Silicon Republic CEO launches year two of Women Invent Tomorrow (video)
Silicon Republic CEO Ann O'Dea launches year two of Women Invent Tomorrow at Accenture's International Women's Day celebration at the RDS, Dublin

Silicon Republic CEO launches year two of Women Invent Tomorrow (video)

7 Mar 2014

On 8 March 2013, Silicon Republic launched a year-long campaign to highlight the role that women play in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths, and to inspire more to follow in their footsteps – and here comes round two.

Women Invent Tomorrow has officially been relaunched by Silicon Republic CEO and editor-at-large Ann O’Dea at Accenture Ireland’s annual International Women’s Day (IWD) event at the RDS in Dublin – its largest ever, with more than 800 people in attendance.

Early this morning, a crowd of mostly women, and a scattering of men, gathered in the RDS Concert Hall to mark tomorrow’s IWD 2014. During a morning that featured lively panel discussions on leadership and the digital future, O’Dea took to the stage to announce a second year of Women Invent Tomorrow, and offered an overview of the past year’s successful initiatives.

Following the morning’s discussions, we asked attendees how important they feel role models can be in encouraging women to enter STEM careers. From Mark Ryan, country managing director of Accenture Ireland, and Patricia Maguire, mother-of-three and founding member of University College Dublin’s Women in the Sciences (WITS), to teen app developer Catrina Carrigan and BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2013 winning team member Emer Hickey, it was evident that role models are a vital source of inspiration.

Women Invent Tomorrow continues to champion role of women in STEM  

Women Invent Tomorrow is Silicon Republic’s campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. It has been running since March 2013, and is kindly supported by Accenture Ireland, Intel, the Irish Research Council, ESB, CoderDojo and Science Foundation Ireland. You can nominate inspiring women in the fields of STEM via email at or on Twitter at @siliconrepublic.

Elaine Burke
By Elaine Burke

Elaine Burke is editor of Silicon Republic, having served a few years as managing editor up to 2019. She joined in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly pernickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen.

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