The Future Unveiled in Cong Village

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The Future Unveiled in Cong Village

  • 3 days of debate, discussion on the Future Nov 25-27th
  • Evening talks in Ashford Castle, full day Unconference and Guided Archaeology tours
  • Topics range from future of Artificial Intelligence to Farming
  • Robotics and Electronics workshops for Childrens of attendees
  • Bodhran workshop and music session
  • Written, audio and video submissions accepted till Nov 23rd
  •, Bank of Ireland, MKC and Blacknight sponsoring #cong16

(02.11.16) The annual Congregation Un-conference (, is set to attract 100 attendees debating, discussing and sharing their vision of the ‘The Future’ when it kicks off in Cong Village from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November 2016.

This year’s event incorporates three days staring with a series of talks in Ashford Castle on ‘The Past Meets the Present’.  John Mulligan from will talk about using DNA analysis to trace your ancestors, Stephen Howell will discuss ‘Bringing History to Life with Digital Puppetry’, John Tierney from Historic Graves will present the ‘Future of Experiences’ while Gar Mac Críosta, MindRising will share his use of Mindcraft in ‘The Future of Learning and the Learning of Futures’.

The Saturday unconference will see all attendees present their submission on their vision of the future spread across as wide spectrum of sector and interests from the future of farming, education, play, work, truth through to artificial intelligence and augmented/virtual reality.  The all day unconference will take place in 8 venues in Cong Village spread over 4 sessions with three presentations at each huddle over tea/coffees. 

The festival will finish with guided archaeology tours of historic sites in the Cong area from ancient battle grounds to burial cairns.

While the attendees are debating the future their children will be attending Lego robotics and Makey Makey electronic workshops in the Crossroads Community Centre.

Entry to the festival is via a 600+ word submission that is posted in advance on the congregation website and submissions will be accepted up to November 23rd.  Anyone interested in attending should summit their vision of the future through the Congregation website  

Following the unconference on the Saturday night attendees will be treated to a Bodhran workshop where they will learn to play the instrument and participate in a music jam.

Commenting organiser Eoin Kennedy said “Congregation is a great opportunity for anyone with a curious mind who wish to hear and share a perspective of what the future holds for us.  There is no charge but rather people pay with their insights.  Outside of the incredible array of insights during the day and informal sharing people get to meet and connect at a much deeper level than normal with specially designed networking opportunities. ”      

Following the conference a full eBook will be created.  The free eBooks from 2013, 2014 and 2015 are available as a download on

The event is proudly sponsored by, Bank of IrelandMKC Communications 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