2014 TEDxFulbrightDublin

After months of organising TEDxFulbrightDublin 2014 has come and gone. It was a fantastic day filled with 12 speakers/performers, 4 official TED videos, a pre-event reception in the U.S. Ambassador’s residence (kindly organised by the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association) and a post-event analysis. The day could not have gone ahead without the support of many individuals including the TEDxFulbrightDublin Steering Committee, our volunteers, all of our helpers along the way, and the support of our sponsors – The Fulbright Commission Ireland, The US Embassy, The Irish Research Council, and Dublin Institute of Technology. We will post up the videos soon.



TEDxFulbrightDublin will compose a full-day program for 100 participants with 16 talks of between 5 and 18 minutes, 3 networking breaks, lunch, facilitated activities and a closing reception. Visionary, dynamic, and succinct talks will be delivered by rising members, established alumni and friends of the Fulbright community based on the TED conference structure. Speakers are composed of researchers, entrepreneurs, designers, musicians, performers, and more. The full program will be announced soon.

Clár lae atá i TEDxFulbright Bhaile Átha Cliath; beidh 100 rannpháirtí, 16 chaint a mhairfidh idir 5 agus 18 nóiméad, 3 bhriseadh sóisialta, lón, imeachtaí éascaithe agus tionól dheireadh an lae. Tabharfar cainteanna aislingeacha, fuinniúla agus gonta ó bhaill atá ag teacht chun cinn sa saol acadúil, alumni aitheanta agus cairde phobal Fulbright, dála struchtúr chomhdháil TED. I measc na gcainteoirí, beidh taighdeoirí, fiontraithe, dearthóirí, ceoltóirí, agus taibhreoirí. Fógrófar an clár iomlán gan mhoill.


TEDxFulbrightDublin 2014 Programme


TEDxFulbrightDublin 2014 Theme:

Creativity and Innovation

Looking forward to a post-recession Ireland, Europe and beyond is a difficult task. We must be mindful of our past and ambitious for our future, all while living in the present. We are looking to Innovation and Creativity as goals to strive for. But what do these goals mean, how can we ensure we are going in the right direction and where are we headed?

Ag féachaint dúinn ar Éirinn i ndiaidh an chúlaithe, dushláin atá romhainn ná an Eoraip agus an domhan mór. Agus muid á thógail ó lá go lá, ní mór dúinn cuimhneamh ar an am atá caite agus ar na huaillmhianta atá againn don todhchaí. Táimid ag féachaint leis an gcruthaíocht agus an nuálaíocht mar spriocanna ar cheart díriú orthu. Ach céard atá i gceist leis na spriocanna seo, conas is féidir a chinntiú go bhfuilimid ar bhealach an leasa, agus cá bhfuil árdtriail?


TEDxFulbrightDublin 2014 Speakers:

Some of our speakers are listed below. This list will be updated over the coming weeks.

Seo a leanas cuid dár gcainteoirí. Cuirfear leis an liosta seo sna seachtainí atá romhainn.


Kevin Owens






Kevin Owens  was Design Principal for the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralymic Games at London 2012. Kevin was a Fulbright Scholar to Yale University. His talk is entitled Designed to Inspire: Lessons from 2012.

Charlotte Blease



Charlotte Blease is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow whose focus is on cognitive science, philosophy of science and medicine.  Her talk is entitled Hypocritical Oaths – Medicine’s dirty secrets


paul roe



Paul Roe plays the clarinet and has particular musical interests in performance, coaching, research, education and participative music making. Patrick Groenland is an Irish guitarist and composer. Paul and Patrick are performing a piece together entitled Warp, Weft, and Weave.


Sheryl Sorby




Sheryl Sorby’s talk, Recruiting women for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), will discuss her experience of how training in spatial thinking can improve performance in STEM courses, particularly amongst women. Dr. Sheryl Sorby is a current Fulbright Scholar Awardee from Michigan Technological University and Ohio State University to Dublin Institute of Technology.

Julie Doyle



Julie Doyle‘s talk is called Empowering Healthy Aging with Good Design. Julie is the lead Human Computer Interaction and User Experience research fellow in applied technology design projects to support active and healthy ageing at CASALA and the Netwell Centre, Dundalk Institute of Technology.


Danny Forde



Danny Forde is a composer and musician from Dublin with a special interest in song-writing. He will present a composition for six voices, with a visual accompaniment by Aaron Heffernan, and lyrics by US Fulbrighter Lily Ackerman, entitled Sound Travels Under Water. Danny spent his Fulbright award at Berklee College of Music, Boston studying Jazz Performance and Composition. The singers are Georgia Cusack, Sallay Garnett, Tom Lane, Patrick O’Laoghaire, Sorcha Pollak, Siobhra Quinlan, with lighting by Zia Holly.

Catarina Marvao 



Catarina Marvão’s talk is entitled Dancing as a source of success and happiness and it explores the importance of dance to broader successes in life. Catarina is a Post-doctoral Researcher at Stockholm School of Economics and Trinity College Dublin, working in the areas of Industrial Economics and Finance. She spent her Fulbright-Schuman Award researching the regulation of cartels at Johns Hopkins University. Catarina was awarded the prize for Irish National Champion of Salsa 2011 – Amateur Level. A dance performance will be part of her presentation.

breandan MacArdghail



Breandán Mac Ardghail’s talk is entitled Gaelscoilis: An error-laden pidgin or a deviously creative creole?. By exploring the weird and wonderful linguistic features of the language spoken in Irish immersion schools, he offers an alternative perspective on the non-native schoolyard Irish of Gaelscoil pupils. In 2012, Breandán was a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at the University of Montana.



Patricia H. Werhane and Tom Cunningham are presenting a talk entitled Hamlet and the Irish Banking Crisis. Patricia H. Werhane is the Wicklander Chair of Business Ethics, Managing Director of the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University and Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia. She is currently a Visiting Fulbright Specialist to All Hallows College, Dublin. Tom Cunningham, originally from Dublin, is an Organisational Psychologist and Senior Wicklander Fellow, Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, DePaul University, Chicago. 


Peter Tuite



Peter Tuite is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s leading classical musicians. Educated at Trinity College Dublin, the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Oxford, and formerly Senior Dean and Head of the Keyboard Faculty at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, he has achieved international acclaim for his performances throughout the world. Peter’s talk is entitled The Key, The Kinsmen, and the Hogshead – Measuring Artistic Success.

moynagh sullivan



Moynagh Sullivan lectures in English literature at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She held a Fulbright Fellowship in Irish Literature and Culture at UC Berkeley, California in 2009, and she previously held an IRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Moynagh’s talk is entitled Creativity and Play as Social Transformers in Emma Donoghue’s Room.



 Ciaran Cuffe




Ciarán Cuffe is an architect and town planner. He chairs the Masters Programme in Urban Regeneration and Development at the Dublin Institute of Technology. In a former life he was a Green Party Minister with responsibility for climate change, planning and sustainable transport and travel. Ciaran is talking about Less is More: How Walkable Cities Save Lives and Make Us Happier.



TEDxFulbrightDublin 2014 MC




Chris MM Gordon is starter, business and social entrepreneur. Chris is Chairman of the Irish Export Cooperative, Director of PosInform, COO of Treehouse, Chair of the Irish Social Enterprise Network and Membership Secretary of the Irish US Alumni Association. He’s a Social Innovation Fellow with StartingBloc and passionate about good people doing good.