Inspirefest 2015 – inspirational women in tech and business

By: May 6, 2015
Inspirefest Ann O'Dea CEO of Silicon Republic; 12 year old Niamh Scanlon, mentor and coder; and Kerry Howard, author and Bletchley Park researcher

High achieving women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) will be celebrated at at three day event in Dublin.

Inspirefest 2015 will take place in Dublin from June 18-20 in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Merrion Square Park.

A key aim of the event is to “ensure more girls are inspired to study STEM subjects and pursue careers in these fields by showcasing inspirational women”.

“Where it differs from other events, is that the leaders on stage will be at least 70 per cent female, in this way reversing traditional conference trends and ‘changing the ratio’ of female representation on speaker line-ups at such gatherings,” says Ann O’Dea, founder of the event and CEO of SiliconRepublic.

“There is a huge paradox in the STEM sectors at present. On the one hand, these sectors are crying out for new recruits and bemoaning the fact that there are not enough skilled graduates to fill vacancies. Yet, on the other hand, they’ve developed a reputation for being somewhat non-inclusive.”

A key note speaker at the event will be author, researcher and historian Kerry Howard whose latest book, ‘Women Codebreakers at Bletchley Park’, delves into the lives and work of the real women (Margaret Rock, Mavis Lever and Joan Clarke) who worked at Bletchley Park during World War II.

Other speakers at Inspirefest will include:
• Margaret Burgraff, vice president of leadership, software, Intel.
• Ariel Waldman, founder of Spacehack.org and global instigator of Science Hack Day.
• Niamh Bushnell, Dublin’s first commissioner for start-ups.
• Cindy Gallop, founder of ‘If We Ran the World’ and ‘Make Love Not Porn’.
• Robin Hauser-Reynolds, director / producer of ‘CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap’, a documentary exploring the dearth of female and minority computer science engineers.
• Mary Moloney, CEO, Coderdojo Foundation.
• Adam Quinton, founder / CEO of Lucas Point Ventures, which invests in gender-diverse leadership teams.
• Google Science Fair 2014 winners: Ciara Judge; Emer Hickey; Sophie Healy Thow.
• Kimberley Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code.
• Anne-Marie Lamafidon, founder of Stemettes.
• Nnamdi Okike, founder / CEO of 645 Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund headquartered in New York.

For further information, and to book tickets, go to: www.inspirefest2015.com.