I was 1 of 20,000

Web Summit

Walking through the keyboard framed tunnel was like stepping into another world. Swarming masses from every far flung corner of the globe were milling about looking at stalls, wondering who was here, who could be the next big thing.

Eyes flying in every direction in a vain attempt to take it all in, all thought processes came to an abrupt halt as I faced the Main Stage. Intimidatingly impressive to one who was never vertically blessed.

The overwhelming feeling of being surrounded by intelligent, passionate and remarkably successful people was stifling. I walked around the birthing room of innovation, the Machine Summit, moved through the enormous venue, stopping to inspect any stall that caught my eye.

Trying to look like I knew what I was doing and where I was going was the main play of the afternoon, yet I was fully resigned to neither happening. A remarkable inability to navigate a very simple map led to not an ounce of food being eaten.

Finding myself at the Marketing Summit, Mick Ebeling (@mickteg) from Not Impossible Labs (@notimposs) is on stage speaking about Project Daniel, which use 3D printers to make prosthetic arms for children of war in South Sudan. Cue emotional video which nearly had me in bits.

In the Builders Summit, Cathryn Posey (@catpoetry), founder of Tech by Superwomen (#techbysuperwomen), took to the stage. What followed was one of the most inspiring talks I have ever been lucky enough to attend. She has firmly taken centre stage on my list of absolute heroes.

Later Nick Halstead (@nik), Founder and CTO of DataSift (@DataSift), spoke about “What Makes a Good Programmer”. His advice,“Don’t be an arrogant @#!%”, was well received. Following his recommendation, I have unearthed The Dragon Book, and am very much looking forward to a spot of light reading.

Begrudgingly leaving that other-worldly place behind, the crushing desire to join the ranks and be part of something successful, to make a dent in this melting pot, is immense.

Roll on next year.

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Author - Aimée Lally - Marketing Technical Developer, Ostia Solutionslinkedin-badge-for-email