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Web Summit brings techies, whizz-kids and celebrities to Dublin

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It is billed as ‘the most influential and international tech event in Europe’.

Some of us might see it a gathering of Geeks.

But for three days in Dublin, those at the cutting edge of internet entrepreneurship share ideas and do deals at the Web Summit.

Claudio Rocco, our correspondent in the Irish Republic’s capital, said: “Unlike traditional technology fairs, at the Web Summit in Dublin there are lots of young people and start-ups looking for ideas and partners to put their projects into practice”.

It started four years ago with just a few hundred participants. This year over 20,000 people are attending, meaning organisers face a challenge in accommodating different needs.

“Some start-ups are here really to learn and so they want to hear great content and we facilitate that,” said Web Summit co-founder Paddy Cosgrave.

“And then some corporate and business executives are here for a whole range of reasons and I think we try to cater for as many of those reasons as possible.”

Joining the whizz-kids and the boffins, the likes of Hollywood actress Eva Longoria and U2 rock star Bono are sprinkling some stardust on proceedings.

But not even that could prevent an embarrassing start to the summit – which saw the Wi-Fi internet signal crash.