10. November 2018

TEDxPrague 2018



About the Event

When was the last time you did a somersault? We mean literally get on the floor and roll, just for the fun of it? And when was the last time you experienced one in your life? Perhaps it was an abrupt end of a long lasting relationship or a realisation, that the career you've spent years building is no longer for you. How has it changed you and your perspectives and how have you coped with that?

Sudden, unexpected and often radical changes sometimes befall us, seemingly out of nowhere and they can have a profound effect on anything, from the entire human society, economics, politics, environment, science and art to our personal and professional lives, our dreams, values and plans. As with somersaults, these changes can go both ways - forwards and backwards. Their impact can be positive or negative. They can change the world or just our perception of it.

On a lighter note, a somersault can be understood simply as that silly thing kids do. A lively stunt that can transport us into the world of playfulness, simple joy and awe. Something that might help us see things through a child’s eye and learn something from the experience.

Somersaults require a change of pose, certain amount of effort and a little bit of courage. You need to put both your mind and body into it and just take a leap. They're not that easy, but they can be good for you and they can be fun. If nothing else they might change the angle from which you see the world.

Let’s take a deeper look at these transformations. How they occur, how they affect us and how can we deal with them?


Forum Karlín
Pernerova 51-53
186 00 Praha 8


  • Early birds tickets: sold out
  • Regular tickets: 1880 CZK

Your ticket allows you to fully enjoy the all-day conference TEDxPrague 2018: Somersaults. You’ll hear 15 inspirational talks by Czech and foreign speakers and will be pleased if you enjoy some somersaults even during various side activities.

Note: the conference will be simultaneously translated to English.


  • Petr Růžička

    Sportsman body and soul


    Peter Růžička has started moving 44 years ago and he did not stop ever since. Even though the sport was always a hobby, he spent most of his adult life in front of a computer screen at IT security business. When he became a close friend with an Israeli movement teacher Ido Portal, everything changed.

    Now Petr is behind the project “Movement is life” and he teaches the universal movement skills based on the “Ido Portal Method” in Czechia. It is a bit of dance, a bit of acrobacy and gymnastics but also about strength and skills derived from martial arts. There is also a bit of yoga and circus school included. And they also do somersaults. Because their effect to the human body and mind is surprisingly almost magical.

  • Jana Veselá

    Former top basketball player


    When you grow up in a basketball family, it is only natural that the first thing you pick up is a basketball. On the top of that Jana found she is damn good at that. So when she started to climb sport´s ladder, the world soon took notice. She became an NBA female winner. With her team, she won a gold medal at the European championship. And she achieved silver in the World tournament.

    When she was accepting the prize for the best Czech female basketball player she already knew something was off. Despite all of her successes, she felt empty. What do you do when you suddenly find out that you are living a life you do not want?

  • Jonathan Breemhaar

    Futuristic mechanical engineer


    In the past many industries were relying on work by animals, the fastest way to get from A to B was by horse, mail was sent by pigeons, and land was cultivated by use of oxes. All these animals were replaced in their functions by machines. What if we could replace the animals of the meat industry too?

    Jonathan is a tech enthusiast. He’s recently graduated from the TU Delft, back home in Netherlands. He is passionate about robots and holograms and he’s always on the lookout for the new challenges. Currently it’s his job in the start-up Mosameat - he’s developing a machine that would help us avoid animal slaughter when having a craving for meat.

  • Ondřej Švec

    A philosopher of everyday reality


    Ondrej got his Ph.D. at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon and at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. He chose philosophy because he found nothing more difficult among school subjects than that. He also perceives it an effective tool in the fight against stupidity. And above all against his own. That's also why he cares about spreading philosophy to people. The Night of Philosophy, the event he organized, attracted the attention of 2000 of them.

    During TEDxPrague 2018, Ondřej will take a look at mistakes, failures and other negative twists in a new light. What meaning do they have for us? And can unexpected deviations from the path we consider normal, succeed in further development?

  • Nora Vlášková

    Psychotherapist in a triangle


    Many of us have a quite happy marriage and beautiful kids, we are financially secured and successful at work. It seems we’ve found what we’re looking for. And at this moment we find ourselves crazy-in-love. With someone else. Why?

    Fairy tales and stories of any kind have always been what Nora was fascinated by. That’s why she never left them apart. But besides stories with happy ending she daily listens to the stories of ordinary people whose lives were disrupted by someone unexpected. How can we understand “love triangles” together with the middle-age crisis - one of the biggest challenges of our lives?

  • Pavla Holcová

    Journalist balancing on the edge


    The life of investigative journalists tends to be quite short but intense. Pavla Holcová has just gotten over five tumultuous years of her life and knows very well that getting your life turned upside down is easier than people think. Especially when playing with the fire of uncovering organized crime in the Balkans or suspicious Russian investments in Montenegro, pointing out money laundering or trying to find relations between Slovak politicians and Italian mafia.

    What does the internationally awarded journalist, who has also looked under the hood of Panama Papers case, know about somersaults?

  • Maurice Baltissen

    The Discomfort Rover


    If there`s something that Maurice loves, it would be the moments when he can influence other people’s stories and create something that truly moves them. After graduating from Graphic design at the university in Hague, he decided to move himself. Therefore he set up a project - social experiment called “Birthdaysuit”. The rules were clear: “Go and travel the world! No money, no clothes.” Does it sound crazy to you?

    Maurice is now coming to show what he found on his way. What can we find out when we abandon the luxury of everyday life to get a chance to face our fears and discomfort instead?

  • Tom Olsen

    Fighter against extremism


    Tom Olsen got his Master`s degree in social work. Today he works as a crime prevention coordinator. That is next to his position as an independent consultant and lecturer in Norway and on the international stage. He is attracted especially by underlying causes of entry and exit processes in extremist ideologies and groups. His conclusion is that most extremists don`t have a defence against compassion and love.

    He will show us that actually entered extremism for other reasons than hate, which leaves the door wide open for an exit if met by the right person. Tom knows very well what he`s talking about - he`s got a very unique experience himself.

  • Jakub Maščuch

    Energetics innovator


    Jakub Maschuch is interested in innovation in the energy industry. He studied Electrical Engineering at ČVUT, and he is interested in smart grids and decentralized sources. In 2015 he was awarded the Energy Globe Award of the Czech Republic for the Wave micro electric power plant - a unique chips boiler that also produces electricity in addition to heat.

    Jacob is keen on the future of the energy industry and the transformation of the economy and the society, which each major change in energy brings with it. You will learn more about what will power the states and their citizens in the future and about new resources and energy somersaults waiting for us in his TEDx talk.

  • Denise Konečná

    Dancer among worlds


    Denise Konečná has lots od energy - she dances, travels the world, is a successful DJ and studies psychology at Masaryk University in Brno. She has many friends as any other smiling and an open person has.

    Denise has known she is a trans for a long time. But she decided to transition only two years ago. She will talk about how people perceive her according to gender and nationality, what somersaults she has experienced on her life journey and what runs her metamorphosis and determination to change gender.



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