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Sunday, 9th July 2017

Refresh Boyne continues to bring leading thinkers to North East


Brendan Kearns (front) with the Refresh Boyne team Graham O’Rourke, Co-Founder of Aphix Software, Breanndán Casey of The Mill and Sean Downey.

The Cross Pub in Georges Street, Drogheda was packed out for the latest Refresh Boyne event which featured London-based Australian Digital Product Designer Brendan Kearns, speaking on ‘Creating a Design Culture’.

This event continues Refresh Boyne’s strong track record of bringing leading creative and technical thinkers to the NorthEast region.

Refresh Boyne is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of the New Media industry in the Boyne region. They hold events that promote design, technology, usability and standards and is part of, and inspired by, the Refreshing Cities movement.

As part of his ‘What good design really looks like’ talk Brendan Kearns spoke about his roles with leading design-led companies Twitter and Invision, and about choosing the right methods for designing at scale and creating a design culture inside organisations.

Refresh Boyne was established in 2014 by Sean Downey, and work closely with The Mill Enterprise Hub and other stakeholders in the region to deliver thought-provoking and world-class speakers to the region.

 “I was aware that the Boyne region had a very strong creative tradition, but I felt that a lot of the activity was fragmented and below the radar” Sean Downey said. “Refresh Boyne events offer local creative talent and startups an opportunity to hear from leading thinkers across the creative and technical sectors, which are continually criss-crossing with each other”

Breanndán Casey of The Mill commented that “prior to the establishment of the Refresh Boyne voluntary organisation, it was difficult for like-minded startups in the technical and creative sectors to meet. The calibre of speakers has been very exciting, and includes startup expert Eamon Leonard, Valista Founder Raomal Perrera, and PR Guru Paul Hayes.

Past topics include Gaming, Mongo DB, Lean Startup methodology, UX, and Podcasting. Our future speakers include Declan Costello, Head of IT Infrastructure at Ryanair speaking on ‘The Digital Transformation of Ryanair’, and International Investor Bill Liao of SOS Ventures on ‘Turning Impossible into Inevitable’.

All Refresh Boyne events are free and attendees can register at

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