Blog Article 2 Nov 2015

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Web Summit 2015 - They saved the best til last!

It is that time of year again in #Ireland when the leaves are changing colours, the mornings are a little brisker and pumpkin spiced lattes are back on the menu in Starbucks. But it's not just the coffee that's percolating at full speed throughout #Dublin, as the city prepares once again to become the tech capital of the world for the first week in November.

This year promises to be the biggest #WebSummit yet with over 21 individual Summits, 1,000 speakers and 30,000 attendees. With so many events taking place in various locations over the 3 days, it is easy to feel overwhelmed with the sheer scale of the conference. So to make things slightly easier, we have complied a list of the top five talks/events that are grabbing our attention this year.

1. Life with robots talk

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We may not have hooverboards yet but there is no doubt that the future is nigh with the latest developments in robotics, automation and drone technology. The Machine Summit will address the impact that all of these are having on our lives. Andra Kay from Silicon Valley Robotics will be leading the discussions from centre stage on Tuesday

2. The Future of Healthcare

What is functional food? How far away are DNA specific personalized treatment options? Uber for Health: is the arrival of on-demand healthcare imminent? What does the popularity of wearables mean for the general public?

All these questions and many more shall be answered at this year's Healthtech Summit. One thing that's certain: Consumer-driven healthcare is coming and this is one summit not to be missed.

3. The big deal with Big Data

Big data is being generated by everything around us at all times. Learn what big data is, why it matters and how it can help you make better decisions every day at the Data Summit. Also for further insights check our blog on Data Science.

4. Surf's up out West

Technology meets the outdoors...carry on the conversations from Web Summit in one of the most picturesque counties in Ireland. Surf Summit is happening once again; bringing together over 400 investors, tech CEOs and startups from around the world. Inbetween the waves, why not try catch Peggy Johnson from Microsoft there this year and talk Cowabunga, Ceoil & Craic? Don't miss Surf Summit to find out what all of those words mean!

5. Coffee, Croissants & Champions

As promised the best was saved for last! Fuel yourself up for the busy days ahead at #WebSummit at the IDA & DCU breakfast events taking place only minutes from the conference venue. Come for the free coffee and wifi - stay to meet companies, investors, a leading Irish University and possibly a sports/tech champion or two.


Emma Mitchell

IDA's New Forms of Investment

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