Schedule

FuSIon Fest is a two-day festival focused on connecting Northern Ireland’s educators, government departments, communities, entrepreneurs, big businesses, ‘techpreneurs’ and innovators together as one collaborative community to have fun, meet interesting people and explore possibilities.

Expect a programme of fun and unique experiential learning for delegates with a blend of international keynotes sharing best practice, showcasing innovative solutions to some of the social challenges faced by communities in and outside of Northern Ireland, discussions within an informal networking village setting, bringing a collaborative mix of people from across all sectors together for two days packed with conversation, networking, insights, music and a celebration of community spirit and creativity.

Delegates will emerge from the two-days energized and confident to capitalise on new ideas tackling social change beyond the tried and tested. They will get the opportunity to network with people passionate about changing the world for the better which can not only help to inspire, but may also lead to partnership development and new opportunities.

Technology is great but nothing beats a face-to-face meet with speakers and peers.

Day 1

Time The Playhouse 
08:45Breakfast and registration
09:15Welcome from host Naomi McMullanWelcome from Lorraine Gallagher, Department for CommunitiesWelcome from Paul Braithwaite, Building Change Trust
09:30Keynote- Alan Mahon, Brewgooder"The Importance of Mission in Business"
10:15Coffee Break
10:30Tech for Good-What does it mean to use Tech for Good? What is good technology?

Main Theatre
Facilitator- Naomi McMullan

Featuring
Billy Dann, Comic Relief
John Peto, Nerve Centre
Clare McGee, Innovate NI

Innovation in Government- Shaping the Policy Environment


Green Room



Featuring
Sarah Megan Wylie, Innovation Lab
Rebecca Walsh, Innovation Lab
Youth Unemployment Knowledge Exchange-How might we improve young people's chances of getting a job?

Dance Studio

Facilitator- Patricia Flanagan


11:30Keynote- Mary McKenna"How to Catch a Social Angel
12:15Corporate Social Innovation. Collaborating & Innovating for social value

Green Room

Facilitator- Roger Warnock, Young Foundation

Speakers
Leanne Monk Özgül- Elemental Software
Carla McSorley, Foodcloud
Joanne Toner, Boardroom Apprentice
Breakout Session 5-Health Inequalities... mind the gap... Who cares?

Dance Studio

Facilitators
Joanne Morgan, CDHN
Tony Doherty, Healthy Living Centre Alliance
Breakout Session 6- How individuals connecting, impacting and creating drives social changes in society

Main Theatre

Facilitator- Naomi McMullan

Conor Houston, Centre for Democracy & Peace Building
Ciaran Murray, Your Derry
Peter Stewart, Eden Project
13:15Lunch
14:15Keynote- Deirdre Mortell- Social Innovation Fund for Ireland.
15:00Community Shares- Impact Investing for Everyone

Dance Studio

Facilitator

Tiziana O'Hara, Co-operative Alternatives
Social Innovation & Design Thinking

Green Room

Facilitators

Una McKernan, NICVA
Sandra Baillie, NICVA

Social Innovation- an EU Perspective- soChangeEU Challenge Platform

Main Theatre

Facilitator
Naomi McMullan


Speakers
Chiara Davalli, European BIC Network
Lennard Drogendijk, Inqubator Leeuwarden
16:15Closing Remarks
19:00Holywell Stew at DiverseCity Partnership, Bishop Street

Day 2

Time Main Venue 
08:45Breakfast and registration
09:15Welcome from host Naomi McMullanWelcome from Arthur Scott, Department for CommunitiesWelcome from Paul Braithwaite, Building Change Trust
09:30Keynote Deirdre Mortell- Social Innovation Fund for Ireland

The Cube
10:15Coffee Break
10:30Tech for Good- What does it mean to use technology for good? What is good technology?



The Cube

Facilitator- Naomi McMullan

Speakers
Billy Dann, Comic Relief
Sophie Mullan, Arthritis Care
John Peto, Nerve Centre & Fab Farm
Innovation in Government - Shaping the Policy Environment

Helen Lewis Dance Studio


Facilitator-
Rebecca Brown & Sarah Megan Wylie, Public Sector Innovation Lab

Youth Unemployment-How might we improve young people’s chances of getting a job?

Workshop 4


Facilitator- Patricia Flanagan
11:30Keynote- Alan Mahon, Brewgooder"The Importance of Mission in Business"
12:15Social Movements-How individuals connecting, impacting & creating drives social change in society

The Cube


Facilitator- Naomi McMullan

Speakers
Conor Houston, Centre for Democracy & Peace Building
Ciaran Murray, Your Derry
Peter Stewart, Eden Project
Corporate Social Innovation - Collaborating & Innovating for Social Value


Helen Lewis Dance Studio

Facilitator-Mary McKenna

Speakers
Denise McConnell Dillon- Elemental Software
Carla McSorley, Foodcloud
Rachel Power, Boardroom Apprentice
Health Inequalities- Mind the Gap… Who Cares?

Workshop 4


Facilitators-
Joanne Morgan, CHDR & Tony Doherty, Healthy Living Centre Alliance
13:15Lunch
14:15Keynote- Mary McKenna

The Cube
How to Catch a Social Angel
15:00Social Innovation- An EU Perspective.SoChangeEU Challenge Fund

The Cube


Facilitator- Naomi McMullan

Speakers
Chiara Davalli, European BIC Network
Lennard Drogendijk, Inqubator Leeuwarden
Social Innovation & Design Thinking

Helen Lewis Dance Studio


Facilitators
Una McKernan & Sandra Baille, NICVA
Community Shares-Impact Investing for Everyone


Workshop 4



Facilitator- Tiziana O’Hara
16:15Closing Remarks
18:30Headline Keynote & Social Collaboration
Finale A.K.A After Party The Belfast Barge featuring Tim Smit