What motivated you to bid for this international conference?
We founded Inspirefest to challenge the tech conference stereotype and move away from traditional attendee profile of majority white, straight, wealthy males – both on stage and among the delegates.
What was the conference about?
It’s a gathering of the greatest international minds and leaders in technology and science, with diversity at its core – diversity of gender, demographic background, age, ethnicity and, above all, diversity of thought.
In your opinion, why was Ireland successful in securing this conference?
Ireland is a leader in science and technology, and should lead the world in the biggest single challenge facing the sector today – ensuring we foster the best female and minority talent.
What went into the event preparations, and what supports did you receive?
Facing competition from other proposed destinations (London, New York and Paris) – we began working on this a year in advance of the conference. To help us along, we received marketing support from Fáilte Ireland’s Meet in Ireland team.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of hosting an international conference?
If you want to host an event that marries the modern and cutting edge with culture, the arts and hospitality, there is nowhere like Dublin when it comes to welcoming international speakers, delegates, and their families.
Was the conference a success?
The inaugural year saw 1,300 leaders and professionals gather together, despite limited marketing and PR. We’ve returned to Dublin every year since doubling attendance each time, thanks to the great buzz the conference has created among the international tech and science community.