The I WISH Conference 2017

Proudly sponsored by Dell EMC and VMware


in association with Science Foundation Ireland


What is it

I WISH is an initiative to inspire, encourage and motivate young female students to pursue careers in STEM. STEM can change our world. We have so many world problems to solve – food shortage, climate change, pollution, ageing population. These will be solved through STEM if you help us harness the power of thousands of girls to shape a better world.

I WISH (Inspiring Women in Stem) 2017 will feature a conference and interactive exhibitions. The conference will also feature workshops, daily keynotes and engaging talks by women and men who have seen the opportunities for a great career in STEM.

I WISH 2017 is going national reaching out to 4,000 girls. The showcase will take place on February 9th & 10th in Cork City Hall and February 13th & 14th in The RDS Dublin.


9 AND 10 FEBRUARY 2017


13 AND 14 FEBRUARY 2017


I Wish Theme

Shaping a Better World.

Build IT By Girls

Tell us your business idea and be in with a chance to win fantastic prizes and an internship at one of the world's largest companies!

Why STEM Matters


The lack of female participation in STEM means we are leaving 50% of the talent pool behind. Changing this can solve the current skills gap in the industry


88% of Irish Adults believe a consistent supply of STEM graduates is critical to Ireland’s economic growth


71% of Irish Adults believe a investment in STEM will have a positive impact on job creation


Women are half the worlds working age population but generate only 37% of GDP

Past Keynote Speakers

Mary Moloney
CEO, CoderDojo Foundation
Aoife Caulfield
Senior Account Manager, Twitter
Anne O'Leary
CEO, Vodafone
Geraldine Boylan
Professor of Neonatal Physiology, UCC
Marie Moynihan
Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Talent, Dell

Recent News

Diversity in the workplace

Donal Sullivan, vice president at Johnson Controls, comments on the slow global rate of change regarding female diversity in the workplace, and why there is a need to further encourage our young women to consider science and maths as subject choices.