Inspirefest 2018 was launched in Grand Canal Square last night with the themes for this year event varying from Environmental and Marine Science, Space Exploration, tackling the biases in artificial intelligence, the talent dividend for companies embracing those with difference, autism, blindness and beyond.
Some 3,000 people are expected over two days, and headline sponsors this year are Bank of Ireland, with other partner organisations including Nokia Bell Labs, AON, Deutsche Bank, Enterprise Ireland, Dublin Airport Authority, NDRC, Science Foundation Ireland and Dublin City University.
Inspirefest takes place on June 21st, 22nd and will welcome over 50 speakers from 20 countries, with keynote speakers including Surbhi Sarna, the 32-Year whose start-up nVision Medical has just sold to Boston Scientific for US $275m, Claire Lee, Head of Early-Stage Banking at Silicon Valley Bank, Liza Donnelly, Cartoonist and Writer for The New Yorker and leading Me Too advocate.
Other speakers include Tim Leberecht, Co-Founder of The Business Romantic Society, Dr Anne Marie Imafidon MBE, founder of Stemettes, and Easkey Britain, champion surfer and scientist.
Again this year, the collision of technology and the arts will also be tackled with renowned Beatboxer Reeps One teaming up with Nokia Bell Labs’ Experiments in Arts and Technology (EAT) group to perform a world-first duet between he and his digital beatboxing artificial intelligence (AI) twin.
Into its fourth year, Inspirefest also sees the return of award-winning performer and writer Zoe Philpott, who performed Ada, Ada Ada at Inspirefest back in 2016. Inspirefest will be topped off each day with the usual range of cultural Fringe activities, culminating in the After Party at CHQ on the Friday evening with music from Hvummingbird, and entertainment from Bright Club (Stand Up for Geeks) amongst other.
Speaking this week, Inspirefest Founder, Ann O’Dea said, "We’re so happy to see how much Inspirefest has grown and feel this year might be our best yet. Since the very first Inspirefest, we’ve learnt so much about what our attendees want and the type of speakers they enjoy seeing so we think we’ve managed to round up some of the most brilliant minds from around the world to talk about the key themes we’re looking to address at this year’s event including Environment Science and Inclusive Leadership."