Paddy Cosgrave on stage at Web summit. image: Web Summit / Sportsfile

Web Summit May Leave Ireland if RDS Won’t Fix WiFi

Paddy Cosgrave on stage at Web summit. image: Web Summit / Sportsfile

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave has said that the event may leave Ireland if WiFi issues at the RDS cannot be resolved.

He was speaking on stage yesterday as Web Summit drew to a close. He also revealed that he thinks the event which catered to 22,000 people is still not big enough, describing it as “Glastonbury for Geeks”.

Later, RDS and Web Summit released a joint statement, committing themselves to “work in close partnership to ensure that this remains the world class technology event that it has become”.

RDS CEO Michael Duffy pointed out that Web Summit

“does present certain unique challenges, due to the large numbers in attendance and the unprecedented demands on the Wi-Fi and network systems, aligned to extremely high volumes of devices concurrently accessing the network”

Earlier in the conference, a frustrated Paddy Cosgrave had criticised the RDS on stage, for refusing to allow a third party to provide WiFi for the event.

In their statement, Michael Duffy said:

“We are 100% committed to working hand in hand with the Web Summit team in order to ensure that these issues are resolved, by whatever means required, ahead of the next event in 2015”


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5 Responses to Web Summit May Leave Ireland if RDS Won’t Fix WiFi

  1. _kierandaly November 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    Hi Conn

    Nice to briefly bump into you there. Other than being an amazing conference the poor WiFi stands out as a memory of the event.

    I had a vocal American lady next to me at the Google stand saying in a Californian accent “this conference sucks – s**t WiFI and no power outlets” then she disappeared (as in left not Harry Potter disappear)

    What is most disappointing is that it wasn’t as if the number of people was a surprise. I was trying to upload a 5-6 second HyperLapse video as part of my LiveTeam duties and it just failed.

    The quality of the even probably lead most people to overlook but nearly everyone commented on it which is bad PR for the RDS for any event in the future.

    We didn’t want blazingly fast just average…

    • Michele Neylon November 10, 2014 at 11:30 pm #


      Good seeing you 🙂
      I go to a lot of events around the globe and unfortunately most of them have spotty wifi. The only exceptions being RIPE and ICANN where the wifi is usually excellent.
      It’s not 100% clear what the situation with the wifi at the RDS is. I heard conflicting reports.

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