Having a Web Summit? Get some decent Wi-Fi!
Embarrassing outage as 22,000 people arrive at tech conference
Web Summit It’s never a good thing for conference organisers when their Wi-Fi goes down – but it’s even worse when you’re positioning yourself as the première European tech conference of the year, Web Summit.
Attendees were pretty miffed as Dublin’s massive 22,000-strong event kicked off today and the Wi-Fi at the RDS venue promptly blacked out.
Event co-founder Paddy Cosgrave apologised for the down time on the centre stage, but was swift to shift the blame over to the venue rather than the event itself.
"We have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to get the Wi-Fi working; it's incredibly disappointing,” he said.
“I’m hoping in 2015 Michael Duffy of the RDS will make the decision to allow a third party to run the Wi-Fi at this event.”
Being avid techies and all, folks at the conference were none too impressed with the outage. They took to Twitter (on their data plans presumably) to complain:
No WIFI at #WebSummit is like no bands at Longitude— Guy Sinnott (@Guy_Sinnott) November 4, 2014
#websummit has moved to Starbucks down the road where they've better wifi.— Conor (@mcgconor) November 4, 2014
The Wi-Fi has been somewhat sporadic since around 10.30am this morning, with users in the main hall still having difficulties at the time of publication. ®