A Dublin-based studio photographer and socialmedia specialist, Karol Liver has unusual passion – he is a riddle genius! “Zest Riddle" designed by him in 2004 became an internet phenomenon with more than 2 mln people trying to solve it. His main field of artistic interest is correspondence between the person acting in front of the camera and the stage on which he has given them to perform. Currently he works as Chief Editor of prism Photo Magazine and Google+ Product Quality Team Lead at Google.
Reach Karol at:
web (riddle) http://zestriddle.ovh.org/
web (photography) http://www.karol-liver.com/
It's a hight time to present this year's speakers:
As a visual thinking trainer, Klaudia Tolman from Warsaw, is messing around with 3 pieces every single day: piece of paper, piece of pencil and piece of mind. She believes it’s possible to draw everything and - what's more - sometimes drawing on the most basic level of ‘child drawing’, even if considered as a 'step back', can be a step forward in our personal development.
Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders
TED Playlist: The creative spark http://www.ted.com/playlists/11/the_creative_spark.html
Reach Klaudia at:
Web & blog: http://www.klaudiatolman.pl/
A member of the Geocaching Polska non-profit Association, Jan Raczyński from Warsaw worked for more than 15 years in several European and Middle Eastern countries as a sales person in IT Industry. He actively practices hiking and horseback riding. His main interest is the development and promotion of tourism as a way to promote the history and national heritage among young people. He perceives geocaching as a way to develop local communities.
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Social psychologist Jarosław Świątek is head editor of Polish Social Psychology Portal, editor of Polish Business Psychology Portal and author of book “Everybody lies. Don't get fooled!". As an expert of social influence, persuasion, deception, emotions and motivations he is a consultant for Polish media, including Telewizja Polska, Radio Eska ROCK, Polsat News and OnetBiznes.
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Norwegian-born Jewish actress, musician, director and playwright Bente Kahan saved one of the most beautiful buildings in Wrocław - The White Stork Synagogue. She has received numerous prestigious awards for her work in Poland, including the Wroclaw Mayor’s Award (2006), Ambassador of Wroclaw (2010) and the German-Polish Silesian Culture Award (2010).
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Born in Poland and raised in Germany, Maja Wozniak is a fan of finding explanations for the cause and impact of diverse cultural traditions, habits, behaviour and communication styles and underlying values. Because of her interests she had no hesitation to join WrOpenUp, non-commercial project promoting cultural and ethnic diversities by creative competition.
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Young Lithuanian musicians from Garbanotas Bosistas always try to play sincerely, because for them music is a talk. The band formed in Vilnius in 2008 of five friends nourishing different musical tastes and trying to find their own sound between old and new voices of the rock, blues and rock‘n‘roll world. Šarūnas Joneikis – enchanting vocal, his brother Mantas Joneikis – guitar, Augustinas Čobotas – bass, Narimantas Besakirskas - drums, Gabrielė Tamutytė – soft voice between the lines. Every concert is an adventure for the band and for the audience aswell. The band played in many lithuanian festivals („Bliuzo naktys“, „Tamsta muzika“, „Play fest“ ect.), won the award of the best lithuanian rock band 2012 at alternative music awards "T.E.T.E". This winter released a minialbum “VENERA”, had two tours in Lithuania and Latvia.
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The biggest passion of journalist, Rafał Motriuk is science and seeking truth through skepticism. He works as a science correspondent for the Polish Radio, communication coach, lecturer of journalism. He freelances for the BBC and TVP. He is the author of two books: "A Straight Road to Success" and "Autism: a Father's Diary".
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Biography of Radek Miszczak demonstrates one of his greatest beliefs: we live in the times of unlimited possibilities. He is a music journalist, a free time DJ and a (co-)owner of couple of creative companies. He loves music of black origin, art of leadership, entrepreneurship and hosting remarkable events. Currently he hosts refreshed version of first Polish music blog dobry.numer.
Reach Radek at:
blog dobry.numer 2.0
Joao de Sousa
The music of João de Sousa is a contemporary mixture of musical heritages: portuguese fado and folklore with Polish creativity and unpredictability. Traditional and modern fado, jazz, flamenco, Portuguese folklore with African and Arab influences are all part of João de Sousa’s vision of Fado Polaco – the presentation of an original and modern way of approaching fado. His voice is known from projects and collaborations with Mikromusic, Smolik, Ariel Ramirez Tango Quartet and João ‘Rocks’.
The story of adventurer Jasiek Mela shows that the only limitations are in our heads. While he was learning how to live his new life after terrible accident he met famous polish explorer Marek Kaminski who invited him to an expedition to the North Pole. Since then he has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Elbrus in Russia, climbed El Capitan in California and has run the New York marathon. He established his own foundation called Poza Horyzonty (Beyond the Horizons) to help other people get prostheses and to give them the possibility to discover and realize their passions, and to fulfill their dreams.
How to pull a rabbit out of a hat when you are the rabbit? Known as Artur Magik, ilusionist and mentalist Artur Zalwert from Kraków, everyday combines his three biggest passions (mentalism, magic and marketing) to create live changing possibilities for other people. His experience in helping the self-employed and small companies shows that marketing, branding and social media aren’t just a magic trick.
Combining role of an artist and a women rights activist in her work Iza Moczarna-Pasiek questions stereotypes of femininity. She photographs, gives presentations and writes about the need for balance in representation of femininity in themainstream society. In her art the photography is a tool to create projects as well as to present feminine reality more accurately. She is author and co-author of Kalendarz Amazonek (BCS's Calendar) presenting women after mastectomy, Supercilious Venus where she photographed plus size models undressed for the session, Panna z Dzieckiem (Maiden with a child) showing Polish unmarried single mothers and Amaravati presenting life of buddhist nuns in a male-run monastery.
Wojciech Kębłowski an urbanist and a researcher from Wrocław dreams about change of paradigms that govern European urban areas. For this purpose, he investigates how South American urban policy innovations "travel" and "mutate" in Europe. Fascinated by cities Wojciech enjoys living and discovering Brussels where he is as a PhD candidate at Université libre de Bruxelles.
The most influential woman in Lower Silesia, Aldona Wiktorska-Święcka is a researcher, assistant professor and activist specialized in the public sector. She visited universities in Heidelberg, Freiburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Bochum, Vienna, Dublin, Amsterdam, Groningen, Leiden and is actively involved in public activities as president, member and expert in advisory teams, think- and do-tanks devoted to regional & local development.