RDS - Dublin, November 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2018
A Life Changing Day for Generation Z
What is Zeminar?
Zeminar is a social enterprise created to bring all those invested in the development and well-being of young people in Ireland to one place.
Zeminar is a Wellbeing & Education movement for Generation Z that caters for all 15-20 year olds and their parents, teachers, mentors and coaches, irrespective of academic ability or socio-economic background. Starting in 2016, we host the largest and most inclusive youth gathering ever seen in Ireland and in just 2 outings have already welcomed >30,000 attendees including 2,000 teachers; 220 Exhibitors; 125 Speakers/Performers through the doors.
Zeminar facilitates the introduction of young people to some of the best and most innovative organisations on this island. Throughout the event there are 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.
In addition Zeminar Presents is a talks series hosted on both Facebook and YouTube, whereby the messages delivered by Zeminar speakers are recorded and presented for all to see. Therefore, even if attendance is not possible, anyone can share in the impactful messages delivered at the event.
2018 Speakers ...so far
Panti is Irelands foremost gender discombobulist and accidental activist. She became an iconic figure for equality in Ireland, and in 2015 she played a major role in the successful referendum campaign for Marriage Equality. In 2015 a critically acclaimed documentary The Queen Of Ireland about Rory and Panti broke box office records and picked up awards at festivals worldwide. A recipient of many awards for both her work as an entertainer and as an activist, including a Person Of The Year Award and an Honorary Doctorate from Trinity College Dublin.
Cora Staunton is a Gaelic footballer, association footballer, rugby player and Australian rules footballer. She is best known as a Ladies Gaelic footballer, winning 4 All-Irelands and 3 Ladies' National Football League titles with Mayo. She has also been an All Star on 11 occasions. Cora has suffered her fair share of injuries and setbacks but her mental toughness as seen her through the hardest of times.
Champion of Champions
Winner of a gold medal in the 1500 metres at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne. He later earned a bronze medal in the 1500 metres at the 1958 European Championships; with that he has secured his status as Ireland's most recognisable Olympian as well as one of the greatest sportsmen and international ambassadors. After retiring from competitions Delany worked in the US with Aer Lingus and then he became Assistant Chief Executive of B&I Line. In 1998 he established his own company focused on marketing and sports consultancy.
Resilience 101 - The Sequel
A psychologist specialising in mental health / performance psychology, Niamh is a former Today FM Agony Aunt, previously Irish Olympic HQ Psychologist.
Living our best lives - Hosted by Webwise
Rebecca is a mental health advocate and one of the world's longest running vloggers. In 2004, the 11 year old school girl was the first generation introduced to social media, and started sharing her life on video for anyone to watch. Thousands followed her life growing up, seeing her struggle with Trichotillomania, anxiety, and depression. Becky shares her own experience of how to balance the benefits of finding your tribe online, with the negative aspects of living your life online.
The Power of Words
Brian was a chronic heroin addict for 15 years. Instead of perceiving his addiction as a failure, he embraced a second chance at life and went to university to study the complexities of the human mind. He is now a researcher in Trinity College studying the neuroscience of mindfulness.
Micheál is a TV and Radio Presenter, but for one week only he drops everything and becomes the Zeminar MC.
Niamh ni Ruarí
Seizing Each Day
From an early age Niamh knew that her life was somewhat special in some-way or another. Once her life took a turn for the worse, she assumed that was it, her opportunity to create an impact on the world had been swiped from under me before I had a chance to cease it. However that is not the case and this is Niamh's story.
Paul Mannion, Languages Connect
Paul is a 4-time All-Ireland winner and 2017 All-Star with the Dublin senior Gaelic football team. In 2015 he took a year out from football as part of his International Commerce degree in UCD to travel to China and study Chinese. He followed that with an MSc in Digital Innovation at Smurfit Business School and is currently working with technology consultancy firm, Accenture. Paul will talk about his experiences in China and what he has learned from studying foreign languages.
GO FOR IT
Rory O' Connor, better known as Rory's Stories started a blog back in 2013 and has since turned it into a full time career due to his ever growing social media presence. Rory has brought his comedy all around the world to places such as Australia, America, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and london. He is also a best selling author and will be launching his 2nd book - 'The Rory's Stories guide to Being Irish' in Early November. Rory speaks about believing in yourself, taking the risk, seeing an opportunity and above all being happy and content with who you are.
College Project to Global Brand
Izzy Wheels is a brand of stylish wheel covers for wheelchairs created by Galway sisters Izzy and Ailbhe Keane. Their mission statement is 'If you can't stand up, stand out!'. The brand began as a final year art college project for Ailbhe in 2016. They have since collaborated with 40 famous artists and fashion designers for their wheel cover collections. Following viral success online and 10 national awards Izzy Wheels are now selling in 35 countries. Both sisters were both named on this years Forbes 30 Under 30.
Lauren is a 23 year old physiotherapist from Clare. When not working in private practice she is physio with the Tipperary Minor Hurling Team. Lauren is also one of Ireland's brightest up and coming sports journalist working in radio and digital media. Lauren is also a member of the National GAA Youth Committee.
Dr. Colman Noctor
Maintaining Well-being in a Digital Age
Dr. Colman Noctor is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in SPMHS and an Assistant Prof in TCD. Colman has a special interest in developing healthy relationships with technology in order to maintain mental well-being. Colman’s Doctoral Research explored why we engage in self disclosure on Online Social Networks.
Fearless Like A Child
Jack is an optimistic realist and passionate about the magic each one of us holds within us. Following a spinal cord injury aged 20 which left me with 15% muscle function I chose not to allow this to hinder me but to leverage it as an opportunity for growth, learning and development.
Not Your Schools' Sex Ed Class
Journalist, arts critic, Fulbright awardee and sex columnist from Dublin, Roe is also the film editor for Hot Press magazine, and the sex columnist for The Irish Times. Roe has an MA in Sexuality Studies and is currently undertaking a PhD in Gendered, Sexual and Intimate Citizenship in The Open University association with Oxford University.
Former Pro Rugby player, traveler and adventurer; after a 16 years playing in The Celtic League, English Premiership and the French Top 14, Damian turned his steely focus on pushing his physical and mental limits in the world of adventure. Damian has taken on some of the world's most demanding endurance challenges, including running 257kms across the Sahara Desert and rowing 5000kms across the Atlantic ocean alone.
Being the Science Guy
Mark is an experienced science communicator with a degree in Theoretical Physics from UCD. He has worked extensively in public outreach and engagement with the Institute of Physics and Science Gallery Dublin performing shows and workshops all over the country. Mark recently returned from an EU citizen science project travelling around Europe delivering DIY workshops to over 30,000 people. He is is currently presenting a new children's science TV series for RTE.
Achieving Goals Without Gender Roles
Katie is the 18 year old founder of K.T. Clothing Co., Ireland's first gender neutral clothing brand. Katie is the National Youth Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 & a European Enterprise Bronze Medalist. She is one of U Magazine's 30 Most Inspiring Women under 30. Katie has spoken at numerous events and contributed to many publications on gender and the stereotypes associated with it.
Diarmuid hitch-hiked to every county in Ireland with no money carrying a microwave to raise money for youth mental health; over 12 days Diarmuid traveled 1000s of miles without a cent, just relying on the generosity strangers. He's planning to hitch hike across the world with no money and a microwave to raise as much money for charity as possible.
Choosing a Career with Purpose
Darren is the CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, a non-profit organisation focused on solving social problems in Ireland quickly and effectively. He is also the Chair of Soar, a social enterprise that helps teenagers to develop their emotional resilience and find their passion.
The Power of Resilience
Caradh is a Champion Kickboxer and Kareteka. Four years ago she was diagnosed with a debilitating and incurable disease; Crohns Disease. Caradh now speaks about the challenges and adversity she faced while overcoming and living with this disease, and the journey to regaining her Kickboxing World Cup Crown and training for the Olympic Games.
Youth Mental Health
Richie is a former professional footballer, currently working as a television pundit, psychotherapist and mental fitness teacher. He is a regular contributor to the Second Captains sports podcasts and to RTE radio. Richie has also worked as an agent, held the position of CEO at St. Patricks Athletic FC, and was also Head of Youth Development at Millwall FC. His move into the field of psychotherapy came from his own positive experiences in therapy. Now a practicing therapist himself, he is undertaking further training to work with adolescents. He devised a module in mental fitness for TY students which he delivers in St Benildus College.
Kenneth won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics 2008; he also won 10 consecutive national senior titles a record in Irish boxing history. In 2010, he released his autobiography “Kenny Egan My Story”. outlining his journey from the early days in boxing to the Olympic podium and the aftermath; he describes his struggle with alcohol and his road to sobriety. Since retiring Kenneth pursued a career in Psychotherapy and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Life in the Stretch Zone
Pat is a best selling author, world traveler and high performance coach. He is passionate about helping people 'upgrade' their thinking to find more passion, purpose and fulfillment from all aspects of life. Pat's groups have raised over €250,000 for local charities in Ireland and are currently building a school in Nepal, a chance to promote youth leadership and education.
Deborah was homeless at 13, pregnant at 14 and a mother by 15; she is now 24 and a Senior Associate at PwC. She recently began sharing her story to help change the stigma attached with homelessness and recently founded The Hope Ireland Project.
Keeping it Real
Having left home at 15 to join Ipswich Town FC and pursue a career as a professional footballer Shane retired from the game aged 22 and returned to Ireland to play Gaelic football with his local club and Dublin before returning to football three years ago with Bohemian FC. He is a qualified life coach and mentor who uses his unique experiences to help people of all ages navigate the pressures and challenges that life can throw at them.
Ciara-Beth Ní Ghríofa
Ciara-Beth is on a mission to show the world that Autism doesn’t define a person. Diagnosed with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder when she was 14, she uses her personal experiences to help build and shape resources for other people on the Autism Spectrum, and is sharing her story to help combat the stigma surrounding Autism.
From Bungee Jumps to Panic Attacks
Enda is a highly respected Cognitive Behavioural Therapist / Consultant and leading Mental Health Author who has spent 25 years developing a unique tried and tested CBT approach to mental health that consistently produces a creditable record of success in mental health management. He is a best selling author who regularly appears on TV and on radio.
How your Mind is like Facebook
Niamh is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland. Niamh regularly contributes to media (2fm, Newstalk, The Irish Examiner, The Sunday Times). She has a part-time private practice in south Dublin since 2004 and runs her own business, Mindworks.ie. She is also Chairperson of the Board for TeenLine Ireland (voluntary role).
Brian J Higgins
CEO Pieta House
Brian J Higgins has been the CEO of Pieta House, the centres for the prevention of suicide and self-harm and bereavement support, since January 2015. Prior to his return to Ireland, he was Director of Services for Missing People, the UK’s national missing person’s charity. For many years Brian has been dedicated to the prevention of suicide and self-harm and is passionately committed to the realisation of Pieta House’s vision of “A world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self- care and acceptance”.
There are 9 mini Zeminar's for attendees to explore. These hubs will offer attendees the opportunity to gain information on everything from stress management and mental health to healthy life choices, career selection to an Irish Language Hub, informative talks to sports and hobby associations 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.
2FM Entertainment Zone
2FM will bring their A-Game to this zone with music, entertainment and games.
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.
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,