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Line-Up Announced for InspireFest 18

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The line-up for InspireFest 18 will feature more than 60 speakers on science, tech, entrepreneurship, arts and innovation.

Now in its fourth year, the event will run for two days this June at the Border Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin’s Silicon Docks.

 

Described by the organisers, Silicon Republic, as a ‘unique international festival of technology, science, design and the arts’, the event will feature speakers from 38 countries.

InspireFest is aimed at ‘leaders, professionals, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, coders, academics, students, decision-makers and influencers.’

Tickets also include free entry to the InspireFest Fringe festival, which includes live music, spoken word, and comedy events.

 

SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, JUNE 21ST

7.45-9.00

Registration/coffee

9.00-9.30

Opening remarks

Ann O’Dea, founder, Inspirefest and VIP guest

9.30-10.30

STEM & STEAM Education for the many

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, co-founder and CEO, Stemettes
Anna Looney, dean of education, DCU
Prof Jane Ohlmeyer, chair, Irish Research Council (TBC)

10.30-11.15

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

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

Meet our charity partner

Debra Ireland

12.20-12.30

Announcement

Honest Eats Mini-Hack

12.30-14.00

Lunch

13.00-14.00

Researchfest

Winning finalists showcase their PhD research

14.00-15.00

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

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

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

Opening remarks

Ann O’Dea, founder, Inspirefest

9.10-10.10

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

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

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

Honest Eats Mini-Hack final

13.00-14.00

Meet the Investors

14.00-14.05

Announcement

Winners of Honest Eats Mini-Hack announced

14.05-14.10

Researchfest winner takes the stage

14.10-15.00

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

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

Founders that are killing it!

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

16.45-17.30

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

www.inspirefest.com

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