Inspirefest

Dublin, 16-17 May

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

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‘The best conference for bright minds in Europe’

Brenda Romero, Co-founder, Romero Games

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Inspirefest is a unique international festival of technology, science, design and the arts. The main two-day conference takes place in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin’s Silicon Docks. Tickets also include free entry to our legendary Fringe festival, with live music, spoken word, comedy and an unmatched networking experience.

1 stage
1 stage
60+ speakers
60+ speakers

3000+ attendees

45 countries
64% women | 35 % men
64% women
35% men

‘Rarely does an event yield so many lasting insights and relationships as Inspirefest did for me. It’s simply a must!’

Raju Narisetti, CEO, Gizmodo Media Group

Who attends?

Leaders, professionals, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, coders, academics, students, decision-makers and influencers from the following companies and many more have all attended.

Attending
Attending

‘Still buzzing with ideas after Inspirefest. Will be back with a much bigger gang next year.’

Gillian Laffan, Business Operations Specialist, Pfizer

Tickets

International Salons

  • Hong Kong

    *

  • NYC

    *

  • Berlin

    *

  • London

    *

Inspirefest is going on the road again with a series of informal gatherings for our international community - mini-Inspirefests, if you will. Come meet the team and get a sneak preview ahead of the main event in Dublin, June 2019.

Pay It Forward

Not all under-18s have the fortune to be brought by a parent to Inspirefest. Do consider sponsoring a Bursary to bring 10 young people or a disadvantaged group to Inspirefest. We know this isn’t why you’ll do it, but you will get branding and nice PR from the Inspirefest team to boot!

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Schedule 2018

Thursday, June 21st

7.45-9.00

Registration/coffee

Please register as early as possible to avoid queues and get yourself seated ahead of the official opening
*Registration desks open all day

9.00-9.20

EVENT OPEN

Opening remarks

Ann O’Dea, event MC and founder of Inspirefest, with special address by Minister Simon Harris, TD

9.20 -9.30

TALK

Professor Louise Kenny, Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool

9.30-9.55

TALKS

STEM & STEAM Education for the Many

Dr Anne Looney, dean of education, DCU
Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, co-founder and CEO, Stemettes

9.55-10.35

TALKS

Next Generation: The Future is Now

Nikita Naz Siddique, student, DCU (winner of International Women’s Day prize at DCU Business)
Ian Harkin, co-founder and CEO, Lottie Dolls
Aoibheann Mangan, EU Digital Girl of the Year
Taylor Denise Richardson, advocate, activist, speaker and philanthropist (also known as Astronaut StarBright)

10.35-11.00

PANEL

Next Generation

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Taylor Denise Richardson, Aoibheann Mangan, Ian Harkin

11.00-11.30

BREAK

Coffee break

11.30-11.55

TALKS

From the Marine Environment to our Mental Health

Dr Easkey Britton, surfer and scientist, NEAR Health, NUI Galway
Beckey-Finn Britton, coastal creative and development officer, Clean Coasts

12.00-12.15

TALK

Business Romantics

Tim Leberecht, co-founder and co-CEO, The Business Romantic Society

12.20-12.30

TALK

Future Factory

Gráinne Morrison, Future Factory, Dublin Airport, on Honest Eats and travel innovation

12.30-14.00

BREAK

Lunch

13.00-14.00

STAGE 2 (LEVEL 3)

Researchfest

Winning finalists showcase their PhD research

14.00-14.15

CHARITY PARTNERS

Debra: Meet our Charity Partners

Liz and Claudia Collins
Chair: Ann O’Dea

14.15-14.35

TALKS

The Future of Motoring: Autonomous Vehicles and Beyond

John Cormican, general manager, Jaguar Land Rover
Rochelle Thielen, former CEO, Estify

14.30 - 15.00

HUDDLE

HUDDLE @ HUBSPOT

Huddles @ Hubspot with Barbara McCarthy (I look like an Engineer). Hubspot Recharge Lounge, Level 4, BGET

14.35-15.05

TALKS

Artificial Intelligence as Ally for Inclusion

Gerry Ellis, accessibility consultant, Feel The BenefIT
Alexa Gorman, global VP, SAP.iO Fund and Foundry
Bharat Krish, CEO, RefineAI

15.05-15.25

TALKS

The Autism Advantage

Liam Ryan, managing director, SAP Labs Ireland
Peter Brabazon, general manager, Specialisterne Ireland

15.30 -16.00

HUDDLE

HUDDLE @ HUBSPOT

Huddles @ Hubspot with Taylor Richardson. Hubspot Recharge Lounge, Level 4, BGET

15.25-15.35

TALK

Introducing House of STEM

Dr Shaun O’Boyle, producer, founder, House of STEM

15.35-16.05

TALKS

Women in STEM: All Sorted Now?

Helen Fullen, pre-accelerator leader, NDRC
Sheree Atcheson, UK expansion director, Women Who Code
Áine McCleary, director of distribution channels, Bank of Ireland

16.05-16.15

TALK

An Inspirefest development special

Zoe Philpott, creator, Ada.Ada.Ada and Ada’s Army

16.15-16.30

QUICK BREAK

Bathroom break

Please return to your seats ASAP for this very special theatre performance

16.30-17.30

THEATRE

Special performance from NYC: Hedy! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr

Heather Massie, playwright and performer

17.30

Closing remarks

18.00-21.00

FRINGE

HubSpot happy hour

Drinks reception at HubSpot. Please register attendance at https://inspirefest.com/fringe/hubspot-happy-hour/

18.00-20.30

FRINGE

Investor evening (invite only)

An intimate evening for investors and investor-ready start-ups with our partners Enterprise Ireland and NDRC, and hosted by Bank of Ireland

Friday, June 22nd

7.45-9.00

Registration/coffee

For those who have not yet registered
*Registration desks open all day

9.00-9.05

EVENT OPEN

Opening remarks

Ann O'Dea, event MC and founder of Inspirefest

9.05-9.20

TALK

Disrupting Industry Norms Through the Power of Data and Analytics

Yvonne Jacobi, chief operating officer, Aon Centre for Innovation and Analytics

9.20-9.55

TALKS

The Future of Work: Where the Humans Take Centre Stage

Rajeev Behera, founder and CEO, Reflektive
Katie Burke, chief people officer, HubSpot
Ranjani Kearsley, head of HR, Fidelity International

9.55-10.15

PANEL

The Future of Work

Katie Burke and Ranjani Kearsley, with Sheamus Causer of Deutsche Bank
Chair: Elaine Burke

10.15-10.25

TALK

The Future of Money: Fintech Uncovered

Karen Contet Farzam, co-founder, WHub.io, Hong Kong

10.25-11.00

TALKS

New Media Landscape: Content Fit for the 21st Century

Philip Bromwell, video and mobile journalist, RTÉ
Raju Narisetti, former managing editor, The Wall Street Journal (Europe)
Liza Donnelly, cartoonist, The New Yorker and CBS News

11.00-11.30

HUDDLE

HUDDLE @ BOI

Join us for the Bank of Ireland & Tech Ireland huddles with Niamh Bushnell and CEO Theya Healthcare Ciara Donlon at BOI stand in the Foyer (Level 0).

11.00-11.30

BREAK

Coffee break

11.30-12.05

TALKS

Exciting Experiments in Art and Technology

Noeline Kavanagh, artistic director and CEO, Macnas
Deepa Mann-Kler, CEO, Neon
Naomi McMahon, SVP and head of strategic marketing, Universal Music Group

12.05-12.30

WORLD PREMIERE

Exciting Experiments in Art and Technology

Domhnaill Hernon, head of Experiments in Art and Technology (EAT), Nokia Bell Labs
Reeps One, artist and beatboxer

12.30-14.00

BREAK

Lunch

13.00-13.45

STAGE 2 (LEVEL 3)

Honest Eats Mini-Hack final

13.30-14.00

HUDDLE

HUDDLE @ BOI

Join us for the Bank of Ireland & Tech Ireland huddles with CEO Propertee Lucinda Kelly at BOI stand in the Foyer (Level 0)

14.00-14.07

Announcement

Winners of Honest Eats Mini-Hack announced

14.07-14.15

TALK

Researchfest winner takes the stage

Introduced by one of our esteemed judges, Margie McCarthy of Science Foundation Ireland

14.15-14.30

FIRESIDE CHAT

The Investors: Challenging the Status Quo

Arlan Hamilton, founder of Backstage Capital, in conversation with Ann O'Dea

14.30-14.45

PANEL DISCUSSION

Team Backstage

Arlan Hamilton and some of the Backstage Capital team – Christie, Lolita, Brittany

14.45-14.55

TALK

The 1pc Club

Claire Lee, head of early-stage banking, Silicon Valley Bank

15.00-15.35

TALKS

Thinking Global: Looking to Europe, Asia and the Middle East

Dr Imelda Lambkin, national director, Horizon 2020 (Ire)
Niamh Given, chief growth officer, Nest.vc (New Zealand)
Maha Al Balushi, managing director, Oman Technology Fund (Oman)

15.35-16.00

PANEL DISCUSSION

The Global Start-up Landscape

Maha Al Balushi, Niamh Given, Yuka Nagashima (Astia board), Mo Harvey (Enterprise Ireland Hong Kong)
Chair: John Kennedy

16.00-16.40

TALKS

Founders Who Are Killing It!

Ciara Donlon, founder and CEO, Theya Healthcare
Eden Full Goh, founder, SunSaluter
Surbhi Sarna, founder and CEO, nVision Medical

16.45-17.15

HUDDLE @ HUBSPOT

Huddles @ Hubspot with MC: David Scanlon
Arlan & Team Backstage, up close and personal. Hubspot Recharge Lounge, Level 4.

16.40-17.20

TALKS

Lessons in Leadership: The Art of Telling Your Story

Maureen Taylor, co-founder and CEO, SNP Communications
Thaler Pekar, founder and CEO, Thaler Pekar & Partners
Susan McPherson, founder and CEO, McPherson Strategies

17.20-17.30

Closing remarks

18.00-22.00

FRINGE

The official Inspirefest Fringe after-party

Fringe festival featuring Bright Club, Hvmmingbyrd and Ada’s Army at CHQ

Please note: This is a provisional programme; further speakers have yet to be announced and times are subject to change. *Registration desks open all day

fringe

At last year's Inspirefest Fringe, attendees enjoyed a festival of art, live music, comedy, and delicious food, craft liquor and beer in a perfect setting for relaxed networking and building lifelong professional connections.

Become a sponsor

If your organisation is interested in being part of Inspirefest 2019 then please contact [email protected]

Thanks to our 2018 sponsors for all their support.

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