Ireland played host to some of the technology industry's most innovative entrepreneurs today at the first day of the annual Dublin Web Summit.

Start-ups, investors and technology experts from Ireland and abroad were in the RDS for the beginning of the two-day event, where some of the latest innovations in social media, gaming and mobile were on display.

The conference, which concludes tomorrow, has been held in the city since 2009 and has now grown to become one of the largest technology events in Europe.

An estimated 4,000 attendees are due at the venue over the two days, along with 200 speakers from a range of companies, including global giants such as Google, Skype and Microsoft.

Throughout the first day a range of topics were discussed on the main stage, including the future of journalism, mobile payments and the growing trend of "crowd-funding".

More focused talks have also been given on separate stages dedicated to cloud computing, digital and development.

Tomorrow the finalists of the Electric Ireland Spark of Genius award, which comes with a prize fund worth €100,000, will be announced.

There were over 1,000 entrants for the award, with 100 of those making the shortlist in September.

The three finalists will be expected to pitch their product to a panel of investors and explain why their company is most deserving of the title.

The announcement of the winner will bring the conference to a close in the evening.

RTÉ is covering the Dublin Web Summit for its duration, including regular updates on RTÉ News Now,, RTÉ’s YouTube page and various television and radio programmes.