Student Talks 2016 Invited Speakers


Lynn Ruane currently holds the post of President of Trinity College Dublin Student’s Union, and is running as an independent candidate for the Seanad. She began at Trinity as a mature student, after her experience working with an addiction support programme that she helped start in her teens inspired her to explore about other ways of tackling community-level problems.

She is an advocate for access to education for all and equality over elitism and she was listed by the Irish Times as one of The People to Watch in 2016! She will be returning to her final year of philosophy, political science, economics and sociology later this year, and hopes to continue on her path of advocacy at a policy level after graduating.

Twitter: @LynnToWin



Brendan Rooney
Dr Brendan Rooney is a lecturer in the UCD School of Psychology where he studied both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, completing his PhD in the Psychology of Film in 2011.His research interests include the cognitive and emotional engagement with media, arts and entertainment. He is particularly interested in how media ‘realism’ interacts with emotion and social cognition. Through his research and teaching he has worked as part of a number of interdisciplinary and international research teams, with creative and entertainment industry experts. He has also just given a fascinating TedX Talk on his subject area which can be seen here.In addition to UCD he has also worked as a graduate researcher and lecturer in NCAD and IADT. He founded and currently chairs the Psychological Society of Ireland’s Special Interest Group for Media, the Arts & Cyberpsychology (SIGMAC).Twitter: @BrenRooney


Tracy Keogh is a powerhouse of the Irish startup scene. Currently, she is community manager at Bank of Ireland’s – an incubator for tech startups in Galway.

She is also co-founder of a connected devices startup called Lokr, co-founder of Startup Hiking, writer of “Startup City” in the Galway Advertiser, and a triathlete in her spare time.

Tracy went from winner of best pitch at Startup Weekend Dublin in June 2014, later returning as organiser, MC, and mentor at various other Startup Weekends around Ireland.

Twitter: @Tracy_Keogh


Alex Musgrave founded Dog Day Media in 2011 along side 3 of his close friends. Having seen the increase in importance of video content online, the decision was made to start a dedicated web production company. The Cork based studio focuses on creating content that is both engaging, and easily shared through social media. To date projects have included sending Ballymaloe Relish into space, driving a mini around Ireland with a group of friends, and travelling across Australia with the Ed Sheeran tour. The company has gathered some major brand names on their client list including Otterbox USA, Atlantic Records, Warner Music, Eli Lilly and Blizzard Entertainment.

Dog Day Media works in both film and animation allowing them to create content for any subject. Alex, as producer and creative director, deals with inbound requests, develops creative strategies and sees them through to production. Within 5 years Dog Day Media has gone from an idea in a west Cork bar to a successful production company that continues to grow while maintaining core values of creating fun content that viewers enjoy watching.




Dr David Coyle is a Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction with the School of Computer Science and Insight Centre for Data Analytics at University College Dublin. His research has a strong interdisciplinary focus, with the overall goal of understanding and developing computer systems that help to address important societal challenges. His current research has several broad themes, including:

• Health technologies: David has projects investigating online services, computer games and mobile devices in mental health interventions.

• Crowdsourcing and information visualisation: Other recent projects have investigated crowdsourcing and data visualisation to support environmental activism and sustainable design.

• User experience: several project apply techniques developed by clinical neuroscientists to understand peoples’ experience of agency when interacting with technology, including intelligent, on-body and sensing interfaces.

Brian Kennan: For the past few years, Brian has acted as Director of People Operations for EMEA at Google. People Operations is the Google equivalent of HR, focusing on bringing the world’s most innovative people to Google and building programs that help them thrive.

Whether recruiting the next great Googler, refining our core programs, developing talent or simply looking for ways to inject more fun into the lives of our Googlers, we bring a data-driven approach that is reinventing the human resources field”

Brian has worked in Ireland and in Palo Alto in a variety of international roles, including electronics engineering, technology consulting, customer service, sales & marketing, supply chain management, HR functions management, HR business partner, corporate workforce planning, and business operations. In his spare time, Brian pursues his passions; physics, jazz, and motorcycles.


Dr Áine Mangaoang is Visiting Professor in Musicology and New Media at the Iceland Academy of Arts, Reykjavík, and Research Fellow at the Institute of Popular Music (IPM), University of Liverpool. Founded in 1988 as the world’s first specialist centre for the study of popular music, the IPM is a centre for interdisciplinary research on popular music, and Áine’s current role includes facilitating local community engagement projects in partnership with Liverpool’s Popular Music Archive, Open Eye Gallery, and BBC Radio Merseyside.

Before this, Áine was Postdoctoral Researcher at St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University, working on a Fáilte Ireland Applied Research project with Dr John O’Flynn: Mapping Popular Music in Dublin. A passionate advocate for inclusive music education, Áine works with the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Sing Out with Strings programme in Limerick city, and summer SING! project in collaboration with ARTlifeCULTURE, Cork Deaf Association and Music Generation Cork City. Áine serves on the boards for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (UK & Ireland), and the Society for Music Education in Ireland.

Twitter: @AineMaps