On March 13th 2014 I had the pleasure to attend TEDxWarsaw, which was held in Zlote Tarasy in Warsaw. It was 5th edition of TEDxWarsaw, but first in which I have opportunity to take part. This year main theme was “Embrace the Other”.
What is TED / TEDx?
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize independent, TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TEDxWarsaw is a local, independently organised TEDx event, operated under license from TED.
Descriptions from: http://tedxwarsaw.com/about-tedx/
Speakers & presentations
Whole event had 4 sessions: REASONATE, REACH OUT, JUXTAPOSE and EMBRACE. All presentations was 20 minutes long and it’s really hard to judge which one was the best. Every single one has something that could interest many people at the audience. Persona”pleasully, I thought that TEDxWarsaw presentations will be more technical. But as for me as for other people it was not a problem at all.
I was late for the first presentation, but fortunately I didn’t miss the final 🙂 No one was expecting that Yuri Drabent will propose to his girlfriend (she said ‘yes’, congratulations!) while he was talking about story #4 from his amazing and full of adventures life. He talked about doing things that scare you and it was one of them. Well done.
Another talk worth to describe was Jan Blake “A story, a story! Let it come, let it go!”. Jan is professional storyteller and she showed that during TEDxWarsaw. Great story, great public speaking skills and her naturalism was perfect combination appreciated by audience. During after party I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t have placed this presentation in their TOP3 of entire event.
As for me other memorable and important from my point of view was also:
– Lech Mankiewicz presentation about education without boundaries,
– Maria Mach talk about healthy sense of parenthood and education of children,
– Łukasz Kozak performance about problems with present overproduction of content in Internet and informations possible to find in digital libraries (e.g. http://www.polona.pl/ – I recommend!),
– Joanna Białobrzeska talk about her personal concept / idea named “FAST LIFE” in which she compares people life and parenthood to fast foods for example. Very interesting and eyes opening to problems not visible from the first sight.
All presentations will be available on YouTube. For couple of days, whole 10 hours material without cuts is also available to watch here: http://streamonline.pl/tedx/.
“People are awesome!” and #h2h hashtag
What is the most important thing around event like this is networking and meeting people with sometimes the same or rather different kind of interests like ours. During whole day I have met so many incredible and passionate people who were open to each other even in queue for coffee or coat in locker-room (for real! not like on other conferences on which people mostly seems to be there for punishment). It was amazing. It was like in stories about Silicon Valley openess. I hadn’t any free of talk moment in entire day. Maciej Budzich (http://mediafun.pl/) have written in his review that he could describe whole TEDx with hashtag #h2h – human to human, because most of the stories were concentrated precisely on human. I think that whole event, not only stories could be greatefully described under this hashtag.
After the official event in Zlote Tarasy many of attendants moved to Cafe Kulturalna inside Palace of Culture and Science for, also official, after party. I have met people from my hometown (Bialystok), Warsaw, Cracow, Wroclaw, London and Beijing (!). Enjoying the beer and yerbata we have talked about technology, future and creative posibilities to live like other don’t. I would like to thank everyone I met that day. Thank you for the knowledge, energy and sharing your experience with me!
I can’t wait to next TEDx. It could be sooner than we expect, because during TEDxWarsaw we have heard about TEDxWarsawPresidentialPalace (http://www.tedxwarsawpresidentialpalace.com).
So… see you there?!