There is no doubt that the Web Summit brought money, ideas and innovators to Dublin over the last few years. The fact that the Summit is now heading to Lisbon is somewhat disappointing in that respect. But what exactly is heading off to Portugal?
The question has to be asked. What has Paddy Cosgrave got that nobody else in Dublin has?
If you were put in a cell measuring three feet by six feet, you’d have a cause for complaint with Amnesty International, but that’s just about all the space you’ll get as a ‘free’ exhibitor at the Web Summit. And when I say ‘free’, I obviously don’t mean it.
No, ‘free’ in this context runs anywhere from €1,900 to €2,500 – possibly more, but that was all the research I managed to get done today. For that, you get a hard-backed poster with your name and brand on it, and the afore-mentioned space. Except, that’s public space, so if someone decides to stand in it blocking anyone from coming near you, well, we’re developing and app for that.