Had fun last night at Coppers? Its OK, the photos arent on Twitter yet.
Take your mind off your hangover with the launch of the Machine Summit, one of the most interesting features of the programme which included an opening keynote delivered by a robot. Panels get a little more diverse and fun on the second day: Aside from the rise of our robot overlords, theres golf superstar Padraig Harrington, YouTube guru EssieButton (aka Estée Lalonde), an interview with the co-founder of Tinder and a panel after every Irish startups heart, asking whether you need to go to Silicon Valley after all.
Theres also the Web Summit Careers Night, a great option for students and recent grads who dont have to pay for a ticket (more below), before the Night Summit continues in several bars around Dame Street. But before those, here are our picks for getting the most out of Day 2 at Web Summit:
9.35 Commerce: The Next Epoch of the Internet
The title sounds very lofty is it about the next epoch of online commerce, or is the next epoch of the internet about commerce? But, thats to be expected when your company is valued at a remarkable $5 billion. One of Stripes young founders, John Collison, discusses the near future of commerce and the role Stripe will play in shaping it.
9.58 Machine Summit Opening remarks
Time for an automated interlude: the Machine stage opens with a fifteen-minute presentation by Pepper the Robot, the humanoid robot creation of Aldebaran Robotics, a division of the Softbank Group. Pepper detects human faces with lasers, cameras and infrared sensors, is fluent in English, Spanish, Japanese and French and is known as an emotionally intuitive robot, capable of making complex decisions. Spooky, but not enough to keep us from seeing it!
10.15 The Not-So Uncanny Valley?
Do androids really dream of electric sheep? Hang around the machine stage for this debate between speakers from Singularity University, Aldebaran, Silicon Valley Robotics and Insight Robotics, questioning whether our fears of too-human robots are unfounded and whether they help us to understand whats human.
12.00 pm The Science Can Swing It
Not much here about business, but it is your duty, Irish attendees, to go and listen to an Irish golfing legend. Padraig Harrington chats with Nathan Murphy of Newstalk and Niall Bruton of Orreco, the sports data scientists currently working with both Harrington and IBMs Watson programme on elite sports analytics.
12.35 Life Online
Mike Butcher, Rene Rechtman of Maker Studios, lifestyle vlogger Noodlerella and Estee Lalone, known on YouTube as Essiebutton, take to the Main Stage to discuss what makes an online star as well as addressing every bloggers worst nightmare, ad blockers.
1.00pm Marketing #FOMO in the Digital Age
The acronym might be a little cringeworthy at this point (it stands for Fear Of Missing Out, for the uninitiated), but youd be wise to take in what Dave Jakubowski, Head of AdTech at Facebook, has to say on how the worlds biggest social network manages to convince its 1.23 billion plus users to keep clicking.
2.00pm Competing with Silicon Valley
A topic many Irish startups will relate to: For all the horror stories of failing fast and definitely not failing better, Silicon Valley remains the impossible dream for countless companies looking to scale up. Here, a panel of experts from San Francisco and beyond weigh up the pros and cons.
2.30 Restless Natives
The hype over native advertising hasnt gone away, but can you really tell the difference between it and plain old sponsored content? Anna Watkins (Guardian Labs), Liron Shapira (Quixey), Sriram Krishnan of Facebook and Storyful Managing Editor Aine Kerr take attendees through a crash course in new marketing methods.
3.20 Audiofiles: The Forecast for Podcasts
Audiofiles for audiophiles: This panel offers a brief history of the mediums evolution, with speakers from the Guardian, the New York Times, Bloomberg and Irish standup comedian Jarlath Regan of cult-favorite podcast An Irishman Abroad.
4.05 Swipe Right: Tinder Up Close
A fun one to end the day with: Sean Rad, president of the phenomenally popular, occasionally controversial dating app, talks with Steven Bertoni, senior editor of Forbes. Which reminds us, Web Summit Tinder is apparently the stuff of legend, so dont forget to get swiping.
Afters: The Night Summit
Tonight its all about Dame Lane and Dame Court, with the Web Summit taking over the Dame Tavern, RiRa, Odessa, the Bankers Bar and the Academy. You might be getting a bit tired now, two days in, but at least Copperface Jacks isnt on the menu tonight (at least, not officially).
Extra: Careers Night
Aside from all the passing around of CVs during the day, the Web Summit has a formal careers night on the 4th for students and recent grads looking to get into tech. The line-up includes inspiring talks from techs highfliers as well as a chance to ring the NASDAQ bell live on stage. Unlike the rest of the conference, admission is free: follow this link to the FAQ and fill out the form for access.