Kalamata
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Theme: Limits

This event occurred on
June 7, 2014
8:00pm - 1:00am (UTC +3hrs)
Kalamata, 17
Greece

This year's main topic: Limits. Limits exist to define our identity and challenge us. Personal, biological, physical and social limits set by our position on the map, religion, language, taboos and social norms.

In 2014, TEDxKalamata draws its inspiration from ‘ideas’ that indicate the existence of limits and manage to overcome them.

Behind these limitations: People. People that define themselves and move within them, evolve and get dragged away with them. Kalamata hosts stories demonstrating how the impossible can become possible, in a paradoxical journey where boundaries are defined, in order to inspire rather than to define.

Guessing who the leading characters of TEDxKalamata – Limits are? Those who know, embrace and transcend their limits!

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Archaeological Museum of Messene
Kalamata, 17, 24100
Greece
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Adam Pearson

Adam Pearson is a London based Actor, TV Presenter, Researcher and Charity Campaigner who has sent nearly 30 years challenging society perceptions, breaking boundaries and redefining "Limits". After gaining a Bachelors Degree in Business management Adam has gone on to work with Broadcasters such as BBC and Channel 4 and has recently starred alongside Scarlett Johansson in the movie "Under the Skin". He also works heavily with the charities "Changing Faces" and "Jeans for Genes" to raise awareness about facial disfigurement and genetic disorders, going in to schools and teaching the youngers generation that its "perfectly normal and OK not to be perfectly normal and OK".

Alexandra Cousteau

A National Geographic "Emerging Explorer," filmmaker and globally recognized advocate on water issues, Alexandra Cousteau continues the work of her renowned grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau and her father Philippe Cousteau, Sr. She has mastered the remarkable storytelling tradition handed down to her and has the unique ability to inspire audiences on the weighty issues of policy, politics and action. Alexandra is dedicated to advocating the importance of conservation and sustainable management of water in order to preserve a healthy planet. Her global initiatives seek to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources.

Daniel "Cloud" Campos

With a background in art, editing, music, dance and acting Daniel Cloud Campos was born to tell stories. He started off his professional career as a backup dancer on Madonna's 2004 Re-Invention Tour that opened the doors into the commercial world. While continuing to dance for multiple artists and commercial companies such as Shakira, Sade, Bob Dylan, Apple, Gap and Microsoft, Daniel took every opportunity being on set to school himself for his true passion. Directing. Taking matters into his own hands he began creating his own short films that received viral recognition and built an audience world wide. Finally making his transition from in front to behind the camera Daniel has directed music videos for artists such as Paramore, Panic! At The Disco and Zedd. But Despite all of his accomplishments to date, Mr. Campos's journey has only begun. Each experience and opportunity has brought him closer to his ultimate dream of bringing story telling through music, song and dance back to the cinemas. MUSICALS! His true goal is to inspire the world through his imagination in hopes to leave a path for many to follow.

Simon Critchley

Simon Critchley (born 27 February 1960) is an English philosopher currently teaching at The New School, who writes primarily on the history of philosophy, political theory, religion, ethics, and aesthetics, especially literature and theatre. Critchley works from within the tradition of continental philosophy. He argues that philosophy commences in disappointment, either religious or political. These two axes may be said to inform his published work: religious disappointment raises the question of meaning and has to, as he sees it, deal with the problem of nihilism; political disappointment provokes the question of justice and raises the need for a coherent ethics.

Safak Pavey

Safak Pavey is a member of the Turkish Parliament representing Istanbul province for the main opposition social democrat party CHP. She serves on the EU-Turkey Accession Committee and is an UN independent human rights expert. Safak is known for her work in the field of human rights, humanitarian aid and peace-building with a background embracing diplomacy, activism and politics. She served the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as the head of secretariat and worked for the United Nations Refugee Agency on humanitarian missions in the Middle East, Southwest Asia and Central Europe. After winning a parliamentary seat in June 2011, she continues to advocate the rights of vulnerable populations -women, children, lgbt, minority communities and defending the rights of nature, environment in Turkey. Pavey has degrees in international relations, arts&film studies and post-graduate degrees in minority rights from the London School of Economics. She was a columnist for the Armenian-Turkish newspaper Agos and has published three books. She continues to participate in various think-tank platforms such as German Marshall Fund Forums, Bilderberg Conference 2013. In addition to numerous honors, Safak was recently awarded the Secularist of the Year Award by British National Secular Society, JCI World Outstanding Young Person Award and 2012 International Woman of Courage Award by former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Giorgos Lazaridis

Giorgos Lazaridis, born on the 16 of August 1973 at Kalamata, is an Paralympic athlete. A car accident left him disabled at the age of 20, early 1993. It was not before the 2004 Paralympics that motivated him to take up tennis professionally. Meeting with Giorgos Kontos, the federal coach and Mr. Vazouras, the representative of wheelchair tennis for Greece, further encouraged him to chase his dream on professional tennis. After years of training with various coaches, Giorgos entered his first professional tournament at Sunderland, Great Britain, on March of 2005. Subsequently, Giorgos competed in numerous tournaments of regional and worldwide caliber, his finest moment being the Beijing Paralympics on 2008. His proximate goal is to participate at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics on 2016.

Guillaume Nery

Guillaume grew up by the Mediterranean Sea, in Nice. As a child, he used to go diving every summer with his flippers and mask, accompanied by his father, to discover the wonders of the underwater world. At the age of 14, he and a friend took up a challenge: to hold their breath for as long as possible. The simple game became an obsession and led him one day to meet Claude Chapuis, the founder of the international AIDA federation (Worldwide Federation for breath-hold diving). He became his mentor. True to the Nice school of diving, Guillaume devoted all his time and energy to his passion. He made huge progress when working alongside Loic Leferme (5 times No-Limits world record holder), who later became a role model, guide and close friend. In 2002, he became the youngest ever free dive record holder, by diving to a depth of -87m using the force of his fins alone. That marked the beginning of a great adventure. Guillaume then beat the world record 3 times, became the world team champion in 2008 and the individual world champion in Greece in 2011, diving down to -117m.Nowadays, he dives until -125m of depth, the new France record. As well as all the competitions and broken records, Guillaume teaches deep diving at his school, CIPA (in Nice), conducts training, is involved in business life and sets sail across the world's oceans searching for new areas to explore.

Encardia Music Band

encardia is the name of a Greek musical ensemble focused at and inspired by the rich musical tradition of Southern Italy. Their amazing and most energetic music collective creates and performs original music as well as traditional music of the region that Greek and Italian cultures mix. The group was formed in 2004 and has performed more than 500 live concerts not only in all regions of Greece, but in various places in Italy, in Southern France, Algeria, Germany, Switzerland and Cyprus as well. The troubadours of encardia have released five albums, all of them critically acclaimed. The unique connection they share with their audiences in concert, has often been notably mentioned by the media. In March 2012, the documentary film of Angelos Kovotsos about “encardia”, called “encardia, the dancing stone” won the prestigious Audience Award in the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and will be projected in other Festivals abroad.

Alyssa Carson

Since she was three years old, Alyssa wanted to fulfill her dream of being an astronaut. Alyssa is in the 7th grade at Baton Rouge International School, where she studies all her subjects in 4 different languages. On October 9, 2013 she became the first person to complete the NASA Passport Program, going to all 14 NASA Visitor Centers in the US. She has appeared in several tv shows, been written up in numerous newspapers and magazines. Alyssa wants to be one of the first humans on Mars.

Yannis Verginadis

Yannis is the founder of Peekintoo. PeekInToo is a Greek startup that was officially launched on December of 2013 and in less than four months acquired users in more than 50 countries around the world. It offers an exciting new way of virtually experiencing and witnessing anything that is happening around the world, captured in real-time and upon request. PeekInToo is an anonymous social network which enables users to request and upload visual content. Users can request “Peeks” (12 second videos) from any desired location around the globe, view “Past Peeks” (videos uploaded up to two hours ago), and contribute “PeekShouts” (voluntary Peeks capturing interesting incidents or events) using their mobile devices.

Grigoris Zontanos

Grigoris is one of the founders of Locish. Locish is a Q&A mobile app enabling users to ask like-minded people for real-time recommendations on new places to eat, drink, and have fun. Each response is specific to the users individual inquiry and matched to their personal preferences.This is how Locish works- Ask a question to other Locish users- Get tailored replies from like-minded people- As well as a personal response, you get all the venue details you need - Pass on your recommendations, connect, chat, and wax lyrical about your favorite places with those who share your interests.

Organizing team

Spyros
Zervas

Kalamata, Greece
Organizer

Panagiotis
Karampinis

Kalamata, Greece
Co-organizer
  • Ioanna Oikonomou
    Stage (Interior) Designer
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    Progect Manager
  • Ioanna Zerva
    Hospitality Manager
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    Logistics Cordinator
  • Villy Manolia
    Speakers Coach
  • Melina Sidiropoulou
    Speakers Coach
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    IT Manager
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    Production Director
  • Maria Dendia
    SOcial Media Manager
  • Dimitris Grigoriadis
    Content Manager
  • Ioanna Markopoulou
    Head of Media & Communications
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    Marketing Director
  • Periklis Vanikiotis
    Media & Communications Strategist
  • Lydia Giannakopoulou
    Agenda Advisor
  • Mary Tournarakou
    Volunteers Manager
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    PR and Local Partnerships
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    PR
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    Production Specialist
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    Production Specialist
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    PR
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    Social Media
  • Garyfalia Pitsika
    Translations Director
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    Brand & Art Director
  • Alexandros Akrivos
    Head of Photography
  • Evangelia Parliari
    Tourism Strategist
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    Stage & Design
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    PR
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    PR
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    Mobile App
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    Mobile App
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    PR
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    PR
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    PR
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    Logistics and PR
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    Hospitality