FACE Dublin: What about my future?

Stay tuned to watch the FACE Dublin: What about my future? Expert panel discussion. Jesse Van Doren, Ken Banks, Cristina Luminea and Eoin Costello will be sharing their experiences with overcoming the professional fears involved in starting up. 



Welcome pitch at the Guinness Enterprise Centre 17:30 GMT

FACE Entrepreneurship team introduction

Startup Europe & Spain Startup

Entrepreneurship Panel with experts 18:00 GMT

Survey and networking session 19:20 GMT  

And… free Spanish style tapas! 

Meet our speakers


Jesse Van Doren 



In 2014 he hosted the first World Hackathon Day with the support of Google, Microsoft, ING, D-reizen, Redbull, Amnesty International, KPMG and New York Pizza. He brought the most talented top 500 teenagers (ages: 10-25) in 6 countries (South-Africa, Morocco, Germany, Israel, India and the Netherlands) together offline. In 24-hours they created viral web applications, infographics, videos, mobile apps and social campaigns designed to promote the international collaboration and the capabilities of youngsters throughout the world. The World Hackathon has been featured in over 100+ media outlets and was nominated for three awards.

He works with startups and multinationals to help them gain traction and reach their milestones. He works cross functionally with marketing science and product teams to measure increases in awareness, product engagement, and other core brand metrics to reach and acquire new customers.

He has worked with companies coming from all over the globe, created tech communities in more than 20 different countries which are reaching thousands of people and established many social media accounts by himself that brought him a monthly organic reach of 3 million people.


Ken Banks 



Ken Banks, Founder of kiwanja.net, FrontlineSMS and Means of Exchange, devotes himself to the application of mobile technology for positive social and environmental change in the developed and developing world. He has worked at the intersection of technology, anthropology, conservation and development for the past twenty years and, during that time, has lived and worked across the African continent.

He is a PopTech Fellow, a Tech Awards Laureate, an Ashoka Fellow and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and has been internationally recognised for his technology-based work. Ken is also a published author, with his first edited book, "The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator", released in late 2013. In 2015, Ken became CARE International's first ever Entrepreneur in Residence. 

His latest project, Means of Exchange, looks at how everyday technologies can be used to democratise opportunities for economic self-sufficiency, rebuild local community and promote a return to local resource use.


Cristina Luminea



Cristina is the founder and CEO of ThoughtBox, an award winning company using technology and Gameful Learning to develop educational experiences which engage young audiences. Previously she was part of the New Ventures & Innovation Group in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in charge of R&D and designing new educational experiences that utilise the capabilities of new technology to the fullest. 

Cristina has two Honours degrees in Software Development, a Bachelor degree in International Marketing and a Research Masters Degree in Engineering.

Women Invent: 100 top women in science, technology, engineering and maths (siliconrepublic.com) 2014.

Top 30 under 30: The brightest young entrepreneurs who are putting ideas to work (independent.ie) 2013.


Eoin Costello


I have worked on all sides of the business of startups, launching them as CEO (Novara Technology (t/a Register.ie/Host.ie–20 staff), Omniserve (4 staff), Costello Jewellers (10 staff)), growing them successfully to exit, studying them (University of Ulster Masters Dissertation presented to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation), investing in them (fund manager at Legal&General Investments UK) and supporting them through my role at DIT Hothouse Incubation Centre and cofounding Startup Ireland.

Service to the community I live and work in is important to me. I have established national initiatives such as the National Scrap Gold Week and the School & University Internet Awards. I have served as a director of the IIA, ISPAI and DLR Enterprise Board. 

Over the years I have spoken in front of audiences, large and small, at conferences,on national radio and on national television. 

I am passionate about mentoring startups (Outstanding Achievement Award from the Irish Institute for Training & Development received), technology as an enabler (Irish Domain Registry Achievement Award and the Dublin City Enterprise Board Award received) and study (winner at the Festival Of Innovative Practice at UU and winner of Anderson Gold Medal Essay Competition at Trinity). 

I am also passionate about Ireland. A key goal in my circling the planet was to visit the best incubation centres to come back and help play my part in Ireland’s next growth phase. I believe the best is yet to come for Ireland and that Irish startups will help lead the way in helping make Ireland a global startup hub.


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