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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Sport stars join tech gurus to kick off Web Summit

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Model Natalia Vodianova pictured at opening day of Web Summit in Dublin this morning
Model Natalia Vodianova pictured at opening day of Web Summit in Dublin this morning

The Web Summit didn't disappoint on its opening day with a unique mix of technical gurus and sporting stars under one roof.

Among those taking centre stage was leading Irish cyberpsychologist Mary Aiken, whose work has inspired the latest series in the hit TV show CSI.

Ms Aiken - who is the director of the RCSI's cyberpyschology research centre - confirmed afterwards that the centre will be finding a new base outside of Ireland.

Incredible

"I was very proud that our centre was based in Ireland. We're doing incredible work worldwide. We have everybody from the White House to the EU (working with us)," she said.

Ireland rugby hero Jamie Heaslip spoke about the use of technology in the sport, saying GPS - which tracks players around the field - is the biggest transformation of the professional era.

Separately, the co-founder of Dutch company Blendle, Alexander Klopping, revealed how his firm, often labelled the 'iTunes of Journalism', is convincing young readers to pay for articles online.

Independent News & Media (INM) Group Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae told the summit how INM sought to inculcate a start-up culture in its newsroom.

Others in attendance included Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre and model Natalia Vodianova, who is the co-founder of Elbi - a platform that connects charities.

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