When Google announced last month it was pulling the plug on a lease for a new office space in Dublin, Ireland, it set off alarm bells.
Google is a large presence in Dublin’s “Silicon Docks,” where it holds its European headquarters, a part of the city around the docklands area where a who’s who of Big Tech are located, including Facebook, Twitter and Airbnb.
But during the coronavirus pandemic and with the need for remote working, questions are being raised about the viability of large office spaces. Google said it remains committed to Dublin — where it has over 8,000 workers — and has purchased two more buildings that it still plans to fill.
The commercial property market in Dublin slumped in the second quarter as the country was in the depths of lockdown, according to real estate firm CBRE, which reported just 15
UXDX, a technology conference that began life in Dublin, is following in the footsteps of other locally founded events such as Web Summit and SaaStock by expanding overseas.
Irish-owned UXDX, which has held five conferences in Dublin since 2016, is holding its first Asia-Pacific (APAC)-focused event next March. Due to Covid restrictions the inaugural conference will be held virtually but founders Rory and Catherine Martin are aiming to have an in-person event in Sydney the following year.
The founders said they have seen companies in APAC struggling with digital transformation and believe their event will help such organisations as they make the shift from delivering projects to working as cross-functional teams that build products.
Among the speakers lined up to deliver keynotes at the inaugural APAC event are senior representatives from Ebay, Westpac and Grab.
UXDX stands for User Experience (UX), Experience Design (XD), and Developer Experience (DX).