RDS - Dublin, October 11-13, 2016
A Life Changing Day for Generation Z
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What is Zeminar?
Zeminar is a new social enterprise created to bring all those invested in the development and well-being of young people in Ireland to one place. Zeminar is an event for Generation Z, particularly those aged between 15 and 20, and their parents, teachers, mentors and coaches. Zeminar is facilitating the introduction of young people to some of the best and most innovative organisations on this island. Throughout the event there will be workshops, influential speakers, essential resources and fun activities. Attendees will leave the event with new knowledge to help them live happier, safer, and more fulfilling lives.
2016 Speakers ...so far!
Equality & Empowerment
Maria Walsh is a broadcaster, journalist and business woman but is most recognised for her role as the 2014 International Rose of Tralee. She is also passionate about young people.
The Strypes are a four-piece rock band from Cavan, Ireland, formed in 2010 consisting of Ross Farrelly (lead vocals/harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar/vocals), Peter O'Hanlon (bass guitar/harmonica) and Evan Walsh (drums).
Fr Peter McVerry
Peter campaigns tirelessly for the rights of vulnerable young people.
Equality in Education
Lynn is an activist and community worker who has moved into politics. In 2015 she was elected as the President of Trinity College Students' Union and went on to be elected to the Seanad this April.
Attaining Balance between School, Sports and Social to Reach Potential
Two time All Ireland winner with Dublin. Sports Science graduate with a passion for people and performance. Working for Irelands fastest growing university, Dublin City University.
Ciara & Emer
Women in STEM
Ciara and Emer, 17 year old students, who with their teammate Sophie won the Google Global Science Fair. Their innovation is hoped to improve food crop productivity thereby reducing world hunger.
Sixteen years ago the then 17-year-old John Beckett built the first Ryanair website. Little did he know he would help ignite a revolution in aviation for millions of Europeans.
Dr Aileen Murtagh
Adolescent Psychiatrist working with teenagers in Willow Grove Inpatient Unit. Youth mental health specialist and developer of e-learning courses on ADHD and mental health issues in young people.
Chris is the Co-founder of Unplug, an Irish Startup that runs programmes to help people be the master of technology rather than technology being the master of them.
Body Image: A Youth Perspective
Psychologist with a passion for youth mental health. In her role with Bodywhys, Fiona launched the ‘Be Body Positive’ campaign and has engaged young people nationwide in discussion on the area of body image.
Jane M.Hayes Nally
The Importance of Student Voice and School Leadership
Jane is President of the Irish Second-Level Students' Union and is a 5th year student in St. Mary's High School, Midleton, Co.Cork.
Roisin and Fenella
Roisin and Fenella work with ReachOut.com and know how important it is that young people are actively involved in shaping and informing the delivery of services that affect them
Empowerment & Body Confidence
Basketball coach and plus-size model, former basketball player for Ireland, ambassador for Irish Guiding’s Free Being Me body confidence programme. Passionate about empowerment and equality.
Vincent Mc Darby
Social Media: The Good, the Bad and the Reality
Clinical Health Psychologist, member of the Psychological Society of Ireland and sceptical enthusiast of social media who understands the unique opportunities and challenges that social media presents for Generation Z.
Aine Cahill is a 20 year old singer / songwriter from Cavan. Her love of the torch singers and jazz chanteuses of the 40’s and 50’s lured her into the world of music.
Dr Malie Coyne
Managing stress and rising up to the challenge of exams
A Clinical Psychologist and member of the PSI who understands the unique challenges of Generation Z. She has written extensively for the A Lust for Life website and recently created an exam stress management course called "Mastering the game of exams"
Director, SpunOut.ie and President, National Youth Council of Ireland.
Refugee Crisis in EU
Alan's current passion is the Refugee Crisis in EU and creating solutions at every level. He's been in both the business and charity sectors for over 10 years - blending both and creating "easy-entry", social impacts, for all.
Dr. Brian Carson
Why we need to exercise.
Director of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Limerick, an expert in exercise for enhancing health and human performance.
Equality in Sport
Ex finance professional & founder of Fun Direction - Advocate for equal access to sport for all children.
The importance of failure
Author; Radio & TV finance contributor and Co-founder of Irish Mortgage Brokers. Karl knows about failure - that’s why he's a success.
The Future of Work
Peter is the Founder of the Future of Work Institute and Chairman of Junior Achievement Ireland. He will be speaking about the importance of following your passion.
Follow your Dreams
Visual Artist; Make-up Artist and Mother of 1 – and all in a quarter of a century.
Empowering youth to stand up to bullying.
Jenny Ryan, Psychologist and Guidance Counsellor & mum of 2; with her acclaimed & award winning anti bullying approach.
The Outer Limits
Retired rugby player, multi-platinum selling song writer, documentary maker, author and advocate for emotional wellness in Ireland.
When Life Gives You Lemons
Nikki Bradley broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest 5k on crutches in June 2016. She is also a multiple award winner, columnist and founder of Fighting Fit For Ewing's.
Activism in Education
Annie is the current President of USI. She is an ardent feminist, a strong advocate for publicly funded higher education, and proudly strident in her opinions. She isn’t going to sit by and wait 188 years for equality between (all) the sexes.
Becoming Your Real Self
Clinical Psychologist, Author, Columnist, Advocate, Passionate About 21st Century Solutions for Emotional Health Services.
Social Media & Me
Thrown into the public eye over the past year due to his over-active, humorous Snapchat account (JamesKava). His viewers are entertained with consistent scare Snaps of his boyfriend William, cooking demos, appearances from his alter-ego Veronica Sachs.
Being a Good Digital Citizen
At Google, Elijah is responsible for communicating to internet users how they can stay safe online. Elijah is committed to ensuring that the internet remains a platform for good interactions, sharing experiences and learning opportunities.
The Ripple Effect
Native and Digital Solutions exec at @INM_ie. A member of Team Hope Marketing Team she shares a message of how to empower young people by helping others.
Personalised learning - taking ownership of your own learning
Post primary teacher. Represents Ireland at the European SchoolNet, on the use of technology for personalised learning and assessment.
Start with a Thought
Wellbeing entrepreneur and CEO of MyMoodandMe, Richard has built a team of healthcare professionals who have designed a comprehensive and accessible online wellness programme that improves your physical and mental health.
World At Your Feet: Opportunities to Study Abroad
Guy is the founder of EUNiCAS, the application support service for students applying to European universities. He has a long track record in assisting Irish and UK students to apply to degree programmes (taught through English) in mainland Europe.
Feidhlim Ó Seasnáin
Make it Happen, Building emotional resilience for academic achievement
Feidhlim, a former teacher and youth worker is the Programme Manager with The Super Generation. Their mission is to inspire futures by helping young people learn and lead more effectively.
Dr Olivia Hurley
Mental skills training, for Sport and Life
Lecturer in Sport Psychology at IADT and UCD, approved Sport Psychologist with the Irish Institute of Sport and former elite sprinter and Irish juvenile record holder (60m Indoors).
The only way out is through - Anxiety
Clinical Psychologist & part-time caped crusader, never ending fascination with the emotional roller coaster of anxiety, including his own.
19 year old, Anti-Bullying campaigner and founder of the award winning "Don't Bully!" Passionate about making a difference and helping others realise their true purpose.
The need to ask Questions
Master of the High Court
Dr. Irene Connolly
A 21st century phenomenon; cyberbullying. What's it all about? Let an expert tell you.
Caoimhe O'Grady Tegart
Child & Teen Life Coach, Speaker & Writer. Founder of Rockabill Coaching.
Ex Ireland International footballer and full time Adventurer, Reader and Liver of Life.
Bullying and Depression. My Survival Story
Secretary for Dublin GAA Health & Wellbeing Committee, GAA Facilitator for Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative and Performance and Personal Development Coach.
Paula, a teacher for 19 years now travels around the country sharing vital information on Internet Safety. She runs a workshop called 'Don't be mean behind your screen'.
Pornography and Sexual Consent
Psychotherapist with a passion for adolescent mental health. An Irish Times contributor, Anne is an expert on how social media and the accessibility of sexually explicit content online can impact young people.
Donal Walsh #LiveLife
Spreading a beautiful message based on this amazing young man.
The Art of Start
Serial entrepreneur, investor, radio presenter, performing artist, professional voice over artist, youth mentor and most recently, a bobble-head!
Have you got what it takes to change the world?
Entrepreneur/Social Entrepreneur (@JimBreenPulse). Founder Cycle Against Suicide (@CASuicide). Founder PulseLearning (@PulseLearning). Member of Youth Mental Health Taskforce. Jim will have a special guest with him and some free giveaways. This is a presentation not to be missed!
Mental Challenges of Entrepreneurship
Founder of Storyful, which was later sold to Newscorp, Mark is Vice President of Media for Europe & Africa at Twitter. He is also a multi-award winning TV & Radio Journalist and Author on world affairs.
Dr Rhona Mahony
Youth Leadership & Equality
Master of NMH, Consultant O&G, Fetal & Maternal Medicine Specialist, Eisenhower Fellow, Mother of 4.
Tinder for Thoughts - How to Match Yourself to Your True Potential
Internationally award winning radio host at Today FM, comedian, TV presenter and podcaster with a passion for meditation.
Presenter on Xpose, full time snapchatter (cassiestokes3) part time eater (pizza), when she can't be found in the social world you will usually find her having a cup of tea or in a restaurant eating pizza.
Going Off Track
From the Olympic athletics track to the Masterchef kitchen, including all the dishes in between and the struggle to pick what's next from the menu.
How You can Make a Difference to our World
Colm is the Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland, founder and former Director of One in Four, documentary maker, former Senator and regular media commentator and contributor.
17 year old founder of Eye Opener Technology. Coder Dojo Sligo member, 2015 Outbox Incubator Exec and Senior Maths Editor for the Young Scientists Journal.
"The Love Factor" Dating Back to Basics
Entrepreneur, Matchmaker, Life and Business Coach, Author of Go Get Him.
Teenage scientist, blogger and freelance writer passionate about discovery. NI Young Scientist of the Year 2014, EmTech Global Youth Leader in Nanotech, Outbox Exec 2015 and creator of tigertunity.com to connect Irish people with opportunities.
Dr. Helen O'Neill
Taking your Genes off- the Genetics of Gender
A Geneticist at the Institute for Women’s Health in University College London. Passionate about captivating young audiences and explaining the principles of scientific practice in a fun and accessible way.
Zero% & Loving It
A 19 year old music video director and photographer who has worked with artists like James Bay, Macklemore & Gavin James. He also runs a music YouTube channel with over 7 million views.
Philip O' Callaghan
Advisor to Minister Leo Varadkar, Philip has a keen interest in how politics shapes and influences young people’s lives. As a former secondary school teacher Philip’s knows how motivation, encouragement and praise has power to influence.
Volunteering in Young People
John, a former Down GAA footballer is also the Co-Founder of Michaela Foundation, a Charity that inspires faith and wellbeing for girls. Michaela Foundation’s ethos is ‘Life Without Limits’.
Senator Frances Black
The Impact of Alcohol and Drug Misuse on the Family
Member of the Seanad and CEO of The Rise Foundation. The charity she founded in 2009 supports families who have a loved one with an alcohol, drug, sex or gambling problem.
Irish rugby player currently working with mental health organisations and spreading a positive message around tackling feelings.
Making an Actress
Jenny is a former science & maths teacher, she's now a star on Fair City. Hear her amazing story at Zeminar.
Life in a child's physciatric hospital
Education Officer of the ISSU, Top 20 Pramerica All Ireland Youth Volunteer 2016, Mental Health Advocate, 16 year old 5th year student in Colaiste Mhuire Askeaton County Limerick.
Creating an Equal and Just Society for Ireland's Youth
Tadhg is an 18 year old youth activist from Waterford City. He is currently a member of the NYCI Young Voices group and actively campaigned with YesEquality last year
The Rugby Road Less Travelled
From Leinster to Wasps with Calvisano (among others) in between.
Inspiring the next generation
Retired Irish International Hockey player, European Hockey Hall of Famer, continuing on an adventurous journey through life.
Director of Junior Einsteins Science Club Ltd. Inspiring a love of science and learning. Author and science consultant.
Social Entrepreneur and Creative Director of ARTzheimer's; a thought-provoking art exhibition highlighting issues surrounding Alzheimer's disease.
The Possibility of Change
Qualified psychotherapist who believes in finding ways to work with our habits, fears and past choices.
See Change ambassador and blogger at There's Always Light At The End Of The Tunnel.
There are 8 mini Zeminar's for attendees to explore. These hubs will offer attendees the opportunity to gain information on everything from exam preparation to stress management, mental health to healthy life choices, CAO selection to a career show and tell space, informative talks to class bonding and everything else in between. All exhibitors will bring something experiential to the event, giving attendees the chance to practice new skills, try out new things and meet professionals within different spaces.
Motivational and inspirational speakers sharing their stories. Our talks will be recorded and shared on social media throughout the year to maximize exposure and impact.
The Teachers' Lounge
A lounge space for teachers to network and relax. There will also be tailored, educational talks for teachers on how to deal with the biggest classroom issues. Refreshments will be served throughout the day on the balcony of Hall 1.
A place where attendees can learn to look after their mind, body and soul. Exhibitors will be providing life changing information and will make use of large workshop spaces.
C.E.O Boss It!
This hub will provide attendees essential information on career choices, exam preparation and the opportunities that are available to them. Our "A Day in the Life" series will have speakers from a variety of professions and trades sharing details on their typical day.
The Spin Social Scene
An area reserved for attendees to reflect on the event, meet others students from around the country, and simply have fun.
National clubs and associations showcasing their organisation, all in the aim of increasing participation in their sport/hobby but also promoting the additional services they have.
Youth Org United
A space for the many youth organisation in the country to come and exhibit, their mandate, to increase participation and get attendees involved.
Science, technology, and exhibitor space for broadening horizons and captivating one's imagination.
The RDS Main Arena,
10 Merrion Rd,