Europe's leading sci-tech event, Inspirefest, is going on the road – and we're coming to Paris! Come meet the team and get a sneak preview ahead of our annual festival in Dublin, July 2017.
Our second Salon takes place in Paris at the spectacular Ambassade d'Irlande near the Arc de Triomphe. Science, tech, arts, design and business communities are invited to join us for a relaxed and sociable evening with tasty canapés, wine and refreshments served.
Lightening talks and Q&A: 7pm - 7.45pm
Networking and refreshments: 7.45pm - 9pm
Guest speakers include award-winning Inspirefest founder Ann O’Dea (Dublin), filmmaker and director Elena Rossini (Paris) and Global Invest Her founder Anne Ravanona (Paris), and will be moderated by France 24 reporter James Creedon.
If you care about the future of science, technology, entrepreneurship and creativity, and you want to see greater diversity in these key sectors, this is the community for you!
Dresscode: Business casual
Ann O'Dea is co-founder of Silicon Republic, the leading online news publication for all things science, technology and innovation. Ann is also the founder of Inspirefest, the unique science, technology, design and arts festival that celebrates diversity and inclusion in STEM every year in Dublin. She has won multiple awards for her role in championing women and minorites in science and technology, including a Fellowship from the Irish Computer Society, Irish Tatler's ‘Media Woman of the Year’, and the Women Mean Business award for Empowering Women. In 2015, she became the first and only woman to be inducted into the Irish Internet Association’s Hall of Fame.
Elena Rossini is an Italian filmmaker, photographer, social entrepreneur and public speaker. Her latest film project is The Illusionists, a feature-length documentary about the marketing of unattainable beauty ideals around the world - covered by Vogue, New York Magazine and Jezebel. Elena is also founder and editor-in-chief of No Country for Young Women, a website whose aim is to provide positive role models for young girls – from NASA engineers, to illustrators, architects, filmmakers and entrepreneurs. In 2014 Elena co-founded Gender Gap Grader with Elian Carsenat – a platform empowering companies and organizations with innovative tools to measure the gender gap. In October 2014 Elena was selected for the prestigious Young Leaders program by the Council for the United States and Italy.
Anne Ravanona is Founder and CEO of Global Invest Her a platform & community that helps early-stage women entrepreneurs learn about funding and get investor-ready. A passionate women’s advocate with over 22 years experience in global business, Anne is an entrepreneur herself, active in the global startup world for the past 5 years, including as a judge at pitch competitions, mentor at StartupWeekend, C-suite advisor at Astia and advisor to several tech startups. Anne regularly writes in the Huffington Post, with her Trailblazing Women series and was recently named one of InspiringFifty France 2016, Women in Fintech Powerlist 2016, 30 incredible Irish people leading a European invasion, 26 Great People Spearheading Change in Tech Investment 2016.
MC: James Creedon is an Irish broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker based in Paris for the past 11 years. With a masters degree in "Conflits et Sécurité" from Sciences Po Paris, since 2007 he has been a presenter and reporter at France 24 and is currently covering the French presidential election. He is also the producer and presenter of "Mediawatch", a daily news segment that aims to bring together online media, social networks and the traditional press in one streamlined format. James is also an independent documentary filmmaker currently promoting his first feature-length film, "Thanks to your Noble Shadow", which recounts the life story of Ireland's last missionary nun in Japan.