The Next Generation panel at Inspirefest 2018 ensured this discussion wasn’t just about young people in STEM, but with them.

Joining Inspirefest founder Ann O’Dea on stage for a discussion on the next generation of STEM and STEAM innovators were Aoibheann Mangan, a European Digital Girl of the Year Award winner; Taylor Denise Richardson, a teenage philanthropist and advocate for STEM; Anne-Marie Imafidon, the CEO and co-founder of Stemettes; and Ian Harkin, CEO of Lottie Dolls.

O’Dea asked the girls what their advice would be to those young people interested in getting involved with STEM or STEAM at a young age, while the adults gave their insight into how communities and products tailored to children can help foster these interests.


Words by Elaine Burke