Inspirefest: The Podcast makes its debut with stellar first episode

16 Oct 2017

From left: Inspirefest speaker Tarah Wheeler and Episode One guest Raju Narisetti in conversation at Inspirefest 2017. Image: Conor McCabe Photography

Inspirefest: The Podcast chronicles the exciting space where science and technology meet art and design.

Inspirefest: The Podcast goes live today (16 October) with its first ever episode. Hosted by acclaimed science writer Claire O’Connell and meticulously produced by Bureau, Inspirefest: The Podcast will offer fans of the conference and those of a curious disposition a great chance to learn from some renowned thought leaders.

Inspirefest’s place as a unique international festival of technology, science, design and the arts is well known and, for the first time, listeners can enjoy festival highlights and behind-the-scenes insights from many of the leading thinkers in sci-tech, media and inclusion.

What’s in store for Episode One?

O’Connell chats to digital publishing superstar Raju Narisetti, current CEO of Gizmodo Media Group, which is the company behind such iconic internet titles as Gizmodo, Jezebel, Lifehacker and Kotaku. O’Connell and Narisetti tackle the new challenges for digital media, with additional input from PhD candidate and noted TED speaker Sinéad Burke.

Sinéad Burke and Ana Matronic at Inspirefest 2017.

From left: Sinéad Burke and Ana Matronic at Inspirefest 2017. Image: Conor McCabe Photography

The series will span 11 episodes over the course of the coming weeks with a short break for the holiday season. From software developer and diversity advocate Tracy Chou and musician and robot obsessive Ana Matronic, to revolutionary founder of Backstage Capital Arlan Hamilton, the upcoming guests reflect the themes of creativity and inclusion sparked by the festival itself.

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The Digital Hub is the podcast’s main sponsor, with director Fiach Mac Conghail saying: “The Digital Hub are delighted to support this amazing podcast series, which has its roots in Silicon Republic, a company we’re proud to have based at The Digital Hub campus.

“Ann and the Inspirefest team brought to Dublin a stellar line-up of speakers, and I can’t wait to revisit some of what they shared at the event through this new podcast series.”

CEO and co-founder of Silicon Republic and founder of Inspirefest, Ann O’Dea, said she was “extremely excited” to launch the first series of Inspirefest: The Podcast.

She praised the podcast team for creating such a jam-packed series of episodes: “Shaun and Maurice [the Bureau production team] and Claire have done a wonderful job of pulling together the off-stage thoughts of some of the brightest minds in the STEM industries.”

O’Dea also thanked The Digital Hub for being the anchor sponsor for the series, saying: “Inspirefest was conceived and created out of our home here at The Digital Hub, so it’s a pretty apt partnership!”

Some short ad slots are still available within the debut series, and those interested in being a part of it can contact for further details.

The podcast has already raced up the iTunes Technology podcast charts, and you can subscribe wherever you get your podcasts – from iTunes to Stitcher and everything in between.

Inspirefest: The Podcast is a must-listen for anyone who values creativity and innovation. Image: Inspirefest

Inspirefest is Silicon Republic’s international event connecting sci-tech professionals passionate about the future of STEM. Super Early Bird Tickets for Inspirefest 2018 are on sale now!

Ellen Tannam was a journalist with Silicon Republic, covering all manner of business and tech subjects