Dublin Web Summit attracts crowds of up to 4,000 people

Thursday 18 October 2012 22.05
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Numerous high-profile speakers took to the stage today (Pic: Adam Maguire)
Numerous high-profile speakers took to the stage today (Pic: Adam Maguire)
4,000 people attended the event (Pic: Adam Maguire)
4,000 people attended the event (Pic: Adam Maguire)
Today With Pat Kenny was broadcast live from the summit this morning
Today With Pat Kenny was broadcast live from the summit this morning

This year's Dublin Web Summit has come to a close in the RDS, following two days of exhibits, speeches and discussions by some of the leading voices in the technology industry.

An estimated 4,000 people attended the conference, while over 250 startups populated the main hall's stands as they sought to attract customers and investors.

On the main stage a range of speakers, including film director Barry Sonnenfeld and Moshi Monsters creator Michael Acton Smith addressed attendees and spoke about their experiences with technology.

A US-based startup, SmartThings, won the Electric Ireland Spark of Genius Award winner, taking home a €100,000 cash prize, along with support and help from industry experts.

The company offers a way for users to remotely control things in their house, like door locks and light switches, remotely through their smartphone.

The company's CEO Alex Hawkinson said winning the prize would help the company to increase its exposure and grow its customer base.

He also said Ireland had been an "incredible host" and he would like to see them open an office in the country in the near future.

While the Dublin Web Summit is now over, many of the conference's guests will now move on to the smaller .Founders event.

.Founders enables successful entrepreneurs, investors and technology experts to hold closed-door meetings and talks from this evening through to Saturday.

Many of the bigger names from the conference are due to attend, as are a number of so-far unnamed special guests.

Earlier, AOL Chief Executive Tim Armstrong said at the summit today that he is planning further expansion of the company's Irish operation.

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