Inspirefest
"The best event for
bright minds in Europe"
Brenda Romero, Romero Games
21 - 22 May 2020
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin

What is Inspirefest?

Created by Silicon Republic, Inspirefest is a two-day festival exploring the future of science, technology and creativity, attended by more than 3,000 people from over 40 countries, and acclaimed as the “Best Event for Bright Minds in Europe”.

We celebrate human brilliance. So, everything we do has to be human-centred. The experiences we craft are magical - bespoke, inclusive and avant-garde. The people who make them are purpose-driven and passionate. The discourses we have are solutions-focused. The relationships we nurture are long lasting.

Inspirefest aims to ensure a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Our code of conduct explains how we aim to deliver this type of environment.

Speakers 2019

2020 speakers to be announced

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

Schedule 2019

Thursday, May 16th

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

9.00-9.05

EVENT OPEN

Opening remarks

Ann O’Dea, event MC and founder of Inspirefest

9.05-9.15

MUSIC

Special performance

RTÉ Cór Linn Choir

9.15-9.30

TALKS

Drawing Disruption

Liza Donnelly, cartoonist, The New York Times, CBS News

9.30-9.45

TALKS

Making Communications More Human

Stuart Templeton, head of Slack UK

9.45-10.05

PANEL

Next Generation

Jennifer McCarthy, project lead, Best Group winners, BTYSTE Business Bootcamp 2019
Anna O’Connor, Best Individual awardee, BTYSTE Business Bootcamp 2019
Zainab Boladale (chair), TV presenter, RTÉ News2day

10.05-10.20

SPECIAL GUEST

Special guest

An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar, TD

10.20-10.25

TALKS

New Voices

Zile, founder, Zile Organics

10.25-10.35

COMPETITION LAUNCH

Dublin Airport Future Factory/Cathay Pacific Solo Traveller Hack

Gráinne Morrison, futurist, Dublin Airport Future Factory

10.35-10.50

TALKS

You Call it Smart, I Call it Living

Joanne O’Riordan, activist and columnist


10.50-11.00

TALKS

Impact by Design

Kirk Donohoe, co-founder and CEO, Solvers

11.00-11.30

BREAK

Coffee break

Relax and chat with attendees and speakers

11.30-11.50

PANEL

Mental Health Literacy

Laurent de Saint Sernin, general manager of commercial operations, Janssen Sciences Ireland
Nicole Owens, Dublin Senior Ladies football player
Dr Lee Motherway, consultant psychiatrist, St Vincent’s Hospital
Elaine Burke, managing editor, Silicon Republic (chair)

11.50-12.10

TALKS

Towards a World Without Disease

Cat Oyler, vice-president of global public health, Johnson & Johnson

12.10-12.30

TALKS

Towards a World Without Paralysis

Simone George, human rights lawyer, and Mark Pollock, explorer and collaboration catalyst

12.30-14.30

BREAK

Lunch break

13.00-14.30

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Breakout sessions

13.30: Researchfest final, Stage 2 (Level 3)
13.30: Getting Girls into STEM with Cat Oyler and Jessica Silva, HubSpot Recharge Lounge (Level 4)
13.00: Mini Hack Access with Solvers (pre-registered only. Register at Solvers, Level 1), Marker Hotel
13.00: Storytelling with your Mobile Phone with RTÉ News, RTÉ Living Room (Foyer)
13.00 & 14.00: Security Workshops: Learn to Think Like a Hacker, Symantec stand (Foyer)

14.30-14.55

KEYNOTE & FIRESIDE

Blowing the Whistle on Theranos

Erika Cheung, co-founder, Ethics in Entrepreneurship
Ann O’Dea (chair)

14.55-15.05

TALKS

Neurodiversity at Work

Adam Harris, founder and CEO, AsIAm.ie

15.05-15.15

TALKS

Product Design for Autistic People

Ciara-Beth Griffin, founder, Mi Contact

15.15-15.25

TALKS

Think Like a Founder

Maureen Taylor, co-founder and CEO, SNP Communications

15.25-15.45

TALKS

Confidence is not the C Word you Need

Jennifer Romolini, author, Weird in a World That’s Not

15.45-15.55

TALKS

Humanising Technology

Domhnaill Hernon, head, Experiments in Art and Technology, Nokia Bell Labs

15.55-16.05

COMPETITION UPDATE

Dublin Airport Future Factory/Cathay Pacific Solo Traveller Hack

16.05-16.20

BRIEF BREAK

Bathroom break

Please return to your seats ASAP for two very special STEAM performances

16.20-16.45

TALK & PERFORMANCE

Experiments in Art and Technology

Seth Cluett, acting director, Computer Music Center, Columbia University, and artist in residence, Nokia Bell Labs
Levy Lorenzo, percussionist and electronics performer

16.45-17.10

TALK & PERFORMANCE

Creativity for Modern Technologists and Entrepreneurs

Tammuz Dubnov, founder, Zuzor

17.10-17.30

Event close

18.00-21.00

OFFICIAL INSPIREFEST AFTER-PARTY

HubSpot Happy Hour

Drinks reception at HubSpot. Limited space. Please register attendance here

Friday, May 17th

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

9.05-9.25

TALKS

Software Makes the World Go Around, but It’s Under Attack…

Stephen Trilling, senior VP and GM of security analytics and research, Symantec

9.25-9.40

TALKS

Adaptive Leadership in a Technical World

Tim Hynes, CIO, AIB

9.40-9.50

TALKS

Engineering a Culture for the Future Generation

Barbara McCarthy, director of engineering, HubSpot

9.50-10.00

TALKS

How to Lay Out Innovation: A People-Centred World

Rasa Strumskyte, country manager, Talent Garden Denmark

10.00-10.20

PANEL

The Future of Work is Here

Barbara McCarthy, director of engineering, HubSpot
Rasa Strumskyte, country manager, Talent Garden Denmark
Susan Cooney, VP of diversity, equity and inclusion, Symantec
Dr Claire O’Connell, journalist and science writer (chair)

10.20-10.40

TALKS

How Power Powers Ideas

Nilofer Merchant, author, The Power of Onlyness

10.40-11.10

BREAK

Coffee break

Relax and chat with attendees and speakers

11.10-11.25

TALKS

A Life Less Ordinary

Reggie Selma, former senior photojournalist, CNN

11.25-11.40

TALKS

Move Slow and Fix Things

Áine Kerr, co-founder and COO, Kinzen

11.40-12.00

PANEL

Tackling Disinformation in Online Media

Áine Kerr, co-founder, Kinzen
Mark Little, co-founder, Kinzen
Dr Jane Suiter, director, DCU Institute for Future Media and Journalism
John Kennedy, editor, Silicon Republic (chair)

12.00-12.20

FIRESIDE CHAT

Bringing an Established Media Player into the Digital Age

Dee Forbes, director general, RTÉ, in conversation with Mark Little

12.20-12.30

SURPRISE SPECIAL GUEST

An Inspirefest news story

12.30-14.30

BREAK

Lunch break

13.00-14.30

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Breakout sessions

12.30: Mini Hack Access with Solvers (pre-registered hackers only), Stage 2 (Level 3)
14.00: Mini Hack Access final, Stage 2 (Level 3)
13.30: Artificial Intelligence Uncovered, HubSpot Recharge Lounge (Level 4)
13.00: Storytelling with your Mobile Phone with RTÉ News, RTÉ Living Room (Foyer)
13.00 & 14.00: Security Workshops: Learn to Think Like a Hacker, Symantec stand (Foyer)

14.30-14.45

TALKS

An Alternative Perspective on the Blockchain

Niall Dennehy, co-founder and COO, Aid:Tech

14.45-15.05

PANEL

Blockchain: Beyond the Hype

Emma Walker, co-founder, Block W (chair)
Kevin Bluer, head of developer curriculum and training, Truffle
Niall Dennehy, co-founder, Aid:Tech
Eoin Fitzgerald, senior fintech development adviser, Enterprise Ireland

15.05-15.25

TALKS

A Founder’s Journey

Des Traynor, co-founder and chief strategy officer, Intercom

15.25-15.40

TALKS

Beats by Dre: Why Matters

Rafferty Jackson, principal, Jack Industries

15.40-15.50

TALKS

Making Impact Today for Everyone’s Future: A Disabled Designer’s Perspective

Noel Joyce, design director, HAX Accelerator (Shenzhen)

15.50-15.55

RESEARCHFEST WINNER

Researchfest winner takes to stage

TBA

15.55-16.00

SOLVERS MINI HACK ACCESS WINNER

Solvers Mini Hack Access winner announced

16.00-16.10

DUBLIN AIRPORT FUTURE FACTORY FINAL

4 finalists pitch for Dublin Airport Future Factory/Cathay Pacific Hong Kong prize

16.10-16.25

TALKS

Superior: Science and Race

Angela Saini, broadcaster and author

16.25-16.40

BRIEF BREAK

Bathroom break

16.40-17.00

TALKS

The Web We Make

Anil Dash, co-founder and CEO, Glitch

17.00-17.15

TALKS

Using Synaesthesia to Better Understand and Learn Music

Pierre Blaise Dionet, CEO, Cityshake Innovation Studio

17.15-17.25

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE

A New Form of Artistic Expression that Unifies Music, Dance and Digital Art: The Drop

Director: Pierre Blaise Dionet (France/Hong Kong)
Tech Artist: Ilmari Heikkinen (Hong Kong)
Performer: Ophelia Jacarini (Hong Kong)

17.25-17.30

CELEBRATION

Five Years of Inspirefest

Celebrating five years of brilliant minds on one stage

17.30-19.00

OFFICIAL AFTER-PARTY

Inspirefest birthday drinks and cake

Relax and meet the other attendees and speakers at the theatre

IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS PROGRAMME IS PROVISIONAL AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE

‘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 Group

Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors


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Friends & Supporters


If your organisation is interested in being part of Inspirefest 2020, please contact [email protected].

Thanks to our 2019 sponsors for all their support.

‘Not since TED Talks have I learned so much and left so inspired, though TED could learn a bit from Inspirefest’s speaker sourcing’

Sharon Vosmek, Managing Director, ASTIA

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