Saturday, 13th September 2014

Doors open at 12 noon. Event ends at 7PM.

— Sold Out —

2014 Speakers

Gemma Jackson 2

Gemma Jackson

As Production Designer on Game of Thrones, Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominee Gemma Jackson has brought new landscapes and fictional universes to life.

Lord David Puttnam 2

Lord David Puttnam

Having produced award-winning films, including The Mission and Chariots of FireLord David Puttnam now explores new landscapes at the intersection of media, education and policy.

Lisa-Ann Gershwin 2


Scientist and author of Stung!Lisa-Ann Gershwin is an expert on jellyfish, animals that are quickly becoming the masters of our oceans.

Joseph Roche

Joseph Roche

As a candidate for the Mars One mission, astrophysicist at Trinity College Dublin, Joseph Roche, could be one of the first humans to set foot on the Martian landscape.

Niamh Gallagher

Niamh Gallagher

Co-founder of Women for Election, Niamh Gallagher, is driven to change the landscape of politics in Ireland by inspiring and equipping women to succeed in politics.

John Lonergan

John Lonergan

Former Governor of Mountjoy Prison, John Lonergan, has spent his career exploring the factors that lead young people towards crime and believes that education has the potential to transform society.

Vera Regan

Vera Regan

Sociolinguist Vera Regan is a researcher at University College Dublin, and her work explores the relationship between our cultural landscape and our changing language.



Panti is Ireland’s foremost “gender discombobulater” and “accidental activist”.Her ten minute oration about homophobia on the stage of the National Theatre earlier this year became a national and international sensation.


James Carrigan

As co-founder and creative director of Sugru, James Carrigan’s mission is to get the world fixing again. In 2012 he co-founded Fixperts with Daniel Charny, a social project that applies the design process to small fixing challenges that can make a big difference.


Helen Shenton

As the former Executive Director of Harvard Library in the US and the current Librarian and Archivist at Trinity College Dublin, Helen Shenton is passionate about the power of collections and the role of information in people’s lives in this new digital landscape.


Kevin Gildea

Award winning writer, actor and comedian Kevin Gildea’s current work focuses on Ireland’s post-bust landscape and the words we use to describe it.


Kevin McGuigan

The Solar Disinfection Research Group at RCSI led by Kevin McGuigan develops new technologies to deactivate waterborne pathogens using real and simulated sunlight . He also coordinates several clean water programmes in developing countries.


Andy Wheeler

Marine geologist at UCC,  Andy Wheeler, has spent his career exploring the deepest darkest parts of our oceans discovering the secrets these landscapes have to share.



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Ian Brunswick

Lead organiser


Rowan Manahan

Speaker Selection and Presentation Preparation


Shaun O’Boyle

Event and Content Producer


Tessa Delehanty

Content Producer


Gary Mc Ginty

Stage Design


Sarah Flanagan

Production Assistant

Diane McSweeney

Production Assistant

Roisin McGann

Press and Publicity

Ruza Leko

Graphic Design

Hanah Vickers

Graphic Design

Derek Williams

Stage Manager

Danny Browne

Technical Production Team

Lucy Whitaker

Marketing and Communications

Sarah Quinn


Tuomas Olkku


Peter Stafford

Speaker Preparations

James McBennett

Speaker Preparations

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Previous Talks

Click speaker photos below to watch previous TEDxDublin talks.

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx where local, self-organized events can bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

About TED 

TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. And in fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future.”

The diverse audience — CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists — is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono. TED was first held in Monterey, California, in 1984. In 2001, Chris Anderson’s Sapling Foundation acquired TED from its founder, Richard Saul Wurman. In recent years, TED has expanded to include an international conference, TEDGlobal; media initiatives, including TED Talks and; and the TED Prize. TED2010, “What the world Needs Now,” will be held Springs, California. TEDGlobal 2009, “The Substance of Things Not Seen,” will be held July 21-24, 2009, in Oxford, UK and TEDIndia will be held in November 2009.

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