18 May 2011

Ding ding round two, the dot conf's back...



If you like events, free stuff and the interwebs, then you need to be at National College of Ireland on June 2nd for the dot conf. The speakers were announced yesterday for this one day event, aimed at Ireland’s internet community and taking place at the college’s IFSC campus in Dublin. Before I go on I’m declaring a vested interest in this event so perhaps I’m a little biased, but I think it’s gonna ROCK. And did I mention it’s completely free?
The speakers’ line-up was announced through this all-singing, all-dancing Lego video on YouTube, and the full running order is up now on the event blog. This is not your average conference: the dot conf has a creative community vibe and showcases local innovators in the web and digital fields. Learn to embrace failure, unleash your creative potential and hear great stories from some of Ireland's most interesting online players.
The keynote speaker is Limerick man John Collison who in 2008, aged 17, sold the company he founded with his brother Patrick (Auctomatic) for $5 million. The Collison brothers recently announced details of their new payments startup Stripe, which has received backing from PayPal founders Peter Thiel and Elon Musk and is already valued at more than $20 million.
Also featuring in the video and the day will be the fierce and fabulous Rosemary Mac Cabe; veteran web designer and blogger Sabrina Dent; Lisa Domican, creator of Grace app for autism; journalist and recovering archaeologist Jane Ruffino and Donal McGuinness, CEO of Zapa Technology. Other speakers include Odhran Ginnity, COO of Distilled Media, whose brands include Daft.ie, Boards.ie and TheJournal.ie; Colm Lyon, CEO of Realex Payments; Philip Nolan, partner at Irish business law firm Mason Hayes+Curran; John Kennedy, Editor of Silicon Republic and Paul Rellis, MD of Microsoft Ireland.
Sunday Business Post technology writer Adrian Weckler will chair a panel discussion on the future of technology in Ireland, and Hugh Linehan, online editor of The Irish Times, will be Master of Ceremonies for the day.
Book your free place online through the event blog, or follow the dot conf on twitter or Facebook for updates. But be quick, now: when they're gone, they're gone.
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