Thursday, 23 April 2015

Inspirefest 2015 - Event Dublin

The launch of a Inspirefest 2015, a unique, new, two-day, international sci-tech event aiming to showcase diversity and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) will take place at 11.15am onWednesday, 22nd April, 2015 on the Rooftop Terrace of The Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2.

According to Ann O’Dea, founder of the event, Inspirefest aims to challenge the status quo in the STEM sectors by featuring a speaker line-up and attendance list dominated by high-achieving women. “Inspirefest 2015 will look at the science and technologies of the future, and their societal and business impact,” she said. “Where it differs from other events, is that the leaders on stage will be at least 70 per cent female. It really will be the first event of its kind in the world.”

Inspirefest 2015 will take place in Dublin from 18th to 19th June in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, surrounded by an extensive fringe festival and outreach programme that will bring together design, the arts and STEM. It is organised by Silicon Republic, which has long championed the role of women in STEM through its Women Invent campaign.

Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD, will officially launch Inspirefest 2015 and will be joined by a number of speakers including:

• Ann O’Dea, CEO and Editor-at-large of Silicon Republic

• Kerry Howard, Author and Bletchley Park researcher (UK)

• 12-year-old Niamh Scanlon, Mentor and Coder, CoderDojo Girls

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Inni-K will also be performing on the morning, as she will take part in the Inspirefest 2015 fringe festival in June.

Full details of Inspirefest 2015 will be announced at the launch.

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