Friday, 19 June 2015

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD to Address Delegates at Inspirefest 2015



An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD will deliver the opening address on the second day of Inspirefest 2015, a new, three-day, international sci-tech event aiming to showcase diversity and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) at 8.45am today, Friday, 19th June 2015 at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin’s Silicon Docks.

In addition to An Taoiseach, the line-up includes video game developer Brianna Wu, who found herself at the centre of the GamerGate controversy last year; Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code and Louise Kenny, Director, Irish Centre for Fetal and NeoNatal Transnational Research (INFANT). Cindy Gallop, founder of If We Ran the World and Make Love Not Porn will deliver the closing address focussing on ‘Making Money while Doing Social Good’.

Keynote addresses and panel discussions will focus on a diverse range of topics including: coding and diversity; innovative initiatives including a programme to reduce the gender and technology gap around the world; a programme to help mums become more tech savvy; and a research programme on adverse pregnancy outcome and pregnancy loss; and investment in STEM. A full schedule is available at http://inspirefest2015.com/#schedule.

Inspirefest will host an outdoor Fringe festival in Merrion Square Park to entertain and connect attendees through a variety of events and performances. The line-up includes musical performances from Katie Kimwho has been described as Ireland’s answer to Joanna Newsom and five-piece Dublin indie-rock band, Little Green Cars. In addition to the musical line-up there is a screening of ‘Codebreaker’ about the life of Alan Turing and a panel discussion on driving LGBT diversity and inclusion in tech companies.

Inspirefest aims to challenge this status quo in the STEM sectors by featuring a speaker line-up and attendance list dominated by high-achieving women. Speaking ahead of the second day of Inspirefest 2015, Ann O’ Dea, founder of the event and CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Silicon Republic said:

“It is my hope that Inspirefest 2015 will encourage girls and women to study STEM subjects and understand that it is for them too – not just for boys – and that there are a range of opportunities available to them in these fields. By giving a platform to female and minority group leaders, I hope to spread the message that in a white male-dominated environment, it is time to redress the imbalance on who has traditionally done what.”

For more information visit www.inspirefest2015.com.