Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the Web Summit Conference in Dublin, which was a gathering of “10,000 of the brightest minds in technology.” That doesn’t explain why I was there, as I felt like one of the biggest sponges — I was exposed to some of the truly great Internet celebrities including Gary Vayenerchuk, Elon Musk, and Robert Scoble, to name a few, along with 500+ startup companies looking for customers, media attention and investment. I was attending to help launch Monkey Box, a startup that we have invested in.
Before all the Web Summit action started, I wanted to make sure to see THE most exciting office in Dublin. That’s no other than Google Ireland, AKA Google’s European Headquarters.
I went on a tour of the newest campus, ‘Google Docks’. It’s comprised of four buildings in Dublin’s historic docklands, with masterplan by Swiss designers Camenzine Evolution. The space is 14 floors high, and each floor represents a different Google theme, like ‘Appiness’ (Google App-themed) or ‘Be Green’ (ecologically-themed). Much like the California campus, there are restaurants, 42 micro kitchens, game rooms, even a 250 ft. swimming pool — all in funky, bright colours. There are plans to connect this new campus with the existing Google ‘1GC’ campus, which houses a replica Irish pub.
That’s me with the Google Street View Trekker. The Trekker is a wearable backpack which consists of 15 Street View lenses, mapping places no car, bike, or snowmobile has been before. Imagine if all your favorite hiking trails were Google-mapped and named properly! I also think that this would be a great backpack for my business partner, John Blown, to test while he is helping saving lives this winter as a member of North Shore Rescue.
As you can tell, Google’s Dublin offices are stunning and house more than 3,500 Google employees. They are 506,000 sq. ft. (47,000+ m2) and cost $100+ million to build. A friend of mine started working there recently and that’s why I was lucky enough to stop by for lunch and a tour. I also did some serious damage in the Google Store on Campus, and brought back a bunch of great Google swag for the 6S offices. All in all, it was a great trip!
Photo credits: Retail Design Blog