Web Summit - Day Two

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  • 06:50
    Welcome to our rolling coverage of day two of the Web Summit. The Night Summit festivities in Dublin city centre last night appeared to be offering attendees a traditionally Irish night out, so I'd expect the coffee queues to be long and the conversation to be stilted this morning.
  • 06:57

    Pamela Newenham's spoke to 10 year-old coder  Lauren Boyle at last night's Web Summit for Schools. Lauren says she gets a “little frustrated” with her parents “as they have no clue” when it comes to technology.


  • 07:09
    A highlight this morning will be a discussion on  the internet of things on the Machine Stage at  10.40am, with the likes of Linden Tibbets from IfThisThenThat and George Yannis from Philips discussing how exactly we will be automating our lives in the future.
  • 07:29
    Another must-see talk today is from Nest founder, and godfather of the iPod  Tony Fadell will be taking to the Centre Stage at  11.20am. Fadell  is probably doing more to pioneer the Internet of Things than anyone else, and earlier this year, Nest was acquired by Google, so it will be interesting to see if his vision has changed from last year, when he also spoke at the Summit.
  • 07:46

    Be sure to follow our team of technology and business reporters on Twitter as they update throughout the day - Pamela Newenham (@pamirishtimes), Tom Lyons (@tomlyonsbiz), Marie Boran (@marievonboran)  and Karlin Lillington (@klillington).

  • 07:53
    After Eva Longoria's visit to the Summit yesterday, celeb spotters will be looking to get a snap with @lilycole and @rioferdy5 today.
  • 08:07
  • 08:15
  • 08:23
    News outlets will use browser behaviour to serve up content to readers, predicts HuffPo CEO @maymann
    — John Crowley (@mrjohncrowley) November 5, 2014

  • 08:25
    For those who can't make it here today we will have livestreaming from Centre stage on irishtimes.com/websummit
  • 09:00
    @Pamirishtimes reports: "One of the coolest things I came across so far was a stand in the main RDS arena where they had printed a 3D version of a person's face. 3D printing seems to be hot at the Summit with Love & Robots picking up the Spark of Genius award yesterday."
  • 09:10
  • 09:42
  • 09:47
    The Centre Stage is chock-a-block with media speakers this morning, with a focus on how social media is changing reporting. The high-powered speakers include Henry Blodget of Business Insider, Kevin Sutcliffe of Vox and Peter Kafka of Re/Code. It's quite clear that the Web Summit has become Ireland's premier media conference, a reflection of how media has become an adjunct of the technology industry.
  • 10:05
  • 10:07
    Mark Little talks Storyful
    Mark Little talks Storyful
  • 10:08
  • 10:10
    Panel on the Centre Stage discussing the dangers of relying on social media in reporting - the problems of verification are huge. But as Mark Little says: 'There has never been a better way to spread a hoax than social media. But there has also never been a better fact-checking process than social media...'
  • 10:23
    This media panel discussion with Little, Matt McAllester of Time and Kevin Sutcliffe of Vice has moved from social media to the general changes in the news model, with lots of sharp, nuanced points being made. Perhaps my memory is rusty, but the Centre Stage conversations appear to have more room to breathe this year, more space for in-depth discussion.
  • 10:30
    Twitter's Adam Bain on the Centre Stage
    Twitter's Adam Bain on the Centre Stage
  • 10:34
    The business model of Twitter has always been one of the great imponderables of social media - it wasn't exactly designed as an ad platform. But on the Centre Stage, Twitter's Adam Bain is talking to Richard Eyre about how the firm has managed to quite successfully monetise the Twitter stream, via both ads and data analysis. He quotes the line by CEO Dick Costolo, that revenue is like oxygen, you need it to live, but it's not the point of life. It's a great quote, but if only the markets were so zen...
  • 10:55
    Cathal Pendred talks about the purity of mixed martial arts
    Cathal Pendred talks about the purity of mixed martial arts
  • 10:57
    At the sports stage, any pretence of a tech focus is abandoned as Cathal 'the Punisher' Pendred talks about what drew him to become a mixed martial artist. Apparently, rugby wasn't brutal enough for him.
  • 11:09
    The next generation of smart bulbs from Lifx
    The next generation of smart bulbs from Lifx
  • 11:14
    At a packed Machine Stage, it's Internet of Things morning, with a series of talks on the automated home. Right now, Simon Walker is discussing the company he works for, Lifx, which makes a connected bulb that raised more than a million dollars on Kickstarter. 'The Internet of Things is going to dwarf mobile,' he says confidently. The Lifx bulb has more computational power than the first Apple Mac, he says, illustrating the power of Moore's Law.
  • 11:31
    Tony Fadell talks about building a Nest...
    Tony Fadell talks about building a Nest...
  • 11:33
    Speaking of the Internet of Things, the face of the entire field, Tony Fadell, is up now on the Centre Stage. Last year he spoke here about his vision for a connected home, with Nest's thermostat and smoke detector just the beginning. This year he is talking about being bought by Google. And a big announcement a deal with Electric Ireland for customers to get a free Nest thermostat with a certain tariff on a two-year contract. It's the iPhone-subsidy model for thermostats
  • 11:34
  • 11:59
    That was a great interview with Tony Fadell - he's a natural, high-energy performer in any case, but he's also got a lot of great anecdotes and insights. As the 'godfather of the iPod', he had plenty of Steve Jobs stories to mine, and was particularly interesting comparing the respective corporate cultures of Google and Apple, pointing out they were both shaped by the eras they were born in as much as the personalities of their founders.
  • 12:49
  • 12:58
    It's pitching season
    It's pitching season
  • 13:03
    The throng of ambitious young entrepreneurs seeking the attention of passers by is one of the great sights of the Web Summit, and the process of separating the wheat from the chaff can be daunting.
  • 13:10
    Introducing Silicon Docks by Pamela Newenham
    Introducing Silicon Docks by Pamela Newenham
  • 13:13
    Our own Pamela Newenham is leading a discussion on the rise of the Docklands as the hub of Ireland's tech industry with Dublin commissioner of startups Niamh Bushnell and Irish entrepreneur extraordinaire Eamon Leonard. Pamela has a forthcoming book on the subject, Silicon Docks, released in January.
  • 13:27
    Changing the picture business
    Changing the picture business
  • 13:30
    Jonathan Klein of Getty Images up on the Centre Stage up now discussing the art of self-disruption - when it started, using film and filing cabinets, it would take a customer seven weeks before they would get their images. Now, they sell 105million images a year online. That requires a big change of culture to transform a company from analogue to digital...
  • 14:01
    Hailo don't just do taxi booking, they also do fine coffee
    Hailo don't just do taxi booking, they also do fine coffee
  • 14:05
    The culture of conference freebies is less in evidence this year, with some fine coffee stands (thanks Hailo), lollipops and branded pens the extent of it. But if I'm missing any good ones, tweet me up...
  • 14:13
    Mike Bell of Intel talks about wearables
    Mike Bell of Intel talks about wearables
  • 14:17
    The Machine Stage has had a long line outside for most of the day, and with good reason - it is featuring some of the most interesting, future-focused talks on the schedule. Right now, Mike Bell from Intel is talking about wearables, and the marquee is hammered. Bell is a veteran of many of the biggest tech companies around, and at Intel he is leading a research unit looking at the next generation of computing. 'We are making a big bet on wearables,' he says.
  • 14:44
    Selfie time at Aer Lingus
    Selfie time at Aer Lingus
  • 14:49
    Aer Lingus have quite the social media effort - to show off their new business class cabin seats, people can take a selfie and tweet to be in with a chance to win a pair of business class tickets to the U.S.
  • 14:58
    The Spiegeltent housing the Sports Stage is absolutely crammed at the mo, with a big crowd listening to Donal Óg Cusack talking about amateur sport, and the beauty of hurling
  • 15:03
    Rio Ferdinand on the Sports Stage
    Rio Ferdinand on the Sports Stage
  • 15:04
    And the crowd now gets to see Rio Ferdinand, who announced he won't be appealing his ban and fine for insulting a troll on Twitter. There's the tech angle, anyway...
  • 15:27
    Excellent interview with Rio Ferdinand by ESPN's Jeremy Schaap there, with a theme of how social media has changed the perception of sportspeople, as well as offering an outlet for outside interests. And Rio's pretty funny, it turns out...
  • 16:07
    Bustling Town Square
    Bustling Town Square
  • 16:10
    While most of the stages in the RDS main arena are finishing up for the day, the so-called town square is still a hive of activity, with big crowds at the two pitching stages. The exhibitors at their stands are showing signs of fatigue at this stage, though, and can you blame them...
  • 16:35
    Padma Warrior of Cisco talking strategy
    Padma Warrior of Cisco talking strategy
  • 16:37
    The always impressive Padma Warrior showed why she is one of the most admired women in technology with an interesting, wide-ranging talk on the Centre Stage.
  • 16:43
    There has been much discussion at the Summit about how journalism has been disrupted, but now it's time to examine another medium that is being changed - TV. Producer Dana Brunetti is one of the people behind House of Cards, a huge success for Netflix and a flagship show for streaming TV. It's hard to realise it now, but Brunetti, David Fincher and Kevin Spacey were taking a big chance when they accepted Netflix's offer to produce two series. Binge-viewing has been around since box sets, says Brunetti, while appointment viewing is dead.
  • 16:58
    Tony Hawks on the Sports Stage
    Tony Hawks on the Sports Stage
  • 17:02
    The Sports Stage has really come into its own today, packed for most of the afternoon, and it's hammered again for skate legend Tony Hawks. The excellent sports writer David Epstein, who gave one of the best talks of day one at the Summit, is asking the questions, and it's a fascinating conversation. As Epstein points out, the skateboard industry was almost predicated on low-grade piracy, with the role of online video in popularising the sport and culture. Hawks agrees that the renegade approach is a big part of skating culture. Fitting final discussion of the day.
  • 17:30
    The talks are all over, but the show floor is still lively with attendees busy networking. I just spoke with former Apple CEO John Sculley, who pointed out that an event like this reflects the amount of potential and energy in the Irish economy, as well as encouraging further growth and entrepreneurialism. Be sure to read our extensive coverage in tomorrow's paper, and see you back here for more live coverage of day three of the Web Summit.