Chronicle No.6 – Dublin Web Summit aftermath

Chronicle / 01 November

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Next up was Gary O’Connor Chief Architect, News, Sport and Knowledge at BBC. He got technical (we love that!) describing how the BBC news site runs Nodejs, Fluentd and Couchdb. Spoke about how Developers now need to be Polyglots, which is something we can relate to.


Founder of Prezi, Peter Arvai gave some great insights into how he originally pitched the product to investors. The alternative to Powerpoint now has around 20 million users

Andy McLoughlin from cloud collaboration Huddle told us that when you start out with a business, choose your enemies, for Huddle, their sights are firmly set on Microsoft’s SharePoint.

Canada’s Ryan Holmes from Hootsuite (a social media management system) was asked some tricky questions about hacks over social media.  Ryan gave the sound advice that we should regularly change our passwords and avoid using the same password across social media platforms

WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg interviewed Stripe’s Patrick Collison on the main stage. It was a bit misleading of the Summit to bill Matt Mullenweg as a “speaker” when all he did was provide his services as an interviewer, and not a very good one at that.


Des Traynor over on the developer stage gave a rollercoaster talk to a packed tent on Designing Dashboards. Slides for this are here, well worth a look

At this point we had our fill of free coffee and duty called back at HQ on 124 Lower Baggot street.

All of the Summit talks are now available on Livestream

Overall, The Summit was very enjoyable and we got some great food and food for thought.

One concern we have this year is with the name change from The Dublin Web Summit to The Summit. The technical ‘edge’ may be lost and The Summit in future may lose focus by trying to be a jack of all trades but master of none. Hopefully we will be proved wrong.

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