Sound problems, language issues and transgender incident blight Rio Web Summit

Despite a raft of technical issues at inaugural event in Brazil, a party atmosphere saw talk of tech layoffs pushed to the margins with tickets costing between €375 and €9,000

Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder, Web Summit, has created a truly international brand. Picture: Getty

Chelsea Manning, the whistleblower who spent seven years in prison for leaking classified US documents, had been at the Web Summit in Rio de Janeiro for two days before finally asking the question that had been bothering her since she arrived.

“How come there are so many Irish people working here?”

It was a fair question.

While Web Summit is an instantly recognisable brand for techies all over the world, most of them have no ...