Mojofest, the longest running international smartphone content creators festival, returns to Galway. Glen Mulcahy, the director of Mojofest has announced that the festival will return to the Bailey Allen Hall in NUI Galway from 6th-8th June this year. Speaking at the launch he said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to bring the conference back to Galway again. Having lived in Galway for 15 years myself I know what a wonderful, vibrant and creative community there is here and feedback from the delegates last year was fantastic. It simply would not have been possible to do this without the support and partnership of NUI Galway”
This is the fifth year of the event which originated in 2015 as RTÉ Mojocon while Mulcahy was Head of Innovation with the national broadcaster. This will be the third year it has been held in Galway. Mojofest is a 3-day festival which explores and celebrates the use of smartphones for Photography, Film-making, Audio production, Livestreaming, Marketing, Social Media content creation and Journalism. The event includes keynotes, plenary sessions with international speakers, hands-on workshops/activities and an expo by some of the leading App developers and accessory manufacturers who make professional smartphone content creation possible.
Last year acclaimed Hollywood director Steven Soderberg launched “Unsane” a feature film which was shot entirely on an iPhone and released in Cinemas worldwide. While that project attracted a lot of media attention there has been a growing trend towards companies, brands, media organisations and NGO’s leveraging smartphones to create content which is perfectly suited for digital channels and effective for engaging and building an audience.
Mojofest has been at the cutting edge of that movement and has hosted past speakers from media organisations like CNN, BBC, Aljazeera, The Guardian, Sky News, and brands like GAA, DJI, Insta360, Sennheiser, The Futurists Agency and many more.
The conference is aimed at social media managers, CSR teams, marketing executives, indie filmmakers, journalists, pr staff, media/journalism students, mobile photography enthusiasts, media executives, SME Business owners and any member of the public with an interest.
50 Speakers are coming from around the globe and the final lineup, to be announced shortly, has some high profile names in the mobile content, influencer marketing and media communities. The main event takes place from Thursday 6th - Saturday 8th June in the Bailey Allen Conference hall at NUI Galway. The conference is being run in association with RTÉ.
Keynote speakers include Emmy award-winning journalist Waad Alkateab who documented the Syrian war from within Aleppo with just her phone and a DSLR. Her award-winning stories were broadcast on Channel 4 news where she now works as a documentary filmmaker. Multi-award winning Director of Photography, Philip Bloom returns to Mojofest to present a keynote on the evolution of consumer technology and how it has the potential to transform storytelling. In her first visit to Ireland, the managing director of AJ+, Dima Khatib will share insights into how traditional tv organisation like Aljazeera leveraged digital technology to reinvent the way news was sourced, created and distributed to engage new audiences via mobile.
Notable sessions include:
Computational Photography - how smartphones are gaining ground on “pro” cameras. Mobile story formats for Social media eg Instagram. Mobile multi-camera live streaming - the future of “local tv”? Smart Podcasting - building your brand with audio. Workshops include underwater photography, live streaming setups, vertical storytelling formats, photo walks and much more.
The conference website is https://mojofest.eu/ and tickets are on sale now.
Images - Sir Cam Photos