2024 Keynote Speaker and Gasta

Stephen Kinsella

Photo of Stephen Kinsella, a man wearing a suit with his hands in his pockets, as he smiles in front of a colourful wall
Professor Stephen Kinsella will deliver his keynote talk, “The Future of Software” at the 2024 CESI conference.

Stephen Kinsella is Professor of Economics at the University of Limerick, Head of the Department of Economics, and Research Associate at the Rhodes Centre for International Finance at Brown University. Co-director of the Immersive Software Engineering programme.
Prof. Kinsella leads the +CityxChangeINCASE and SMARTLAB research projects for UL and is very interested in smart cities, new regional collaborations, economic networks, and in bringing thinking around natural capital into mainstream economic thinking.

He is Chief Economics Writer for The Currency.news, and was for 4 years a columnist with the Sunday Business Post, he has written for the Guardian, the New York Times, and the Irish Independent, winning the Economic Commentator of the Year award twice.

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Gasta Session

Gasta time with five minute time limit, reading I've been gasta-ed
With the best will in the world many presenters find it difficult to keep within their allocated time and the session chairs often find it equally difficult to call them to order when their time is up.

There are plenty of lightning talk formats but Gasta’s principal component is the counting down in Irish from one to five by the audience to start the presenter and again at the end of the five minutes the audience count from one to five before shouting out Stád (Stop).

This session will be lead by the GastaMaster, Tom Farrelly, and feature presentations from Bryan Mathers, Mary Loftus, Richard Millwood, Brendan ‘Speedie’ Smith and Turtlestitchers Mags Amond, John Hegarty and Helen O’Kelly.

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