#WebSummit Preview: Day Three

Is it the last day already?

Thursday at the Web Summit sees an eclectic programme of panels: fashion, music, HealthTech, marketing, an appearance from a world-famous author and an even-more-world-famous footballer. Oh and there’s rugby superstar Brian O’Driscoll, let’s not forget about him…

Now is a good time to chase down any final meetings, and spend some time wandering around the stands. It won’t be as energetic and buzzing as on the first day, but that’s going to work in your favour. It’s also a chance to catch talks on things that have nothing to do directly with your work: Aside from Dan Brown and Rio Ferdinand, there are panels on music, politics, even on growing your own food. Have fun, and we’ll see you at the closing party!

10.00 Who and What is Influencing the Industry in 2016
Fashion Stage

This title might sound a little bit Nathan Barley, but for anyone raised on Dazed and Confused magazine and the late Golden Age of print media it belonged to (anyone remember The Face?), the chance to see its founding editor Jefferson Hack speak about the intersection between fashion, culture and tech is worth waking up early for.

10.20 Making Music Media Matter
Music Stage

The final day of the Web Summit is all about culture: The Music Stage kicks off with this panel from Stuart Dredge of the Guardian and Music Ally, Cliff Chenfeld of Razor and Tie, Mark Mulligan of MIDiA Research and Chris Kaskie, President of Pitchfork, addressing the problem of how new bands can ‘break out’ in a very untraditional media landscape.

11.00 Defining Generation Z
Marketing Stage

Haven’t we run out of letters to assign to a generation yet? Before we revert back to a new ‘Generation A’ (or does it work that way?) this panel looks at what will come after the Millennials and how we can market to them. Featuring Rahul Chopra, CEO of Storyful, Alick Varma of Osper, Lucie Greene of the Financial Times, and Blathnaid Healy, UK editor of Mashable.

11.25 The Security Elephant in the Room
Money Stage

Featuring Pat Phelan of Trustev along with speakers from Nok Nok Labs, BioCatch and Threatscape, this panel examines how new security technologies might help financial services firms, while combating fraud and avoiding data leaks.

11.40 Actions Speak Louder than Apps
HealthTech Stage

Today sees a HealthTech stage join the Web Summit lineup: this panel, featuring contributors from Virgin Active, consumer electronics company Withings and The Financial Times, examines how to build up a ‘database of you’ and get the best out of fitness apps, as well as how to avoid ‘drowning in data’.

12.00 Give Peas a Chance
Society Stage

Another health-centric talk, this charmingly-named panel addresses the potential of growing your own to heal the world, hosted by Michael Kelly, creator of Grow it Yourself, the food-growing social network which supports over 65,000 people and community groups.

12.30 Currency Wars
Money Stage

Ok now you’re awake, let’s talk disruption. Brett Meyers of Dublin-based CurrencyFair, one of our biggest disruptors in FinTech, joins Nick Webb of the Sunday Independent, Mike Laven of Currency Cloud and Philippe Gelis of KANTOX to discuss the rise of FinTech in the wake of the fall of traditional banks.

1.00 Up in the clouds: new musical creation
Music Stage

If you’ve ever wanted to see a member of Swedish House Mafia talk about cloud security with the founders of Pitchfork and music creation platform Splice, this is your chance: DJ Steve Angello joins this panel on music leaks and how cloud technology might protect artists and their work.

1.40 Increasing the GDP of the internet
Money Stage

Adrian Weckler of the Irish Independent and Stripe COO Claire Hughes Johnson discuss the most talked-about new force in FinTech and how they help create online businesses from anywhere.

2.05 The Guardian presents: Turning Clicktivism into Activism
Society Stage

Gone are the days of #Milibae and blind faith in online politics: this panel examines whether clicks can ever actually amount to votes, examining the role played by ‘clicktivism’ in campaigns for everyone from Jeremy Corbyn to Donald Trump. It features contributors from The Guardian, 10 Downing Street, civics tech app Brigade and cybersecurity expert Mary Aiken.

3.00 Did Satire Kill the Brand?
Marketing stage

A serious, responsible Web Summit attendee might go watch John Lunn of Paypal talk about ‘Disrupting Money’, and take elaborate notes. But why do that when you can watch the CEO of The Onion talk about marketing? It’s an odd collision of absurdism and sincerity, but this talk with Michael McAvoy and Anne-Marie Tomchak of the BBC promises to explore how the internet’s favourite satirists keep brands on their side.

3.20 Will Science Kill God?
Society Stage

Social Media and the Superstar
Centre Stage

We’re giving you two options, because the Web Summit’s final slot features two of its biggest names, unfortunately speaking at the same time. Depending on whether you’re a fan of fiction or football, you might want to stop by the keynote address by Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown on spirituality, or a panel with Brian O’Driscoll and Rio Ferdinand talking social media with The Guardian’s Sports Editor. Or you could try and dash between the two, before heading off for a break before the Closing Party. And, on that subject…

Afters: Web Summit Closing Party @ Opium
The final night of the Summit sees a return to the Camden Street area, with a party at one of Dublin’s newest venues. Opium is a club and venue, but also a Vietnamese restaurant. If you’re early we recommend the beef pho. If you’re late, we recommend the giant Zombie cocktails, which are apparently so strong they’ll only sell you two per customer.

Extra: The Surf Summit
Yes, there is life after Web Summit. It’s not till tomorrow, but there are still tickets for the wind-down event, the Surf Summit, from November 6th till the 8th. For €399 you’ll be spirited away from Dublin to Sligo on the Wild Atlantic Way, for two days of surfing, outdoor activities, pub crawls, panels and networking. Definitely worth attending if you’re visiting for a few days afterwards and want to take in Ireland beyond conference halls and boardrooms.

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