Ann O’Dea is CEO and co-founder of Silicon Republic, Europe’s leading technology and innovation News Service, reporting online since 2001. Ann is also the driving force behind Silicon Republic’s Women Invent campaign, launched in 2013, to champion remarkable women role models in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and to help tackle the gender gap in the knowledge industries. She is the founder of Inspirefest, a unique annual international sci-tech event, which takes place in Dublin and is grabbing headlines for disrupting the traditionally ‘male and pale’ tech conference calendar. Ann was awarded a fellowship in May 2015 from the Irish Computer Society for her work in championing women in STEM, and a Net Visionary award from the Irish Internet Association for her work on ensuring the visibility of remarkable women role models in her industry. Ann was named ‘Media Woman of the Year’ at the Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards 2014. In 2016, she was the first woman to be inducted into the Irish Internet Association’s Hall of Fame. In November 2017, she was recognised at the ITAG awards for her outstanding contribution to the digital sector. Ann also sits on the advisory boards of the Digital Youth Council, and Teen Turn, an award winning organisation that facilitates technology internships for young girls from disadvantaged areas.