The geometry of life: Czech designer Vít Zemčík created this fantastic opening sequence for TEDxHradecKrálové in the Czech Republic.

Says Vit of the video:

The design is based on geometrical shapes and abstraction. It starts with simple shapes and grows into more complex ones trying to suggest a way of understanding the geometry of life. Could it be an atom, a planet, a seed, an egg cell, a DNA? Is it simple or complex? Analog or digital? Is there a way we follow?

Watch above to see the geometrical wonder for yourself, and read more about TEDxHradecKrálové here.

In late March, members of TEDx teams from seven Czech and Slovak cities — Bratislava, Brno, Hradec Králove, Kosice, Nitra, Prague and Znojmo — gathered together to hold the very first Czecho-Slovak TEDx workshop.

Attendees shared ideas, stories, and bonded over a shared goal to open up lines of communication between their communities and encourage their cities to be places where new ideas can flourish and grow.

The workshop has been a beginning of a closer cooperation of spreading TEDx ideas within a society where TED is known very little,” said TEDxBrno organizer Vlastimil Vesely. “And there will be more of us. Nachod and Kromeriz have recently got their TEDx licenses.”

TEDxHradecKrálové had their first spring event in early April, said Vlastmil, and TEDxBrno, TEDxBanskáBystrica, and TEDxPrague will hold their events in May.

Spring promises to be an exciting time for the Czecho-Slovak TEDx community, and we look forward to hearing the wealth of inspiring stories from their events.

Vladimir Franz at TEDxBrno. The professor, composer, painter is in the running to be the next president of the Czech Republic. 
TEDx speaker runs for president: Vladimir Franz, an opera composer, painter, professor and TEDx speaker, is now third in the running for the next president of the Czech Republic, with elections taking place this week.
The first-time candidate has never held a political position, but decided to run after fans of his work started a “Franz for President” initiative, says the Associated Press. He received 88,000 signatures from voters in favor of his inclusion on the ballot, AP reports, far more than the 50,000 required by law.
In 2011, he spoke at TEDxBrno, held at the same theatre where he debuted his 2009 opera, Valley of the Dry Bones. At the event, he gave a talk entitled, “Soustavně upadající víra ve vzdělanost a vědomí souvislostí na přelomu tisíciletí” — or in English, “Steadily declining faith in education and awareness of context at the turn of the millennium” — on the importance and purpose of art in society, over time and today.
Asking potential artists to keep the “magic” in art, he proposed art as a potential salve for the onslaught of information overload people face in the 21st century. He warned of the danger of societies adopting a view of art that is too calculated or scientific, because, he says, “as opposed to science, art is badly measurable…suggesting scientific methods to art is nonsense [and then] art becomes…[merely] a chain of information.”
This is a message that seems to be in key with his slightly-unorthodox political views: embracing intellectualism, artistic values, and rejecting the current state of Czech politics. This, and his slightly-unorthodox “look”  — a body covered head to toe in tattoos (which gained him the nickname “Avatar”) — seem to have made him a superstar of the media, with articles popping up all over the Internet. 

Vladmir Franz at TEDxBrno: Steadily declining faith in education and awareness of context at the turn of the millennium 
It’s yet to be determined whether Vladmir’s views on art, politics, and new ideas will grant him a position as the next Czech head of state, but the curious do not have long to wait: the first round of official elections in the Czech Republic take place this Friday and Saturday, January 11-12, 2013.

Vladimir Franz at TEDxBrno. The professor, composer, painter is in the running to be the next president of the Czech Republic. 

TEDx speaker runs for president: Vladimir Franz, an opera composer, painter, professor and TEDx speaker, is now third in the running for the next president of the Czech Republic, with elections taking place this week.

The first-time candidate has never held a political position, but decided to run after fans of his work started a “Franz for President” initiative, says the Associated Press. He received 88,000 signatures from voters in favor of his inclusion on the ballot, AP reports, far more than the 50,000 required by law.

In 2011, he spoke at TEDxBrno, held at the same theatre where he debuted his 2009 opera, Valley of the Dry Bones. At the event, he gave a talk entitled, “Soustavně upadající víra ve vzdělanost a vědomí souvislostí na přelomu tisíciletí” — or in English, “Steadily declining faith in education and awareness of context at the turn of the millennium” — on the importance and purpose of art in society, over time and today.

Asking potential artists to keep the “magic” in art, he proposed art as a potential salve for the onslaught of information overload people face in the 21st century. He warned of the danger of societies adopting a view of art that is too calculated or scientific, because, he says, “as opposed to science, art is badly measurable…suggesting scientific methods to art is nonsense [and then] art becomes…[merely] a chain of information.”

This is a message that seems to be in key with his slightly-unorthodox political views: embracing intellectualism, artistic values, and rejecting the current state of Czech politics. This, and his slightly-unorthodox “look”  a body covered head to toe in tattoos (which gained him the nickname “Avatar”) — seem to have made him a superstar of the media, with articles popping up all over the Internet.

Vladmir Franz at TEDxBrno: Steadily declining faith in education and awareness of context at the turn of the millennium

It’s yet to be determined whether Vladmir’s views on art, politics, and new ideas will grant him a position as the next Czech head of state, but the curious do not have long to wait: the first round of official elections in the Czech Republic take place this Friday and Saturday, January 11-12, 2013.

Members of the Czech dance troop DOT504 gave a lively interpretive performance at TEDxPrague on March 3rd. The performance was called Mah Hunt described as: “I live in a world without animals – I miss their rules. Two people decided to go on a hunt in this duet. What this duet will look like will depend on the rules.”
Find more photos from TEDxPrague
Find more about DOT504 here: DOT504

Members of the Czech dance troop DOT504 gave a lively interpretive performance at TEDxPrague on March 3rd. The performance was called Mah Hunt described as: “I live in a world without animals – I miss their rules. Two people decided to go on a hunt in this duet. What this duet will look like will depend on the rules.”

Find more photos from TEDxPrague

Find more about DOT504 here: DOT504