Who Will Win the Crystal Ball?

The Search is On.

The theme for Congregation this year is ‘The Future’ and the topics and submissions to date cover a really wide range of interests and opinions from transport, farming, artifical intelligence, augmented reality, education to society.

All these points to a day of intriguing series of debates and talks on November 26th.

To increase the intrugue we will be awarding the best submission and contribution on the day with the prize of the Congregation Crystal Ball.

Rather than this being a subjective decision we will be crunching the numbers behind the scenes from the number of views of the submission, comments to the amount of online sharing with the eventual winner being decided on the day by a show of hands.

The closing date for topics is rapidly approaching and will be followed quickly by the final submission date.  Once you have submitted increase you chances by sharing your post.

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Futurologists to Descend on Cong Village

Open call for Topics  

Over 60 speakers currently signed up

Topics range from future of Transport, Farming to Artificial Intelligence

‘Family Friendly’ conference providing free childcare

Written, audio and video submissions accepted, Bank of Ireland, MKC and Blacknight to sponsor #cong16

(12.09.16) With over 65 people already signed up for the fourth annual 3 day Congregation un-conference (, the organisers have issued an open call for topics under this year’s theme of ‘The Future’.

Congregation or #cong16 takes place in Cong village from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November with a set of activities designed to explore personal perspectives and a vision of what lies ahead.

To date the topics submitted cover a wide range of areas from the future of transport, education, work, play, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, farming, tourism, through to truth and digital media.

The call for topics is open to anyone with a curious mind who would like to share their vision of what the ‘crystal ball’ holds in their personal or work interest areas.  Once a topic is accepted it forms the basis of the advance submission, which gives the attendee a free ticket to the three days of activities.

Commenting organiser Eoin Kennedy said “Congregation operates very differently to the normal conference.  Tickets are earned by producing a written or recorded submission.  These are published in advance and then debated on the day using a unique ‘huddle’ or small moderated intimate groups of people. Rather then lengthy presentations these huddles focus on rapid and engaged sharing of views that kick start diverse discussions.  By focusing on ‘The Future’ we are giving people to the opportunity to air their views on what they believe lies ahead.  No one person holds all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle but by bringing together people from very diverse backgrounds with individual pieces we can construct a collaborative vision”      

John Magee, Head of Enterprise & Investment, Mayo County Council added  “This thought-provoking and innovative gathering is growing in stature and popularity and brings a diverse range of perspectives and leaders to Mayo for a superb weekend of ideas sharing. Mayo County Council and is delighted to support this year's event and looks forward to a welcoming attendees in November.”

Topics will be accepted until the end of September with full submission due at the end of October.  

Outside of the unconference on Saturday 26th November Congregation also features an evening of archaeologists and technologists in Ashford Castle exploring ‘Past Meets the Future” on Friday 25th and guided archaeology tours on Sunday 27th.  

Any interested in participating is encouraged to send in a one liner/synopsis on their suggested topic area to or via the website 

The free eBooks from 2013, 2014 and 2015 are available as a download on

The event is proudly sponsored by, Bank of Ireland, and Blacknight


Congregation takes place in Cong, which is a small village in Co Mayo and home to The Quiet Man and Ashford Castle.  Throughout the day coffee shops, bars and restaurants will be alive with people sharing stories and insights into the future.  Each session will last one hour, with two in the morning and two in the afternoon.  A free ticket is delivered to attendees once they produce their submission paper and teas/coffee/lunch will be provided during the day.

As each attendee is also a speaker everyone who goes is a stakeholder and central to the event.  Special breaks are built into the day to facilitate social interaction and social calendar is planned for the Friday and Saturday evening.  This the 4th year of the event.


Eoin Kennedy,


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CongRegation © Eoin Kennedy 2017 eoin at congregation dot ie