RDS - Dublin, October 10th, 11th, 12th 2017
A Life Changing Day for Generation Z
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.
2017 Speakers ...so far
What I have Learned from Vulnerable and Homeless People
Sr. Stan is a well know social campaigner and founder of a number of voluntary organisations including Focus Ireland, the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI), Young Social Innovators (YSI) and the Sanctuary.
Gary and Paul O’Donovan
Inspiring the Next Generation
Credit Union Youth Ambassadors and Olympic heroes Gary and Paul will bring their unique brand of wit, banter and observations on life to Zeminar. The two are gold medallists in the 2016 European Rowing Championships and claimed the silver medal at Rio 2016.
Prof Donal O'Shea
Cracking the Obesity Code
Donal is a consultant endocrinologist and physician based in St Vincent’s University Hospital and St Columcilles Hospital. He is the principle investigator in a research group that currently focuses on the study of the health consequences of obesity.
Mental Strength and Adventure Sports
Gavan suffered badly at the hands of alcohol and drug addiction and went into rehab at 21. He managed to turn his life around and has stayed clean and sober since then. His story of adventure, the Atlantic Ocean, his role of Ambassador for Jigsaw is one to be heard.
Why I don't want to make a Profit
Emily is a young social entrepreneur and the inventor of the Duffily Bag, a sleeping bag designed to alleviate the problems faced by homeless people sleeping rough on the streets.
Kick Like a Girl
Why you Should Challenge your Society
Kick Like a Girl is a group of three 16-year-old girls from Dublin who, mainly through a social media campaign, promote women in Gaelic games. The group also stresses an emphasis on Irish youth promoting issues or passions they feel strongly about and striving to achieve what is believed to be the impossible.
This is Your Brain on Gambling
Barry is an addiction counsellor and the CEO of Problem Gambling Ireland. Problem Gambling Ireland is the nation's first independent service, dedicated to preventing and minimising gambling-related harm.
Why Equality is Your Issue Too
Demilade attends Adamstown Community College Lucan and is a member of ISSU. She is a No-Hate Speech Ambassador and an advocate for The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. Demilade is also a campaigner for students’ voice and women’s equality rights.
Dr Niall Muldoon
You have a Right to be Heard!
Niall is the Ombudsman for Children. His job is to make sure that children in Ireland are being treated fairly. He investigates complaints and promotes children’s rights. The Ombudsman for Children’s Office offers a free and independent service. Niall is also a Psychologist and has worked in the area of child protection for nearly 20 years.
The Many Ways to be Strong
Paul has won numerous physique classes; he is also 6 time Irish Karate Champion and 2 time European Karate champion. Paul is renowned for his tireless charity work from Marie Keating Foundation to Irish Autism Action to Crumlin Children's Hospital which are all very close to his heart.
Paddy is a Snapchat star born with Cerebral Palsy. He shares his life online in a no holds barred way, which allows people access to see how, whilst having a disability isn’t ideal, you can still have fun with it and own what you are.
How Real Talks Changed my Life
Alan O’Mara is the author of the best-selling memoir ‘The Best Is Yet To Come, the founder of Real Talks and an U21 Ulster Champion with Cavan GAA
Putting a Spring in Your Step
Salesman, Businessman, Entrepreneur, Moviemaker and one of the most Famous Faces on the Northside of Dublin.
Being a Teen Author
Eilís Barrett took the media by storm last year, when at just 16 years old, she released her debut YA novel, Oasis, to critical acclaim. The sequel, Genesis, will be out later this year.
My Ambitious Story
17 Year Old Rugby Coach from Dublin. Joe has spent time with some of the worlds best high performance organisations, including Leinster Rugby and London Irish Rugby. Joe is mentored by various professionals such as Graham Henry, Mike Ruddock and Clive Woodward.
Webwise; Towards a Better Internet
Stephen Byrne is an Irish vlogger and presenter with Two Tube (RTÉ Youth Programme and 2fm). With over 40,000 followers online and a regular on Irish TV, Stephen understands the pressures of social media and managing yourself online.
Tackling Issues that Matter
Blindboy is an artist, he is one half of the comedy duo the Rubberbandits. His work tackles the issues of Irish society, in particular contemporary attitudes to mental health, and all the aspects of Irish culture that it impacts.
Alex's Adventure of A Lifetime
Sister of Alex Ryan, who died of a Synthetic Drug overdose in January 2016. Nicole visits secondary schools giving talks about synthetic drugs and the death of her brother, raises awareness surrounding synthetics and advocates for a sensible drug policy.
Why it's important to Talk
That fella from the internet!! Occasionally on the tele; Lifesaver and Rotary International Young Person of the year 2015. Advocate for Youth Mental Health and all round nice guy.
The High Hopes Choir
Reach Beyond the Stars
The High Hopes Choir is the culmination of Ireland's first homeless choir. The choir was the subject of a 3 part documentary called High Hopes which aired on RTÉ television in December 2014.
Dr Harry Barry
Panic Attacks and Social Anxiety
Harry is an experienced medical doctor who has worked as a senior GP within the Irish Health System for over thirty-five years. He has a long-standing interest around mental health especially the management of anxiety and depression.
Eimear & Eoghan
Mend a Mind
Eimear McPhillips and Eoghan Courtney are 5th year students from Largy College. Their YSI team won the 2017 Gold Award for their project, 'Mend a Mind' that aims to eliminate stigma surrounding mental illness.
Sex Ed, with Anna
Anna is a sexuality educator who holds talks and workshops in schools and universities around Ireland. She thinks it’s about time that we shook off our shame and start to have open, fun and honest conversations around sex and sexuality. And where better to start than at Zeminar…
Travel Writer and Documentary Producer; PR Manager for Follow The Camino & One Foot Abroad.
Sarah Jane Gordon
Snapchatting my Anxiety Story
Sarah Jane Gordon is an advocate for mental health awareness and she has recently started using Snapchat as a platform to shift the stigma associated with anxiety; her aim is to mentor, support and be the light for others.
Motivate. Inspire .Engage
Gina London is an Emmy winning former CNN correspondent and anchor who is now an internationally recognized speaker and communications consultant based in Ireland.
Broadcaster, Athlete, Performance & Wellness Coach and Columnist. Anna is a former All Ireland winning Camogie captain and former Cork Rose (2014). She has won over 20 All Ireland medals during her illustrious sporting career.
The Voice of a Generation
18 year old Entrepreneur from Kildare. The Founder & Director of the first Digital Youth Council in the world, TEDx Speaker, Government Advisor, Media Pundit and the Irish Independents 30 under 30 for 2017.
Use social media to have the CRAIC!
Entertainment Reporter for Spin 1038 and Spin South West. In her spare time, she takes to Snapchat with her everyday musings about life and her spot on impersonations of Ireland's top bloggers
Making it in Media and Creating your Dream Life
A journalist, YouTube content creator and LGBTQ rights activist. The 26-year-old Dublin native has worked with BBC, RTÉ, MTV, Spin 1038 & 98FM. Since going viral in 2015, his channel has amassed over 27 million views!
Jane is a environmental educator and sustainability professional. Through her work with Green-Schools she has supported thousands of students to take action on environmental issues. She is speaking at Zeminar about our greatest challenge yet – climate change and how it can be used as a catalyst to create a zero carbon future.
Generation Z & HIV
Robbie is a HIV advocate who educates, empowers and mobilises young people to tackle HIV issues both domestically and internationally. He is a true advocate for Youth Power and his main goal is to show how young people are leading the HIV response.
Paul Gilligan is a Clinical Psychologist and Chief Executive of St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Trinity College Dublin. He is a former Vice-Chairman of the National Children’s Advisory Council, a former President of the Psychological Society of Ireland and a former Chairman of the Children’s Rights Alliance.
Shown the Line
Seamus is a former All Ireland hurling medal winner with Tipperary and soon-to-be marathon runner. He will speak about dealing with setbacks, taking on big challenges that scare you and the value of speaking as a way to solve some of the stuff life throws at us.
How to Accelerate your Career Development
20 year old DCU student Daniel is Startups Manager at Dublin Tech Summit, a Techstars Global Facilitator and co-leads Ben & Jerry's social enterprise 'Second Scoop"
Dare to Be Yourself
Ellen's remarkable journey from self-conscious 'girl with one arm' to Paralympic swimming medalist at the Rio 2016 Games, is a story about self-acceptance. Learning to embrace and celebrate what made her different changed her entire life for the better.
Passion for Gaeilge (Music)
Having just returned from a stint in Australia, releasing their debut album ‘Solas’ and announcing their first headline show at Vicar Street on 23rd June, Seo Linn’s plans are only getting bigger. Consisting of Stiofán, Daithí, Keith and Kevin, the lads burst onto the Irish music scene back in 2013
Why you should Code
18 year old programmer and the developer behind the social platform SAR. Aiming to fight the issue of mental health in Ireland and beyond.
Cracking the College Code
Catherine delivers public talks on how to make a successful transition to study after the Leaving Certificate system. In these talks, her approach is student centred as she focuses on challenging the mind to think about choice and consequence and the importance of making informed decisions about the third level journey.
Do One Thing - Do Something
Colm O'Rourke is a United Nations Youth Delegate for Ireland. Colm overcome his childhood fear of public speaking and now speaks at events around the world. Colm is passionate about youth empowerment and strongly believes that young people should get involved with shaping society.
Why Every Teenager Needs a Business
17 year old entrepreneur and co-founder of Examlearn.ie. Currently trying to revolutionise the study process for Irish students.
Darragh started trekking around Ireland and the world at the age of 16. His focus at the moment is to encourage young people to travel and explore Ireland. He is the current Chairperson of An Óige – the Irish Youth Hostel Association.
You're Never to Young to Follow Your Dreams
Shaun is the co-founder of Luxury Apparel which is a small clothing company based in Newbridge, Kildare. Some may call him an entrepreneur or a CEO but he is just chasing a dream.
Wellbeing in School
John, a teacher and now guidance counsellor in the Patrician Secondary School, is also the author of Ways to Wellbeing, a resilience and wellbeing programme for senior secondary level students.
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.
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.
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.
Ceantar sóisialta do dhaoine óga lena scíth a ligint, le ceardlanna idirghníomhacha agus béim ar an nGaeilge. A social area for young people to relax in, with interactive workshops and lots of fun in Gaeilge.
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.
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,