Conmy
- Editor and co-founder of Digital Times, co-founder of The Appys, writer and publisher.