On 6 April 2017, a group of College of Europe Natolin students organized the second edition of TEDxCollegeOfEuropeNatolin around the theme: "Braving the Impossible!"
At a TEDx event, local organizers gather people around a sharp theme to foster curiosity, inspire and provoke conversation. They are independently organized, but feature TED standards across the globe (www.ted.com). The 2017 edition of TEDxCollegeOfEuropeNatolin featured an exciting and diverse line-up of speakers to deliver inspiring talks on what appears impossible and share answers to overcome it.
The event took place at the Natolin campus of the College of Europe in Warsaw, Poland. The event could be followed online via live-stream. The full programme can be downloaded here.
The College of Europe Natolin campus had the pleasure to host:
Dr Aleksandra GLISZCZYŃSKA-GRABIAS: Senior Researcher at the Poznań Human Rights Centre, Institute of the Legal Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, specialized in anti-discrimination law, hate speech and memory rights. Ms GLISZCZYŃSKA-GRABIAS addressed the issue of counteracting racism and antisemitism using legal instruments.
Mr Tomasz JABŁOŃSKI: Lawyer and a startupper. He is the co-founder and CEO of Qpony.pl, the biggest Polish smart shopping application, as well as the owner of Blix, a leading commercial news application. Mr JABŁOŃSKI focused on the technological and human challenges one has to overcome to successfully build and manage a fast growing m-commerce group.
Ms Alaa JADALLAH: College of Europe Natolin student, winner of the Student TEDx Competition and Palestinian diplomat. She is interested in gender equality issues and her speech focused on women conditions in Palestine and on discriminatory acts that they face in their daily lives.
Dr Karel JANEČEK: Czech mathematician, entrepreneur and anti-corruption campaigner. He founded the project Democracy 21, using an algorithm to deal with justice and fairness. In his speech he highlighted modern communication technologies and the concept of game to have a more fair and just society.
Mr Bogdan LOGVYNENKO: Journalist, writer and traveller. He is the project author of Ukraїner, a media that presents the alternative side of Ukraine through cultural expeditions performed to all historical regions of the country. While focusing on the idea of meaningful travelling, Mr LOGVYNENKO elaborated on the anthropological dimension of his numerous trips to European and Asian countries.
Ms Charlotte NØRLUND-MATTHIESSEN: Danish College of Europe Natolin alumna and MEP assistant. She is the co-founder of the start-up Cliknsign, the first online signature platform for citizen law proposals in Europe. Her speech focused on the possible ways to overcome the issue of democratic deficit and enhancing civic engagement.
Mr Cankat ÖZKAN: College of Europe Natolin student from Turkey and winner of the Student TEDx Competition. He provided an exploration of the self as a perceived impossibility, challenging perceptions and highlighting the importance of putting impossibility into context.
Ms Madi SHARMA: Entrepreneur and founder of Madi Group. She was nominated for the Women in Public life award, advocating for equality to achieve economic growth and social justice. She spoke about job market difficulties and questioned the importance of qualifications.
For more information please visit the TEDxCollegeOfEuropeNatolin official website.