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Uniwersytet SWPS - Logo

Social Innovations

Co-creating change

About the Conference Call for Student Projects

The conference is addressed to:

Social innovation researchers, representatives of various communities involved in social innovation: scholars (management, design, psychology, sociology), practitioners, NGO employees, local government representatives, and anyone interested in the topic of the conference

Languages of the event: English and Polish

A virtual cloud hovering over a cityscape at night

Social change is a collaborative endeavor shaped by our daily actions, beliefs, and values we live by.

About the Conference

Join us at the Social Innovations conference at SWPS University. You will not just have an opportunity to listen but also to actively shape the event. The conference serves as a platform that brings together academics, practitioners, NGO employees, and representatives of the business community and public sector. Our aim is to deepen the understanding of current social challenges and seek solutions together. We encourage participants to share their knowledge and draw inspiration from the diverse ecosystem of social innovation.

This year, we are taking a different approach to the traditional conference format. We are focusing on the exchange of ideas and workshop engagement. We aim to captivate our audience not only through words but also through images. The conference program features lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and an exhibition showcasing socially engaged art.

While most sessions will be conducted in Polish, the one dedicated to student projects will be held in English. We invite students from all SWPS University campuses and other institutions to submit their ideas for social innovation projects. We encourage you to present your work and participate in the second day of the conference. You will find all the details of the Call for Student Projects below.

The conference will be held at SWPS University in Warsaw. Participation is free of charge.

If you are comfortable with Polish or wish to access the entire program, visit our Polish conference webpage

Call for Student Projects

We encourage the submission of practical solutions aimed at improving the quality of life for people, animals, and the environment. Student projects can address issues such as:

  • Social exclusion, e.g., individuals with disabilities, neurodiverse, and neuroatypical individuals
  • Poverty and homelessness
  • Development of social entrepreneurship
  • Social inequality
  • Unemployment
  • Discrimination (based on gender, age, race, sexual orientation, nationality, among others)
  • Women's civil rights (including the right to protest, equal treatment in the workplace, professional promotions)
  • Situation of refugees and migrants (crises, violence against refugees, humanitarian actions)
  • Involvement in NGO activities
  • Empowering children and youth from dysfunctional families
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Educational activities aimed at socially excluded groups (e.g., seniors, people with disabilities, the homeless)
  • Social integration of ethnic and national minorities
  • Promoting diversity in civil society (based on gender, age, race, sexual orientation, religion, worldview, nationality)
  • Violence and pedophilia (including within families, institutions, sects, informal groups, religious associations)
  • Creating an inclusive culture in society
  • Facilitating access to new technologies for marginalized groups
  • Empowering women's entrepreneurship
  • Challenges to democracy
  • Impact of the arts on social challenges
  • Improvement of the quality of healthcare institutions
  • Fostering social innovation among students

Student teams are invited to submit their projects for consideration in the competition. To participate, prepare a PowerPoint presentation comprising 8-10 slides. Your presentation should include the following elements:

  • Description of the defined social problem
  • Analysis of current solutions and gaps in addressing the problem worldwide
  • Proposed solution to the social problem
  • Business model detailing implementation, financing, and project development

The deadline for submitting projects is May 15, 2024.

You can submit your project using the form below.

Registration form

The competition is open to students from all SWPS University campuses, as well as other institutions. A panel of judges will evaluate each submission and select a maximum of 10 projects for inclusion in the conference.

If your project is chosen, you will have the opportunity to present it during the conference in a thematic session dedicated to student projects. Each presentation will consist of a 3-minute elevator pitch followed by 2 minutes for questions from the jury.

A joint meeting for all student session participants will be held during the conference, providing an excellent networking opportunity.

We will provide all the details regarding presentation time, competition rules, presentation order, session format, and evaluation criteria in the official announcement/invitation to the conference.

We eagerly anticipate your submissions and are excited to witness the innovative solutions you propose to address social challenges. Stay tuned for updates on the submission process and competition guidelines.

Important Dates:

May 15, 2024
presentation submission deadline

May 22, 2024
presentation acceptance announcement

June 13–14, 2024
conference

Organizers

  • Logo, Faculty of Social Sciences in Warsaw, SWPS University
  • Logo, Center for Knowledge Transfer, SWPS University

Partners

  • Logo, Institute of Social Sciences, SWPS University
  • Strefa Zarządzania logo

Scientific Committee

Januszkiewicz, Katarzyna Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences in Warsaw
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psychologist, specializing in organizational and managerial psychology
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Katarzyna Januszkiewicz
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Ph.D. / Associate Professor
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warszawa
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management-and-quality-studies
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Institute of Social Sciences
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Ph.D. / Associate Professor Katarzyna Januszkiewiczpsychologist, specializing in organizational and managerial psychology
Monika Kostera
Professor Monika Kostera
University of Warsaw
Leszek Kwieciński
Leszek Kwieciński, Ph.D. / Associate Professor
University of Wrocław
Bolesław Rok
Bolesław Rok, Ph.D. / Associate Professor
Kozminski University
Rogiński, Mikołaj Secretary
Bio
Tak
Specialization
specializes in management sciences, researches peer production organizations, open software, and knowledge sharing
Permanent employee
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First and last name
Mikołaj Rogiński
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
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warszawa
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Mikołaj Rogińskispecializes in management sciences, researches peer production organizations, open software, and knowledge sharing

Organizing Committee

Osterczuk, Karolina Chair of the Committee
Bio
Nie
Permanent employee
Tak
First and last name
Karolina Osterczuk
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
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warszawa
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management-and-quality-studies
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Karolina Osterczuk 
Katarzyna Barcińska
Katarzyna Barcińska
Gawrycka, Iwona
Bio
Nie
Permanent employee
Nie
First and last name
Iwona Gawrycka
Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Iwona Gawrycka 
Kubów, Magdalena
Bio
Tak
Specialization
Economist specializing in management science, researcher and academic lecturer
Permanent employee
Nie
First and last name
Magdalena Kubów
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
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warszawa
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management-and-quality-studies
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Magdalena KubówEconomist specializing in management science, researcher and academic lecturer
Młodzińska-Granek, Agnieszka
Bio
Nie
Permanent employee
Tak
Specialization
lawyer
First and last name
Agnieszka Młodzińska-Granek
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
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City
wroclaw
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communication-and-media-studies
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profesor uczelni
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Agnieszka Młodzińska-Graneklawyer
Nadziejko-Stefanowicz, Małgorzata
Bio
Nie
Permanent employee
Tak
First and last name
Małgorzata Nadziejko-Stefanowicz
City
warszawa
Academic degree or title
Innovation Broker
Innovation Broker Małgorzata Nadziejko-Stefanowicz
Popyk, Anzhela
Bio
Tak
Permanent employee
Nie
First and last name
Anzhela Popyk
Specialization
sociologist, philologist
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
City
warszawa
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sociology
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Anzhela Popyksociologist
Patrycja Radek
Patrycja Radek
Świątek, Włodzimierz
Bio
Nie
Permanent employee
Nie
Specialization
business psychologist, facilitator, trainer and coach, specializing in management, leadership, effective communication, facilitation and conflict resolution
First and last name
Włodzimierz Świątek
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
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warszawa
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management-and-quality-studies
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Włodzimierz Świątekbusiness psychologist, facilitator, trainer and coach, specializing in management, leadership, effective communication, facilitation and conflict resolution
Rogiński, Mikołaj
Bio
Tak
Specialization
specializes in management sciences, researches peer production organizations, open software, and knowledge sharing
Permanent employee
Tak
First and last name
Mikołaj Rogiński
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
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Wojtkiewicz, Katarzyna B.
Bio
Tak
Specialization
C-Level manager, business and legal advisor, researcher specializing in management and public administration
Permanent employee
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First and last name
Katarzyna B. Wojtkiewicz
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
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warszawa
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Katarzyna B. WojtkiewiczC-Level manager, business and legal advisor, researcher specializing in management and public administration
Tomasz Szymański-Sztaba

Location

SWPS University in Warsaw, Chodakowska 19/31, rooms: S306 and S308