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This event occurred on
May 18, 2019
11:00am - 8:00pm EEST
(UTC +3hrs)
Piraeus, Attiki

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Michael Cacoyannis Foundation
Peireos 206, Tavros
Piraeus, Attiki, 17778
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“Karyatides" Olympiada Thrakomakedonon

Olympiada Thrakomakedonon is a gymnastics team counting various successes and accolades on their record such as their 1st place at the 'World Gym For Life Challenge' championship.

Adam Martinakis

Adam-Arthur Martinakis was born in Lubań,Poland in 1972 and he is of polish and Greek origin. He moved to Athens in 1982. Studied Interior Architecture, Decorative Arts & Design in Athens. Has worked on interior design, graphic design, ceramic design and 3D imaging as an artist as well as a professor for 10 years Since 2000, has been working and experimenting with digital forms of art (3D digital image- animation, digital sculpting, digital video, new instruments) Member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece Lives and works in Athens, in Poland and in the United Kingdom.

Alexandra Koniak

Alexandra Koniak is a singer and musician. She studied classical violin at the International Conservatory of Athens and received a diploma in Contemporary Singing from the Conservatory of Philippos Nakas. She has performed in musical and theatrical stages inside and outside Athens and has collaborated with many well-known artists, while also being a vocal coach.

Ermis Zacharopoulos

My name is Ermis Zacharopoulos and I am a senior at the Department of Informatics at the Athens University of Economics and Business (for a long time now). I am the creator of and I love technology, sciences, and stand-up comedy. As a student, I had been in the Youth Parliament and later in the Theatrical Group of the Athens University of Economics and Business. I have taken part in various festivals for the openness of science doing Stand-up Science (and talking incessantly) like the Athens Science Festival, the Athens Digital Art Festival at the Night of the Researcher and so on, as a member of the team of Science Reactors. I won at the competition of communication of the Science Famelab Greece at 2009 and in June I will be a part of the respective international competition. I like gaming, I keep notes all the time, I do photoshop to unwind and I have learnt English by playing Pokémon at the Gameboy. They call me “IT boy” and hacker but the truth is that I am only searching on Google.

George Kaikou & Milestone Light Crew


Jean Didier Totow Tom- Ata

Jean Didier Totow Tom- Ata is a young, energetic, ambitious and optimistic person. He comes from Congo and he lives in Greece for the last 7 years. During this period he has achieved a lot of admirable things. He is the President of the Congolian Committee in Greece and the Vice President of the Greek Forum of Refugees. He is a graduate of the Department of Digital Systems of the University of Piraeus, a postgraduate student in advanced systems of IT and a Researcher in the Research Centre of the University of Piraeus dealing with “big data”. Busy, studious, well-composed and dedicated fully to his goals. He speaks 6 languages. An important characteristic of his mentality is that there are no problems rather challenges. His faith in the creation of a world where everybody will live peacefully and harmoniously acts as a guide for his motives and actions.

Katerina Kassandrinou

My name is Katerina and I am 25 years old. I was born, grew up and I live in Athens. I try to allocate my daily time between my studies, job, volunteering and Game of Thrones. Complex carbohydrates and gifs are my best friends. I am still looking for an answer to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?”.

Katrina Tsantali

Katrina Tsantali was born and raised in Thessaloniki. From when she was a little girl she loved the animals and nature! She spent her student years in London, where she studied Business Administration and Marketing. She came back to Greece in 2010 and until today, she works at her family business - a winery of the same name. At the same time, she devotes time at the things that she loves. Among them, an important part is animal welfare, the collaboration with many organization and her active support toward them. Since she was a girl, she liked to express herself through writing. Her two first books, distributed from Dioptra Editions, “The Little Sophie and Do” on the subject of animal welfare and “The little boy and the 4 eggs” concerning the issue of (non) diversity.

Maria Kofou

Maria Kofou is a full-time travel blogger and experience designer. She loves traveling so she created the travel blog in 2012, the first Greek blog with suggestions for alternative traveling destinations, advice and useful tips for wanderings within and outside of Europe. She studied at the Department of Communication, Media and Culture at the Panteion University of Athens, she lived for a year in Spain and then she did a Master’s degree at Digital Media and Communication in Italy. She lived and worked for 3 years in Milan in the area of Digital PR as an Account Manager, while the last 6 years she does business in Athens, from where she plans and executes with great enthusiasm all of her trips. Since December of 2017, she started her own travel startup, which organizes trips for groups consisting of solo women.

Maria Maragozidou

Maria Maragozidou is a graduate of the Department of Surveying Engineering and Geoinformatics at the Technological Educational Institute of Central Macedonia. She has worked for many years in the food sector, as well as in public relations. She is currently a partner of the funeral Home “Teletai Boukouras” which constitutes a (digital) marketing phenomenon. The business’ Facebook page counts more than 50,000 likes and its content is spot-on, creative, totally humorous and… morbid.

Maria Juliana Byck

Maria Juliana Byck is an ethical fashion designer, poet, experimental filmmaker, and social practitioner engaging through video, installation, social interventions and place-based collaborations. Her current project, House of Refashion, reconstructs used clothing into new forms. As a place-based practice, the process of refashion designing calls attention to the possibilities of working with materials that already exist to counteract systemic exploitation, waste and pollution embedded in the global textile industry. To resist the overconsumption encouraged by fast fashion by slow downing and enjoying the process of design and engagement with textiles, she hosts a Creative Reuse project in collaboration with Khora Freeshop and Victoria Square Project. Designed to create community through crafting, sharing new and traditional techniques in clothing repair, redesign and alterations, weekly skill shares and a monthly clothing swap bring people together to create rather than consume, fostering togetherness, rather than the expanding void.

Nancy Mallerou

Dr. Nancy Mallerou is one of the top Coaches and most eligible speaker in Greece. Throughout her lectures, tv appearances, articles, seminars, coaching and books has affected, in a positive way- the lives of thousands of people. In the business world has contributed to the efforts of many companies, executives and employees introducing specifically designed Business Coaching programs. Dr. Mallerou holds a Bachelor in French Literature, an MBA and a Ph.D. in co-operative strategies. She is a Certified Coach, founding member and former President of the International Coach Federation – Greek Chapter and John Mattone’s partner, ex-coach of Steve Jobs. She holds various diplomas in Lifestyle Management from the Dpt. of Continuous Education of Harvard Medical School. She has teached Marketing and Communications at Panteion University for more than a decade. She is an Ambassador of Women Act. She has a 14-year experience at the most demanding work environments of multinational corporation as an Communications executive. She is the author of the book “It Can Get Better”, “Competitors, Cooperate!”, “Today it will…” and “It Can Get Better -Diary 2015-2019”. She has collaborated for 6 year with TEDxAthens as a Speakers’ Coach She is the inspirer and keynote speaker of the yearly non-profit Inspirational Coaching Conference “KALYTERA GINETAI” (“IT CAN GET BETTER”), which has attracted over thousands of people. Dr. Mallerou is the founder and CEO of Life Clinic Group S.A., a leading coaching company for personal and professional development. She is a devoted mother and wife and believes that Love, Growth and Contribution are the ingredients for a life worth living. Her personal motto: “It Can Get Better”!

Nikos Moutsinas

Nick Moutsinas is an actor, director, and a TV host. He has been a part of many successful shows with the most recent being “For the company”, which has overstepped the ratings of any TV show and is particularly loved by the audience. He has participated in many successful theatrical plays with the most recent being “Ververitsa”, which he also directed. He is characterized by his sense of humor, his intelligence, and his unique lines. He has offered and is still offering plenty of laughter to the Greek audience through his clever comments and his unique way of perceiving things.

Odysseas Lamtzidis

Odysseas focuses on solving problems that affect the quality of everyday life and helps people to be the best version of themselves. He believes that Initiative, Creativity & Responsibility are the keys to success. As one needs to contest any opportunity that arises, find the most efficient solution and lastly understand his absolute responsibility for his personal path in life. He started the first entrepreneurship club in the UoP by becoming a member of Mindspace, a NPO that promotes entrepreneurship in the university, he founded the Patras Chapter and have worked closely with the university office of Research & Innovation. He also participated in MIT Bootcamp on I&Ε 2018 and ran a crowdfunding campaign called ”Odyssey to MIT”, raising over 10K euro in 4 weeks. He is a passionate maker, having developed a personal smart-home assistant by converting his old apartment into a smart-home. He is actively researching in the University of Patras NAM & APEL groups in the interconnection of IoT and Distributed Ledger Technologies. Last but not least, he is devoted into "sharpening the saw" by maintaining a healthy lifestyle with constant exercise and quality time for personal development.

Payam Barnaghi

Payam Barnaghi was born and grew up in Mianeh, a small town in northwest Iran. He studied computer science and obtained his PhD in Artificial Intelligence in 2007. He is currently Professor of Machine Intelligence in the Centre for Vision, Speech and SignalProcessing (CVSSP) at the University of Surrey. He works on the development of new machine learning and semantic computing algorithms and techniques for future internet and web systems, with a focus on Internet of Things, time-series data analysis, information search and retrieval and their applications in healthcare and smart cities. He is Technical Lead of theNHS/Department of Health funded Technology Integrated Healthcare Management (TIHM) for Dementia project and Deputy Director of the Care Research and Technology Centre at the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI).

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