NASDAQ opening bell to ring out at Dublin Web Summit in October

22 May 2013

App developers Thomas Carrigan, age 14, and Catrina Carrigan, age 16, both from Finglas, Dublin, with Paddy Cosgrave, founder of the Dublin Web Summit, and Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

The NASDAQ stock market opening bell will be rung onstage during the Dublin Web Summit on 30 October, the event’s organisers have revealed.

This will be the first time the NASDAQ stock market will have been opened from Ireland and usually bell ceremonies are held at the NASDAQ market site in the heart of Times Square in New York.

The bell opening ceremony on 30 October will take place before an audience of 7,000 people.

This year’s Web Summit, which will sport a SXSW feel, will feature speakers such as Skype founder Niklas Zennström, Eugene Kaspersky of Kaspersky Labs, WPP board member Esther Dyson and Digg founder and Google Ventures partner Kevin Rose.

“For more than 40 years, NASDAQ has been dedicated to supporting innovation in all forms and throughout all stages of a company’s development,” said Bruce Aust, executive vice-president, NASDAQ OMX.

“Through this commitment, we have a built a long-standing relationship with Web Summit, which is a key platform for reaching the technology community in Europe and beyond. We are tremendously proud to share in the excitement of the Web Summit and to bring the opening bell to Dublin for the first time.” 

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years