The ASPIRE INDUSTRY SUMMIT, a full day of hard-hitting plenary, provocative debate, inspiring case studies, and workshops introducing new technologies and ways of doing things.
ASPIRE 4 ALL, our award-winning evening event, comprising deeply inspiring talks from world famous speakers.


Kraków has arrived. The technology and business services sector already shape and transform the city economy, the city landscape, and the aspirations of people who live, work and study in Kraków. We are already at the centre of global trends. The question is how we will shape our future.

BRAVE NEW WORLD will explore the potential and likely impacts of the digital revolution on all our lives, the deep impacts on politics and economics, on industry verticals and business models, on business processes and on people.

We will explore this theme with one particular aim – to better understand how we in Kraków can capture opportunity and deliver value in this new world.


Paul Mason


Author of "Post-capitalism: a guide to our future"; among Europe’s most radical thinkers on how the digital revolution is changing our world.

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Paul Mason is one of Europe’s most controversial thinkers. He is the author of three seminal books which grapple with structural changes taking place in the economic, political and social spheres.

According to Mason, “the end of capitalism has begun.” At the heart of the change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy.

His position has been summarised by Forbes Magazine:

  • The 20th century way of running organisations is dying and new ways of working are emerging.
  • New technology facilitates and requires the change.
  • The change goes beyond technology. Technology has helped create a new route forward. But the change also requires a change in mindset to take full advantage of the technology.
  • We have blurred the edges between work and free time. Many of us now expect work to provide meaning and offer opportunities for genuine human flourishing.
  • The transition to the Creative Economy has already started. The future is already here, as William Gibson observed: it’s just very unevenly distributed.
  • The old ways may take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian.

Denis Urubko


One of the few people to have climbed all of the World’s 14 peaks over 8,000 metres.

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In January 2018, Denis Urubko was a member of a Polish team that successfully rescued French mountaineer Elisabeth Revol who along with her colleague Tomek Mackiewicz, had become stranded on the “Killer Mountain”, Nanga Parbat

In February 2018 he broke away from the rest of a Polish team in an attempt attempt to become the first person to scale the World second highest mountain, K2, in Winter.

In 2009, Denis became only the 15th person to climb all the World’s 14 peaks over 8,000 metres and only the 8th person to achieve the feat without the aid of supplementary oxygen.

At ASPIRE 4 ALL, Denis will speak about what performance and decision-making in the most extreme circumstances and give his own unique insight into the nature of bravery.

He follows in the footsteps of Tomek Mackiewicz who spoke at ASPIRE 4 ALL in 2014.

Rupert Sheldrake


Author of the best-selling book "The Science Delusion"; inventor of the theory of Morphic Resonance; banned by TED.

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Rupert Sheldrake has been dubbed the most controversial scientist on Earth. His best-selling book, The Science Delusion, tackles what he calls the dogmas within conventional science which can blind us to deeper discoveries about the way the world works.

At ASPIRE 4 ALL, Rupert will discuss the ten dogmas on which he says science is built. These dogmas, he says - for example, that nature is mechanical and purposeless, that the laws and constants of nature are fixed, and that psychic phenomena like telepathy are impossible — have held back the pursuit of knowledge.

This is the talk they didn’t want you to see. First delivered at a TEDx event in London, the talk was subsequently removed by TED from its website.

At ASPIRE 4 ALL, participants will have the opportunity to judge for themselves if Rupert’s are ideas worth spreading.

Halldóra Mogensen


Chair of the Icelandic Pirate Party; Campaigner for Universal Basic Income

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Halldóra Mogensen is a member of parliament for the Icelandic Pirate Party. She started her journey into politics in the summer of 2012 when she helped found the Icelandic Pirate Party. Halldóra was elected into parliament in 2016 and currently serves as chair of the party.*

Halldóra gave a memorable talk talk about Universal Basic Income at TEDxRejkjavik and will now bring this debate to Kraków and inspire us to start questioning our current economic model and innovate our way into a more sustainable future.

In a future where technological advancement, with machine learning and automation, is poised to greatly disrupt our societies and create an ever deepening inequality, we must look at the possibility of severing the connection between work and income and provide everyone with the means to thrive.

As her Twitter bio puts it, she is “dreaming a society free of mindless doing; nurturing the human being.”

* The Pirate Party rejects any regular leadership model.

Daniel Kish


Pioneer in human echolocation, the ability to observe our surroundings via sound.

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Daniel Kish is one of the World’s foremost inspirational speakers.

Blind since he was 13 months old, Daniel has learned to "see" using a form of echolocation. He clicks his tongue and sends out flashes of sound that bounce off surfaces in the environment and return to him, helping him to construct an understanding of the space around him. In a rousing talk, Kish shows how this works - and asks us all to let go of our fear of the dark unknown.

His 2015 talk at TED Global has been viewed over 1.25 million times and he is described on the TED website as expanding the perceptual toolbox of both blind and sighted humans.


The ASPIRE Annual Conference reaches out to multiple audiences, each vital to nurturing the local ecosystems necessary to capture opportunity in the global market.

From the global business services and technology industry:
top level managers and top talent at the local level and senior managers at the corporate level.

On the supply side:
country managers, senior managers at the corporate level and regional and local representatives from real estate, recruitment, learning and development, IT, consultancy and professional services.

From government and administration:
local, national and international government representatives; also promotion and investor support agencies.

From academia and the NGO sector:
local academics and student leaders; also international researchers and advisors on cities development and cross sector cooperation.

business analysts, fund managers and potential investors exploring the dynamics of the CEE market; local, national and international media, and local entrepreneurs.



ICE Congress Centre, Kraków’s state-of-the-art conference and exhibition centre is our home for the conference.

We will take advantage of the complex’s many and diverse spaces to support our own many and diverse conversations. These include an auditorium ready to host 2,000 people, a theatre hall which seats 500 people, break-out rooms and a glass-walled foyer on three floors for networking and exhibition stands



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