Well, that was an event with a difference.
Its not often conference speakers will get you angry about the world, move you to tears – then inspire you to go out and help a shit-tonne of people while making a shit-tonne of money, all in the same day.
But Inspirefest 2015 wasnt your average conference: it was equal parts heartfelt and hard-hitting, and, though it might seem cheesy to say, it really was genuinely inspiring.
If you missed out on the fun last week, weve rounded up a few takeaways, as told in tweets from attendees:
1. Were doing okay at gender equality in tech here in Ireland – though things could always be better:
Marie Boran (@marievonboran) June 19, 2015
That said, theres an inspiring history of strong Irish women to draw from:
2. Its never going to be easy facing down an army of trolls:
And gender bias isnt always conscious the online implicit-association test proves it:
3. The ‘conference cycle’ of all-male speakers is doing nothing to help:
…in an industry where what sound like lines from TV’s Silicon Valley often turn out to be real:
4. Women are always a disruptive presence in tech. And thats a good thing:
5. It’s proven that women make excellent founders:
Not to mention the rich and oft-untold history of female innovators..
…who paved the way for latter-day heroes:
6. A more equal future will be a more profitable one:
7. The business of patronising moms needs to stop right now:
Not just for the good of women now, but for future generations:
8. Its STEAM not STEMthe ‘a’ is for Arts and the future belongs to creatives as much as it does coders:
This change is for everyone – every gender, every age, all over the world:
9. The future is in good hands:
Though its not going to be simple – there’s a ‘glass maze’ to be negotiated:
But theres no shortage of role models. Take Cindy Gallop (or Imperator Furiosa, for that matter…)
Our very own Startup Commish gave some excellent advice:
10. It was a really special couple of days:
Oh, and a certain Irish premiere is totally on board:
so youd better be there next year!
Ann O’Dea (@AnnODeaSR) June 12, 2015
Photo: Conor McCabe Photography (via Silicon Republic)