Dublin Tech Summit (February 15 and 16, 2017) sought to showcase Ireland’s capital city as a hub for tech talent, innovation and operations, with the female CEO, Noelle O’Reilly, keen to see women in technology represented among the 10k+ attendees and 200+ speakers.
Hands-on tech interactions and conversation opportunities in the exhibition hall and coffee areas perfectly complemented the summit’s schedule, whose CPD topics covered startups, medtech, big data, IoT, marketing, fintech, business, fashion and creativity.
— Pam (@pamelaaobrien) February 16, 2017
Five Learning Points
1. Be Authentic. Lead speakers Gary Vaynerchuk and Cindy Gallop emphasised personal authenticity as a core value in their lifestyles, with Gary Vee saying in particular:
Your truth is the only thing you will ever successfully sell.
2. Women Challenge The Status Quo – because we are never it (Cindy Gallop). Female [social] entrepreneurs know this bit, being most likely to stand up to address social issues.
3. Disrupt Yourself. If you as a person are not disrupting yourself – ie, constantly learning – and your business (your own enterprise, or an employer’s), you are lagging in today’s world.
4. Think Big, Start Small. Match your big vision to a small project, validate its evidence into a business case, find a C-suite sponsor, then build your virtual team and partner ecosystem.
5. Hard Work Pays Off. Entrepreneurs need patience, hard work and a never-quit attitude to stay relevant. Mix that with digital disruption, and see where your journey takes you.
Sound Advice, A Disruptor
Many people don’t realise Sound Advice is a disruptive entity.
— Caroline Carswell (@soundadvice_pro) February 16, 2017
Dublin Tech Summit 2018 is anticipated, with the Convention Centre in the Docklands ideally located for the local tech ecosystem. And best of all, the wifi system held up.