The People Behind the Stage. All volunteers.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, at TED.com ->.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia.
TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action.
TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
TED’s media initiatives include
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily.
The Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide.
The educational initiative TED-Ed.
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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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. TEDxWarsaw has a focus on topics related to the city of Warsaw and its surroundings, but also caters to bring ideas, knowledge and talks about broader topics.
We hope to connect you to our knowledge thirsty audience and uncover exhilarating, fascinating and eye-opening topics together.
Our main event - TEDxWarsaw - is a series of short talks, ranging from approximately five to eighteen minutes in length. In between speakers you will have the opportunity to enjoy performances, eat some eclectic food choices and wander around our creatively inspired event spaces. From time to time we organize also online debates to discuss the most important topics right here, right now.
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Elena PawętaLicense Holder
Dr Elena Pawęta is an executive communication coach, speaker, TEDx organizer and university professor. She conducts courses, trainings and workshops on effective communication and business presentations internationally, in English, Polish and Russian languages. Her clients are among others: KPMG, PwC, Bosch, Deloitte, Bridgestone, GE Healthcare, Nestle, Santander Bank, Goldman Sachs, Astra Zeneca. As an assistant professor at SGH Warsaw School of Economics, she is specializing in international business, startup development and entrepreneurship. Passionate about education and people development, Dr Elena is a District Director in Toastmasters International District 108, serving 5 countries in Europe – Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. She has been organizing TEDx and TEDxWomen conferences in Poland for the last 7 years.
I work with IT and engineering leaders to build rock-star teams, increase job satisfaction and reduce turnover. Together we remove stumbling blocks to co-create a path forward.
I have spent more than a decade working with leadership teams for corporations such as Procter and Gamble, Motorola and Heineken. I have designed and delivered learning experiences for college students as part of AIESEC Poland, the largest student organization in the world. Most recently, I coached seven clean energy startup founders prior to their investment pitches at InnoEnergy 2020.
I am passionate about helping people communicate and be more understanding towards each other’s needs.
Magdalena FiałkowskaSpeakers Lead
I’m a qualified facilitator and coach (PCC ICF) with plenty of media and stage experience. I have spent a total of over 1,000 hours working with my clients. I support those who perform in public, including musicians, actors, managers, lecturers, lawyers. I also provide training for companies. After years of musical education, first in the cello class and then in jazz vocals, I was the only Polish woman to get a role in a Cuban musical. Today, I find it more satisfying to help people behind the scenes than to be on the actual stage. Hence my presence in the TEDxWarsaw team. I don't think there is one recipe for successful performances and how to deal with stress and criticism, but individual work can do wonders. You can count on me in this respect. I own three businesses: Mały Geniusz (Little Genius), Salon Przytulania (Hug Salon) and SztukaWystapien.pl. After hours, I’m a big fan of tea, lindy hop, natural ice-cream and cinema.
Edyta KowalMarketing Lead
Marketing and PR is what I love and can make into real business. My areas of specialization include strategic consulting, content marketing, social media and non-standard forms of communication for consumer brands and B2B SaaS companies. Most often I support them "from the inside" as a shadow consultant. I particularly enjoy designing processes that streamline cooperation between marketing and sales. And since I like to share my knowledge, I also teach Internet Marketing to postgraduate students at the AGH University of Science and Technology and Bialystok University of Technology. Before that, for 4 years I was responsible for Prowly’s marketing and content marketing strategy on the global market and headed an international public relations portal. At TEDxWarsaw I’m all for building a community and creating a proper buzz around our initiative. After hours I co-drive an oldtimer, a blue MX5, and host a podcast called Szczypta. You can also listen to me at Facebook Talks which I have the pleasure to host.
Martyna HrankowskaPartnership Lead
A philosopher by education and passion. I appreciate the ability to think logically and critically, I like to ask questions and enjoy learning different perspectives. At TEDxWarsaw, I am most driven by the variety of topics and simply interesting people, whether among the organizers, guests or participants. I know how to link our values to the values of brands that want to get involved in our initiative, which is why I’m responsible for partnerships. By working day I’m involved in marketing and sales, and in between all these activities I develop my interest in new technologies. Privately I love dogs, short films, books and good magazines, but most of all – travelling.
Michał BytniewskiFinance Lead
An economist by education, and after hours a passionate books and LEGO fan. Both of these passions are a result of me nurturing an undisturbed childish curiosity about the world. I joined TEDxWarsaw because I appreciate the opportunity to meet new interesting people and like every child I want to make a change in the world. I support the team in the area of financials. By working day I have been gaining experience in various areas of supply chain management in one of the largest FMCG companies on the market. During my studies I dealt with finances at AIESEC Poland. The people I look up to are Carl Sagan, Stefan Banach and Terry Pratchett.
Marek ZawadaLocation Lead
You either love him or hate him! Chaos management aka daily reality in the event business is something they won't teach you at the Warsaw University, though this is where Marek honed his solid skills ;) He works in advertising, however he is not very fond of paid influencers. He enjoys playing golf, and now works on a system to manage golf courses. Ground traveler – his Defender made him an amateur youtuber-mechanic - follow him here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbPyXi7C9H8SSYE2FQ-cuGcc84A0LjHx_ His kids are so cool he has three – more can't fit in the Defender, but thankfully there’s always room for Floki, their extremely loud Bavarian Mountain Hound.
Hugo DutkaWWW Lead
He joined the team in 2016, just after finishing his first grade of high school. In previous years, he was responsible for volunteer matters, registration process and the website. By working day, education and current responsibilities at TEDxWarsaw he is a computer programmer. He likes indie pop, and spends his after-hours reading fantasy books and technology blogs.
Paweł KonopkaLegal Lead
After I took part in the first TEDxWarsaw in 2018, I decided I wanted to contribute to the next editions and since then I have supported the initiative in formal and legal matters. I am a lawyer and now also an attorney-at-law in training. In my work I combine law and new technologies, and in the future I will focus on my own innovative business. Privately, I am a huge car fan, I listen to all kinds of music and once in a while I like to take a break from civilization and spend time in nature. I also like gangster and SF movies.