By  @SimonCocking Tammy Contreraz explains more about the event.

When is it on?

23-25 October 2017 at The Round Room in Dublin (23rd is a Welcome Reception in the evening only).

How many years has it been going?

This is our inaugural event.

What was the inspiration to start it?

A small group of tech woman, after working on another tech event together, wanted to tell the story of tech in Ireland. After much brainstorming and discussion, Dublin Is… was born.

What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2017 version? Who will be speaking etc?

Our Call for Papers [] is now open, so we are in the process of determining the agenda. This closes on 15 March. We do have the following speakers on board: Richard Rodger from nearForm, Al Graham from RedHat, Peter Elger from nearForm, Paul Hayes from Beachhut PR/Startup Wake, Eoin Shanghey from Showpiper, a special presentation from Metalman Brewing Co. and a guest speaker from Women Who Code.  It’s still early in the planning, so many more will be added.

The focus of the conference is to showcase Ireland’s contribution to global tech. We will be opening with a look at Irish tech history, progress into what is happening today and then jump into what the future holds. It’s about coming together to break down how things are done, teach what we know, learn from others and join forces to make the magic happen. We plan on some interactive inclusions, workshops and other community focused activities as well. Being a community conference, our main goal is for  attendees to leave feeling nourished, encouraged and ready to take on the tech world before them, hopefully with new partnerships as well.

In the events I manage, I always include a Giving Back aspect, so there are sure to be some charitable activities throughout the event.

We are 8 months out from the event, so the Dublin Is… team is still creating some magic behind the scenes to find ways to make this a conference not to miss. We promise to have many surprises throughout the event.

What is your own background and your interests?

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and my background is in events and marketing, having worked for companies such as Salesforce and Microsoft, and most recently in Tramore – nearForm as the Events & Marketing Director. From small meetups to large conferences and everything in between.  I’ve managed developer marketing teams and events teams, producing and working on tech events such as Dreamforce, NodeConf EU, Waza, Microservices Day, Nodeday, and countless product launches and roadshow events. I currently operate a small company, Tracery Events [] that provides event and marketing support for tech companies throughout Europe.

My interests include traveling, tech projects, learning to code, graphic design, cooking and collaborating on various projects, work related and personal.

Vicky Lee has quite the background in Irish tech as well, so would love to include some of her information here too. She is an ambassador for Dublin Is… and will take on a larger role as her workload allows.

What opportunities are on offer for people attending your event?

The event provides the opportunity for anyone in the community – C-level, developer, marketing teams – to come together to learn from each other, troubleshoot and collaborate, and help move Irish tech further along. Anyone looking for new opportunities, whether that is advice, a job, or partners, is encouraged to attend.

Talks, panels, workshops, charitable activities, interactive demos and activities and more.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

Come prepared to learn from those who have “been there – done that” in the industry and learn from their experiences. If you’re looking to collaborate, have in mind exactly what you are looking for and plan on doing some networking during and after the conference. We will have a Welcome Reception on 23 October to kick things off and a closing Reception, so be sure to attend those. Keep an eye on the website [] and follow us on Twitter (@dublinistech) for updates so you can make the most of your conference experience.

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

Our first agenda will be posted on April 15th, with tickets going on sale that same day. We expect between 350-400 attendees for this first event. There will be a link on our website for ticket sales.

We are very excited about this conference and hope to make it an annual event. Vicky and myself have both been involved in many tech events throughout the years, locally and internationally, so we are very much looking forward to creating a sustainable event that has practical value in Ireland. On a side note, we have been approached by several teams to produce this event in their city (Amsterdam, Stockholm). So Dublin Is… will become the model for a conference series throughout Europe.

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