We waved goodbye to the Web Summit at the RDS to what could be the last-ever Web Summit to be held in Dublin. It’s a tragedy that there moving to Lisbon but our loss is Lisbon’s gain. It was great while it lasted and we liked it so much we might even make the long trip to Lisbon in 2016.
We met the Gigabot, a very large 3D Printer with an I-Pad interface and capable of making plastic models up to 4 feet high.
Waterford Crystal, had a fabulous stand with world class glass models on display. As you know this is a world famous Irish company and in the USA is almost as well known as Guinness. It was great to see some good old fashioned Irish manufacturing at the event.
Michael Dell who once employed 10,000 people in Limerick made a special appearance and explained why he has offered $67 billion for the acquisition of EMC in the biggest tech deal ever and why he thinks this is a good price. He also said that the company that will ultimately win is the company with the best talent.
And Bill Ford who’s grandfather Henry T designed and built 17,000,000 Model T ‘s named the most influential car in the 20th century cars took the Centre Stage on Day 1. Ford Motors are designing apps to communicate with SYNC, a voice activation communication system to be installed in all their cars. .
CoderDojo has a large stand with kids busy coding and inventing. The CoderDojo Movement has been invited along to every Web Summit since 2010 when the technology conference was first held in Dublin.