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Dublin Web Summit

Last week saw our IT recruitment team exhibit at the Dublin Web Summit.

Armed with a Nintendo (yes an original Nintendo!) some eighties treats and our very own Mario and Luigi, our IT recruitment consultants were set to wow the crowds. Find out how our recruiters got on at the summit.

I had the distinct pleasure of being part of the Morgan McKinley team that attended the Dublin Web Summit over the last two days. This year we went for a quirky approach and decided to go retro with our Nintendo Super Mario Brothers theme, we even had an original Nintendo to play on and 80's candy! What more could you ask for?

Not being a tech company ourselves, we were never going to be able to compete in terms of technology with all the tech giants and amazing start-ups present at the summit. Therefore, we decided that we would go retro and bring visitors back to their youth and have a little fun promoting our brand along the way. Like Morgan McKinley, The Super Mario Brothers were born in the 1980's and together we had a stand unlike no other.

A big thank you to all who visited our stand, played the game and got into the 80’s spirit with Mario and Luigi! Here's what the Irish Times wrote about us. 

For those of you that did not make it, the Web Summit was absolutely spectacular. With over 10,000 delegates and speakers such as Elon Musk (Co-founder & CEO of Tesla, SapceX Solar City), Tony Hawk (Founder - Tony Hawk Foundation), Padmasree Warrior (CTO Cisco) and Drew Houston (Co-founder & CEO Dropbox) to name but a few, all took center stage. Enthralling the audience with their stories of success, the presenters spoke on the future of their businesses and how they see the technology landscape evolving over the coming years.

Hundreds of start up companies pitched to investors live on stage and countless others networked at their stands – every hour there were business partnerships, new ideas and investments being made.   

I met with Donal Cahalane, CMO - Trustev (eliminating fraud from your e-commerce transactions), a start up out of Cork who have very ambitions plans, have investment secured and are currently hiring. Interestingly, Donal was hired by CEO & Founder Pat Phelan when they met at last years Web Summit - just one of many examples I am sure.  

For me, the highlight of the day was Enda Kenny opening up the NASDAQ live from the Summit -

“It is my great honour to ring the opening bell for the NASDAQ during Europe’s biggest and best tech conference, the Dublin West Summit. Ringing the NASDAQ bell from Dublin is symbolic of Ireland’s prime position as a hub of digital enterprise and innovation." No better message that Ireland is very much back in business. Good man Enda!   350 jobs announced across 10 companies in just one day! Well done to Paddy Cosgrave and all involved - doing a great job for Ireland Inc.!”

  • Nov 07, 2013
  • Careers , Culture
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