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The Consul General of Ireland, Peter Ryan, together with the Chair of the Irish Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong, Rosa Chan, are delighted to welcome you to a very special event with Ann O’Dea, founder of Inspirefest, Europe's leading sci-tech event, and CEO & Co-Founder of Silicon Republic. Following on from successful Inspirefest Salons in Munich, Paris, London & New York, Ann is travelling out to Hong Kong & Macau, as part of a programme of visits organised by the Consulate General of Ireland.

We hope you will be able to join us, meet with Ann, and hear her thoughts on how Cognitive diversity and Inclusion is key to Innovation, and about the plans for Inspirefest 2018, to will be held in Dublin June 21-22, 2018, its fourth year. The event coincides with the new Cathay Pacific direct flights from Hong Kong to Dublin, which begin June 3.

Whether you are working in education, science, tech, arts, design or business services, please make sure to register today for a relaxed and sociable evening with tasty Irish canapés and refreshments served by our friends in Shamrock Catering.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to hear about the Irish Executive Mentorship Programme, which has been successfully introduced for Hong Kong-based young professionals.

Over the course of the evening, we will welcome a number of special Hong Kong-based guest speakers.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Consulate General for an inspiring evening of networking & learning. ‘There are no strangers here, just friends you haven’t met yet’.


  • Ann O’Dea (CEO, Founder, Co-Founder of Silicon Republic, InspireFest)

    Ann O’Dea

    CEO, Founder, Co-Founder of Silicon Republic, InspireFest


    Ann O’Dea is CEO and Co-Founder of Silicon Republic, one of Europe’s leading technology and innovation news services, reporting online since 2001. Ann is the founder of Europe’s leading sci-tech event with diversity and inclusion at its core – Inspirefest. She is also the driving force behind Silicon Republic’s Women Invent campaign which champions women role models in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and aims to tackle the gender gap in the knowledge industries.

    She was awarded a Fellowship in May 2015 from the Irish Computer Society for her work in championing diversity in the STEM sectors. In 2015, Ann received a Net Visionary award from the Irish Internet Association, and was named ‘Media Woman of the Year’ at the Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards 2014. In 2015, she was the first and only woman to be inducted into the Irish Internet Association’s Hall of Fame. In 2016 she was presented with the Women Mean Business award for Empowering Women.

    Ann sits on the Advisory Boards of the Digital Youth Council, and Teen Turn, an initiative to secure school-going girls from disadvantaged areas work experience in the STEM sector. She is a regular speaker and moderator at tech and STEM events.

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