Ireland's Edge 2017

Ireland's Edge 2017

November 8, 2017

The third edition of the conference takes place on the 1st and 2nd of December in Dingle, Co Kerry.

Today, Minister For Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D launched Ireland's Edge 2017, joined by Other Voices founder Philip King and Eamonn Sinnott, Vice President and General Manager of Intel, lead sponsors of the conference.

Minister Humpreys said "Irish artists, designers, thinkers and engineers have always been close to the edge of where new things happen, so it is fitting that the conference will focus on our country’s powerful tradition of invention and innovation in the context of a changing world. As Minister for Culture, I am delighted to be in a position to support eir Other Voices. The festival encapsulates the spirit of Pillar 5 of my Department’s Creative Ireland programme, which focuses on unifying Ireland’s global reputation.”

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.

Speakers at Ireland’s Edge will include Dr. Genevieve Bell, Anthropologist, technologist and futurist. Professor and Director of the 3A Institute at the Australian National University and Senior Fellow at Intel; 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; Dr. Nora Ní Loideain, Lecturer in Law and Director of the Information Law and Policy Centre at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies; 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; 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.

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.

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; 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.

Ireland's Edge :: Promo

Ireland’s Edge 2017: 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.

A limited amount of tickets for Ireland’s Edge: Migration Nation are available to the public here- Ireland's Edge 2017

The conference will be held at the Dingle Skellig Hotel in Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland, on December 1st and 2nd 2017, alongside the eir Other Voices Festival (Dec 1st to 3rd).

The conference will also be live streamed through Facebook at

Ireland’s Edge is run in partnership with sponsors 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.