By @SimonCocking

Good news as the excellent CongRegation returns to Cong after last years great success. We caught up with Eoin Kennedy the event organiser to get a flavour of what to expect at this years event.  

Augmented Reality in Ashford Castle to Kick Start Congregation #cong15

  • to sponsor #cong15
  • First ‘Family Friendly’ conference to offer free childcare
  • Call for submissions from Mayo
  • Written, audio and video submissions accepted
  • Over 70 speakers currently signed up
  • Topics range from Drones, Wearables to Mental Health
  • Topics accepted until the end of September


The third annual Congregation Digital Technology Un-conference, which takes place in Cong on Saturday November 28th, sponsored by and the first to feature childcare.

The conference has also grown to include an evening of Augmented and Virtual reality demonstrations and talks in Ashford Castle on Friday 27th November and sporting activities in Cong Woods on Sunday 29th.


Listen to some of last years speakers here

The event, which began in 2013 has attracted over 100 Irish and international speakers to discuss, debate and share insights into how work and personal life and society is being impacted by digital technology.  The event has also broken the traditional conference format, which sees speakers earning their ticket with a published submission on  and presentations taking place in huddles of 10 people in social venues throughout Cong Village.  This year the organisers have pushed the boundaries further by providing childcare for participating speakers to make the event family friendly.

Eoin Kennedy said “the ethos behind Congregation is to revolutionise the way people communicate, connect and share information at events and to show a small West of Ireland village can host an sustainable international technology event in the winter without the need for big infrastructure.  We are are on board, which helps to expand the event and the offering.  Weekends are precious times for families and organizing childcare can be difficult so this year we have supervised workshop activities for families so speakers are free to take their minds for a guilt free gallop.  We have also expanded to a weekend of activities including a Friday evening display of innovative technology in Ashford Castle to social events on Sunday.”

John Magee, Senior Enterprise Officer, LEO added “Congregation plays an important role in positioning Mayo as a place where people come to think discuss and, more importantly, imagine and create Ireland’s digital and social media future. is delighted to be involved’.

The range of topics to date from over 70 speakers ranges from how wearable technology impacts on health, the potential and issues surrounding drones, the future of content, cybercrime, power of data to how social media can be used for social good.

There is no charge to attend Congregation.  Instead attendees produce a 600 written blog post, a 3 minute video post or 5 minute audio post which is posted in advance  The submissions are then presented in groups of 10 people called Huddles will gather at each of the 7 venues.  2-3 people speaking at each until everyone has presented their thoughts and ideas.  Groups rotate 4 times during the day to different venues to ensure attendees all connect with each other.

Any interested in participating is encouraged to send in a one liner on their suggested topic area to [email protected] .  Entries accepted until the end of September with the full post due at the end of October. The event is proudly sponsored by Blacknight  and MKC Communications.


Congregation takes place in Cong, which is a small village in Co Mayo and home to The Quiet Man and Ashford Castle.  Throughout the day coffee shops, bars and restaurants will be alive with people sharing stories and insights into social media.  Each session will last one hour, with two in the morning and two in the afternoon.  A free ticket is delivered to attendees once they produce their blog paper and teas/coffee/lunch will be provided during the day.



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