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Live and Travel Zero Waste: It Is Possible & Fun

Dóra Kocsis & Edvard Németh, Foothold Stories

A couple of years ago, after our wedding, we made up our minds and got out into the big world, with two little backpacks. The experiences we gained through wondering around, not only made us more open-minded, understanding but completely changed our lifestyle. We believe that traveling could only be really meaningful, enjoyable only if we do not cause harm to other cultures, creatures, and nature. Our foothold stories are about, how we transformed into more responsible travelers, conscious consumers and how we simplified and eliminated waste almost completely from our life and travels by now. We organize several campaigns e.g. raising awareness of plastic-free shopping, challenges such as, eating only local and seasonal food or going plastic free for an entire month. We share our experiences and practices with others, that they might get a feel for it.

Cargobikes and Degrowth

Simon Prevert, Cargonomia

Cargonomia is a logistical center which ensures cooperation between three socially and environmentally conscious small enterprises operating around Budapest. Partners within the project include Cyclonomia Do it Yourself Bicycle Social Cooperative, Zsamboki Biokert, an organic vegetable farm, and Kantaa, a self organized bike messenger and delivery company.

How to Be a Social Entrepreneur?

Ryo Ragland, ShareSquare

Ryo is a social entrepreneur that is trying to use modern platform technology and social networking to incentivize and enable normal people to contribute more to those around them. He formerly worked in the United Nations and other international organisations in the fields of food security, agricultural development, literacy, vocational training, refugee resettlement, and election administration.

Defending Human Rights in an Illiberal Regime

Zsolt Szekeres, Hungarian Helsinki Committee

I joined the Hungarian Helsinki Committee's Refugee Programme in August 2016. I mostly work with unaccompanied asylum seeking children, representing them in the asylum procedure and making sure their rights are respected and upheld. Having been a volunteer in an orphanage in Bangkok and being a member of the United World Colleges movement, working to protect the human rights of refugees and children in particular is the best thing I can imagine myself doing.

Human Agency in the Online Public Sphere

Veszna Wessenauer, Ranking Digital Rights

Veszna Wessenauer is a Research Analyst with Ranking Digital Rights, working on RDR Index research. She holds an MA in Human Rights from Central European University, where she focused on issues related to internet governance and media freedom. Prior to joining RDR, she worked with several Hungarian and international NGOs, including as a policy analyst for Political Capital, a Hungarian think tank focused on democracy and rule of law in Central Europe. The focus of her work has been on internet governance, digital rights, disinformation, active citizenship, and civic engagement. She has also previously served as a research fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society (Central European University – School of Public Policy), researching topics related to journalistic source protection, online privacy and data protection, and online political extremism. Veszna currently lives in Budapest, Hungary.

Solving One Problem at a Time: How to Choose Meaningful Career Paths?

Tamás Csontos, IFUA Horvath & Partners

Born in Hungary, educated in Hong Kong, the United States, Japan and China, by the age of 20, Tamas has already lived in three different continents. This broad range of international experiences has allowed him to gain a greater understanding of the vast diversity of cultures and preferences that one might face in international business.

Build your Skills for Careers in Digital Society of 2020s

Milena Milicevic, INAT Centre & Digital Transformation Consultant

Milena Milićević helps companies achieve business growth and succeed in new markets with technologies of the future and building committed teams. She works as a digital transformation consultant for diverse industries and business development consultant for IT companies.

Milena has significant experience in the following fields: using Augmented and Virtual Reality solutions in digital marketing and Industries 4.0; building online and offline communities for businesses, non-profits and alumni organizations; building destination branding and event management projects from scratch; and teaching university students at Bachelor and Master programs.

Design Thinking for the Common Good

Adam Marjai, MiniCRM

I've been working in the computer software industry for 3 years. As a UX/UI designer, my job is to make software easy to use and aesthetically pleasing. I'm a member of board and marketing manager for UWC Hungary, an educational non-profit organization. In my free time, I like reading and hiking.

Map Your Path: Self-reflection Kick-off

Emese Petrik, Air navigation company & maternity leave

My name is Emese Petrik. I studied work and organizational psychology and before finishing university I started a full-time “adult” job at the Hungarian Air Navigation Organization as an OD consultant. A few years later I became a business coach and an action learning team coach. My favourite topics are stress and fatigue management and work-life balance. I am currently on maternity leave with my almost two years old little girl. I am also working on merging mum life with entrepreneurship.

Achieving Green Growth - A View from the Public Sector

Gábor Horváth, Ministry of Finance, Hungary

As a graduate of studies in sustainable development, I am especially interested in designing policies which do not only enhance economic growth but also improves environmental sustainability and social cohesion. My work experience with the OECD provided a possibility to get familiar with the best research and the best practices of countries in this field, which I can utilize during my current work.

The Problem: Climate Change & Going Deeper: the Energy & Electricity Sector

Krisztina Pjeczka, Clean Energy Leadership Institute, Washington, D.C.

The complexity and colorfulness of our global society has always fascinated me. I’ve been fortunate to live in and travel to several countries since my high school years in Budapest. I attended a United World College, a school that focuses on celebrating diversity and cultivating a sense of purpose in students to address the issues of the world with dedication and efficacy. This is also the goal of our summer course.

I’m now an advocate for clean energy development – tackling climate change is the fight I picked. I am excited for the students of this course to delve into the challenges we face and find the agency we all have to act.

How Did We Get Here? Looking Back at One Meaningful Career Path

Darko Petrovic, World Food Programme

Darko Petrovic was born in 1985 in Belgrade, Serbia. He completed high school in Hamburg, Germany and graduated from Maastricht University, The Netherlands, in B.A.European Studies (2008) and M.Sc. Public Policy and Human Development (2009). Darko is the founder of the United Nations Student Association and the European Model United Nations (EuroMUN) hosted at the Maastricht University. Throughout his student life he has been engaged in various volunteering initiatives, particularly on youth participation in decision-making.

The EU Bubble - An Insider's View from Budapest and Brussels

Alexandra Zalaföldi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

I am a cultural professional having worked with and within the EU institutions.

Hence, I have a thorough knowledge on the dynamics and nature of EU decision-making, on getting your arguments and priorities into official EU documents and how to build your network.

In the frame of the “Careers in the Common Good” I am more than happy to share with you my experience through brainstorming sessions and creative games. In addition, I absolutely do not mind being flooded by questions.

Do They Really Have Bean Bags Everywhere? Visit a Software Company

Zsófia Sólyom, EPAM

Are you interested in how the life of a software engineer looks like? Join us and look behind the scenes of EPAM Hungary.

EPAM is a leading global product development, digital platform engineering, and top digital and product design agency for more than 25 years. Over 30.200 professionals in 25+ countries enable our customers to be competitive and disruptive in the marketplace. EPAM is committed to serving as an ethical organization and sharing our time and talent to improve tech education around the world, contributing to the sustainability of our local communities. EPAM is focusing on people and on building life-long learners. At EPAM, we act as one team, value collaboration and appreciate our differences. In our Budapest office more than 1200 EPAMers are innovating and delivering solutions day by day for our international clients.