We’re excited to announce the program of Personal Democracy Forum CEE 2017!

Time flies. It’s already the 5th edition of Personal Democracy Forum CEE organized in Poland. Do you want to know who’s speaking this year?
(For more details check the official website of the conference here.)


Paweł Adamowicz, the Mayor of the City of Gdańsk will open the conference by providing the context for all of us being in Gdańsk, the city of freedom. We will hear a few words from Andrew Rasiej who established and promoted the PDF brand in the world. Finally, Anna Sienicka (TechSoup Europe), Krzysztof Izdebski (ePaństwo Foundation) and Darko Brkan (Zašto ne?) will say a few words about the TransparenCEE network, a co-organizer of PDF CEE 2017.

We will follow with the Democracy as a Buzzword panel where Adam Bodnar (Polish Ombudsman), Stephen King (Omidyar Network), Elena Calistru (Funky Citizens), Sandor Lederer (K-Monitor) and Hera Hussain (CHAYN) will discuss whether Democracy is nowadays a Buzzword. The discussion will be moderated by Krzysztof Izdebski (ePaństwo Foundation).

During the first session Revolution | Evolution | Stagnation we’ll listen to Haytham Atef (Qestas, AkhbarMeter.org) and Abbas Adel (MorsiMeter.com, GlobalMeter.org), Bardhyl Jashari (Metamorphosis Foundation), Olga Aivazovska (Civil Network OPORA), Şevket Uyanık and Ezgi Ece Askingil – (Pirate Party Turkey), Stephanie Hankey and Marek Tuszyński (Tactical Technology Collective), Mor Rubinstein (Open Knowledge International) who will bring their perspective from Egypt, Macedonia, Ukraine, Turkey and UK.

In next session Zuzana Wienk (Fair-Play Alliance), Petr Kočí (Samizdat), Nidžara Ahmetašević (Are You Syrious?), Anna Dryjańska (Women activist and publicist) and John Wonderlich (Sunlight Foundation) will focus on the issues of Creation | Manipulation | Responsibility.

Esra’a Al Shafei (Majal.org), Wiktor Schmidt (Netguru), Aleksandr Mihnovits and Dama Sathianathan (HelpAge International), Zoë Reiter (Transparency International), Jakub Górnicki (Outriders) will present their prospects for the future in the last session Maintenance | Sustainability | Innovation.


This time we’ve diversified the formula of the second day of the conference. What’s new?

We’ll start with an interactive panel PDF CEE Community in the Mirror where Aida Ajanović (Zašto ne?), Christopher Guess (Share the Facts) and Francišak Viačorka (American University) will connect with the community gathered at PDF and introduce us to the second day of the conference. The discussion (also with the audience!) will be moderated by Anna Kuliberda (TechSoup Europe) and Cosmin Pojoranu (Funky Citizens).

Later on, as in the previous years, it’s time for workshops! This year we’ll be able to choose between 13 of them on topics such as fact-checking, open data, transparency and new technologies presented by: Željko Stanetić (Vojvodina Civic Centre), Michal Škop (Kohovolit.eu), Katherine Klosek (Center for Government Excellence, Hopkins University), Ingrida Palaimaitė and Sergejus Muravjovas (Transparency International Lithuania), Christopher Guess (Share the Facts), Wiktor Nowak (Demagog), Yurii Lisovsky (Civil Network OPORA), Jan Niedośpiał and Adam Sawicki (Accountable Politics Foundation), Jarosław Gwizdak (District Court Katowice-Zachód), Nadiia Babynska (Technovation Ukraine), Mariusz Wojtowicz (MONAR), Magdalena Wnuk and Anna Konczewska (Association 61), Paweł Mościcki (Polish Academy of Science).

Two workshops will be panel discussions: Who can see a beam in their eyes? with Olena Boytsun (Omidyar Network), Anna Sienicka (Techsoup Europe) and John Wonderlich (Sunlight Foundation) moderated by Anna Kuliberda (TechSoup Europe) and Success of the Democratic Process of Migrant Policy-Making in Gdańsk with representatives of the Council of Immigrants: Mohammed Atoun, Aws Kinani, Magdalena Jarosz, Majed Tinani and Anna Fedas from European Solidarity Centre as a moderator.

Another interactive and new form at PDFCEE17 is World Café session. Moderators: Ondrej Svoboda (French Commerce, Startup Safary Paris),  Martyna Wilk,  Moritz Neujeffski (School of Data Germany),  Alan Zard (The Engine Room),  Jacopo Leone and Tiina Kukkamaa-Bah (OSCE/ODIHR),  Blerta Thaçi (Girls Coding Kosova), Matthew Stender (Tech Ethicist), Miłosława Zagłoba (Community of Democracies),  Anna Tokhmakhchi (Hromadske TV) will present 9 topics during short 2 sessions.

TransparenCEE: Lessons from the Region panel will be an occasion to gather thoughts around the CEE region – its achievements, aims and challenges for future.

Last but not least. We’re closing the conference with the speech of our special guest Ethan Zuckerman (MIT) which will be ended with a short session of questions from the participants of the conference.

#PDFCEE17 New Satellite Events

This year you can also choose from the variety of side events! You can find more details here.

  • Build bridges, not walls. Workshop on constructive communication.  Trainers: Katarzyna Mroczek / Marta Kułaga Where: Hewelianum Center, Gradowa 6, Gdańsk When: 08.04.2017, 9.30 – 12.30 am

  • “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” What Orwell could teach activists about digital security – workshop. Trainers: Alexey Sidorenko / Nikolai Kvantaliani Where: Hewelianum Center, Gradowa 6, Gdańsk When: 08.04.2017, 1.30 – 4.30 pm

  • Code for Poland Festival of Apps for Communities and Democracy. Technology as a common good. Where: Hewelianum Center, Gradowa 6, Gdańsk When: 08.04.2017, 10 am

  • Women’s Pathway Through Gdańsk Shipyard We are gathering on April 8, 2017 at 10.30 by the Shipyard gate.

See you soon in Gdańsk!