What is Congregation?

One day virtual mind mesh festival of thinking, sharing and connecting.

Celebrating its 8th year, CongRegation™ #cong20 (Nov 21st), will be a virtual event due to Covid-19 restrictions.  With the theme of Society 3.0  we are looking for curious minds from a range of diverse backgrounds/sectors who will share their unique perspective of our society – where we have come from, what we have become and what we want in our future.  We are treating the theme in its broadest form from psychology, technology, personal experiences to methodologies and ideas.  We want to hear how people see, experience or what they think of “Society”, be it a personal one, business or career transition.

One of the key components of CongRegation™ is the diverse background and thinking of attendees and this includes technologists, psychologists, business people, start up community, academics, visionaries, disruptors and sector specific from farming to manufacturing.

Tickets are earned via a submission on the theme which will be debated in virtual huddles on November 21st 2020.

Virtual Access

CongRegation™ 2020 will take place online with virtual huddles replacing the usual physical huddles. In place of the usual physical venues we will use virtual backgrounds to mimic Cong Village.

Unique Networking

Discuss and share your insights on society. You pay with your insight and are encouraged to share your thoughts on everything ranging from your own personal journey, to industry insights to how ideas are helping shape your sector. We are treating Ideas in its broadest form from psychology, technology, personal experiences to methodology.

Mind Mesh

You are guaranteed a day of unforgettable speakers, insights, sight seeing and socializing. Congregation is more than just a conference, it's about connecting people, allowing for non-formal networking and sharing of industry expertise and insights in a relaxed and friendly online atmosphere.

Insightful Speakers

Congregation year to year has hosted some of the worlds greatest minds and achievers. From the inventor of Baileys and author David Gluckman to the founder of Ireland's largest public forum Tom Murphy to the inspirational Gerry Duffy who ran 32 marathons in 32 days.

Virtual Movement

Conscious that attendees will be sitting at their computers we have lined up some coaching specialists to guide us through some exercises and stretches to keep our bodes limber.


Following a full day and evening of sharing and learning new friendship and connections are deepened over virtual poetry open mike and musical/art workshops..

Recent Submissions

Earn Your Way In

The submission is a central aspect of CongRegation as its the only way to get a ticket.  They are also full of great insights.  Browse the latest ones – you might find some inspiration.

Submit your thoughts on ‘Society 3.0’ via our online form.

Event Schedule

The schedule at a glance is listed below. Check the program for this year's unconference and learn about the speakers and sessions in store.

Eoin Kennedy
Event Organizer - Congregation Media Limited

Eoin Kennedy will officially open Congregation with a warm welcome and explain the running order of the day, answer any questions in regards to huddles and will brief the attendees.

10:30 AM - 11:30AM

Session 1 - Breakout Rooms

Eoin Kennedy
Event Organizer - Congregation Media Limited

Three talks per huddle moderated by the chair. 10 minutes per presentation followed by Q&A. You decide when and where you present.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Event Organizer - Congregation Media Limited

Limber up with our exercise session. Enjoy a coffee or chat to other attendees on Twitter and LinkedIn.

12:00 PM - 13:00 PM

Session 2

Event Organizer - Congregation Media Limited

Next three presentations guided by the chair. 10 minutes each followed by 5 min Q&A.

13:00 PM - 14:00 PM


Eoin Kennedy
Event Organizer - Congregation Media Limited

Limber up with our exercise session. Grab lunch and rejoin at 2pm for session 3.

14:00 PM - 15:00 PM

Session 3

Event Organizer - Congregation Media Limited

3 presentations followed by Q&A. 10 minutes per presentation followed by 5 minute Q&A.

15:00 PM - 15:30 PM


Eoin Kennedy
Event Organizer - Congregation Media Limited

Limber up with our exercise session. Enjoy a coffee or chat to other attendees on Twitter and LinkedIn.

15:30 PM - 16:30 PM

Session 4

Event Organizer - Congregation Media Limited

It's the last huddle, take notes, ask questions and share your ideas and thoughts if you haven't done so already. We are exploring an joint ideas session/mini hackathon challenge.

Eoin Kennedy
Event Organizer - Congregation Media Limited

Building on last year's poetry session we are no extending to a 30 minute open mike session for all budding poets.

20:00 PM

Stand Up

Eoin Kennedy
Event Organizer - Congregation Media Limited

Finishing Congregation with a laugh we will have a curated stand up session with jokes shared by attendees.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the FAQs to find the answers to common questions. Can't find your question answered here? Contact us.

When will CongRegation™ the conference take place?

CongRegation 2020 will take place on Nov 21st using online meetings and breakout rooms on Zoom.

  • Saturday – all day unconference |  learn an instrument |poetry open mike

How much does it cost?

Tickets for CongRegation™ cannot be purchased but must be earned by a submission on this years theme of ‘Society 3.0’.  Once accepted this submission is posted on the website and included in the post event eBook.  The ticket gives access to the three days, children’s workshop, music session and social events.

How does CongRegation™  work?

Saturday uses an unconference model.   Following registration attendees are spilt into 10 different virtual venues, where the chair will moderate the 3 presentations in each ‘Huddle’.  Each attendee presents their submission during one of the 4 sessions.

How can I get a ticket?

Tickets are allocated subject to the production of a 600 word minimum (no maximum) original article on the theme of “Society 3.0”.  This is submitted through the web application form for consideration.  Once approved it will be posted on the website.

The ticket covers.

  • 1 day virtual event entry
  • Promotion on website and eBook
  • Adult workshops

Attendees book their own accommodation and travel arrangements if they wish to participate from Cong Village.

Why is CongRegation 2020 Online?

For the last 7 years CongRegation has taken place in the scenic village of Cong spread over 3 days.  Due to the uncertainty posed by Covid-19 with venues being available and the physical safety of attendees and those living in the village #cong20 will take place using Zoom with breakout rooms replacing the physical huddles.  It is hoped to return to normal in 2021 and back to Cong Village.

Can I still travel to Cong?

Some attendees still intend to participate in CongRegation by logging in from different venues in Cong Village.  Attendees look after their own accommodation and travel arrangements.  Options range from 5 star Ashford Castle to AirBnB with many offering special rates for CongRegation.

Some venues (especially those in the village) are block booked so please call for availability rather than trust online.  Places fill out very fast with many already booked for this year.  The full list is available here.

How does the online option work?

CongRegation will operate using the online meeting and video conferencing platform Zoom.  Once your submission has been accepted you will be given a link and password to access the conference.  The session will kick off with a plenary session to orientate everyone to how the sessions will operate.  Following this the group will be broken into separate breakout rooms of 10-15 people where the chair will invite three people to talk through their submission.  In-between the sessions we will have a special exercise and stretching routine to keep everyone limber.  At the end of the day we will also host a virtual poetry open mike and music/art session.

Although you do not need a zoom account to participate, having an account will give you access to advanced features.

Guiding Conventions

  • No self promotion during huddles.  (Keep for break out period).
  • Debate and challenge but be respectful.
  • Stick to the 15 minutes presentation time.
  • Keep on theme.
  • Be succinct.
  • Earn respect with insight.
  • Encourage group discussion by all.
  • Be open minded.
  • Agree to disagree.
  • Listen and probe.
  • Keep personal issues for individual chats

How can I participate in the poetry open mic and stand up?

Attendees can share some original or favourite poems during the 45 minute poetry open mike.  Closer to the event we will share the details of the MC who will coordinate the session.  During the session the MC will unmute you and you have the stage for a maximum of 5 minutes.

We are planning a quick session with a standup comedian to share some insights on telling jokes/funny stories.  This session will take place at 6.30pm.  The stand up comedian will moderate the session and we will share their details closer to the event.  Following the poetry open mic the moderator will unmute each stand up and schedule the session.

Both sessions are high hearted and fast paced.

Sit back with your favourite tipple and enjoy.

Become a Sponsor

Interested in becoming a sponsor of CongRegation? Register your interest below and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly!

Event location

Here, you will find directions to the conference venue. More space to meet and network!


Ashford Castle, Cong Village, County Mayo, Ireland




+353 86 8339540