When and where is it on?

Ireland’s Edge: Migration Nation, the two-day conference of culture and creativity, takes place on December 1st and 2nd, at the Dingle Skellig Hotel, Dingle, Kerry, Ireland, alongside the eir Other Voices Festival. Check it out at www.irelandsedge.net and watch a clip of the 2016 conference

How many years has it been going?

This is the third year of Ireland’s Edge.

Ireland’s Edge was started in 2015 to ask the question – how can a strong and dynamic Irish culture give us a competitive edge on a world stage. The conference explores the convergence of creativity and technology and provides a unique platform for diverse groups from arts, humanities, technology, business and policymakers to come together to share ideas and create fresh thinking around Ireland, our diaspora and our future.

What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2018 version?

Ireland’s Edge: Migration Nation will be a platform for debate, discussion and ideas, exploring the role of the Irish diaspora, what it means to be Irish abroad, and how we might harness this immense resource, a collective knowledge and experience that is widely dispersed throughout the world. By engaging with the Irish abroad, improving Ireland’s analysis and understanding of the Irish diaspora, tackling practical issues and harnessing new thinking, Ireland’s Edge aims to contribute to the positioning of Ireland, particularly rural Ireland, as a viable, dynamic location and environment for leading developments in creative technology industries.

What opportunities are on offer for those attending?

Ireland’s Edge brings together high-level influencers and thinkers from a range of sectors including members of the diaspora community, FDI companies, artists, academics, commentators and policy makers. The environment is intellectually and culturally stimulating, provocative and centred on ideas that can help Ireland do better.

Who will be speaking?

Speakers at Ireland’s Edge will include Ciaran Cannon, T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for the Diaspora and International Development; Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland; John Gerrard, internationally acclaimed Irish artist; Emer Reynolds, Emmy nominated, multi-award winning documentary director and feature film editor; Emmet Connolly, Director of Product Design at Intercom; Frances Coppola, Forbes contributor and author of finance & economics blog, the Coppola Comment; Dr. Christopher Kissane, Historian, journalist and writer on migration, and a former lecturer in Economic History at London School of Economics & Political Science; Mick Moloney, author of Far From the Shamrock Shore: The Story of Irish American History Through Song, and teacher on NYU’s Irish Studies programme; Domhnaill Hernon, Head of Innovation Incubation and Site Lead for Research Impact at Nokia Bell Labs; Dr. Genevieve Bell, Anthropologist, technologist and futurist. Professor and Director of the 3A Institute at the Australian National University and Senior Fellow at Intel.

Also making the trip to Dingle will be John Mulholland, Editor of The Observer; Josh Walden, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the New Technology Group at Intel Corporation; Writer Elizabeth Reapy, winner of Newcomer of the Year at the 2016 Irish Book Awards and The Rooney Prize for Irish Fiction in 2017; Dr. Nora Ní Loideain, Lecturer in Law and Director of the Information Law and Policy Centre at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies; Piarás Mac Éinrí, Lecturer in Geography and European Studies at the Department of Geography in University College Cork; Maurice O’Brien, Irish documentary director and producer; Michelle Mulcahy; acclaimed musician, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Julie Byrne, Executive Director of Nokia Bell Labs Ireland; Marcin Piotrowski, Co Clare based broadcaster, sociologist and 2016’s Polish Person of the year for building bridges between Polish and Irish communities; Julian Coman, associate editor of the Observer and was previously Home News Editor at The Independent and Washington Correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph; Angie Gough, founder of the East London Artskickers Awards; Sr. Lena Deevy, former Executive Director of the Irish International Immigrant Center Boston, now working with migrant communities in Ireland; Zainab Boladale, Co-Presenter of RTÉ’s news2day and the first Nigerian woman to work in the RTÉ newsroom. Further contributors will be announced nearer the conference.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

The whole vibe of Ireland’s Edge is informal and open. The setting is intimate and relaxed, all attendees are invited to contribute to the dialogue. It’s a fantastic opportunity for one to one conversations with some of Ireland’s and the world’s leading thinkers, the people who are asking questions like what is the future for Ireland, how do we differentiate ourselves, how do we navigate work and life in a technological age. Open your mind, engage and enjoy.

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

The two-day event is free to attend thanks to the investment of sponsor Intel, and with the support of Nokia Bell Labs, Microsoft, IDA Ireland, The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and The Department of Culture, Heritage and The Gaeltacht. Tickets are limited and those interested in attending can register at Eventbrite  For those who cannot travel to Dingle, the conference will also be live streamed through Facebook at www.facebook.com/IrelandsEdgeHQ

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