WPP Chairman to launch Dublin Web Summit
Philip Lader, Chairman of WPP, the world’s largest communications services group, will launch Ireland’s biggest tech event — Dublin Web Summit — on April 17th at 6pm in Trinity College. Lader serves as a senior advisor to Morgan Stanley and is a former US Ambassador to the Court of St James’s. He previously served in several senior executive roles in the US Government, including as a Member of the President’s Cabinet and as White House Deputy Chief of Staff.
The interview with Lader will mark the opening of the 2012 Web Summit, set to take place in the RDS on October 16-18. The two-day event, now in its third year, has become the biggest tech event in the UK and Ireland. The summit will feature over 100 speakers and 2,500 attendees from some of the biggest names in technology.
"We had over 1,500 attendees last year and some incredible speakers both from Ireland and abroad. October's event will be our biggest yet," said Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave.
“This year’s summit will have a real international focus as we work to show international startups why Dublin is a great place for tech companies."
The Summit after-party in Cafe En Seine will turn Dublin's largest pub into a technology village emulating the Silicon Docklands area with a series of streets and squares dedicated to the different tech communities in Dublin. There'll be a startup street, social media square, investor alley, developers' lane, and techie avenue that resemble parts of Dublin.
Previous speakers at Dublin Web Summit have included the founders of Youtube, Skype, Twitter, LinkedIn and Angry Birds.