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The EBN Congress - Startacus finds out more
by Startacus Admin
With Steve Wozniak, Apple Co-Founder, Sir Tim Smit, Co-Founder of the Eden Project and Richard Florida - famous author and urban theorist all due to speak at the EBN Congress next month, we thought we ought to find out a little more about this pretty awesome event.
The event which focuses on the themes ‘Digital’, ‘Cultural’ and ‘Social Innovation’ and how you can collaborate and incubate ideas was bound to get our attention since nurturing ideas is after all a key element of the Startacus platform (*subtle nod to our virtual workspace area*).
Taking advantage of Derry’s prominent status as the 2013 UK City of Culture, this yearsEBN Congress will be hosted by NORIBIC and will take place in Derry, Northern Ireland from the 29th - 31st May. The EBN Congress traditionally brings together the thinkers, decision makers, funders, innovators, incubators, business owners and academics to discuss, debate and collaborate on the big issues that are affecting the world of innovation.
The organisers have developed a Congress programme built around three key themes: Digital, Cultural and Social Innovation and for that reason, have created three ‘villages’ representing each theme so that attendees can easily identify and signpost the subjects and speakers that matter most to them.
With a combination of events that focus on the listening (speakers), the doing (workshops) and the eating, drinking and dancing (also known as networking!), the organisers are aiming to create a congress that allows for engagement and social interaction between the key note speakers and the attendees. In a small and sociable city like Derry, avoiding the social side of things would be pretty tough!
With the congress fast approaching, it would certainly be worthwhile checking out the agenda and the speakers that might spark your interest and getting a ticket before it’s too late. If you live outside of Ireland it’s also good to know that there are direct flights available to Derry or to Belfast which is only 90 minutes away from the Congress location, so the whole notion of getting there shouldn’t be a problem.