Physical conferences make a comeback

From SaaStock to Future Human, post-pandemic physical events are back.

As Ireland reopens following new guidance from the Government and NPHET, physical conferences are starting to re-appear in diaries across Dublin and the rest of the country.

Last week, sci-tech event Future Human issued a “save the date” notice for its in-person and online event. Described as world’s most forward-looking, inclusive tech and science event, Future Human returns to Dublin on 12 to 13 May 2022, with leading thinkers in climate tech, Future of Work, data science, the Arts and more. The hybrid event will be taking place at the state-of-the-art Trinity Business School building and online.

With over 3,000 attendees expected from over 50 countries, Future Human features the leading thinkers in science, robotics, AI, climate action, security, business, health, workplaces and the arts.

The future of events is most definitely hybrid

This morning (27 January 2022) Europe’s largest software as a service (SaaS) focused conference SaaStock announced it is extending its partnership with Irish creative events agency Catapult for a further three years. The extension follows SaaStock announcement that its flagship event “SaaStock 2022” will return as an in-person event to Dublin’s RDS on October 18-19th. 

The three-year partnership will see SaaStock and Catapult develop the event experience across live, virtual and hybrid, as well as providing new offerings to attendees and sponsors.

The upcoming SaaStock 2022 event brings a global community of software as a service (SaaS) representatives together to hear from founders, executives and investors about their experiences and the lessons they’ve learned. Past speakers include Claire Hughes-Johnson, Dan Martell and Des Traynor.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Catapult for a further three years,” said Alexander Theuma, founder of SaaStock.

“From inception, Catapult has provided SaaStock with unparalleled creativity and this was especially true when events were forced to pivot and move online. SasStock is the biggest community for SaaS founders, executives and investors in the world. The aim is to make this the best SaaStock event yet – with a planned 5,000 attendees from over 80 countries and to make this a reality, SaaStock wants Catapult in its corner.”

Des O’Leary, managing director at Catapult, added: “Since we began working with SaaStock in 2016 we’ve grown together. From producing hugely successful live events to creating a new standard for virtual events, working with SaaStock has allowed us to showcase what we do best strategically and creatively. Today, we are delighted to see SaaStock returning to the RDS – it really copper-fastens their commitment to Dublin as the location for its’ showcase.”

These may be just the tip of the iceberg. Fáilte Ireland recently confirmed that 85 international conferences worth €48.5m taking place between 2021 and 2027 have been secured for Ireland so far.

John Kennedy
Award-winning editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.