The Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell will be rung onstage at the RDS during the Web Summit on 30 October, marking it the first time it has been opened from Ireland.
Typically, bell ceremonies are hosted at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square in New York and remote Opening and Closing Bell ceremonies are extremely rare. The Nasdaq Opening Bell will take place in front of an audience of over 7,000 and will be carried live by dozens of TV stations to a potential audience of millions.
This year, the Web Summit is evolving to become a three-day festival of ideas with over 300 speakers and 7,000 attendees. General tickets go on general sale on 30 May.“The Web Summit is a great initiative that offers an amazing opportunity for Ireland to show the global technology community what we are doing in this area,” said Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD.
“I commend Paddy Cosgrave and all involved in putting it together every year, and we in Government are determined to take full advantage of all the opportunities in the technology sector for jobs and growth.”
Bruce Aust, executive vice-president, Nasdaq OMX added: “For more than 40 years Nasdaq has been dedicated to supporting innovation in all forms and throughout all stages of a company’s development.
“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.”
Web Summit speakers this year include Niklas Zennstrom, founder of Skype and Atomico; WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg; and Hailo co-founder Jay Bregman. It will take place in the RDS from 29 to 31 October.
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