Patrick Collison among new speakers added to Dublin Web Summit line-up

31 Jul 2012

Patrick Collison. Image via InterTrade Ireland

The line-up for the Dublin Web Summit, which takes place in the RDS in Dublin on 17 and 18 October, is growing with the announcement of 10 new speakers, including Ireland’s own Patrick Collison.

Limerick man Collison is perhaps best known for having sold a start-up he founded with his younger brother John for €3.2m when they were both just teenagers. Since then, the two have launched Stripe, an online payments engine that simplifies the purchase of content and goods on websites, and have received backing from Peter Thiel, the first investor in Facebook, among others.

As a keynote speaker, Collison will join entrepreneur Cindy Gallop, The New York Times’ former head of social media Soraya Dorabi, founder and CEO of Shauna Mei and seven other prominent female figures in tech already announced for the event.

And female speakers are not limited to just these 10, with Maya Baratz, senior product manager at ABC News; Courtney Boyd Myers, director of audience development for General Assembly; and Facebook’s head of EMEA Joanna Shields also added to the list today.

Other key speakers announced today are Mozilla chair Mitchell Baker; Gareth Williams, co-founder and chief executive of Skyscanner; JP Rangaswami, chief scientist for; Joe Green, co-founder of NationBuilder; Circa co-founder Matt Galligan; and Felix Petersen, CEO and co-founder of Amen.

More than 180 more speakers are expected to take the stage at the event, which hopes to attract 3,000 tech enthusiasts from across Europe and even further afield.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.