With themes ranging from MedTech to Product Design, the Distributed Workplace to Blockchain and the Media, this year’s Inspirefest 2019 is sure to engage the most inquisitive of minds. Over 50 global business leaders and thinkers will address these themes and much more at the two-day Inspirefest festival of technology, science, design and the arts, taking place in Dublin on May 16th and 17th.


As one of Europe’s leading sci-tech and arts event, this year’s festival will again feature a range of high-profile international speakers in a series of discussions and talks in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, where some 4,000 attendees will gather over two days.

Some of the names taking part this year include Anil Dash, CEO of Glitch and former advisor to the Obama Administration’s Office of Digital Strategy;  Angela Saini, the award-winning BBC science journalist and author of Inferior which was named Physics World Book of the Year, and Erika Cheung, a champion of ethics in entrepreneurship, best known as the whistle blower in the Theranos scandal, featured in the recent HBO documentary, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley.

You’ll also get to hear from Cat Oyler, Vice President, Global Public Health, Tuberculosis at Johnson & Johnson, who will speak about the company’s vision of a world without disease.  Janssen, the pharmaceutical company of J&J, will also be facilitating a panel discussion at Inspirefest on Mental Health Literacy and what employers can do to create a workplace that understands and supports mental wellbeing.  Reggie Selma, former CNN senior photojournalist who has filmed US presidents from Reagan to Obama will also feature on our exciting agenda.

Inspirefest founder Ann O’Dea said: “The calibre of speakers we’ve gathered for this year’s festival is truly special. It also reinforces how big a part Ireland plays on the global stage when it comes to hosting world-class sci-tech events.

We’re always looking to gain alternative perspectives and explore challenging issues with our line-up of speakers and we hope our attendees learn more about the impact of science and technology on work culture, global business and our personal lives.”

Britney NoMayo, Inspirefest founder, Ann O'Dea and activist and aspiring astronaut, Taylor Richardson, at the first day of Inspirefest 2018 in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
Britney NoMayo, Inspirefest founder, Ann O’Dea and activist and aspiring astronaut, Taylor Richardson, at the first day of Inspirefest 2018 in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Cat Oyler, Vice President, Global Public Health, Tuberculosis at Johnson & Johnson, said, “At Johnson & Johnson, our vision is a world without disease. This is an ambitious goal, to be sure, but we believe it is achievable with the right passion, determination and ingenuity. 

Solving some of the world’s largest health challenges – from HIV and tuberculosis to mental illness and cancer – requires us to upend conventional medicine. Our scientists think differently about disease, striving to advance the most compelling science in prevention, disease interception and cure.  But none of this can be achieved alone. 

We need like-minded people from across sectors and in different industries, who are equally relentless at challenging the status quo, in order to transform the healthcare ecosystem.  Events such as Inspirefest play a key role in helping to nurture new ideas and opportunities for collaboration – ultimately bringing us one step closer to a world without disease.”

Check out www.inspirefest.com for full programme of events.

By Jim O Brien/CEO

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