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.
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.
Alina UsykDeputy head
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.
Currently working in the finance department at HSBC in Krakow. Has gained valuable experience as Business Consultant and currently focused in Project Management. Motivated in building a bigger awarenese for TED talks as he believes that ideas worth spreading can have a big positive impact on people . In the TEDxKazimierz team Alboren is responsible for Marketing & PR.
Olena PashninaHead of Partnerships
Olena creates Partnerships with companies that support TEDxKazimierz and want to make this world a better place. Her goal is to ensure our relationships are mutually beneficial and long-lasting. With a background in Project Management Olena is passionate about Communications and believes that ideas are most powerful when shared. TEDx is a perfect place for that, providing a platform for connection, empowerment and inspiration.
Oksana RovnaHR Lead
Oksana moved to Krakow from a small town in Ukraine in 2014. Works as the recruiter in the international IT company. Pursuing to develop her career in recruitment and to start her own project. Finishes her MBA in February 2020. Believes that successful people treat mistakes as learning opportunities; they always ask questions and look for the teachers. If you want to be big - dream big and prepare yourself for that dream to come true. On TEDxKazimierz Oksana leads the Recruitment and HR. She is passionate about TED and the impact it makes on the communities.
Christopher FlörkeVolunteer Coordinator
Chrissi moved to Poland 2 years ago, he is currently working at an American FMCG company. He loves to get to know new people, places and experiences. Coming from Monachium, he likes polish craft beer and Kialbasa, although he tries to be a flexitarian for a reasonable time now.
Yelizaveta LutskaSpeaker Researcher/Social Media Manager
Student of International Business. Interesting in business management and economics. Believes in the power of women and equality. Our world will be better with more kindness and creativity. TED is her kind of inspiration and through its impact on people this is a possibility to make difference in the world. On TEDxKazimierz team, she works in speaker researcher team and is a social networks manager.
Mariusz WilkSocial Media Manager
Polish student at VI High School in Cracow. The youngest and the only person in the team, that cannot buy himself a beer. For him, the more effort you put in, the better outcome you get. This year, he is going to run a half-marathon and next year in April- marathon. TEDxKazimierz gives him a lot of new possibilities in any part of life; making connections, taking responsibility and managing human resources. Right now, together with Yelizaveta, manage the Social Media.
Omar GametCommunity Manager/Ambassador
I moved to Krakow in 2018 and will soon be completing 1 year in this beautiful city. I’m currently studying at the Jagiellonian University. I actively participate in social events and run a language exchange group. Outside of class, I have active roles in InterNations and my university student association as Ambassador and President, respectively. I have also taught as a Spanish Teacher as part of a voluntary student project. Recently, my family and I launched an online clothing business and I’m learning about entrepreneurship. Poland has given me so much and I feel like it’s my duty to give back to the people and help out my community.
Marta RogachRegistration Team
A young and ambitious graduate of Jagiellonian University who loves to discover new places and develop herself. During my university studies, I managed to change my place of residence three times, having participated in exchange programs and spent six months in the USA and Belgium. As for now I work in digital marketing branch and I am very passionate about my job. Volunteering has been a part of my life since I was 12, I was a member of a scouting organization for 7 years and now joined TEDx to continue doing sth good for Krakow community.
Olga UmerenkovaSocial Media Marketing
Moved to Cracow in 2018. Before that, she lived in Odessa, Ukraine. Has two higher degrees, worked as an Assistant Professor at University. Here in Cracow, she goes to the Policialna School, and this is her last year. Likes painting, doing sports, yoga. Her motto is to constantly develop and gain new knowledge. TED gives her strong inspiration, she believes that a great idea can change the world. On the TEDxKazimierz, she works in the Social Media Marketing team.
I am working in finance. Moved to Kraków in 2016. I like animals and want to have mini zoo in the future. In Ted and TEDx i like the posibility to find speach about everything what you want to know about, from the person who is the Master in the field of knowledge.