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TEDxTallaght 2013 – The Atelier of Ideas

Michael Bhaskar

Michael Bhaskar is Digital Publishing Director at Profile Books and Serpent’s Tail. He has worked at several publishers, a literary agency, an economics research firm, founded a web startup and reviewed books for a newspaper as well as speaking and writing extensively about digital publishing and culture. Michael has a degree in English Literature from the University of Oxford and is a British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur and a Frankfurt Book Fair Fellow. His book on publishing The Content Machine is forthcoming in October. He is on Twitter as @ajaxlogos.

Orlaith Carmody

Orlaith Carmody is Managing Director of, a consultancy specialising in communications training and management development with individuals and organisations. As a keynote speaker, conference chair and seminar leader, Orlaith has addressed some of Ireland’s most influential business people and networks on the subjects of professional development and corporate leadership. A director of a number of SMEs in recruitment and production, Orlaith regularly delivers engaging and energetic seminars on Pitching for Success, Building Confidence in the Workplace, Self Esteem, Goals and Strategy & Successful Networking; and she has also presented at international conferences in the USA and Canada. 

Alongside founding her company,, in 1992 Orlaith had a successful career as a print & broadcast journalist with several Irish news organisations including RTÉ, where she is today a member of the Board of Directors.

She is married to television ‘Dragon’ Gavin Duffy and together they have four teenagers. She is an active media commentator on her blog, and contributes to a variety of radio programmes and publications.

Gerry Duffy

A professional speaker, writer and lover of extreme adventure sports Gerry Duffy’s CV is filled with accomplishments such as running 32 marathons’ in 32 consecutive days and also completing a DECA Iron distance triathlon. (24 mile swim, 1,160 mile bike and 262 mile run).

Gerry has been invited to address the workforces of companies such as Facebook, Google, Bank of America and Coca Cola. His presentations are packed with simple strategies to achieve small, medium as well as really big hairy scary goals. He has written two Best Selling Books (Who Dares, runs and Tick Tock Ten). Ironically the biggest challenge he has ever overcome is a fear of public speaking.

Rick Gannotta

Rick’s work with Mindfulness is dedicated to advancing its use in high reliability organizations (like healthcare delivery), specifically the unique situations which occur in those organizations and also for individuals engaged as members of their workforce. Rick believes that individuals and organizations which embrace “mindfulness” may see enhanced performance at both the enterprise and individual level – positively impacting one’s life.

Rick is the President of Duke Raleigh Hospital, and a Consulting Associate at Duke University School of Nursing. Research Interests include; the application of mindfulness in high reliability situations, novel healthcare delivery models, healthcare economics, strategy and futures.

Follow Rick on Twitter at @Rickgannotta.


Niall Harbison

Niall is an entrepreneur who founded Simply Zesty, a global digital agency, in 2009 and sold it 3 years later to UTV. The company started out in his spare bedroom with just €10,000 in start-up capital. The company helps brands such as Vodafone, Samsung and Sony with their social media strategies developing creative campaigns on platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Niall now works on growing the company across Europe, Asia and the USA working with large international brands on their digital and social media strategies. Simply Zesty recently merged with Tibus Digital to create one of Ireland and the UK’s largest digital media agency with 50 people spread between Dublin, Belfast and London.

Niall is also an angel investor backing small Irish companies to help them create jobs and achieve the same success as Simply Zesty. His personal websites are and where he blogs his forthright reviews of restaurants in Dublin and beyond. When not working – he’s thinking about it while walking his dogs Snoop and Buster

Liam Ryan

Liam is the CEO & Cofounder at GetHealth, colead of Health2.0′s Dublin chapter, an international Healthcare Transformer in partnership with GEhealthymagination, and has been selected as one of Ireland’s top technology and startup leaders.

Liam love’s his health and want’s you to love your health too. He believes there is a need for a personality that will act as a catalyst for people to engage in their health and pioneer change. What Steve Jobs did for technology is now needed for the health industry.

Liam is working hard to change people’s lives, and give them the tools that they need for that to become a reality.

Gary Tompson

Gary brings to CLOUD and the creation of a new Internet over twenty-five years of experience in business development and strategic leadership with emerging growth and leading global technology companies. His core passion and mission is “to unleash the power of people. to allow all to dream; to allow all to harness their dreams; and to collect the power of those dreams to transform lives and society.” That personal mission is the foundation behind CLOUD – the Consortium for the Local Ownership and Use of Data, Inc – a US-based nonprofit.

CLOUD was born from Gary’s front line view of the battle with cancer. His own wife’s breast cancer made him mad; Kethan’s cancer changed him. Gary spoke of Kethan at his first TED talk at TEDxAustin. in 2011. Kethan’s recent passing after a 7 year battle with leukemia. sparked this TEDx World Tour in his honor to tell the next chapter in the story of CLOUD and how together we can beat “The Emperor of All Maladies.”

Tara Wood: Founder of Wild Fitness

Tara was brought up in Kenya where her family is from. She studied Biological Sciences at Oxford University before founding Wildfitness in 2000 at the age of 21.

Wildfitness began operating in Watamu, Kenya and since then has expanded to operate in Crete, Spain, The Isle of Wight and London. Tara continues to develop the Wildfitness courses and philosophy.

Tara practices many different ‘Wild sports’ including kite-surfing, surfing, free diving, parkour and rock climbing. Her love is developing her ‘human potential’ and the potential of her clients and staff. Tara looks to nature and our evolutionary origins to gain insight into how we should eat, move and live to get the most out of life. However, she believes that developing our own awareness and doing the things that make us feel challenged and alive are most important of all.

Tara’s underlying intent for Wildfitness is to make sure that all stake holders (clients, staff, shareholders and the environment) are all well served by the business.

Tara has worked with the leading thinkers in natural and evolutionary fitness including Frank Forencich, Nicholas Romanov, Lee Saxby and Erwan Le Corre to develop the courses.

Tara delivers a 4 day Wildfitness Coaches’ training event once or twice a year in UK and also speaks at corporate and fitness events. She is based between Kenya and London and is currently authoring the Wildfitness book.

TEDxTallaght 2012: When Stories Collide

Catriona Crowe

Catriona Crowe is Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland. She is Manager of the Irish Census Online Project, which has placed the 1901 and 1911 censuses online free of charge over the last 4 years. She is an Editor of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, which published its seventh volume, covering the period 1941-45, in November 2010. She is editor of Dublin 1911, published by the Royal Irish Academy in late 2011. She is Vice-President of the Irish Labour History Society, and a former President of the Women’s History Association. She is Chairperson of the Irish Theatre Institute, which promotes and supports Irish theatre and has created an award-winning website of Irish theatre productions.

Maureen Gaffney

Maureen Gaffney is one of Ireland’s most respected, trusted and well-liked commentators on everything from personal development to organisational, cultural and societal change. A clinical psychologist by profession, Dr Maureen Gaffney worked for many years in Trinity College Dublin as Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology. Over the past ten years she has divided her time between her own consultancy business and a number of state and other boards. She works with companies on developing programmes of leadership and emotional intelligence; managing diversity, change and transitions; and offers a programme of Executive Coaching.

She has worked with companies in Ireland, the UK, Israel, and the US. Drawing on her vast experience of working with people and organisations, and on a fascinating body of recent research, Maureen Gaffney has written a gripping, stimulating and inspiring manifesto on how to flourish and why we need to. The book is called Flourishing and is published by Penguin.

Cathal Garvey

Cypherpunks and Biohackers: Remaking the Oldest Technology with Lessons from the Newest

Cathal Garvey is a Cork-based biohacker. He describes the international DIYBio movement as being somewhat like the revolution that saw the birth of home computers.

A micro-biologist and self-styled ‘bio-hacker’, Garvey is part of a network of DIY molecular biologists who are attempting to take back the technology from the big boys (eg bio-tech companies and universities) and make it open-source so that anyone can use the technology as a source for good.

“Computers used to exist in white-room labs and anyone who wanted to interact with this mainframe computer, which was imagined to be far too complex to take out of a lab, had to wear a lab coat, gloves and sometimes a breathing mask,” he says. “Then this garage revolution just turned it on its head – everyone had a computer, had that power, and now the internet is effectively dissolving every layer of society and building it from the ground up.

“Ultimately, computers are made of sand, and if we can do that much with sand and we are now starting to do the same thing with the bounty of nature, the implications are hard to predict, but they can’t be small.”

Spaces for biohacking – literally, hacking solutions together in biology – are springing up in the US and Europe, says Garvey. He describes how people can get into relatively simple experiments such as inserting DNA into bacteria in a way that makes colonies fluoresce bright green under a blue light.

Paul Lee

Paul Lee is a veritable evangelist for Google SketchUp, a free low cost powerful 3D modelling platform. Lee joined Nexus Cork, a technology enthusiasts or “Hacker” group, dedicated to the cause of spreading free technology and information to a wider audience.

In 2011, he started to contribute to Coderdojo as a mentor in 3D printing, programming and digital modelling.

With Alan O’Brien, he started Viewsion Virtual Environments- Ireland’s only Google SketchUp Authorised Training Centre. Together they have taught students and professionals from ages 10 to 90 how to use SketchUp to achieve solutions to the problems of rapid design and tecnhical communication.

Paul Lee has lectured in The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, Dublin; St. John’s Central College, Cork; Crawford School of Art, Cork; 3D Barcamp, Limerick; The Rubicon Centre, CIT; 3D Basecamp 2010, Boulder, Colorado.

PR Smith

PR Smith is the founder of The Great Sportsmanship Programme, which changes the lives of young people by simply inspiring them with true, two minute stories about sportsmanship. Paul is also the author of Great Moments Of Sportsmanship as well as a series of popular marketing text books in the UK.Paul’s sportsmanship stories address ethical values in the field of sport (and life). Values deemed boring by youths but exciting in the context of sport. Paul’s BBC & RTE radio interviews reveal the type of stories. The Great Sportsmanship Programme targets primarily schools, clubs and communities in Ireland, England and the UAE. The video, ‘Anyone For Olympism – the real Olympic dream?’, explains all. This flexible ‘edutainment’ programme includes the book and ebook and busy facebook and twitter platforms. The ‘user-generated–content’ is developed and used in subsequent editions – which effectively means that the next book will be written by young people for young people.Paul’s five marketing books are translated into seven languages and his SOSTAC® Planning System (listed by the Chart. Inst. of Marketing as one of the top 3 Business Models in the world) is now published as a hybrid eBook. Paul runs digital marketing workshops for the Marketing Inst and the Irish Mngt Inst. He received his MBA from City University London and his B.Sc. (mngt) from D.I.T. He is a Fellow of the Chart. Inst. of Marketing and a member of The Marketing Inst.(Irl). Born in Dublin, he lives in London and is married with three Twitter: @GtSportsmanship

Michael Rossney

Michael Rossney lost an incredible three stone (42lbs) in three months. Therefore he knows that the three stone in three month weight loss process is both possible for most people and safe. Since he has lost the weight he has run numerous marathons, Mara-cycles and triathlons (including Ironman.) After his own transformation, Michael has gone on to coach thousands of clients to lose weight rapidly, run their first marathon etc. He has 15 years worth of experience coaching, training and teaching within the fitness industry. He has been a coach to teenagers, business leaders & executives, athletes and corporate teams both in Ireland and internationally.

When he started working in the fitness industry he was initially frustrated because some of the clients would make changes and get startling results while others never even really got started after their initial consultation. He decided to study in depth how the human mind works (through NLP) in order to motivate people to get results. He developed his motivational skills by qualifying as a life coach and NLP practitioner but primarily through his experience in working with the Anthony Robbins Foundation in London. Michael has led leadership development and personal development workshops in London, Belarus, Bosnia and Georgia.

Jo Verrent

Jo Verrent works as a diversity trainer, consultant and project manager in the UK cultural sector Her work is about seeking to reframe the perception of diversity, through myriad events and opportunities – speaking, training, writing, curating, researching and reporting.

Most of her work focuses on diversity and equality – two things which she is passionate about. Not because they are just ‘a good thing’ or because there is a law which says people should pay attention to them, but because she thinks they are the key to transforming the way the cultural sector works.

Placing equality and diversity at the centre of arts organisations, venues, programmes and policies means that more people can become involved in work which is simply more dynamic, effective and life enhancing.

Jo is currently running PUSH ME – a groundbreaking film project reframing the work of artists for The Space ( and Sync – a leadership development programme focusing on the interface between disability and leadership -

TEDxTallaght 2011 - Thinking Made Visual

Roisin Heneghan

Heneghan Peng Architects is a design partnership practising architecture, landscape and urban design. The practise was founded by Shih-Fu Peng and Róisín Heneghan in New York in 1999 and in 2001 was relocated to Dublin, Ireland.

Victoria & Albert Dome

They take a multi-disciplinary approach to design and have collaborated with many leading designers and engineers on a range of projects which include larger scale urban masterplans, bridges, landscapes and buildings.

Current projects include the Grand Egyptian Museum, at the Pyramids, the Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre, Central Park Bridges at the 2012 London Olympic Park, a Library and School of Architecture at the University of Greenwich in Greenwich, London and a Mittelrheinbruecke in the Rhine Valley.

Hilary Kenna

Hilary Kenna is the Prinicipal Investigator of SeeSearch Project & Lecturer in Design & Digital Media at IADT: Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. She has worked with Touch Press as the designer of their latest iPad App, The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot, published jointly with Faber and Faber. The Waste Land launched in the UK and US and thus far is being extremely well received, making App of the week in the US. This is fantastic considering The Waste Land does not have the same mass appeal as other more general titles – after all Eliot’s poem, though a milestone in modernist poetry, is difficult for contemporary audiences and is loaded with academic references. The Waste Land iPad App, is a contemporary re-presentation of the poem as a true multimedia textual experience. Around the core poem text, there are carefully crafted layers of interactive media including: readings (by Alec Guinness, Eliot himself, Viggo Mortensen and others), a video performance by Fiona Shaw, critical perspectives (by Seamus Heaney, Craig Raine amongst others), detailed annotated notes, an overlay of the original manuscript and a gallery of related images. All of this additional material serves to enhance the readers’ engagement with the core text of the poem rather than distract from it. Together they build an expanded experience for the reader that helps them to understand the richly woven texture that is The Waste Land. Hilary Kenna will speak about Data Visualisation and new technologies, where creativity becomes reality and what that future reality might be.

Shane Gillen

Shane Gillen is a Sligo born magician currently based in Dublin. Shane’s magic has seen him invited into the New York homes of both Denzel Washington and Kelsey Grammer to perform for the stars, and whilst in New York Shane was also invited to perform a private party hosted by Samuel L.Jackson. Shane has performed backstage at a number of VIP and celebrity events such as backstage at Lady Gaga in The O2, backstage at The Meteor Ireland Music Awards, 50 Cent, Faithless, The Top Gear Festival and Electric Picnic.

Gillen spent the Summer touring Ireland with his stage show ‘The Arrow of Time – An Evening of Mind Magic‘, which culminated in a huge sold out show at The Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo to an audience of 340 people. According to popular music and entertainment magazine Hot Press Shane’s magic is ‘…not about the paranormal, the dangerous, the spectacular. It’s about the funny, the dexterous and the genuinely puzzling. There is no doubt that he is deceiving us all…‘ In June 2011, Shane was featured on the cover of The Dubliner magazine as well as having a 7 page spread inside.

‘The Arrow of Time…‘ purports to control the way an audience thinks and reacts to certain situations. It is this form of ‘mind-trickery’ that Gillen works best at, and so his talk ‘The Anatomy of Perception‘ at this year’s TEDx event will delve into ways he makes the audience think, various techniques to control an audience’s thought patterns and a bold insight into what you perceive to be happening, and what is truly happening.

TEDxTallaght 2010: Alchemy of Ideas

Darragh Doyle

An online communications and content editor, entertainment and events blogger and internet enthusiast with extensive experience in online community building and member services. By Darragh’s own confession he is one of those internet geeks. He works with as Communications Manager, looking after the education, engagement and involvement of a community of over 200,000 people.

Merritt Bucholz

Merritt Bucholz was born in Chicago in 1966 and has been living and working in Dublin since 1995. He opened his architectural practice Bucholz McEvoy Architects with Karen McEvoy in and together they have won a myriad of design awards.The ability to think abstractly, in a non-linear way, to assemble things that are seemingly contradictory and give them new meaning — that’s the genius of the architect according to Merritt who is currently the inaugural Professor of Architecture at the University of Limerick. He was previously visiting professor at Harvard University, and has lectured at Princeton University, Cornell University, the School of Architecture at University College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.

Katherine Zappone

Katherine Zappone is fired by a commitment to social justice and a belief that all human beings should have the opportunity for meaningful work and a life of well-being. For the past 25 years, she has worked with the people of Tallaght – and at national and international levels – to build capacity for the prosperity of Irish society. She now directs the Centre for Progressive Change.

JudyMay Murphy

JudyMay Murphy is an internationally renowned speaker, author and coach. She has seven books published by top publishing companies in 28 countries. These include Your Life Only A Gazillion Times Better and the best selling Sleeping Your Way To Success. Judy May appears regularly on nationally broadcast television shows around the world (BBC, Sky, CBS, ABC, WB, Time Warner, Fox), and has been featured in many major publications from Cosmopolitan to The Times. She has enabled thousands of people to reach extraordinary heights in health, fitness, finances, career, adventure, relationships and emotional well being.