TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to over the decades in support of this mission through multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to give “the talk of their lives” in 18 minutes or less. Most of these talks are then made available, for free, on TED.com and via other distribution channels. Past TED speakers include Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan Daniel Kahneman and other lesser known people who deserve the world’s attention

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. Additional recurring events include TEDGlobal, TEDWomen, TEDSummit and TEDFest. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the TED Translators program, through which TEDx talks get captioned and TED talks, TEDx talks and TED-Ed videos are translated into 115+ languages by volunteers around the world; the educational initiative TED-Ed; TED has also established the annual TED Prize, which is granted to an exceptional individual to help them bring a world-changing idea to action; TEDx, through which individuals and groups can host local, self-organized TED-like events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

TEDx is a local, independently organized event based on the TED conference format. It can be organized anywhere in the world based on a free license granted by TED. The “x” stands for “independently organized TED event”. The topics and speakers are chosen by the licensee, subject to the rules in the licence: including that the event must also be non-profit and neither speakers nor organisers can be paid. The participants and supporters of TEDx are united by the same ideals, of working together to give a platform for the sharing of great ideas and inspiration.

TEDx license holders can organise and lead initiatives aimed at integrating the local community and to jointly developing positive solutions for their environment. These activities can include TEDxSalons, TEDxAdventures and TEDxLive, as well as the main event.

This is our main conference, organized once a year. We also organise other initiatives uniting the community around the idea of TED, like our regular TEDxKazimierzSalons, TEDxKazimierzLive, Transcribeathons and an international regional workshop for TEDx organisers from many European countries. In the past, we have also organised TEDxKazimierzAdventures.

We aim to put great speakers, projects and ideas on the TEDxKazimierz stage, from different walks of life: activists, artists and thinkers.

Our goals are to spread the word about TED, TEDx and TEDxKazimierz. We want to put great ideas on our stage, build community among those who attend our events and promote tolerance, inclusiveness, positivity and openness. We aim to maintain a welcoming atmosphere, keeping our sense of fun while maintaining the highest levels of quality and professionalism.

Events

Upcoming Events

Previous Events

We chose the theme of “Illumination” for our main TEDxKazimierz event on June 9. We love this theme because illumination is associated with light, discovery and epiphany. On the TEDxKazimierz stage, we want to shine the spotlight on powerful, transformative speakers and ideas. Illumination also speaks to our core values of transparency and openness, with which we curate our events and engage in a dialog with our audience. In the welcoming, sunlit spaces of the Manggha Museum, TEDxKazimierz will allow great ideas to be illuminated and flooded with light in 2018.

TEDxKazimierz 2017 was a full-day event on 22nd April in the Variété Theatre Kraków, with the theme of “Inspiration“. All our team members and speakers worked for free as volunteers.

Notable moments were when Alina Malocha, a teacher from Rabka, and some of her pupils, received a standing ovation for their talk, when 8 year old Marianna Pawlik played her violin, and when YouTube star MC Silk, who has more than 10 million views of his “Rap Nobody Faster than Rap God (Eminem)” video, was interviewed on stage.

The event was oversubscribed, as usual, with 380 tickets sold at cost to pay for catering, plus another 40-50 people at the event as team members, speakers, sponsors, technical crew and volunteers. The audience was curated in the sense that each person who applied had to say why they deserved a ticket.

It was very highly rated both by verbal feedback during the day and in the independent NPS survey sent out by TED and not controlled by TEDxKazimierz.

Apart from the talks, we had laughter yoga, warm-up activities, icebreakers, a live pianist in the lobby, a “Before I Die” wall and a “TEDxKazimierz Community Notice Board”, UV face-painting, a photo wall, a TEDxKazimierz Fingerprint Tree, workshops on hula hoop and drama, magicians, live simultaneous interpretation and a video stream of the conference.

TEDxKazimierz 2016 took place for the second time in the Jewish Galicia Museum.

The conference aimed to serve the local community by giving great people, ideas and projects in Kazimierz a global stage. The theme of the event was “Transformation“, which covered a wide variety of positive “before” and “after” stories, where the speaker showed how the idea they wanted to share address a problem or challenge and could potentially help resolve the issue. TED Prize Winner Professor Sugata Mitra recorded a special video message for the event; Dariusz Aksamit received a standing ovation for his talk on how he wants to change the way we educate children. Joanna Garnier of La Strada foundation talked about her battles against human trafficking and sex slavery in Poland. Rapper Kosha Dillz told us how freestyle rap saved his life, getting him out of prison and addiction. Entrepreneur of the Year John Lynch described how his battles to save his company changed his life. We had talks from the builders of the community of magicians in Poland, Michał Skubida and Michał Kulik, from filmmaker Paulina Fiejdasz and comedian Tomasz Biskup. Off-stage entertainment included fashion workshops, magicians and live music.

The independent TED survey confirmed that the event was very highly rated by the those who attended.

On the 23rd May 2015, the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków played host to the very first TEDxKazimierz event. The theme for this conference was “Age is no Limit“. On the famous red circle, we had several speakers, among whom were comedian Jim Williams and journalist Edward Lucas. 91-year-old Second World War Veteran Professor Wojciech Narębski received a standing ovation for his account of his survival of a Soviet prison and fighting the Nazis, and the entire conference sang him the Vera Lynn war song “We’ll Meet Again”. Rock star Alex Carlin sang and played his guitar. An array of artists, scientists and business people joined the event. The all-day conference featured talks in Polish and English with simultaneous interpretation. The event was very highly rated by the vast majority of attendees.

Team

Richard Lucas
Curator

British born businessman and social entrepreneur. Was granted Polish nationality in 2017. Grew up in Oxford, studied economics in Cambridge and moved to Poland in 1991. Has established and invested in a number of businesses. Active in supporting business and social entrepreneurship and the startup community worldwide. Has been involved in TEDx as a speaker, sponsor, and organiser, with TEDxKazimierz since 2015, and other TEDx-es since 2010.

Wioletta Dec
Head of production and the TEDxKazimierz look & feel

Wioletta has many years of experience in marketing, branding, advertising and organising conferences worldwide, especially in the IT space. She has been connected to the world of TED and TEDx since 2012.
A passionate dancer, traveller, skater and snowboarder. In love with street photography and contemporary art. At TEDxKazimierz she is in charge TEDxKazimierz look & feel, its creative concept, the stage design, ‘artists & performers' curation, production and audience experience.

Krystian Aparta

Krystian is a linguist, translator and editor, as well as a TED Translator, TEDx speaker and a TED-Ed educator. He has been involved with TEDx since 2010, as a core team-member and curator (TEDxYouth@Kraków 2013), and currently serves as part of our speaker team and the editor of our English and Polish content. He has a cat named for a dog and loves Star Trek and passionate discussions that sometimes go somewhere.

Alina Usyk

Passionate about finance and business development. Believes that in this world, nothing is impossible. The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. She is seeking the best way to raise a startup to a unicorn status. TED talks inspire her to take action and motivate her to do more. On the TEDxKazimierz team, she is responsible for Social Media Marketing.

Justyna Cyrankiewicz

A student of Arts and Media Management at the Jagiellonian University. A budding festival organizer, volunteer and graphic designer. Writes occasionally, reads compulsively. She follows two principles: ``be the change (...)`` and ``good food = a good life``. Passionate about contemporary art, electronic music, healthy living and penguins. In January, she decided to watch at least one TED talk every day. On the TEDxKazimierz team, Justyna is responsible for creative tasks.

Katarzyna Żydek

An eternal optimist with an analytical mind, creative spirit and boundless energy. Food lover, traveller and running enthusiast. Currently works in the finance sector, hosts soft skills training workshops in her spare time and, of course, watches tons of TED Talks. From time to time, she dreams of becoming a yoga teacher on Bali.

Kinga Skorupska

Kinga is a social informatics PhD candidate interested in UX design, crowdsourcing and chatbots. Also she is an academic and multimedia translator with background in web design and education. Now, she is also involved in an educational project integrating design and social studies. In TEDxKazimierz she helps with scouting and speaker training, but she’s the most passionate about her involvement in the TED translators project – so if you’re into subtitling drop her a message.

Mateusz Mazela
Partnerships Coordinator

Responsible for the coordination of external partnerships at TEDxKazimierz. Professionally, he does the same job at the Kosciuszko Institute – an independent think tank which specialises in cybersecurity and public policy. Alumni of the Northumbria University (Criminology, BA Hons).

Gabriela Masztafiak

Gabi – a volunteer by profession. I noticed that the best things began to happen when I stopped taking money for my work. Political freak, bookworm, traveler by surprise – on Monday, I invent a place, and on Wednesday, I am already taking a photo of myself with it as the background. Looking for new, unpredictable futures, I came to TEDxKazimierz. I usually help with registration, but in the meantime, I am also a member of the Sponsorship Team.

Joanna Czyżycka

For many years, she has been working in social entrepreneurship and collaborating with NGOs, such as the Warsaw branch of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. A graduate of the University of Haifa in Israel and the University of Warsaw. Currently, Asia works in investment banking. On the TEDxKazimierz team, she is responsible for what's most important in life – food & drinks.

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