Thursday, 2 February 2017

I Wish 2017 - Dates announced

I WISH 2017

More than 4,000 teenage girls to attend STEM events in Cork and Dublin

9 & 10 February 2017 – City Hall, Cork

13 & 14 February 2017 – RDS, Dublin

When: Cork – Thursday & Friday 9 & 10 February 2017

Dublin – Monday & Tuesday 13 & 14 February 2017

Where: City Hall, Cork & RDS, Dublin

What: An initiative encouraging young women to consider a career in STEM

Who: I WISH

More than 4,000 transition year girls are booked to attend the hugely successful partnership initiative, I WISH 2017. The initiative encourages young women to consider a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and is supported by Science Foundation Ireland. This year the initiative branched out nationwide with events in Cork City Hall on 9 and 10 February 2017, and in the RDS Dublin on 13 and 14 February 2017.

The I WISH showcase events comprise of both a conference and exhibition. Students will meet and engage directly with inspiring women working in a variety of STEM role, experiencing first-hand the incredible work of industry leaders such as Dell EMC, Arup, PepsiCo and many more. The I WISH 2017 speaker line-up includes award-winning game designer Brenda Romero; Nuritas Founder and CSO, Dr. Nora Khaldi; scientist and entrepreneur Ciara Judge; Assistant Professor in Physics at Trinity College Dublin, Arlene O’Neill; film producer and chairman of Atticus Education, David Puttnam; Director of Strategy and Communications of Science Foundation Ireland, Dr Ruth Freeman and Vice President and General Manager of Dell EMC Ireland, Aisling Keegan.

I WISH is an initiative that combines the best of industry, academia and the public sector in order to inspire and encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM. Set up in 2014 by 3 Cork businesswomen, Gillian Keating, Partner at Ronan Daly Jermyn, Ruth Buckley, Head of ICT & Business Services at Cork City Council and Caroline O’Driscoll, Partner at KPMG. This year –thanks to the support of local authorities in Cork and Dublin, and many more sponsors – the award-winning I WISH showcase expanded nationally to ensure that as many girls as possible experience the power of STEM first hand.

I WISH is an award-winning initiative supported by Science Foundation Ireland, in partnership with Cork City Council, Cork Chamber, it@cork, Cork County Council, Dublin City Council, DĂșn Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, UCC, CIT, American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, Dell EMC, Arup, RTE and many more.