The mammoth tech event that is Web Summit 2015 is over for another year. The technology conference (the largest in Europe, no less) wrapped up tonight in Dublin and to say it went out on a high would be an understatement. The three-day, hi-tech extravaganza comprised of inspirational speakers, passionate ideas and innovative thinking, saw over 42,000 people arrive on Irish shores specifically for the event – and that’s just the start of the impressive stats worth mentioning.
Web Summit CEO Paddy Cosgrave was determined to end things on a positive note and said he hopes the “event might one day return to Dublin” amid the glum news announced recently that the conference will relocate to Lisbon next year.
He said he and his team “love the city,” according to the Irish Times and said their headquarters would remain here and that it would remain an Irish company.
“Dublin will always be in our hearts,” he said, adding that Ireland would always play a role in what his company creates around the world.
He thanked the “incredible community in the city” which he said had given time, resources and had been incredibly supportive, adding that without them the event would not have been possible.
The final-day event was a particular highlight as stages included the fashion, health technology, money and music Summits, with long queues to get access to the fashion stage in particular. Model agency founder Simon Chambers and fashion and beauty blogger Estee Lalonde attracted a large crowd eager to hear how social media is playing a vital part in transforming the fashion industry.
There’s little doubt that the Summit, which has been held here since 2010, will be sorely missed. It was a calendar highlight, which saw the very best of our digital/technology sector team together, and its loss will be greatly felt. As thousands flock towards the city centre for the Night Summit (Fade Street, Harcourt Street, Dame Lane will play host to an array of celebratory parties for all attendees) to discuss their blossoming ideas (over the odd pint or two, no doubt) we can only hope that the event will arrive on our shores again in future.
Here are some stats, which will tell you just how much of an impact was made in such a short space of time:
- 42,000 people from 134 countries came to Dublin this week for Web Summit (this was double on last year).
- There were 199,054 tweets about Web Summit over the 3 days and 4 nights – #WebSummit, #audiPITCH and #Dublin were the top trends.
- 41,675 people who couldn’t make it to Dublin watched the Centre Stage via livestream.
- 42,000 attendees explored 21 different Summits under 1,500 lights and 5km of bunting.
- They saw 21 coloured sheep (seven pink, seven blue and seven purple) in a field with one giant teddy bear.
- Over 95,000 conversations have taken place so far on the Web Summit app.
- The average amount an attendee spends on the app in one session is 9 minutes and 14 seconds.
- Attendees lasted 54 hours before it started raining in Dublin.
- CEO Paddy Cosgrave wore two jumpers.
- 1,000 speakers took to the stages and led roundtables.
- 1,231 of the world’s media came to report. 2,141 startups startups exhibited.
- 1,000 investors from the world’s leading funds came to explore.
- 2,160 office hour sessions took place for these startups to meet with investors.
- 650 mentor hour sessions happened where experienced entrepreneurs and investors offered candid advice to startups.
- Yesterday, the Summit announced that they’re giving away 10,000 free tickets to women in tech to our 2016 events – which is undoubtedly brilliant news.
- In 24 hours, 1,989 female entrepreneurs have already applied.