The 12 speakers who will take part in TEDxUCD 2017 were announced today at University College Dublin (UCD). This will be the fifth annual TEDx event held at the University and it is being organised by volunteers from UCD Research and Innovation.

Over the last 4-years a total of 40 speakers have delivered a TEDxUCD talk and these talks combined have now received over 385,000 views on YouTube.

TEDxUCD 2017 will feature exceptional talks from members of the wider UCD community including researchers, students, alumni and friends who will speak on a wide range of ideas worth spreading.

The event takes place on Tuesday, 5 December, (10 am – 4 pm), in the UCD Dramsoc Theatre, UCD Student Centre.

The 100 free tickets to attend TEDxUCD 2017 will go on ‘sale’ on Wednesday, 22 November at 1:30 pm via

Among this year’s TEDxUCD speakers are; Dr Bahareh Heravi, Colin Keogh and Dominic O’Connor.

Dr Bahareh Heravi is a data and computational journalism lecturer, trainer, practitioner and innovator at UCD’s School of Information and Communication Studies. Her TEDxUCD 2017 talk is entitled ‘How is data journalism changing the newsroom?’

Dr Bahareh Heravi said, “We live in a moment where petabytes of data are being generated around us on an hourly basis, and this volume just keeps growing. This data has value. The secret weapon for journalists in creating great stories is their sources. ‘Data’ is the hot new source, and the prevalence of such enormous quantities of data alters the news landscape. In my forthcoming TEDxUCD 2017 talk I will take you on a journey through the emerging world of ‘data journalism’.”

Colin Keogh, an award-winning engineer, consultant, lecturer and innovator, is currently completing a PhD in the UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and is the co-founder of the social enterprise The Rapid Foundation. His TEDxUCD 2017 talk is entitled ‘Helping people help themselves: technology enhanced global development.’

Colin Keogh said, “Technology has changed the way we live as a society. The new generations of disruptive technologies, such as 3-D printers, can bring about a new age of rapid innovation. During my forthcoming TEDxUCD 2017 talk I will discuss the potential of these technologies in society, but in particular the impact they can have on global development both at home and abroad.”

Dominic O’Connor is a Marie Curie Research Fellow, at the CATCH Innovative Training Network (ITN) and a PhD student in UCD’s School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sport Science based at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at UCD. His TEDxUCD 2017 talk is entitled ‘How can neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) help accelerate cancer rehabilitation?’

Dominic O’Connor said, “Although exercise can help manage complications associated with cancer, treatment can create physical barriers and lead to a vicious cycle of inactivity. During my forthcoming TEDxUCD 2017 talk, I will highlight how cancer treatment can limit engagement in regular exercise and I will aim to explain how technology such as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) has the potential to bridge the gap between inactivity and voluntary exercise.”

At TEDxUCD 2017 a combination of live speakers and a selection of TED Talks videos will be combined to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group of 100 attendees. The TED conference provides general guidance for the TEDx programme, but individual TEDx events, including TEDxUCD, are self-organised.

Caroline Fothergill, currently a master’s marketing student at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, will act as MC for TEDxUCD 2017.

The 100 free tickets to attend TEDxUCD 2017 will go on ‘sale’ on Wednesday, 22 November at 1:30 pm via

The other 9 TEDxUCD 2017 speakers are:

Eimear Cahalin is co-founder of Vivid Edge, headquartered at NovaUCD, which is pioneering Energy-Efficiency-as-a-Service, to enable large energy users to undertake projects they would not otherwise take on. Her TEDxUCD 2017 talk is entitled ‘How ego is the enemy of eco.’

Stephen Cluskey is an award-winning entrepreneur, disability advocate, public speaker and everything in between. His TEDxUCD 2017 talk is entitled ‘An accessible world in an inclusive world.’

Dr Amber L. Cushing is a lecturer/Assistant Professor in digital curation and digital cultural heritage at the UCD School of Information and Communication Studies. Her TEDxUCD 2017 talk is entitled ‘Listening to respond: justifying public support for cultural heritage in a personalized world.’

Dr Monica Gorman is a lecturer in agricultural extension and innovation at the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science. Her TEDxUCD 2017 talk is entitled ‘Adventure and change as the key to well lived lives.’

Professor Mary Horgan, a UCD School of Medicine graduate, is President of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland. Her TEDxUCD 2017 talk is entitled ‘HIV: The virus that made me a better doctor.’

John Francis Leader is a consultant psychologist and cognitive scientist who specialises in positive psychology, experiential learning and mixed reality therapy to assist people in successfully navigating the physical, the virtual and the imaginary. His TEDxUCD 2017 talk is entitled ‘Therapy of tomorrow.’

Dr Antonio Martin-Carrillo is a lecturer in the UCD School of Physics where he is a member of the Space Science Group studying the transient Universe and in particular Gamma-ray bursts. His TEDxUCD 2017 talk is entitled ‘A cosmic gold rush.’

Siobhan McDonald is a visual artist and is currently Artist in Residence at the UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science. She was previously an Artist in Residence at Parity Studios. Her TEDxUCD 2017 talk title is TBC.

Dr Mark Rowe, on graduating from UCD’s School of Medicine, established his family practice at the Waterford Health Park, a space that he founded as a new paradigm for sustainable improvements in community health. His TEDxUCD 2017 talk is entitled ‘Life is a tape measure, how will you measure yours ?’.

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