A perfect blend: Inspirefest serves up a stimulating mix of STEM and humanity

“To pitch a VC, don’t say ‘vagina’.” “If your culture doesn’t support diversity, your business will die.” “We need to talk about homophobia, transphobia and biphobia in Irish STEM workplaces.” “What if history was written by women?” These were just some of the powerful soundbites you catch during the Inspirefest experience. This is the conference … [Read more…]

Arlan Hamilton on Backstage Capital’s banner year

As the second day of Inspirefest (22 June) rolled on, a familiar face to the event made a welcome appearance on the main stage. Arlan Hamilton, a champion of diversity in venture capital (VC), sat down for a fireside chat with Inspirefest founder and Silicon Republic CEO Ann O’Dea and reflected on what has been a … [Read more…]

Honest Eats mini hack top prize goes to tap-dancing vending machine

Earlier this month, some of the country’s most innovative designers, entrepreneurs and creators were tasked with creating amazing ideas as part of the Dublin Airport Honest Eats mini hack. The event was a collaboration between Inspirefest and Marqette’s Future Factory hub, which experiments with and tests new products, services, solutions and initiatives with a futuristic … [Read more…]

EY-Seren’s Yvonne Kiely: ‘Digital is an ecosystem of enablement’

In October, Siliconrepublic.com reported how consulting giant EY expanded its digital design and consultancy business EY-Seren to the Irish market. With a team of 20 in Ireland and more than 100 globally, EY-Seren is an international leader in digital design and innovation, working with firms across all industry sectors. Yvonne Kiely, director and digital lead of advisory … [Read more…]

The future of money might mean we don’t take cash

On the second morning of Inspirefest, Karen Contet Farzam catapulted the audience into the future and what it will look like with the help of fintech. “Fintech is anywhere where technology is used in financial services,” she began. “It is changing the financial sector the way the internet changed the written press.” As the co-founder … [Read more…]

Key start-up tips from a social impact investor

Larissa Best is president of Luxembourg Business Angel Network (LBAN). After studying banking in Switzerland, she started working as a SaaS entrepreneur in the family business, helping to sell the company after eight years. Moving into the big corporate world, Best worked at a publicly traded company carrying out M&As in Europe and Asia. She … [Read more…]

What can you expect from Inspirefest 2019?

Inspirefest 2018 is in full swing, with thousands of attendees flocking to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Dublin for two days of fun, experimentation and creativity where sci-tech meets the arts. This year, themes being tackled include buzz-worthy tech trends such as blockchain, AI and autotech, as well as vital conversations around inclusivity in the … [Read more…]

At the New York Fed: Conference on the Effects of Post-Crisis Banking Reforms

Richard Crump and João Santos The financial crisis of 2007-08 and the ensuing recession, the most severe since the 1930s, prompted a wave of regulatory reforms: tighter bank capital and liquidity rules, new failed bank resolution procedures, a stand-alone consumer protection agency, greater transparency in money market funds, central clearing of derivatives, and others as … [Read more…]