Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Irish rugby star to speak at Web Summit.


It has been announced today that Leinster rugby star and Captain of Ireland Jamie Heaslip will speak at the Web Summit at the end of October.

It will be the start of a busy period for the Heaslip as he leads his national team, under new head-coach Joe Schmidt, in three crucial November tests against Samoa, Australia and New Zealand in the Guinness Series in a bid to raise Ireland’s position in IRB World Rankings.

Heaslip will be discussing the intersection between sport and technology at the Web Summit which will be attended by 10,000 people at RDS Simmonscourt, familiar surroundings for the Leinster Number 8 who has won 3 Heineken Cups in the last 5 years playing from the venue.

In recent years Heaslip, a supporter of the Web Summit, has developed many entrepreneurial interests outside of his glittering rugby career, most notably in tech and in his investment in popular grill restaurant Bear in Dublin . As he looks to disrupt opposition defensive lines against Southern Hemisphere teams this November, he is also looking to disrupt traditional sectors through technology through his interest in the technology start-up scene.

Today Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave said he was delighted that Jamie Heaslip will be speaking at the event, “It’s great to have Irish rugby Captain Jamie Heaslip speaking at the Web Summit and it is yet another example of the Web Summit’s commitment to having the absolute best leaders and visionaries in their respective fields offering insights on tech and how it is disrupting sport, music, politics, science and more.”

As well as Jamie Heaslip, other sports stars such as skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and many other big names will attending this year’s event on 30th and 31stOctober Summit,

Some of the other speakers include Shane Smith, founder of Vice Magazine, Jay Bergman, founder and CEO of Hailo, Jimmy Maymann CEO of the Huffington Post, Aaron Levie founder of Box, Phil Libin CEO of Evernote and Joe Lonsdale founder of Palantir.

This year the Web Summit has doubled in size with over 10,000 people attending the event and over 950 start-ups from across the world exhibiting in what is Europe’s foremost festival of ideas and events and has been dubbed “Davos for Geeks” by Bloomberg.