Inspirefest 2016

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Attendees of Inspirefest 2016 are entitled to FREE entry to our world-class evening Fringe Festival in Merrion Square Park on Thursday & Friday. Don’t lose your wristband! This is your opportunity to kick back and make new friends after a day’s mind-expanding talks! Our Family Fringe on Saturday is FREE and open to the public.

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Thurs 30 June
Fri 1 July
Sat 2 July
  • INTERACTIVE EXPO TENT

    6PM - 10PM
    THUR 30 JUNE

  • ResearchFest

    3 Minute Pitch
    7PM THURS 30 JUNE

  • BLACK VIRGINS ARE NOT FOR HIPSTERS

    LIVE THEATRE PERFORMANCE
    8PM THURS 30 JUNE

  • Wyvern Lingo

    Live Music
    9:15pm Thurs 30 June

  • INTERACTIVE EXPO TENT

    6PM -10PM
    FRI 1 JULY

  • ADA.ADA.ADA

    LIVE THEATRE PERFORMANCE
    7:30PM FRI 1 JULY

  • Lisa Hannigan

    Live Music
    9pm Fri 1 July

  • GameCraft UnPlugged

    Games workshops for children and parents
    10AM SAT 2 JULY

  • Girls Hack Ireland

    Wearables workshops: How smart are your clothes?
    10AM Sat 2 July

  • CoderDojo & Coding Grace

    Coding workshops for children and parents
    10AM SAT 2 JULY

  • A taste of Dublin Maker

    INTERACTIVE EXPO
    10AM SAT 2 JULY

  • Trinity Walton Club

    Interactive Expo
    10AM SAT 2 JULY

  • TOG Dublin Hackerspace

    INTERACTIVE EXPO
    10AM SAT 2 JULY

  • Hardie Kids

    INTERACTIVE EXPO
    10AM SAT 2 JULY

  • Physics Buskers

    INTERACTIVE EXPO
    10AM SAT 2 JULY

  • Imagine the Internet-of-Things…

    Interactive Expo
    10am Sat 2 July

INTERACTIVE EXPO TENT


Enjoy an array of interactive STEAM (show & tell style) exhibitions by organisations and leading research institutions, funded by Irish Research Council and Science Foundation Ireland.

The EXPO tent at Inspirefest Fringe will excite all with an interest in art, science and innovation.

Inspirefest Fringe EXPO Tent will host exhibitions from: AMBER Centre, RCSI, Accenture Women on Walls, IPIC, LERO, UCC, plus more.

ResearchFest


ResearchFest will showcase some of Ireland’s excellent frontier research, undertaken by PhD students from across STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), humanities and social science.

Eight researchers will showcase their research at the Fringe and will be in with the chance of winning great prizes on the day. The trick is they can only speak for a maximum of three minutes with no slides – the best communicator wins!

The judging panel will be made up of visiting international speakers from the Inspirefest line-up, as well as communications experts and senior researchers.

BLACK VIRGINS ARE NOT FOR HIPSTERS


BLACK VIRGINS ARE NOT FOR HIPSTERS is both a love story and a startling snapshot of 21st century American culture.

 As the show opens, 23 year-old Echo is about to lose her virginity to a good-looking white hipster that she met on Craigslist. During the quickly dwindling hour before the fateful meeting, Echo bounces between desire and anxiety and reflects on the sociopolitical implications of her predicament. Will this white hipster find Echo’s dark skin and African features attractive? Can Echo transcend her own negative inner dialogue about her beauty and self-worth? How will cultural differences between Echo and the white hipster impact their encounter?

BLACK VIRGINS ARE NOT FOR HIPSTERS offers an incisive and side-splitting ride through the maze of race and romance in “colorblind” America, giving the audience an unfettered look at modern courtship rituals, climaxing with a mesmerizing Beyoncé dance tutorial.

The show provides a micro and macro view of race relations, black womanhood, gentrification, childhood sexual abuse, and the prison industrial complex in 21st century America.

Wyvern Lingo


Wyvern Lingo are a three-piece from County Wicklow, Ireland. Karen, Caoimhe and Saoirse friends and bandmates since school days, Wyvern Lingo share a gift for close harmony, keen songcraft and effervescent live performance which belies their tender years. Drawing on a diverse range of influences from pop, rock and R’n’B, their voices interweave to create a fresh, forward-looking sound.

The trio have been recently touring in the UK as special guests of Hozier on his sold-out string of dates.

In the media:

“Shiver-inducingly cathartic use of harmony – in each song it hits you afresh how electrifying the human voice can be.” – Golden Plec.

“ A compelling combination of pop, rock and R ‘N’ B that exudes plenty of passion and intensity.” – Pure M

“ An exceptional all-round musical talent.” – Coup De Main

INTERACTIVE EXPO TENT


Enjoy an array of interactive STEAM (show & tell style) exhibitions by organisations and leading research institutions, funded by Irish Research Council and Science Foundation Ireland.

The EXPO tent at Inspirefest Fringe will excite all with an interest in art, science and innovation.

Inspirefest Fringe EXPO Tent will host exhibitions from: The Infant Centre, AMBER Centre, Accenture Women on Walls, IPIC, LERO, UCC, plus more.

ADA.ADA.ADA


Ada.Ada.Ada. is the one woman show that will entertain, educate and inspire adults and young people alike with Ada’s story and a reconstruction of the Analytical Engine. Motivating engagement in STEM by reinstating Ada Lovelace to her rightful place in history.

This production is brought to you by award-winning storyteller Zoe Philpott in a 4,400 interactive LED dress operated by programmable gloves made in collaboration with world-leading technologist and founder of Hackspace London, Charles Yarnold. And with associate AV designers to the National Theatre, Helen Atkinson and Matt Haskins.

Lisa Hannigan


We are trilled to announce that award winning Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan will close the Inspirefest Fringe with a live performance with brass, percussion accompaniment.

Lisa first shot to fame singing alongside Damien Rice and has since gone on to have a very successful sola career. On August 19, Lisa will release her third album, At Swim

GameCraft UnPlugged


Ever wanted to create your own game? GameCraft will be running two game jams (1.5 hours each), on in the morning and one early afternoon. This is a parent and child event, a theme will be announced and materials are provided on the day to make your crazy game.

There will be some tabletop games for participants and guests to play and get inspiration from.

Visit GameCraft UnPlugged at Inspirefest Family Fringe in Merrion Sq, on Saturday 2 July from 10am.

Admission to the event is entirely free but registration is essential. Children & under 18s must be accompanied by a guardian throughout the Family Fringe. Register here

Girls Hack Ireland


Ever wondered how “smart” your clothes are? Did you know that your shirt can measure your heartbeat, listen to your breathing or record your dance moves? In this workshop you’ll find out how electronics, chemistry, computers, engineering and fashion all combine to create “intelligent” clothes.

This Girls Hack Ireland workshop is suitable for children age 10+. Participants will have hands on experience with electronic textiles and sensors and be able to investigate their operation.  They will also learn how to build electronic textile (e-textile) circuits.

Visit Girls Hack Ireland at Inspirefest Family Fringe in Merrion Sq, on Saturday 2 July from 10am.

Admission to the event is entirely free but registration is essential. Children & under 18s must be accompanied by a guardian throughout the Family Fringe. Register here

CoderDojo & Coding Grace


CoderDojo and Coding Grace are coming together to deliver coding workshops for children and parents/guardians. No coding experience is required, children as young as 7 can learn how to code and develop creative websites and explore technology. CoderDojo and Coding Grace will be using a wide range of languages including Scratch, HTML, Python.

Visit CoderDojo and Coding Grace at Inspirefest Family Fringe in Merrion Sq, on Saturday 2 July from 10am.

Admission to the event is entirely free but registration is essential. Children & under 18s must be accompanied by a guardian throughout the Family Fringe. Register here

 

A taste of Dublin Maker


Dublin Maker is a family friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the maker movement. It’s a is a culmination of ‘hack, craft and make’ ideas and a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

A selection of some of Dublin Maker’s most talented makers will be at Inspirefest Family Fringe festival in Merrion Square from 10am, Saturday 2 July. Register here

For more information about this year’s Dublin Maker on 23rd of July, visit their website www.dublinmaker.ie

Trinity Walton Club


Trinity Walton Club (TWC) offers secondary school students the unique opportunity to express, shape and grow their interests in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), either throughout our 30 week club programme or bite size camps that run during their school holidays. At TWC, Trinity’s open learning spaces and STEM labs come alive with 13/14-year-olds eager to learn more about STEM and further enhance critical skills like problem solving. These students have enjoyed the unique opportunity to see what goes on in Trinity’s research facilities, work alongside PhD students, and engage with Trinity academics and invited guests. The overarching goal of the Club is to complement the science and mathematics education the students receive at secondary school, while supporting them to confidently take ownership of their STEM learning.

Trinity Walton Club  will be showcasing their some of their STEM projects at Inspirefest Family Fringe festival in Merrion Square from 10am, Saturday 2 July. Register here

For more information on this Trinity initiative, visit their website at: www.tcd.ie/waltonclub

TOG Dublin Hackerspace


TOG is a community of fellow minded hackers and makers with varied events for the public. These events range from lockpicking,  crafting (knitting, crocheting, origami) and electronics to welding, e-clothing and hackathons.

TOG, the Dublin Hackerspace will be showcasing their projects at Inspirefest Family Fringe festival in Merrion Square from 10am, Saturday 2 July. Register here

For more information on this TOG, visit their website at: Tog.ie

Hardie Kids


Hardie Kids is an interactive workshop to demonstrate simple printed circuit board design and assembly. Aimed at young (at heart) makers to show how miniaturisation has effected design and is nothing to be afraid of.

It’s safe but messy, and you get to make a flashy badge.

Join Hardie Kids at Inspirefest Family Fringe festival in Merrion Square from 10am, Saturday 2 July. Register here

 

Physics Buskers


Physics Busking, is a national initiative to promote the awareness and engagement of the Irish public with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

‘Busking performances’ involve interactive experiments and demonstrations selected for maximum engagement, excitement and education.

Physics Buskers will be at Inspirefest Family Fringe festival in Merrion Square from 10am, Saturday 2 July. Register here

For more information on this Physics Busking, visit their website at: physicsbusking.ie

Imagine the Internet-of-Things…


What is the Internet-of-Things? What will our future look like?

This interactive workshop explores the basic concepts of the Internet of Things using a ‘Winning Streak’ style spinning wheel to select a particular environment (farm, city, classroom, house, Star Wars). With the assistance of volunteers, participants sketch an Internet-of-Things scenario for this environment and, using creative artistic practices, learn about the components of an Internet-of-Things network (sensors, base stations, cloud, data, wireless, etc.).

The workshop is aimed at children and teenagers (approx. 9-15 years), but parents and guardians are more than welcome to give it a go!

Imagine the Internet will be at Inspirefest Family Fringe festival in Merrion Square from 10am, Saturday 2 July. Register here

This workshop will be facilitated by research staff from Connect, the Science Foundation Ireland research centre for Future Networks and Communications, headquartered at Trinity College Dublin.

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