Saturday 21 October 2017

Rubberbandits' Blindboy and O'Donovan rowing brothers to speak at three-day Generation Z event

Pictured are Damien Clarke and Ian Fitzpatrick the co-founders of Zeminar
Pictured are Damien Clarke and Ian Fitzpatrick the co-founders of Zeminar
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Some 16,000 attendees are expected to gather at a three day event geared towards highlighting the issues affecting Ireland's Generation Z.

Zeminar, which is taking place at Dublin's RDS from October 10 - 12, will address key societal, environmental and policy issues that motivate our young people, particularly those aged between 15 and 20.

Over 60 speakers, including Blindboy Boatclub from the Rubberbandits) and Olympic medal-wining O'Donovan Brothers, are lined up to discuss topics from homelessness to mental resilience to equality and the future of work and human rights.

"Some 13pc of Gen Z’ers already own and run their own business and have a clear role in shaping the future of society - that’s really something Ireland and the rest of the world will have to contend with," said Ian Fitzpatrick, co-founder of Zeminar.

"We’re only beginning scratch the surface of the impact this group will have."

Damien Clarke, the other co-founder of the social enterprise, said that the Zeminar event's content has been developed "significantly" since its inaugural event last year.

"We always knew this was an engaged group who will effect significant social change, but we’re only beginning to get a sense of the scale of this movement," he said.

"Hearing directly from Gen Z on the things they care about gives us unique insight to support and enable these young people."

Other speakers expected over the three days include former CNN anchor and Sunday Independent columnist Gina London, Sinead Burke (aka Minnie Melange), founder of Focus Ireland Sr. Stan, and 2FM's Eoghan McDermott.

Over 50 workshops are expected to take place, run by a number of youth groups including ISPCC, ReachOut, Bodywhys, Concern and The Super Generation.

Tickets, costing €10, are available at www.zeminar.ie/tickets

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