Inspirefest 2018 Salon Series - New York
2 W 17th St
New York City
Europe's leading sci-tech and innovation event, Inspirefest, is going on the road, and we're returning to New York! Come meet the team and get an exclusive preview of our annual festival in Dublin in June 2018.
At Inspirefest we're all about great content, and the New York gathering will be no exception. You will hear from award-winning Inspirefest founder Ann O'Dea (Dublin), Silicon Valley Bank managing director Claire Lee (SF) and playwright and performer, Heather Massie (NYC). Gizmodo Media and Inspirefest regular Raju Narisetti (NYC) will open proceedings.
Leaders and influencers from the science, tech, arts, media and business communities will be joining us for a relaxed, inspiring and sociable evening, with tasty canapés and refreshments served, in Gizmodo's Media offices on West 17th Street. This is an invite-only event and space is limited, so please register as soon as possible.
If you care about the future of science, technology and creativity, and you want to see greater diversity in these key sectors, this is the event for you!
On-site Registration: 6.00pm
Lightning talks and Panel Q&A: 6.30pm - 7.45pm
Networking and refreshments: 7.45pm - 9pm
Ann O'Dea, CEO, Silicon Republic, Founder, 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 Inspirefest, and the driving force behind Silicon Republic’s Women Invent campaign, which champions women role models in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). She was awarded a Fellowship from the Irish Computer Society, 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 in 2014. In 2015, she was the first and only woman to be inducted into the Irish Internet Association’s Hall of Fame. Ann sits on the Advisory Boards of the Digital Youth Council, and Teen Turn, an initiative to get school-going girls from disadvantaged areas work experience in the STEM sector.
Claire Lee, Managing Director, Early Stage Banking, Silicon Valley Bank
Claire Lee is the head of the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) group dedicated to working with founders, entrepreneurs and pre-Series A companies. SVB works with more than 50pc of VC-backed companies globally. Claire joined SVB in January 2014 from Microsoft Ventures, where she was a principal in the new seed fund, evaluating and investing in early stage start-ups, and working closely with the partners that incubate, invest in and support them. Prior to this, Claire was part of the corporate strategy team that created and launched the Microsoft BizSpark programme globally, with a focus on Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Claire is an adviser to Astia Global and the US Department of State, and sits on the NationSwell Council.
Heather Massie, Playwright and performer, The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr
"Heather Massie is no less than captivating." - The Huffington Post
Heather Massie is a NYC actor and writer. Originally from Virginia, she has always been fascinated by science, and seeks to marry her loves of science and art in the person of Hedy Lamarr - Massie studied Astrophysics at University of Virginia and Theatre Arts at the Virginia Tech School of the Arts. For HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, she was named the 2016 Outstanding Actress in a Staged Reading at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, NYC; a Festival Bestseller at United Solo, NYC; and Best Actress in the 2017 SaraSolo Festival, Sarasota.
Hedy Lamarr, as well as a star of the silver screen, invented frequency hopping and spread spectrum technology that make the world of wireless communication tick.
Raju Narisetti, CEO, Gizmodo Media Group
Today Raju Narisetti is CEO of Gizmodo Media Group. Previous roles included Head of Growth Strategy at Newscorp, Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network and Deputy Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal. He was Managing Editor of the Washington Post from 2009 to 2011, where teams he oversaw won three Pulitzer Prizes during his tenure. Previous editorial roles included Editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe in 2006 and Founder/Editor of India's Mint newspaper, which is now India's second-largest business newspaper, by circulation.
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