TEDxKyiv – Talent. Education. Development

TEDx = independently organized TED event

Last Sunday (20th of May) was not just a hot sunny day, but also the time for the sixth conference TEDxKyiv.  The representative of our company took part at that event, and that’s what we would like to share with you.

Few words about TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

The topic of this TEDxKyiv was “Talent. Education. Development”.  This is a hot topic for Softheme – not only because we position ourselves as The Technical Talent Company, but also because attracting and nurturing talents is the milestone of our HR strategy.


The conference was divided into four sections, with the topics: “Discover the talent”, “The way to discoveries”, “Talent in action”, “Vision for the future”. For every section there were 4 speakers (only the section “Talent in action” had two speakers).

There were many good presentations, but the following three resemble the general spirit of the event:

Discover Talent:

Oleksiy Kapterev (Consultant, Author of Death of PowerPoint and “Presentation Secrets”)
Oleksiy Kapterev (Consultant, Author of Death of PowerPoint and “Presentation Secrets”)

Oleksiy Kapterev explained secrets of good presentations, that is one of the key soft skills. He unveiled some secrets of speech writing, graphics design and acting performance. He also shared 6 principles of self-education: read/reread, learn language, watch videos (Youtube), experiment, share with others (blog, social media etc.), do real life projects. In post-industrial society you can invent your own profession. You have to be really flexible, as lots of new professions (exceptionally in the sphere of IT) appear merely every day. Feel the stream in order to be competitive and successful. “Find your own position and your own spot”.

The way to discoveries:

Dmytro Dzuba (Researcher from AILEN Lab)
Dmytro Dzuba (Researcher from AILEN Lab)

Dmytro Dzuba emphasized the role artificial intelligence and told how it’s used in modern robots. Soon we’ll be in a situation, where unability to read captcha would mean that you’re a human being. Neuron networks can help us remember lots of information, including musical notes. The technology of artificial intelligence will enter our lives gradually, and approximately within 30 years each of us will be able to leverage its benefits.  We hope that this implementation will change our lives to better.

Anatoliy Bondarenko (Journalist, Developer)
Anatoliy Bondarenko (Journalist, Developer)

Anatoliy Bondarenko spoke about infographics – one of the methods to serf in terabytes of today’s information. For instance, applying the metthod to Ukrainian ZNO (all-state exam) showed that it is really independent, external and the results are real. Developers can predict many positive changes in our society with the help of statistics. You just have to get know how to use it, and strong developers background can make learning much easier.

Our thoughts:

We live in a rapidly changing world, where one can’t be successful without the ability to embrace the changes.

Ukraine as a state and community is also changing very quickly. The stories of TEDxKyiv speakers showed that these changes played great positive role in our development, especially in the development of our minds and spheres of technical knowledge.