The 6th annual CongRegation ‘Mind Mesh’ in Cong Village from November 23rd to 25th will see over 100 Irish and international speakers debate, discuss and share their expert insights into the world of ‘Ideas’.
Consisting of 7 separate events over the weekend in 10 different venues the conference features an evening of talks in Ashford Castle, Adults Physics Workshop, Full Day Unconference, Children’s Smart, Music and Clay Modelling workshops, a learn the Ukulele bar music workshop and finishing with foraging walk in Cong wood.
The centrepiece of the weekend is the unconference which sees coffee shops, bookshop, art gallery, restaurants and shops in Cong Village turned into mini-conference centres or huddles with attendees debating Ideas from the perspective of artificial intelligence to how to get ideas off the ground.
As part of the festival, a problem-solving muse is being offered to attendees. Simply enter a problem at thypia.com and a creative muse will deliver an anonymous personalized response.
The price of entry to the 3 days of the conference is a 600-word unique article on the theme of ‘Ideas’ that is posted on the conference website.
“The structure and the different events at CongRegation are designed to not alone share information more effectively but to allow the attendees to get to know each other better in a relaxed and informal peer-based environment. These combined have produced lots of serendipity in previous years” commented organiser Eoin Kennedy.
Speakers at the Ashford Castle evening of ‘Ideas Talk’ include businesswoman Daphne McKinley on establishing the Sean Edwards Foundation, Valerie Cox on her 21 years experience of ideas as a journalist in RTE, Lee Tunney Ware on what are ideas, David Gluckman, ideas innovator and inventor of Baileys and a poet on how the creativity community approaches ideas. This evening will finish with a Semicon(g)ductor Physics session with Mags Amond and Richard Millwood, where the attendees will literally try their hand at conducting – electricity.
While the adults are enjoying the mind mesh in Cong Village on Saturday 24th their children will be enjoying a series of workshops including a smart fabric workshop by Common Ground Design followed by a music (drums) and finishing with a clay-modelling workshop in the Crossroad Centre.
After the conference dinner on Saturday attendees will be taught how to play the Ukulele from scratch by Sean McGrath in Danaghers Hotel followed by a music session.
CongRegation will finish with a foraging walk in Cong Woods on Sunday morning.
“We are looking for open-minded people with a curious mind, from very different backgrounds and a unique insight on ‘Ideas’ to submit their thoughts via the entry on the website,” added Kennedy.
“Mayo County Council and Mayo.ie are delighted to be able to support this year’s Congregation event. Over the last 5 years, Congregation has become firmly established as an important forum for sharing ideas, generating debate and exploring innovative approaches. This year’s theme is ‘Ideas’ and goes to the heart of the concept behind the initiative. I’m really looking forward to reading the submissions and meeting everyone again this year,” said John Magee, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Mayo.