Teen hacker to address Dublin Web Summit

8 Mar 2011

More than 500 tech enthusiasts will attend the Dublin Web Summit today, as well as Google’s Dan Cobley, Mashable’s Ben Parr and a 17-year-old hacker.

Seventeen-year-old James Whelton is missing a pre-Leaving Cert exam so he can explain how he became the first person to hack the iPod Nano. Whelton will be the first of a series of very young, but very talented, tech entrepreneurs that will be speaking at the 2011 event.

Stefan Glaenzer, the former Last.fm chairman and international investor will speak about his many investments and where he sees the future of technology.

Paddy Cosgrave, event organiser, said, “The Dublin Web Summit has gone from strength to strength, it’s just fantastic to see that tech in Ireland is one of the few parts of the economy that’s prospering.”

Two workshops are taking place this morning, focusing on sales and start-ups.

“We are particularly delighted to see the large interest in our start-up workshops. Over 150 people have signed up to the start-up section of the event alone. They’re either in start-ups already or thinking of starting a business …,” Cosgrave added.

In addition to the international speakers, the Dublin Web Summit will feature a range of successful Irish entrepreneurs, including Ray Nolan, who made Hostelworld into a US$500m company, Jerry Kennelly, who has just started Tweak.com, and John Hearn from Curm Software.

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Article courtesy of Businessandleadership.com