Inspirefest 2018

Dublin 21-22 June

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

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Speakers

Many more exciting speakers to be announced

‘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

38 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

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 2018.

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

Thursday, June 21st

7.45-9.00

Registration/coffee

Please register as early as possible to avoid queues and get yourself seated for official opening

9.00-9.30

OPEN

Opening remarks

Ann O’Dea, founder, Inspirefest and VIP guest

9.30-10.30

TALKS

STEM & STEAM Education for the many

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

10.30-11.15

TALKS

Next Generation: The future is now

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)

11.15-11.45

Break

11.45-12.10

TALKS

From the Marine Environment to our Mental Health

Easkey Britton, surfer and scientist, Near Health, NUI Galway
Becky-Finn Britton, coastal creative and development officer, Clean Coasts

12.10-12.20

TALK

Meet our charity partner

Debra Ireland

12.20-12.30

Announcement

Honest Eats Mini-Hack

12.30-14.00

Lunch

13.00-14.00

STAGE 2 (Level 3)

Researchfest

Winning finalists showcase their PhD research

14.00-15.00

TALKS

We’re all Winners with an Inclusive Industry

Gerry Ellis, accessibility consultant, Feel The BenefIT
Peter Brabazon, general manager, Specialisterne Ireland
Shaun O’Boyle, founder, House of STEM

15.00-15.45

TALKS

Women in STEM: All sorted now?

Nikita Naz Siddique, student, DCU (winner of International Women’s Day prize at DCU Business)
Helen Fullen, NDRC
Sheree Atcheson, UK expansion director, Women Who Code
Áine McCleary, director of distribution channels, Bank of Ireland

15.45-16.30

TALK

An Inspirefest development special

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

16.30-17.30

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

Heather Massie, playwright and performer

18.00-21.00

FRINGE

Hubspot happy hour

Drinks reception at HubSpot

Friday, June 22nd

7.45-9.00

Registration/coffee

9.00-9.10

OPEN

Opening remarks

Ann O’Dea, founder, Inspirefest

9.10-10.10

TALKS

The Future of Work: Where the humans take centre stage

Tim Leberecht, co-founder and co-CEO, The Business Romantic Society
Katie Burke, chief people officer, HubSpot
Rajeev Behera, founder and CEO, Reflektive
Ranjani Kearsley, head of HR, Fidelity International

10.10-11.00

TALKS

The Media Makers: Advocacy through content

Liza Donnelly, cartoonist, The New Yorker and CBS News
Raju Narisetti, former managing editor, The Wall Street Journal (Europe)

11.00-11.15

Break

11.15-12.30

TALK

Exciting Experiments in Art and Technology

Noeline Kavanagh, artistic director and CEO, Macnas
Naomi McMahon, SVP, head of strategic marketing, Universal Music Group
Domhnaill Hernon, head of Experiments in Arts and Technology (EAT), Nokia Bell Labs
Reeps One, artist and beatboxer

12.30-14.00

Lunch

12.30-14.00

Level 4

Honest Eats Mini-Hack final

13.00-14.00

STAGE 2 (Level 3)

Meet the Investors

14.00-14.05

Announcement

Winners of Honest Eats Mini-Hack announced

14.05-14.10

TALK

Researchfest winner takes the stage

14.10-15.00

TALKS

Meet the Investors challenging the status quo

Yuka Nagashima, board member, Astia Angels
Arlan Hamilton, founder, Backstage Capital
Claire Lee, head of early-stage banking, Silicon Valley Bank

15.00-16.00

TALKS

Expanding your Boundaries: Looking to Asia and the Middle East

Karen Contet Farzam, co-founder, WHub.io (Hong Kong)
Niamh Given, chief growth officer, Nest.vc (New Zealand)
Maha Al Balushi, managing director, Oman Technology Fund (Oman)

16.00-16.45

TALKS

Founders who are killing it!

Ciara Donlon, founder and CEO, Theya Healthcare
Surbhi Sarna, founder and CEO, nVision Medical

16.45-17.30

TALKS

Lessons in Leadership: The art of telling your story

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

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.

fringe

At this year's Inspirefest Fringe, attendees can enjoy a festival of art, live music, comedy, a DJ and delicious slow food in a setting ideal for networking and making great business connections with like-minded people.

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