From 3 to 7 november 2014 I went to visit Dublin, Ireland with my good friend Kim Swagemakers from Kimpact. Beneath the article you can find my visual diary of this trip.
I visited a likewise international conference twice before, which is called South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. That was such a blast that I hoped this one would be to0. It turned out te be different and less exciting, but still I learned a thing or two.
My takes from the Websummit in Dublin
- Start-ups are everywhere and imaginable for every object. Like the toothbrush Kolibree for kids, gamified brushing with an app to become a ninja. An app to create a lighting concept for your home. And more apps connected to the Internet of Thing (IoT for short).
- I was very interested in the app TouchCast that BBC uses, it’s a looks like video but works like the web. A interactive video camera and player with which you can experience browsable, responsive video, webpages, images and apps.
- Joanne from Pinterest told about the Pinterest changes of this year. I knew them all, the are really into search. Google for objective search, Pinterest for subjective search. I wrote an article about that myself.
- Shane from Contently went into new publishing models. I wrote his thoughts on a LinkedIn blog.
The days in Dublin, the pubs and the people of Dublin were awesome. My takes:
- Guinness beer tastes really nice!
- Dublin people are the nicest people I have met. The service in restaurants, shops and bars is really good
- Dublin is like a fairytale from the old days: the castles, the streets, the churches
- Dublin has hip bars like Pyg and hip food stores like Falcon and Byrne
- The best and oldest pub is called The Brazen head. I loved its old interior, the whiskeys and the people there.