Mayo Festival to Blow People’s Minds

The upcoming CongRegation ‘Mind Mesh’ festival will see over 100 Irish and international speakers debate, discuss and share their expert insights into the world of ‘ideas’ in Cong, Co. Mayo.

Now in it’s sixth year, the festival will take place from November 23 to 25. It consists of seven separate events over the weekend in 10 different venues. Highlights include the Adults Physics Workshop, Full Day Unconference,  Children’s Smart, Music and Clay Modelling workshops, evening of ‘Ideas Talk’, as well as a learn the Ukulele bar music workshop and a foraging walk in Cong wood.

The centre piece of the weekend is the unconference which sees coffee shops, book shops, art galleries, restaurants and shops in Cong Village turned into mini conference centres with attendees debating from the perspective of artificial intelligence on how to get ideas off the ground.

What is most unique about the festival is that the price of entry for the three days is a 600 word unique article on the theme of ‘ideas’ that is posted on the conference website.

“The structure and different events at CongRegation are designed to not only share information more effectively but to allow attendees to get to know each other in a relaxed, informal peer based environment.  These combined have produced lots of serendipity in previous years,” said organiser Eoin Kennedy in a statement.

Speakers at the Ashford Castle evening of ‘Ideas Talk’ include business woman Daphne McKinley on establishing the Sean Edwards Foundation, Valerie Cox on her 21 years experience of ideas as a journalist at RTE, entrepreneur Lee Tunney Ware on what are ideas, David Gluckman, ideas innovator and inventor of Baileys.  This evening will finish with a Semiconductor 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 24 their children will be enjoying their own series of events including a smart fabric work shop by Common Ground Design followed by a claymodelling 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.

“We are looking for curious minds from very different backgrounds with unique insights to submit their thoughts via the entry on the website,” added Kennedy in the same statement.

Full eBooks on previous years of the festival are available to download here.

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