Swell Summit ‘takes off’ at Sligo Airport


The ‘sold-out’ sign went up early on the Swell Summit held in Sligo Airport in Strandhill on Saturday last.

NETWORKING: Aoife Flynn and Ashleigh Smith at the Swell Summit in Sligo Airport
NETWORKING: Aoife Flynn and Ashleigh Smith at the Swell Summit in Sligo Airport

A venue which used to welcome visitors to the North West, did so once more, even if this time the visitors arrived by land, not by air.

And the Sligo audiences were inspired by a day of presentations, workshops and fun networking as digital marketing experts from Google, the founder of the world’s biggest surf forecast website and best-selling WB Yeats illustrator Annie West spoke about their specialities.

They were among the lineup of speakers at the unique seaside event for tech and media firms, creatives and start-ups.

Organiser of the event Aoife Porter said “Sligo’s chest has definitely puffed out a little from our conference in an airport beside the sea. Hopefully this is just the beginning and anybody who was there will get to say ‘I was at the first Swell Summit’.”

Shona Heffernan of Sligo LEADER Partnership, funders of Swell Sligo, said they hope the event and its spectacular location will help to enable the start-up, tech and creative communities in Sligo.

Among the local speakers were entrepreneurs George Mullan of SIS Group and Mark Walton of VOYA, former 02 marketing chief Damian Devaney and David Kenny of US online retailer Overstock whose development team is located in IT Sligo’s Innovation Centre.

Star of the show was the venue; Sligo Airport and its stunning backdrop provided the perfect talking point for the creative event.

Swell Sligo is funded by Sligo LEADER Partnership under the LEADER Rural Development Programme.

If you didn’t get a chance to attend this time, make sure to visit www.swellsligo.com for future updates, or follow the hashtag #swellsummit

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