About Us

About Congregation

Congregation is a three day technology festival designed to foster links between attendees from very diverse backgrounds and create deep discussion and dialogue. Central to the event is earned entry via a submission posted on the site in advance, the use of social venues and huddles and the serendipitous connections that form. All attendees present during the day creating a common bond that is enhanced with plenty of networking time.

The theme for this year is 'Ideas'.

Our Mission

Congregation is a knowledge exchange platform. Our mission to encourage the sharing of ideas, methodologies, techniques and industry insights that you might find useful and that you could apply be it in your personal journey or in business. We live and breath technology and ideas.

Who we are

The people behind Congregation and the Unconference event

Congregation is a constantly evolving company that reinvents itself each year and seeks to improve its events and services. The UnConfrence event uses a patented methodology designed to promote inter-group interaction and group engagement.

Eoin Kennedy
Founder & CEO

Communications consultant, start up entrepreneur, lecturer and event organiser.
Eoin has represented a range of Irish and multinational organisations, established a number of technology driven start up companies and lecturered for the Dublin Business School, Irish Times, DIT, GMIT and DMI in Marketing, Digital Media and Crisis Management. He worked on the Web Summit, Predict Conference, organises the Energy Symposium, Bridge 2018 and the ICBE National Conference.

Specialties: corporate communications, media relations, crisis management, publication management, strategic communications plans, technology PR, environmental public relations, property PR, financial PR

Eoin Kennedy
Founder & CEO

We want people to paint a picture of what they believe is on the horizon in order to create rich debate and could cover:

The themes and focus for Congregation

We are building a better tomorrow

  •  2013 was social media
  •  2014 evolved to digital media
  • 2015 was how technology impacts on work and personal lives.
  • 2016  broadened to ‘The Future’
  • 2017 is ‘Innovation’
  • 2018 is ‘Ideas’

Last year the theme of ‘Innovation’ further broadened the disucssion arena of CongRegation and attracted an even wide set of submissions and background of attendees.  In 2018 we hope to further expand the diversity of attendees unifying people around the malleable arena of ‘Ideas’.

As with most things in life the conceptual area of ’Ideas’ spark off different notions and means different things to different people.   By gathering people with different backgrounds, expertise, interests, age and expertise we hope to avoid group think and offer new perspectives and connections.

Firstly we are looking for people from diverse background from technologists, start up experts, change managment, innovation/disruption consultants but also sociologists, psychologists, physicans, teachers, academics, business owners, politicans, researchers through to farmers, spiritual, mindfulness and healers.   The range of backgrounds means no one direction of thinking dominated.

Secondly we want people to consider Ideas from the perspective of a blank canvas and chellenge themselves.  We all interest with the broad notion of ‘Idea’ from the daily process of having them and would like to capture the ‘I wonder if’ or ‘I wish’.  Treat CongRegation as an opportunity to scratch a mental itch.

One of the outputs of CongRegation an eBook and the posts are the chapters in that book.

We want stories, case studies, opinion pieces, how to’s, experience based, wish lists, academic, thought leadership looking at this area from multiple angles.

Posts could debate specific methodologies, technologies or focus on the psychological and social aspects.

We want people to paint a picture of what they believe is on the horizon in order to create rich debate and could cover:

How do people generate ideas?

What is an idea?
What happen when you have a brain wave?
How do companies ideate?
Cultural differences on benefits of ideas?
Are ideas connected with culture?
Does our future rely on ability to create ideas?
What happens next - implementation versus ideation.
Specific ideas for change in society, marriage and life?
Are constant ideas distracting us too much?
Keeping ideas alive?
Ideas and failure?

The leadership challenge of inspiring, managing Ideas.

Idea driven cultures - companies and society
Idea book reviews?
Age perspective on Idea - Boomers to Millennials.
Making idea fun?
Should ideation be taught in schools?
What happens if we stop having ideas?
Ideas repository?
Will the robots generate all the idea?
How do authors, artist, producers and creative industries come up with ideas?
Ideas - creation or destruction.

HOW WE DO IT

Steps to ensure a successful submission

  • 1

    Idea

    Specific submissions on narrow areas of the Ideas are as welcome as all incompassing coherent umbrella views. Some people will have one piece of the puzzle, others will more. Some will be data evidence driven, some gut feel, some passionate and some will be creative visions.

  • 2

    Research

    We want stories, case studies, opinion pieces, how to’s, experience based, wish lists, academic, thought leadership looking at this area from multiple angles.

  • 3

    Submit Idea

    Posts could debate specific medthologies, technologies or focus on the psychological and social aspects.

  • 4

    Knowledge Exchange Platform

    Although the theme has changed, the earning of tickets and format on the day will remain the same.

This will be the most ambitious Congregation to date.  If you are up for the challenge please help by participating early.

As per #cong17 we will ask people to reflect on what they have heard, researched, experiences to work together on a joint challenge at the end of the day.   One of the lessons from previous Congregations is that it takes time to peal back the layers of our emotional onion.  As the day progresses the conversation will naturally drift from pure innovation, to disruption, to thinking differently to finally focusing on what really matters.  The final exercise will be about harnessing what the day produces to rebuilt.  To be revealed closer to the day.