With over 65 people already signed up for the fourth annual 3 day Congregation un-conference (www.congregation.ie), the organisers have issued an open call for topics under this year’s theme of ‘The Future’.
Congregation (#cong16) takes place in Cong village from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November with a set of activities designed to explore personal perspectives and a vision of what lies ahead.
To date the topics submitted cover a wide range of areas from the future of transport, education, work, play, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, farming, tourism, through to truth and digital media.
The call for topics is open to anyone with a curious mind who would like to share their vision of what the ‘crystal ball’ holds in their personal or work interest areas. Once a topic is accepted it forms the basis of the advance submission, which gives the attendee a free ticket to the three days of activities.
Commenting organiser Eoin Kennedy said “Congregation operates very differently to the normal conference. Tickets are earned by producing a written or recorded submission. These are published in advance and then debated on the day using a unique ‘huddle’ or small moderated intimate groups of people. Rather then lengthy presentations these huddles focus on rapid and engaged sharing of views that kick start diverse discussions. By focusing on ‘The Future’ we are giving people to the opportunity to air their views on what they believe lies ahead. No one person holds all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle but by bringing together people from very diverse backgrounds with individual pieces we can construct a collaborative vision”
John Magee, Head of Enterprise & Investment, Mayo County Council added “This thought-provoking and innovative gathering is growing in stature and popularity and brings a diverse range of perspectives and leaders to Mayo for a superb weekend of ideas sharing. Mayo County Council and Mayo.ie is delighted to support this year’s event and looks forward to a welcoming attendees in November.”
Topics will be accepted until the end of September with full submission due at the end of October.
Outside of the unconference on Saturday 26th November Congregation also features an evening of archaeologists and technologists in Ashford Castle exploring ‘Past Meets the Future” on Friday 25th and guided archaeology tours on Sunday 27th.
Any interested in participating is encouraged to send in a one liner/synopsis on their suggested topic area to Eoin@congregation.ie or via the website