+ Athens is Europe's Most Innovative City

Athens is Europe’s Most Innovative City

We love Athens

Athens has been named as Europe’s ‘most innovative city’ by the European Capital of Innovation contest and has been awarded a cash prize of €1 million.

Athens was chosen for a range of projects it has implemented, including its ‘Curing the Limbo’ initiative which helps migrants and refugees connect with local residents in order to learn the language, find employment, gain skills and engage in the community.

Other examples of innovative projects from the city included its offer of digital literacy training, a project to revitalize abandoned buildings by giving grants to local organizations, and the ‘This is Athens’ campaign which invited volunteers to record information about the city, past and present, for visiting tourists.

Athens is Europe's Most Innovative City

Athens is Europe’s Most Innovative City

The winning city was announced by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, in a ceremony at the 2018 edition of Web Summit in Lisbon, the world’s largest tech event: “Athens stands out as an example that a city facing many challenges can achieve great things,” he told the audience. “Through innovation, Athens has found a new purpose to turn around the economic and social crisis. It is proof that it’s not the difficulties but how you raise yourself above them that matters.”

The prize, funded under Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme, is given to the city which has shown outstanding use of innovation to improve lives for its citizens and businesses.

“Athens is the EU Capital of Innovation 2018! A city that uses innovation to leave no one behind, a story of urban & social like no other. Let’s be inspired by this great innovation capital!” – Carlos Moedas

#iCapitalAwards

Five other cities made it to the final stage of the awards, including Aarhus (Denmark), Athens (Greece), Hamburg (Germany), Leuven (Belgium), Toulouse (France), Umeå (Sweden). Each of the five finalist cities takes home €100,000.

To take home the award the cities must convince a panel of independent experts that they use innovative concepts and processes that engage and empower citizens and help improve the resilience and sustainability of the cities.

This year twenty-six eligible cities from 16 countries applied to the competition. Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Paris won the prize in 2014, 2016 and 2017 respectively. Source: www.euronews.com

 

Curing the Limbo

From apathy to active citizenship: Empowering refugees and migrants in limbo state to ignite housing affordability.

Curing the limbo’ is a unique opportunity to connect the refugee population to the active citizens of Athens, in a cyclical exchange system that will also address pressing and recurring city needs. UIA financing also gives our city the chance to test an innovative model of social exchange, which will create powerful ties between citizens that wouldn’t otherwise interact. It is an investment in our human capital that builds upon the recognition of bottom-up approaches in resolving city challenges and, ultimately, enhancing social cohesion” – Georgios Kaminis, Mayor of Athens

Curing the Limbo

 

This is Athens

About this great idea:

“The official website “This is Athens” accompanies visitors through the variety of Athens. 

The official City of Athens guide allows travelers to get to know the city of Athens and plan their trip beforehand with useful information on accommodation, transportation, food, and city attractions. 

The visitor can easily get acquainted with the Athenian neighborhoods as well as find things to do, where to go and what’s best to see in the Greek capital. 

With a “hand-picked” cultural agenda showcasing the very best of festivals, nightlife, exhibition, and events, “This is Athens” website ensures visitors won’t miss out on anything. 

“This is My Athens”, a collective community of passionate locals who voluntarily offer walks around the city, are available to book through the digital platform. 

Athens. One City. Never Ending Stories.”

This is Athens

 

+ Athens Authentic Marathon

Athens Authentic Marathon

Marathon

The National Archaeological Museum celebrates the Authentic Marathon in Athens on Sunday, November 11, with a thematic tour about sports and athletes in antiquity.

By means of a special educational leaflet (in English) available at the entrance of the Museum through Monday, November 12, athletes participating in the historic race will be able to stroll through the galleries of the museum and become acquainted with a series of exhibits related to training for athletes, races, prizes, etc.

Athens Authentic Marathon

Admission to the museum is free for the first 100 athletes that will ask for the educational leaflet at the Information Desk, upon presentation of their participation number for the Marathon.

Opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Monday 1-8 p.m.

National Archaeological Museum, 44 Patission,
Omonia, tel 213.214.4800

Athens Authentic Marathon

 

Athens Marathon

The marathon course is based on the legend from which the race gained its name:  Pheidippides, a messenger in Ancient Greece, ran from the Battle of Marathon to Athens to announce the Greeks’ victory over the Persians. Those who run the Athens Marathon say it is an experience they’ll never forget.

The Athens Classic (authentic) Marathon is an annual marathon road race held in Athens, Greece, normally in early November. The race attracted more than 43,000 competitors in 2017. The provenance of the competitive race is traced back to the Marathon race at the 1896 Olympics.

When you run the Athens Marathon, you run in the very footsteps of the ancient gods and heroes that gave birth to western civilization. The finish line is in Athens’ magnificent Olympic Stadium, the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games.

The Athens Marathon is recognized as the original marathon course and it was the same course used in the 2004 Olympics held in Athens.

The Athens Marathon 26.2 miles is run entirely on asphalt. The first twelve kilometers are level. The middle nineteen kilometers are gentle long hills. The final eleven kilometers are downhill. The finish line is in Athens’ magnificent Olympic Stadium.

The Athens Classic Marathon began in 1972 as a joint venture between the Greek tourist board and athletics association. The race came under the auspices of the current organizers and SEGAS in 1983 and has since become a major race, being awarded Gold Label Road Race status by the IAAF. The 1983 event was known as the Athens Peace Marathon and both a popular and elite level race featured for the first time that year.

Athens Authentic Marathon

 

Major Marathon Race

It is perhaps the most difficult major marathon race: the course is uphill from the 10 km mark to the 31 km mark – the toughest uphill climb of any major marathon. The course begins in the town of Marathon, where it passes the tomb of the Athenian soldiers, and it traces a path near the coast through Nea Makri.

Following the steep rise, the course goes lightly downhill towards the city of Athens. It passes a statue of a runner (Ο Δρομέας) in the city center before finishing up at the Panathinaiko Stadium; a site for athletic competitions in ancient times and the finishing point for both the 1896 and 2004 Olympic marathons.

In 1982, the organizers dedicated the race to Grigoris Lambrakis, an athlete and Member of the Greek Parliament, whose murder in the 1960s has become an inspirational cause for advocates of human rights. Since 2007 the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races has organized an annual International Marathon Symposium in Marathon town the day prior to the race.

Athens Authentic Marathon

Taking from the tradition of the Olympic Torch, the race features the Marathon Flame, which is lit at the Tomb of the Battle of Marathon and carried to the stadium in Marathon before the beginning of each race. The 2010 edition of the event was combined with the celebration of the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon. As the 2500 anniversary was actually in 2011, this year was also celebrated as the anniversary run.

Greek competitors have traditionally been strong in the men’s and women’s competitions. However, East Africans and Japanese runners have increasingly become the dominant runners from 1999 onwards.

Since 1990, the Athens Classic Marathon has often served as the Greek national championships for the marathon event. The current course records are 2:10:37 hours for men, set by Felix Kandie in 2014, while Rasa Drazdauskaitė’s run of 2:31:06 in 2010 is the quickest by a woman on the course.

Athens Authentic Marathon

 

The official Athens Marathon app is back!

Following last years’ success, the amazing mobile application of the Athens Marathon returns! The app is here to offer the most… authentic experience to those that wish to “follow” their friends and family members participating in the event, as well as useful information to the runners themselves.

  • Are you a runner? Is your friend running?
  • Do you just want to keep track of the authentic action in real time (live tracking) on your mobile device?

The only thing you have to do is download and install at your smartphone, tablet, and/or personal computer, the official Athens Marathon application, “Athens Marathon. The Authentic powered by MyLaps”, available for iOS and Android.

By using the app, you will stay in touch with your runner friends and track their progress on Sunday, November 11th.

More specifically, every user can track up to 25 runners and receive automatic notifications every time the selected runners pass the timing zones at the following points: in Marathon Race, the stations include the 5 – 10 – 15 – 21,1 – 25 – 30 – 35 – 40km, at the 10km Road Race the stations include 1,1 – 5 – 5,8km where the “U-turn” is, at the 5km Road Race – Morning & Afternoon, the stations include the 1 and 3km. Moreover, each user can receive notifications for the first 15 athletes leading each one of the races.

All runners participating at the 36th Athens Marathon events, in addition to the above, can directly share their progress with their friends in social media, upload their selfies, and get informed at any time on the latest races news, but also view again their entire race thanks to Live Tracking Replay!

You can download this authentic app HERE, today, so that you receive all latest notifications and useful information on the event’s preparations, such as the bib number notifications, the opening of the Registration Center and Marathon EXPO, the key moments of the 4-day Athens Marathon event program, special offers of our sponsors, etc.

For all the users that still have the application installed on their mobile devices from last year, make sure you have updated the application to the latest version through the App Store and/or Google Play Store!!

Athens Authentic Marathon

+ HPV Prevention Self Test is Coming to Greece by Evekit.gr George Spyrakis

HPV Prevention Self Test is Coming to Greece

George Spyrakis

“George Spyrakis was going through a personal loss when he decided to produce a pro-active solution in saving women from HPV. George is introducing the market to a kit that will help women test themselves in the privacy of their own home against HPV. He introduced Evekit.gr

He is working together with his team to create awareness, as the percentage of women who get infected is extremely high in comparison to the percentage of women who dare to get tested, which is extremely low. Because awareness is the most important cure of all… and that is what he is focused on!”

HPV Prevention Selftest is coming to Greece

HPV Prevention Selftest is coming to Greece

 

Good News is Making Women Happy: HPV Prevention Self Test is Coming to Greece

 

The Interview at Crikos

“A musician, an entrepreneur creating awareness and saving women from cancer!

Do you know that our world is made up of people who are born to make a difference? Of course, we all have a beautiful angel inside us… it’s just that some of us, haven’t yet discovered it. Oh, you are probably thinking oops I must be on the wrong website… angels with white feathers and flying abilities…right?

Yes, that would be truly a life-changing experience, wouldn’t it?! But angels are humans who believe in making a positive change, who are proactive by making some people’s lives better and healthier. George Spyrakis is the angel of the day…he has many faces and roles, which all come down to saving lives!

He has an incredible number of “opposite” qualities that work harmoniously together… he is sophisticated, sensitive yet tough as a bull, committed, focused, a doer, compassionate, a hardcore businessman, ethical with very high standards, a giver and all the above in an extreme dosage! You should see him smile… he can make an impact just with his smile!

George Spyrakis started out at the age of 12 with a classical music education background, playing musical instruments and very soon the contrabass. Right out of school with the intent to finish his military obligations faster, he didn’t just follow the crowd doing what was quickest and easiest…instead he became a military commando for 16 months jumping out of aircrafts! Hahaha, see what I mean by extremes?!

Having the two opposites – logic and creativity – in great balance within his character, George decided to follow business studies to stand strong on his feet despite his musical talent and studies. His studies led him to work for 15 years as a sales representative and executive for different pharmaceutical companies being a liaison between doctors and companies.

Together with his day job, he started his own company replenishing pharmacies with natural and holistic products. In 2017, he realized that it was time to focus on his business and leave his day job. What I have to let you know about George Spyrakis is that throughout his career, he has always helped people receive therapy one way or another… because he is a man who cares!

How many people do you know who every other word they use is, how can I help you? George is that man exactly… in the 1 hour we spent together, he must have mentioned over 20 times how his mission is to help women to put themselves before anyone else and to prevent any health issue. And how he will and has always found ways for women to receive medication or diagnosis even if they cannot afford it. Nothing can stop George Spyrakis… when he hits a wall he will find a way around it or break it…”

 

Crikos.com Positive Reaction

This inside-out interview about VollutoPR’s and Evekit.gr CEO, George Spyrakis by the amazing team of Crikos.com, is making many women smile. Why? Because they shared with us great news! New prevention HPV Self Test is coming in Greece.

Crikos team know how to connect people and create positive reaction and interaction! Crikos is a positive community to their heart and mission. They support ideas, projects and people that inspire the community to become better and stronger.

Discover more about Crikos path and their outstanding connecting services here>>


  • The interview was originally published at the website of Crikos.com
  • Interview copyright © Crikos.com
  • Photo credits: Monika Kritikou
+ Experiential Open Dialogue at Ancient Agora Athens Stoa of Attalos by VSN HUB Vicky Evangeliou

Experiential Open Dialogue at Ancient Agora Athens

VSN HUB

Vicky Evangeliou, Founder of VSN HUB & Marketing Lead, is supporting the BPW New Horizons initiative in Athens. She has the honor to provide her expertise in Ancient Greek Philosophy & Open Dialogues Experience on the first day of the event, 18th October 2018, at Ancient Agora of Athens.

  • FIRST FORUM BPW ADRIONNET
  • WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP – NEW HORIZONS”
  • Under auspices of Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Experiential dialogue with Mrs. VICKY EVANGELIOU (VSN Hub, Marketing Lead)

  • 1st day, THURSDAY, 18TH, OCTOBER 2018,
    16:30 Walk to the Roman Agora ( Host: BPW Athens)
    Experiential dialogue with Mrs. VICKY EVANGELIOU (VSN Hub, Marketing Lead)
  • With the directions of Dr. Michalis Katsimitis, Doctoral Degree in Philosophy, University of Athens, VSN Hub Advisory Panel Member
  • With the support of Areti Vassou, Digital Strategy Architect, VSN Hub Advisory Panel Member

BPW Europe is the European Region of BPW International. BPW International was founded in 1930 in Geneva by Lena Madisen Philips. It has grown to an international network of 30000 members in 100 countries. They have 5 regions to manage this large organization: North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. Europe is the strongest region with appr. 20000 members in nearly 30 countries.

VSN HUB AT WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP – NEW HORIZONS BPW

BPW Athens

 

HOW BPW EUROPE DEVELOPED

In the course of the 1960s and 1970s, several relatively informal international meetings were held for German-speaking and some for francophone BPW. There seemed to be a general desire for contacts and cooperation across national borders.

In 1977, the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (IFBPW) was accredited to the Council of Europe and received consultative status along with some 200 NGOs. Marcelle Devaud was nominated Permanent Representative and Michelle Laublé(both of France) her alternate.

Michelle Laubé, then President of the Strasbourg Club, invited all European BPW Presidents and interested members to the 1st European Conference which took place in September 1981.

In October 1985, the 17th International Congress of BPW International in Auckland, New Zealand, voted to set up five regions, headed by Regional Coordinators. Marian Waats was elected to this position for Europe.

In September 1990, through the hard work of women such as Marcelle Devaud and Emilienne Brunfaut, the European Women’s Lobby was founded in Brussels. BPW is a member of the European Women’s Lobby and Renata Blodow was the first delegate of the European Federations of BPW to the EWL.

The presidents of the European Federations of BPW International decided to create the European Coordinating Committee to support the work of the Regional Coordinator.

In January 2009, the presidents of the European Federations of BPW International created a legal structure to run common projects at European level: BPW European Coordination aisbl (association internationale sans but lucratif – international non-profit organization).

The Executive Board of BPW Europe is made of the European Regional Coordinator and members of the ECC.

Experiential Open Dialogue by VSN HUB Vicky Evangeliou

 

BPW AIMS

Equal opportunities and status for women in the economic, civil and political life

A BPW Member:

takes professional responsibility on all levels in economy, politics and society
thinks and acts locally, nationally and internationally
practices networking, mentoring and lobbying
enjoys lifelong learning
works with United Nations agencies and other international organizations
develops friendship

WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT PRINCIPLES

Launched on International Women’s Day, the Women’s Empowerment Principles-Equality Means Business suggests seven steps for companies to take to empower women in the workplace and the marketplace. They were launched by  UN Women and the United Nations Global Compact on March 8th, 2010 based on a multi-stakeholder consultative process.

BPW International supports the WEPs and encourages its federations and affiliated clubs to promote the WEPs within their countries and to invite CEOs to sign the CEO letter for the WWEPs.

The Women’s Empowerment Principles are subtitled Equality Means Business because the full participation of women benefits business and by signing the Statement of Support, CEOs will demonstrate leadership on gender equality and women’s empowerment and will encourage fellow business leaders to do the same.

 

ANCIENT AGORA OF ATHENS

The Ancient Agora of Classical Athens is the best-known example of an ancient Greek agora, located to the northwest of the Acropolis and bounded on the south by the hill of the Areopagus and on the west by the hill known as the Agoraios Kolonos, also called Market Hill.

The ancient Athenian agora has been excavated by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens since 1931 under the direction of T. Leslie Shear, Sr. They continue to the present day, now under the direction of John McK Camp.

After the initial phase of excavation, in the 1950s the Hellenistic Stoa of Attalos was reconstructed on the east side of the agora, and today it serves as a museum and as storage and office space for the excavation team.

A virtual reconstruction of the Ancient Agora of Athens has been produced through a collaboration of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the Foundation of the Hellenic World, which had a various output (3d video, VR real-time dom performance, Google Earth 3d models). (Source: Wikipedia)

 

MUSEUM OF THE ANCIENT AGORA

The museum is housed in the Stoa of Attalos, and its exhibits are connected with the Athenian democracy. The collection of the museum includes clay, bronze and glass objects, sculptures, coins and inscriptions from the 7th to the 5th century BC, as well as pottery of the Byzantine period and the Turkish occupation.

The exhibition within the museum contains work of art which describes the private and public life in ancient Athens. In 2012, new sculpture exhibition was added to the museum which includes portraits from Athenian Agora excavation. The new exhibition revolves around portraits of idealized gods, officially honored people of the city, wealthy Roman citizens of the 1st and 2nd century; AD, 3rd-century citizens and finally on work of art from private art schools of late antiquity. (Source: Wikipedia)

 

BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES OF THE ANCIENT AGORA

  1. Peristyle Court
  2. Mint
  3. Enneakrounos
  4. South Stoa I and South Stoa II
  5. Aiakeion
  6. Strategeion
  7. Agoraios Kolonos
  8. Tholos
  9. Agora stone
  10. Monument of the Eponymous Heroes
  11. Metroon (Old Bouleuterion)
  12. New Bouleuterion
  13. Temple of Hephaestus (Hephaestion)
  14. Temple of Apollo Patroos
  15. Stoa of Zeus
  16. Altar of the Twelve Gods
  17. Stoa Basileios (Royal Stoa)
  18. Temple of Aphrodite Urania
  19. Stoa of Hermes
  20. Stoa Poikile

 

TEMPLE OF HEPHAESTUS

The Temple of Hephaestus or Hephaisteion (also “Hephesteum”; Ancient Greek: Ἡφαιστεῖον, Greek: Ναός Ηφαίστου) or earlier as the Theseion (also “Theseum”; Ancient Greek: Θησεῖον, Greek: Θησείο), is a well-preserved Greek temple; it remains standing largely as built.

It is a Doric peripteral temple, and is located at the north-west side of the Agora of Athens, on top of the Agoraios Kolonos hill. From the 7th century until 1834, it served as the Greek Orthodox church of Saint George Akamates. The building’s condition has been maintained due to its history of varied use.

Hephaestus was the patron god of metalworking, craftsmanship, and fire. There were numerous potters’ workshops and metal-working shops in the vicinity of the temple, as befits the temple’s honoree. Archaeological evidence suggests that there was no earlier building on the site except for a small sanctuary that was burned when the Persians occupied Athens in 480 BC.

The name Theseion or Temple of Theseus was attributed to the monument under the assumption it housed the remains of the Athenian hero Theseus, brought back to the city from the island of Skyros by Kimon in 475 BC, but refuted after inscriptions from within the temple associated it firmly with Hephaestus.

 

ETYMOLOGY OF AGORA

Agora:  “open assembly place, chief public square and marketplace of a town; popular political assembly held in such a place,” from Greek agora “an assembly of the People” (as opposed to a council of Chiefs); “the place of assembly; a marketplace” (the typical spot for such an assembly), from ageirein “to assemble,” from PIE root *ger- “to gather.” The Greek word also could mean “public speaking,” and “things to be sold.” For sense, compare the Roman: forum.

 

THE PERIPATETIC SCHOOL

The name belongs to a series of philosophers of whom Aristotle was the first and by far the most significant. Geographically the school was located in a sanctuary dedicated to Apollo, called the Lyceum, a public space outside the city wall of Athens but within an easy walking distance (the Academy was another such place). A gymnasium was built there; by the end of the 5th cent.BCE. It was a favorite gathering place for young Athenian men.

Visiting sophists lectured there, Socrates met his young conversational partners there. As in other similar places, there were ‘walks’ (peripatoi). The name ‘Peripatos’ stuck to the school begun there by Aristotle, formerly a member of the Academy, when he returned to Athens in 336.

The school was original, perhaps always, a collection of people rather than a building: Aristotle, a non-Athenian with the status of metic, could not own property. His successor Theophrastus could and did, and he bequeathed real estate and a library to a group of his students, including Straton who was then elected Head.

Straton was succeeded by Lyco, Lyco by Ariston of Ceos, who was Head until c.190. After that the succession is obscure, but there is evidence of continuous philosophical activity until the 1st cent. bce, when Athens was captured by Sulla and the Peripatetic library removed to Rome. (For a detailed discussion of this period, and the complexities of the succession, see Lynch, Aristotle’s School.) Read more here>>

 

ARISTOTLE LYCEUM

Aristotle, when at the age of 50 years old, he was in Athens. Just outside the city boundary, he established his own school in a gymnasium known as the Lyceum. He built a substantial library and gathered around him a group of brilliant research students, called “peripatetics” from the name of the cloister (peripatos) in which they walked and held their discussions. The Lyceum was not a private club like the Academy; many of the lectures there were open to the general public and given free of charge.

Most of Aristotle’s surviving works, with the exception of the zoological treatises, probably belong to this second Athenian sojourn. There is no certainty about their chronological order, and indeed it is probable that the main treatises—on physics, metaphysics, psychology, ethics, and politics—were constantly rewritten and updated. Every proposition of Aristotle is fertile of ideas and full of energy, though his prose is commonly neither lucid nor elegant.

Aristotle’s works, though not as polished as Plato’s, are systematic in a way that Plato’s never were. Plato’s dialogues shift constantly from one topic to another, always (from a modern perspective) crossing the boundaries between different philosophical or scientific disciplines. Indeed, there was no such thing as an intellectual discipline until Aristotle invented the notion during his Lyceum period. Read more here>>

 

About VSN HUB

With Ancient Greek history, philosophy, moral and work psychology, culture, strategic marketing and communication and personal branding, HUB VSN Team help businesses to reach the sky.

Visualize  |  Sense  |  Nurture

They are a team of experts from different areas who help individuals and businesses to reach their potential.

Expertise

Ancient Greek history, philosophy, moral and work psychology, culture, strategic marketing and communication, personal branding.

Services

Educating. They organize workshops, dialogues and interactive events on the above topics which are market relevant and customized to the needs of individuals and businesses and through face-to-face meetings or webinars using state-of-the-art technologies.

Speaking. They are speakers in company events on the topics of their expertise.

Reading. They read the latest research (books, articles, biographies published worldwide) in management and leadership, or a book that you choose, and share this knowledge with individuals and groups in short and flexible meetings.

Writing. They provide ghost-writing services for company leaders and strategists who would like to write a book but don’t have the time or the expertise to do so.

Target Groups

Employees, managers, company leaders, and professionals who are interested to engage in sophisticated discussions and workshops as a way to stimulate their thinking, be inspired to grow both personally and professionally and achieve their goals.

 

Who is Vicky Evangeliou

A Freethinker as one who forms opinions on the basis of reason independently of authority.

Communication & Marketing Expert with 2 decades of business experience. 8 years in a multinational company as business manager, marketing and sales executive in medical/consumer sector.

More than a decade as an entrepreneur founding a Marketing & Communication agency, providing services in corporate, B2B and B2C environments, designing creative concepts for developing product launches, incentive programs, tourism destination marketing and management projects as well as project management for the implementation of Live communication campaigns.

Focused on developing concepts in Greece and Internationally for local and multinational clients having an expanded portfolio including fast moving consumer products, pharmaceutical, health and personal care, cosmetics, luxury and fashion products as well as automotive and financial services.

As Business Mentor I strongly believe that an entrepreneurial role model can positively affect the level of entrepreneurial success. A role model can also help entrepreneurs who may rely too much on personal experience to guide decision making. Although taking risks is important, the presence of role models, mentors and networks can provide a moderating effect on the overconfidence of entrepreneurs.

Vicky via Marketing Lead, act as a consultant providing “Out Of The Box” business development, brand alliance, marketing / pr and social network marketing services for non-profits, start-ups and large corporations starting new divisions.

Specialties: Marketing, below the line programs, Online and Offline projects, Direct marketing, Field marketing, Communication strategic projects, Incentives

Vicky Evangeliou LinkedIn

+ Social Hackers Academy crowdfunding campaign

Donate Education

Say Yes

Donations are changing the way we live. Each time we share a part of us (time, objects, money) we willingly enter in a state of belonging to something bigger. Give back to the community and it will come back to you, in ways that are beyond imagination.

In the year 1994, I offered all my belongings to a family, on the first floor of the building I was living at the time. She was a single mother with two wonderful children at the age of 10 & 14. I was moving to a new country and due to an issue with the landlord, it wasn’t possible to refund my prepaid rents.

So, to make a long story short, I invited the family to stay in my apartment for as long as they wanted. The rents had been paid in advance for 3 years. Never crossed my mind, that they were in need of financial support. I needed help with my apartment and my house. So they moved in and I started a new chapter in my life.

We were in frequent communication through letters or phone calls. Actually, we talked twice a year on the phone, but I was receiving one detailed letter for every passing month. How they were doing, the kids, the house, the neighbors and to my surprise I’ve got a list of all the paid bills. Paid by her accompanied by a thank you note for my support.

As I found out later, this mother had lost her job, and by having a safe home for her family, gave her the opportunity to stand on her feet again and create a better life for her children.

Back in Greece and years later – at the beginning of 2014 – I had a severe accident and entered the hospital for a risky surgery. Her older son was the surgeon who saved my life. By giving her an opportunity for a better life, I had a second chance to live, 20 years later. 

Give. Don’t think. Just give. It will come back to you, one way or another.

 

 

Be part of the change

Support Social Hackers Academy

Today there are 61,000 refugees stuck in Greece. Due to the economic crisis, the country is one of the least prepared in Europe to deal with this influx of people. Currently, housing, food, water, and other services are paid for in large part by government organizations and NGOs. But very little money is invested in sustainable solutions to the problem like formal education and skills training.

What are they doing?

They provide free education. They transform today’s refugees to tomorrow’s programmers. They act with the passion to be part of the solution. They provide to underprivileged groups with an end-to-end education in software engineering and entrepreneurship, empowering them to find employment and independence.

This is Social Hackers Academy

They care

They are doers

They offer

They need you

By supporting Social Hackers Academy cause you’re helping:

  • 70 people in securing a job, with great potential 
  • 280 people learning the basics in our Computer Literacy Class
  • 84 students participate in our WordPress Class

Donate to Social Hackers Academy

 

About Social Hackers Academy

Our train of thought and actions to create opportunities and stability:

We live in Greece, and we’re programmers. Programmers have a problem-solving spirit that eventually works 😉 So, the idea over coping with the refugee crisis, was:

Don’t give them fish, teach them how to fish: eating, drinking, the warmth of a house or clothes will not cease to exist as a need for refugees. They are in a foreign country with no means to integrate, unless someone provides these people with the necessary skills to be able to stand on their feet: we aim to teach them something useful to get a decent job, get a decent salary and buy exactly what they need all by themselves.

Mind the skills gap: There is more demand for high skill labor than there is a supply of workers with those skills. Web developers and computer programmers fall in this category, so we thought there is a way to bridge this gap.

Teach them how to code: No doubt there’s amazing talent in refugee circles (musicians, actors, writers, lawyers, …) so why shouldn’t there be a talent for web developers? All we needed to do is locate them, teach them the software engineering skills and…

 

Ensure a job position: Programmers and web developers are among the top sought-after jobs by companies worldwide. Recruiters love them, multinationals love them, and a medium-sized Greek company could literally beg for them. We could definitely get jobs for our students if we tried. And we did.

And it worked: a dozen tech companies in Athens are now waiting for our first graduates. This train of thought started as a wild fantasy, but as we started diving in, we realized there were people out there have actually materialized the same thoughts.

There was no reason for us to reinvent the wheel: we came in contact with Hack Your Future, the successful coding school for refugees in Amsterdam, shared our ideas with them and collaborated closely to build our curriculum and get our teachers ready for action. We are now a member of  8 coding schools all across Europe.

 

How we are doing so far: Our first coding course started in September 2017, with the financial support of local businesses that provided us with private funds, enough to cover the initial running costs. Since then we’ve launched 2 more classes and we’re ready to launch another two in 2.5 months time.

We are not isolated islands.

Together we can do anything!

 

 

Why we need your support

We are launching a crowdfunding campaign to ensure the viability of our project for the next year. Reaching our crowdfunding goal will enable us to run 5 coding classes, 20 Computer Literacy Classes, and 6 WordPress Classes. We expect 56 people to work as software developers in companies or as freelancers.

Our aim: 12 months of runway. More specifically:

29.928 Euros + 7.9% Crowdfunding Platform Charges = 32.292 Euros

You can find our exact Financial Projections by clicking here.

In case you don’t feel like donating at the moment you could share our crowdfunding page with your close friends via email or social media. On average, every share that we get now is equal to €18 donated in the future. Help us maximize our reach right now by sharing to the people you trust.

Join Social Hackers Academy

Website: http://socialhackersacademy.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/socialhackersacademy/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/socialhackersacademy/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sochackacademy
Hashtags: #togetherwecandoanything

+ Rough Diamonds Web Developers

Rough Diamonds Web Developers

Rough Diamonds

High skilled Web Developers are the Rough Diamonds of today’s digital world. We found the top Full Stack Web Developers for you and your business ideas. Get the best of the best digital skills and minds in your service by hiring www.roughdiamonds.io

They can provide a tailor-made service to meet the needs of your business in terms of Web Development. All thanks to their partnership with Social Hackers Academy, a coding school which trains vulnerable groups into Full Stack Web Developers.

Rough Diamonds Web Developers

 

Do you have a website or web app idea and you are looking someone to bring your idea to fruition? Then you’re in a luck as Rough Diamonds possess the right mix of experience and creative ideas to produce the best outcome based on your needs.

 

Full Stack Web Developers

We understand how things are. The deadline is coming and you need someone to support your project remotely for the next couple of months?  Rough Diamonds is here to support you by providing a great addition to your team.

In Rough Diamonds, they create perfectly designed websites in terms of UX / UI and SEO. Built with WordPress the world’s leading content management system they create websites that are accessible to all and bring real profits to your company.

They pay attention to all the details. Nowadays having a responsive website is a necessity. As 52% of all website traffic comes from mobile devices. This is why in Rough Diamonds they ensure that their client’s websites not only look good on all browsers and devices but also load extremely fast.

✅ Easily win over “mobile” customers
✅ Increase the number of visitors & conversions
✅ Customer-friendly business

They help businesses around the world reach eCommerce success.  In terms of custom e-shop design, they follow the big “picture” approach because e-commerce is much more than just selling: it’s a wholesome experience. Rough Diamonds will build the foundation of your e-shop and support you in every step of the way.

✅ User-friendly
✅ Speed optimized
✅ Powerful selling features to increase conversion rates

 

Rough Diamonds Web Developers

 

Connect with Rough Diamonds

 

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WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018

WordCamp

Join WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018 on 15 – 16 December. WordPress tribes will meet and share their knowledge!

More than 30% of the websites you visit on a daily basis are built with the WordPress open source software, a platform the usage of which is rising constantly, especially in Greece. This is the reason why this great event is organized in so many locations, every year! The WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018, is a conference about WordPress, open software and digital skills in general. 

WordCamps hold discussions on various topics: Startups, e-Commerce and Βlogging are just some of the topics covered at conferences like the one getting prepared at the moment.

Globally, WordCamps are supported by the WordPress Foundation—the official nonprofit organization the purpose of which is the preservation of the openness of WordPress—and this conference is approved and recognized by the Foundation.

 

Why should I attend a WordCamp?

A WordCamp is for anyone that works with WordPress, at any level of experience and knowledge, but not only. The conference is addressed to any internet user interested in getting informed on the news around WordPress, including but not limited to Web Developers, Web Designers, Βloggers, Journalists, Content Editors, Web Editors, Social Media Managers and many more fields of expertise or professionals.

 

WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018 Organizers

WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018 is organized by volunteers, members of the WordPress Greek Community. In particular, 15 members of the community (who you can see in more detail here), have shared the responsibilities and work to give life to the conference for the third year in a row, after two successful WordCamps in Athens.

 

WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018 Financial Sources

The WordPress Foundation is the valuable partner and supporter of their efforts. While a big part of WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018 is financed by Foundation’s global sponsors and supporters, they also have the ability to seek out local sponsorships, monetary or providing a service, by companies active in Greece.

For that purpose, there are 5 sponsor packages available to anyone interested to pick one up and support the conference. Of course, these packages include a varying set of benefits.

WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018

 

How to Attend

The tickets to attend the conference for both days, including meals and coffee breaks, will have a symbolic price and are available here>>

Stay informed for all the news around WordCamp Thessaloniki on Facebook and Twitter, and also through email, by subscribing to their Newsletter.

 

Venue

WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018 will be hosted at Thessaloniki Concert Hall and more specifically in the M2 building and Maurice Saltiel Hall on the 5th floor, while coffee breaks and lunch break will take place in the foyer and the impressive café-restaurant Allegro at the same floor.

Designed by the famous architect Arata Isozaki, the M2 building gives the city a unique structure that summarizes the virtues of modern architecture. Geometric lines, large glass surfaces, and metallic elements make up a picture of imposing simplicity, contrasting but standing equally next to the neighboring M1 building.

Thessaloniki Concert Hall is located at the junction of 25th March with the beach, right next to Posidonio Athletic Center.

Individuals with special needs can have an easy access inside and outside both venues of the Thessaloniki Concert Hall.

Access: You can reach the Concert Hall from all the neighborhoods of Thessaloniki with the Public Transport.

Bus: The Megaron is located 100 meters from the «March» stop, from which the buses 5 / 6 / 8 / 33 pass, while about 200 meters away, the 30 / 78 busses pass from the «Georgiou» stop. www.oasth.gr

Taxi: There is a Taxi stop in front of the Concert Hall entrance, where there are always taxis at the end of the performances.

Parking: The underground parking of the Megaron Music, located in the M2 building, is 11,800 m² in size and 230 seats. Parking will be available free of charge to all attendees on the day of the conference.

Thessaloniki Concert Hall
25 March and Beach
54646 Thessaloniki

WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018

 

Call for speakers

Please, fill in the form below in order to send them your presentation proposal for WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018. If you wish, you can send them more than one proposal. Please, make sure that you have read the code of conduct for participating in a WordCamp first. The organizing team will try to contact you shortly.

The call for speakers of WordCamp Thessaloniki will expire on October 15th, 2018. All submissions will be considered and answered by October 30th, 2018, regardless whether they are accepted or not.


What they seek:

People who love their work and carry it out with care and craftsmanship, experienced individuals who possess a deep knowledge of their field, and finally, those who have a knack for public speaking. They just seek people who can tell a beautiful story!

Examples of the themes they seek are (non exclusively):

The basics (for novices and professionals)
Web development, website building
Web Design (HTML, CSS, JS, front-end)
Design (UI/UX, typography)
Blogging, content creation, journalism
Marketing, branding, strategy
Something new, that we do not know about yet

 

Are you interested?

Then go to the Presentation Submission Form here>>

WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018


WordPress Foundation

The WordPress Foundation is a charitable organization founded by Matt Mullenweg to further the mission of the WordPress open source project: to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software.

The point of the foundation is to ensure free access, in perpetuity, to the software projects we support. People and businesses may come and go, so it is important to ensure that the source code for these projects will survive beyond the current contributor base, that they may create a stable platform for web publishing for generations to come.

As part of this mission, the Foundation will be responsible for protecting the WordPress, WordCamp, and related trademarks. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the WordPress Foundation pursues a charter to educate the public about WordPress and related open source software.

They hope to gather broad community support to make sure that they can continue to serve the public good through freely accessible software.

They are inspired by a number of other organizations and non-profits:

  • Free Software Foundation, the creator of the GNU GPL license they use and promote.
  • Mozilla Foundation, making the web and email more accessible and built on open standards.
  • Public Code, demanding legislation requiring that publicly financed software be made publicly available under a Free and Open Source Software license.

 

Show some love

Hey, You!

You won’t be able to join the WordCamp? No worries! You can still support the WordCamp Thessaloniki through sponsorships. You can also use the magic hashtag each time you post something relevant to the WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018.

#WCTHESS2018

 

 

 

+ Successful Crowdfunding Campaign Tips by Areti Vassou

Successful Crowdfunding Campaign Tips

Crowdfunding

Let’s define what is crowdfunding: “Crowdfunding, in general, is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.”

Crowdfunding is a form of crowdsourcing and alternative finance. In other words, you are trying to convince a large group of people to donate to your mission a small amount of money. Crowdfunding can provide to your startup or business or idea the needed cash. Also, it can build a base of a loyal community who will feel like a part of your mission.

 

Strategy Tips

For starters define your goal. Get your numbers on a piece of paper and set your priorities straight from the beginning.

Now that you know what you need, do your research on everything related to crowdfunding in your topic. Which platforms are the best for your mission? Read the reviews. Check their social media impact and community reactions. Double check if there were any complaints about your chosen platforms. Have a look at this guide.

Define your goal

 

Keep your supporters close

Before you launch any campaign make sure that you have a dedicated group of friends and supporters. In case you can spend some available resources, hire a pro team to handle your campaign.

  • Create an organized network of friends and supporters
  • Share the workflow schedule
  • Also, share responsibilities
  • Make clear who is in charge of the project
  • Have a written guidebook for all possible crisis scenarios
  • Keep your supporters satisfy with cool perks or money (if possible)
  • Set your business plan and make it public
  • Shout out your mission, your plan, your goals and your achievements
  • Celebrate all single steps
  • Send dozens of press releases
  • Organize a press conference
  • Make PR Agencies your best friends!!! Beer and good wine can help…
  • Show your success in social media
  • Talk to events and show yourself – and your mission – to the public
  • Use Newsletters to spread out the word
  • Let the public know what you and your team has offered so far. Make the story as personal as possible. When people relate to your feelings, then they can relate to your mission.
  • Use videos. A huge amount of everyday moments. Show your failures. Expose your pitfalls. And the day after…
  • Make brand videos with one certain action call.
  • Have levels of rewards. Publish them.
  • Commit yourself to thank personally each person who donates to your mission. Send them a letter, give them a call, find them and hug them, invite them over in your offices, have dinner with them, say hello with no reason and remember their important days. Be on alert for the devoted donors.

You will breathe in and out for several months and the only face you will see, it will be your reflection on your laptop’s screen. You will live online, until the end of your crowdfunding campaign. Trust me, I have been there and done this!

That’s why you will need all the friends and family you have, really close. It’s gonna be a seriously very long period.

Successful Crowdfunding Campaign Tips by Areti Vassou

 

Find the best platform

The good news is that you can find a lot of crowdfunding platforms. The headache starts when you are trying to sort out which is the best fit for your cause. My personal favorite is the GOFUNDME.

If you visit their website you will understand why is my top choice. GoFundMe platform is one of the most popular and friendlier fundraising websites for personal fundraising causes. They provide a high-level personalization in campaigns. They have three models for fundraising: personal campaigns, charity fundraising and all-or-nothing campaigns.

 

If your cause is more in enterprise mood, you will have to do some digging on the internet for the best fit out there. You see, some crowdfunding platforms are focused on specific industries and niches. Take into consideration your project’s category and characteristics before you make up your mind. Finding the best match equals to reach out to your best target audience for your cause. Have a look at this guide.

 

Show your numbers

If your idea is a running project then show your journey. Share your growth with the public and the platform. Talk about the results and the real impact to the society.

Be proud of your milestones. Celebrate your wins and invite the community into your cause. It is always nice to belong in a positive mindset group!

The numbers, the goals and your core mission will shape the qualities of your target audience. You will attract similar mind people to support your cause. Make it clear before you start your campaign. What you need, how you want to send the message and to which people. These parameters are the cornerstones of your marketing strategy.

Successful Crowdfunding Campaign Tips by Areti Vassou

 

Yes, you will need a marketing strategy

You want to attract the attention of the right people. You will need a well-shaped marketing strategy. Ask your grandparents if they understand your cause. If it is hard for them to understand what you are doing and why you need financial support, then you are doing something wrong. It shouldn’t need extra effort to communicate your idea with people that are not familiar with your niche.

Keep it direct and simple

Use your website and social media channels to spread the word. Every single day.

If you don’t have social media assets then create, now! Your marketing actions should be organized accordingly to your cause awareness and crowdfunding goals. Have a content and posting calendar and stick to your schedule.

 

Own your mistakes

Life is unpredictable, so is the digital world, too! Most probably a moment will come that you will mess things up… Bite the bullet and own your mistakes, and then go on. Never try to put the blame on other people. It will cost you more than you can ever think.

 

Open your ears

Embrace feedback, even if that means that you suck in your duties. Feedback can help you and your project to make the next step. Maybe, you should hear out the complaints about the language or pictures you use for your cause. Feedback can make you way better and stronger.

Successful Crowdfunding Campaign Tips by Areti Vassou

 

Honor your words

What else can I say? When you promise something then you should fulfill your promise. If you don’t mean it then stay silent. People remember everything, especially how you make them feel. Unfortunately, we tend to forget happy feelings quite easily… but we never forget what or who or how someone let us down. Disappointing or poor decisions could terminate your cause.

 

One last tip

Evaluate the qualities of your team. In many cases, the founders of a cause or project are really bad in making healthy decisions. They should appoint someone else to be on top of the project. Or they should choose to invest their energy in PR & Marketing actions. Knowing who is the best choice for each role, can work wonders. But if you are not in the position to share hats, then seek for a mentor. Will guide you and will help you save energy and money.

Successful Crowdfunding Campaign Tips by Areti Vassou

 

Experts Tips

We have asked some of the top experts their golden tip for creating a successful crowdfunding campaign. In the following days, we will gradually add their point of view.

 

Iliada – Evangelia Kothra

Well, everybody is talking about ”crowdfunding”. A lot of people would claim ”its about easy money!”. To tell you the truth it is not so easy. It is not so quick. And, yes, it takes a lot of tips to ”gain the game”. But for me, some of them are extremely important.

First of all, let’s start with ”focusing” on the target. On your audience. Your campaign must look like ”a full-time job”. Wake up early! Work on your campaign. Send e-mails. Respond to them. Be connected all the time. Build your own relationships. (What do you mean by ”I wanna stay in my bed all day?) The campaign should be your whole new ”family” at some point.

Practice your patience. Patience is a priceless virtue. Wait, wait, wait… But remember to set the right expectations. Be passionate and realistic at the same time. Don’t be afraid to be exposed, it’s about your dream after all! Share the effort with the right people. (Not with those that would love to see you fail. What do you mean by ”all my friends love me??”)

Above all, you have to understand that success is 90% preparation. Clear goals. A unique idea. Passion. Good co-workers (What do you mean by ” I do everything by myself, I don’t trust anyone. Really?”)

Trust your inner voice.

Good luck.

ILiada Evangelia Kothra

Iliada – Evangelia Kothra is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Living Postcards. She is a devoted traveler and celebrates the joy of life with her charismatic character. Meanwhile, you will find her between amazing projects and wearing many hats. She is the Whole Sales Director at MED Company. She also finds time to be an active writer at HuffPost Greece and at the Adorn Magazine in India. A few weeks ago, she launched an outstanding campaign to prevent violence against women: #DontAcceptit

 

 

Vicky Evangeliou

To succeed at Crowdfunding, you need a mentor. Crowdfunding is a way of raising finance by asking a large number of people for a small amount of money. Traditionally, financing a business, project or venture involved asking a few people for large sums of money. Crowdfunding switches this idea around, using the internet to talk to thousands, millions, of potential funders.

A Mentor has a strategic role in the success of this process. A Mentor is the one who can guide you to avoid pitfalls of Crowdfunding. A mentor can help you look at the situation from a different, fresh and non-emotion perspective. Mentors share their knowledge and creativity with the Startup that is proceeding to a Crowdfunding Campaign. Mentorship is as much about knowledge transfer as it is about objective feedback. The Mentor is there for you to show you your reflection.

Vicky Evangeliou

Vicky Evangeliou is a Freethinker as one who forms opinions on the basis of reason independently of authority. She is a Communication & Marketing Expert with 2 decades of business experience. 8 years at Johnson and Johnson as a business manager, marketing and sales executive in the medical/consumer sector.

More than a decade as Entrepreneur founding a Marketing & Communication agency, providing services in corporate, B2B and B2C environments, designing creative concepts for developing product launches, incentive programs, tourism destination marketing and management projects as well as project management for the implementation of Live communication campaigns.

Focused on developing concepts in Greece and Internationally for local and multinational clients having an expanded portfolio including fast moving consumer products, pharmaceutical, health and personal care, cosmetics, luxury and fashion products as well as automotive and financial services.

As Business Mentor I strongly believe that an entrepreneurial role model can positively affect the level of entrepreneurial success. A role model can also help entrepreneurs who may rely too much on personal experience to guide decision making. Although taking risks is important, the presence of role models, mentors and networks can provide a moderating effect on the overconfidence of entrepreneurs.

Vicky via Marketing Lead, act as a consultant providing “Out Of The Box” business development, brand alliance, marketing / pr, and social network marketing services for non-profits, start-ups and large corporations starting new divisions. She is the founder of VSN HUB, an active thinking tank of philosophy, culture, initiatives, and events that are reshaping Education, Communication, Entrepreneurship and Tourism in Greece.

 

Ariadne Nikaki

Public Relations are one of the top factors which can actually secure your crowdfunding’s success. Yes, Public Relations can really help your crowdfunding campaign! Publicity is giving someone a reason to talk about you and your cause. If you really want to succeed in your campaign, you have to trust a Public Relations Consultant.

There are many reasons to hire a PR Consultant but the most important is that they know the right people. For someone out of the PR industry, the effort to build a strong networking circle could take months. With a support of a PR Consultant, you are investing in creating the best possible impact for your crowdfunding campaign.

The PR consultant will give you directions on the right actions you have to do, where and whom you have to meet, what content and posts you can share in your social media. Will lead you on how you can spread out your message to the right people. Will strategically introduce your campaign to the investors or companies that are willing to donate in your cause. Also will invite the perfect ambassadors for supporting your mission. In other words, will build a circle of strong voices and will help you to receive the best results.

Last but not least, a PR consultant will contact journalists and meet them in events, contact influencers and increase your awareness and prestige. This will drive you to the right investors that will help in your crowdfunding campaign.

Ariadne Nikaki

Ariadne Nikaki is highly skilled and talented expert at public relations, with more than twenty years of demonstrated success in personal and business development,  improving the brand image of a firm, accomplished through planning, designing and implementing strategies, initiatives, creative campaigns, and PR events, conferences, exhibitions, etc

Her PR company can provide high-quality PR services at Public Relations, Branding, Reputation Management, Media Relations, Image Making, “BrandYou”, Events, etc

Specialized in events regarding Medical Tourism, Medical Sector, Food & Wine Industry (Exhibitions, Tastings, Communication), New Business, Corporate Events, Cosmetics, Networking, Magazines

 

 

George Spyrakis

Crowdfunding has become a quite popular tool for startups, corporations, and nonprofits. But a successful crowdfunding campaign is a challenging goal, even for the most experienced marketing teams!

To start with the right foot, set your goals from day one. Define your mission and the impact your goal will have in real life. How are you going to improve your business or services with the upcoming financial support? Be extremely precise and transparent about your plans.

If you already know that you have devoted “early birds” supporters, I suggest you start with them, 8-10 weeks before the official launch of your crowdfunding campaign. Secure at least the 10-20% of the amount you need, and press the “start” button, with the most influencing names on the donators board. A strong beginning is halfway to the Success Town!

Get your campaign in track, as soon as possible! Offer perks for the big donations and a warm thank you note, for every cent you get. Kindness always opens new doors. And practice your patience and persistence. Wait. Wait. And wait. It takes time and effort.

Put your message out with as many ways as you can think! Share your crowdfunding campaign in social media, in newsletters, with friends, family members, and all your supporters. Don’t be shy… go live. Stay in front of the camera and attract the right attention. Tell your story.

Be bold. It will pay big!

George Spyrakis CEO VollutoPR
George Spyrakis is an effective entrepreneur & sales leader with a passion for designing innovative solutions that bridge the gap between medical technology and patient experience. His current focus is on increasing HPV screening rate among women. He is the CEO & Founder of VollutoPR.com and EveKit.gr and several other startup projects. Connect with George and follow his path at LinkedIn, and Facebook.

 

 

+ Top Destination Weddings in Greece by Fiorello Photography

Top Destination Weddings in Greece

Wedding Season

If you are dreaming to get married in Greece and you are wondering which day would be perfect during wedding season, we ensure you that all days are spectacular! There are so many wedding locations that look absolutely amazing all year long.

The mild weather makes it possible to get married in Greece all 12 months, depending on the theme of your wedding. Although the official wedding season in Greece starts from the beginning of Spring and ends mid-Autumn, we have seen breathtaking weddings in December or January. Greece has a sweet Mediterranean climate during all 4 seasons. Isn’t that great?

Choose your wedding theme and we will tell you the perfect period for your wedding ceremony. After all, it is always wedding season in Greece! And between you and me, all film wedding photographers adore wedding season under the Greek sunlight.

We would like to thank Fiorello Photography and Monika Kritikou for her kind gesture to let us re-publish her post. 

 

Wedding in Tinos

Tinos is famous for its Churches, but few people are familiar with the astonishing wild beauty of its small, far away little Chapels of the island. On the Wedding day, a nice summer breeze was keeping us cool. The horizon was full of Cycladic colors and I couldn’t wait to start photo shooting their special day.

Top Destination Weddings in Greece by Fiorello Photography

 

Fiorello Photography: “Although I am a Wedding Photographer for more than 10 years, every single time I feel the excitement of the first day… something is coming over me and I get in their shoes… I feel like a part of their soul. Maybe, that’s the reason why so many brides and grooms – after their wedding – refer to me as an old family friend.

We connect! Their wedding photography albums are full of memories, not just photographs. It is so touching, when couples say to their friends, that their wedding photographs look like a magical fairytale.”

 

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This incredible light in Tinos island is always on my mind… The colors of the sky and the open air backdrop are almost unbelievable… so pretty and calming! Like a painting that stays with you… I still remember the graceful movement of the bride. What a marvelous experience to have a wedding photography session in Cyclades! . . Wedding photography: @Fiorello Videography: @chrisandpanos Invitations, Printables: @loveme_do Wedding Dress: @madebride by Antonea Wedding decorations: @levanta_events Location: Tinos, Cyclades, Greece . . #WeddingPhotography #TinosWedding #greecewedding #FiorelloPhotography #WeddinginGreece #cyclades #WeddingDay #weddingstyle #weddingideas #destinationweddingphotographer #weddinginspo #greecedestinationphotography #photooftheday #destinationwedding #gettingmarriedingreece #luxurywedding #stylishwedding #brides #she_saidyes #weddingphotoalbum #photographeringreece #weddingphotographer

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Wedding at Vouliagmeni Lake

Sigrid and James came all over from the UK, to celebrate with friends and family their special wedding day. Vouliagmeni Lake is a special place for the family so it was decided to be the set-up of their private ceremony! And what a set-up it was!

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Starting from Lake Vouliagmeni, the Athenian Riviera is a beloved destination wedding for Greeks and foreigners visiting the country’s capital. It’s natural and archaeological beauty is quite inviting for all visitors! It is one of the top destination wedding venues in Athens, Greece. www.fiorellophotography.com Visit our blog and enjoy it: https://bit.ly/2v3v3kZ . . . . #fiorellophotography #bride #weddingphotography #fiorelloinspo #weddingdress #weddingday #weddingphotographer #bridal #destinationwedding #bridetobe #weddings #instawedding #weddingideas #свадьба #weddingplanners #marriage #theknot #weddinggown #weddingphoto #weddinginspo #weddingplanning #brides #bridesmaid #ido #instabride #realweddings #stylemepretty #she_saidyes #greeceweddings #elopementphotography

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A perfect background for their special ceremony that was inspired by the Greek traditional wedding ceremony with some touches that Michaella from   yourceremony.gr  arranged beautifully for the couple. Touching words and loving moments made this day a perfect one. The sun gave us the most beautiful light to celebrate those moments.

 

Wedding in Lefkada

Fiorello Photography: “I am so happy that through my lens I have the opportunity to capture life moments and true emotions. My photography camera is the media that helps me tell a couple’s life story and protect memories from fading out. I am a memory keeper. Ready to freeze time and the beauty of life in every single click. Priceless moments that are the treasure of every wedding and can be shared with loved ones in the future to come.”

The couple found this ideal location for their romantic wedding in Lefkada, at the moment they first laid their eyes in this breathtaking pure greek scenery. In Ancient Greece, it is believed that the island was Homer’s Ithaca, and the palace of Odysseus was located west of Nydri on the south coast of Lefkada.

Top Destination Weddings in Greece by Fiorello Photography

 

Wedding in Mykonos

Every wedding is a fairytale… It begins with a romantic gesture by popping the question, it has its ups and downs until everything is ready and running and finishes with a happy ending by saying “I do”… imagine having as a background the amazing island of Mykonos!

The wedding day was everything it could be: romantic, emotional, chic, full of love and positive energy! Every little detail was carefully planned and implemented by the amazing team of Rock Paper Scissors Events. All decoration and planning left nothing to be desired as all was so elegant and in place.

Top Destination Weddings in Greece by Fiorello Photography

 

Wedding in Paros

Paros is an island for relaxing vacations, beautiful beaches, frenetic parties… and some more: an excellent location for destination romantic weddings, like the wedding of Ioanna and Dimitris…

The fishing boat of Captain Zeppos was the chosen way for the bride to reach the beautiful church of St. Fokas straight to her beloved… The amazing blue of the Aegean, white flowers, sea breeze, kind words… what an excellent way for a loving couple to start their common life, isn’t it?

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Looking at the future with a heart full of love and happiness… it is so uplifting when I see true love in the couples that they start their new life together! I love weddings and wedding photography. It is a blessing that as a wedding photographer I meet people on their most beautiful day of their lives! www.fiorellophotography.com . . . . . #WeddingPhotographer #FiorelloPhotography #WeddingIdeas #GreeceWeddings #Brides #GreekWeddingPhotographer #SheSaidYes #Greece #DestinationWedding #GettingMarriedinGreece #WeddinginGreece #LoveforWeddings #WeddingDay #WeddingDress #instawedding #weddinginspiration #weddinginspo #photographeringreece #weddinggown #photooftheday #weddings #weddinglook #bridetobe #instabride #instawed #bridalshoes #weddingphotography #weddingseason #weddinginParos #weddingincyclades

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Photographer’s Note

I am so happy that through my lens I have the opportunity to capture life moments and true emotions. My photography camera is the media that helps me tell a couple’s life story and protect memories from fading out. I am a memory keeper. Ready to freeze time and the beauty of life in every single click. Priceless moments that are the treasure of every wedding and can be shared with loved ones in the future to come. – Monika Kritikou

Now booking for  📷 2019! Jump into my contact page and save the date to get my camera on your big day.

Now booking for 2019 Fiorello Photography

 


Tip: Are you looking for a wedding dress in Athens, ready to wear? You do? Then have a look at Tsourani Atelier Wedding Dresses www.tsourani.gr (the owner speaks Greek, English, French).

+ My Sweet September

My Sweet September

September

September marks the beginning of the academic year in many countries, in which children go back to school after the summer break, sometimes on the first day of the month. Stating the obvious, almost no child is excited for September.

The Education Act of 1899 made school compulsory for all children. This caused a public expression of outrage especially for working class families who needed their children to work on the farm. A long holiday in the summer months meant that children could work on the fields and return back to school in September.

Religious squabbling continued in the elections for School Boards and in the attempts, particularly by Anglicans in county areas, to forestall the imposition of the School Boards. Initially the advantage lay with the existing voluntary schools and even by 1880 only one sixth of children were in board schools but the potential for growth lay with School Boards and by 1900, 54% of the elementary school population were in their schools.

Many of the larger boroughs imposed bye-laws making education compulsory, that in turn increased revenue, since grants were still related to attendance, and it was partly as a means of helping the rural voluntary schools that Disraeli’s ministry turned its attention to compulsion.[1]

For these schools, Lord Sandon the Vice-President, told the Cabinet in 1875 it was a matter of ‘life or death’. The result, in 1876, was Sandon’s Education Act that set up School Attendance Committees and placed the responsibility for ensuring attendance firmly on parents. It also gave voluntary schools the right to make attendance compulsory.

Various loopholes were removed by the incoming Liberal ministry when Mundella’s Education Act 1880 made attendance compulsory for children between five and ten. By the early 1890s, attendance within this age group was falling short at 82%. Many children worked outside school hours: in 1901 the figure was put at 300,000 and truancy was a major problem due to the fact that parents could not afford to give up income earned by their children.

Compulsory education was also extended to blind and deaf children under the Elementary Education (Blind and Deaf Children) Act of 1893, which established special schools. Similar provision was made for physically-impaired children in the Elementary Education (Defective and Epileptic Children) Act of 1899. Further legislation in 1893 extended the age of compulsory attendance to 11, and in 1899 to 12.[2]

My Sweet September

September walk in the woods

 

September Nights

September (from Latin septem, “seven”) was originally the seventh of ten months on the oldest known Roman calendar, with March (Latin Martius) the first month of the year until perhaps as late as 153 BC.  After the calendar reform that added January and  February to the beginning of the year, September became the ninth month but retained its name. It had 29 days until the Julian reform, which added a day.

The September equinox takes place in this month, and certain observances are organized around it. It is the Autumn equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, and the Vernal Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. The dates can vary from 21 September to 24 September.

Meteor showers that occur in September include the Aurigids, the Delta Aurigids which occur from mid-September to early October, the Southern Taurids, which occur from September 10 to November 20, and the Andromedids which occur from September 25 – December 25. [3].

The Delta Aurigids meteor shower takes place within the boundaries constellation of Auriga. The meteor shower occurs between Sep 18 – Oct 10 with the peak occuring on the Sep 29 every year.

Delta Aurigids are a minor annual Meteor Shower. The source of the meteors is unknown and it has a low rate of hits which could imply that the source is a long period comet and therefore it’s not been here for some time as the meteors debris is getting fewer and fewer.

My Sweet September Nights

September Nights

 

September Equinox

The September equinox (or Southward equinox) is the moment when the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward. Due to differences between the calendar year and the tropical year, the September equinox can occur at any time from the 21st to the 24th day of September.

At the equinox, at the equator, the Sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west. Before the Southward equinox, the Sun rises and sets more to the north, and afterward, it rises and sets more to the south.

The equinox may be taken to mark the end of summer and the beginning of autumn (autumnal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere while marking the end of winter and the start of spring (vernal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere. [4].

september equinox 2018

 

September Important Days

Some of the most important days in September:

  • September  7:  World Forgiveness Day
  • September  8:  World Literacy Day
  • September 10: World Anti-Suicide Day
  • September 21: World Peace Day, International Day for Peace and Non-violence (UN), World Alzheimer’s Day
  • September 27: World Tourism Day
  • September 29: World Heart Day

Read more details for important days in September here>>

 

Why I love September

For starters, I like the smell of rain during September. I adore the way nature is changing colors and how leaves are creating a magnificent carpet of various green and yellow tones. How not to mention that the sea is warmer and less crowded. Next to that, my favorite cupcakes taste much better when are a bit hot.

The weather gradually gets cooler, and that creates the best atmosphere to read more books while listening to music. I have to confess that I prefer traveling to faraway destinations in September. Better prices and more free spaces in airplanes makes life brighter! Even outfits and fashion choices are less crazy in September. And here is one of my favorite songs about September: Barry White – September When I First Met You.

 

September in Greece

Holidays in September mean that you can find the best prices for amazing properties with stunning views, high-end facilities, and incredible design. Discover the best destinations to visit, the most beautiful beaches to swim and the most fascinating things to do, during your September holidays in Greece. Have a look here:  www.septemberingreece.com

There are plenty of reasons to love September. Tell us yours!

 


  • [1]. Ibid, Jackson, Patrick, Education Act Forster: a political biography of W.E. Forster (1818-1886), pp. 181-206 considers the implementation of the legislation through to 1874.
  • [2]. See, Roper, H., Administering the Elementary Education Acts, 1870-1885, (Museum of the History of Education, University of Leeds), 1976.
  • [3]. September in Wikipedia
  • [4]. September equinox in Wikipedia
  • Cover photo credits: Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst
  • “September walk in the woods” photo credits: Photo by Samantha Hurley from Burst
  • “September Nights” photo credits: Photo by Brodie Vissers from Burst

 

 

 

+ Fashion Event Atelier Tsourani

Fashion Event Atelier Tsourani

Wedding Fashion

No woman can resist the beauty of a handmade dress or wedding dress. Atelier Tsourani, downtown Athens, has created some of the most iconic wedding dresses of the last 20 years. Style is always in fashion!

If some of our female friends out there are getting married and are looking for the perfect wedding dress, then this Fashion Event at Atelier Tsourani, is for you!

 

Fashion Event Atelier Tsourani

 

 

Win a Wedding Gown

Visit the Fashion Event, subscribe here and take part in the draw for a handmade wedding dress for free!

Come to Atelier Tsourani Fashion Event on Wednesday 17 October 2018 at 6 pm, and discover the collection of bridal and evening dresses by the well-known designer Sabrina Tsourani.

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You will be able to try fashionable dresses and one lucky lady will win a wedding dress by Sabrina Tsourani Collection, after a draw that will take place in the ateliers’ room.

Sign up for the participation in the draw, here: Google form   https://goo.gl/forms/n9i42UpTCHzs2hjH2

Don’t miss this amazing Fashion Event. Limited seats available! 

Fashion Event Atelier Tsourani

 

Atelier Tsourani

Sabrina Tsourani created the Atelier Tsourani, 25 years ago. Her love for fashion and beauty urged her to design her fashion forward collections. Tsourani Dresses are famous for their elegant style. Most of her designs are consider to be a must-have vintage outfits.

Younger generations of women keep as a treasure at least one piece of Tsourani Collections. Sabrina Tsourani has created outstanding evening, cocktail and wedding dresses, fashion accessories, timepieces, while maintaining her stylish tradition and originality. Her products are sold throughout the Atelier & Showroom Tsourani (Alketou 1, Athens 11633) as well as through her online store www.tsourani.gr

Atelier Tsourani provides tailor-made Haute Couture

 

New Fashion Ideas

Fashion has a huge impact on our culture as well as in our everyday life. It has a very strong impact on the social culture. As a matter of fact, as the fashion industry is changing, it also influences the frame and code of our thoughts inside the society we live in.

It also influences how we communicate or how we determine the most popular trends. It shapes the way we combine fabrics, colors, the way we travel, the way we communicate or work. Fashion in the long term is forming the way we live, in the most unexpected details.

The effect of Fashion in our life gives us the benefit of trying something new. Through fashion, we are able to re-establish new options of ourselves. A very good example are celebrities. They collaborate with famous fashion designers in order to build their personal sense of style. They pay a lot of money to have the best result and they aim very high. Celebrities want to be recognized as fashion icons and they invest time & energy so they can close better marketing or business deals later on.

Read Dimitris Katris (Co-Owner of Atelier Tsourani)  interview about Fashion and Social Media here>>

Visit Atelier Tsourani official website www.tsourani.gr and follow them on their social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+

+ Hey Google, tell me something good

Google Assistant

Hey Google!

“Tell me something good” isn’t meant to be a magic solution. But it’s an experiment worth trying because it’s good info about good work that may bring some good to your day. Give it a go yourself on any Assistant-enabled device, including your phone, Smart Display, or Google Home.

Tell Me Something Good is your daily dose of good news direct from your Google Assistant. Get a 2-3 sentence news summary about people who are working to solve problems for our communities and our world.

The stories are curated through the lens of solutions journalism by our partners at Solutions Journalism Network. Tell Me Something Good is an experimental feature for the U.S.

The stories come from a wide range of media outlets, curated and summarized by the Solutions Journalism Network. They’re a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to spreading the practice of solutions journalism, which highlights how problems are solvable and that doing better is possible.

Solutions journalism empowers and energizes audiences, helping to combat negative news fatigue. It’s an important part of a balanced news diet, so we’re exploring how to incorporate more solutions journalism wherever you access Google News.

 

Good News

This is good news like how Georgia State University coupled empathy with data to double its graduation rate and eliminate achievement gaps between white and black students, how backyard beekeepers in East Detroit are bringing back the dwindling bee population while boosting the local economy, and how Iceland curbed teen drinking with nightly curfews and coupons for kids to enroll in extracurricular activities.

 

Google News Initiative

Read more updates on Google’s effort to help news organizations and journalists thrive in the digital age. Discover the magic here>>

Google logo

Meet Google

The Google company was officially launched in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin to market Google Search, which has become the most widely used web-based search engine.

Page and Brin, students at Stanford University in California, developed a search algorithm – at first known as “BackRub” – in 1996. The search engine soon proved successful and the expanding company moved several times, finally settling at Mountain View in 2003.

This marked a phase of rapid growth, with the company making its initial public offering in 2004 and quickly becoming one of the world’s largest media companies. The company launched Google News in 2002, Gmail in 2004, Google Maps in 2005, Google Chrome in 2008, and the social network known as Google+ in 2011, in addition to many other products. In 2015, Google became the main subsidiary of the holding company, Alphabet Inc.

The search engine went through numerous updates in attempts to combat search engine optimization abuse, provide dynamic updating of results, and make the indexing system rapid and flexible. Search results started to be personalized in 2005, and later Google Suggest autocompletion was introduced. From 2007 Universal Search provided all types of content, not just text content, in search results.

Google has engaged in partnerships with NASA, AOL, Sun Microsystems, News Corporation, Sky UK and others. The company set up a charitable offshoot, Google.org, in 2005. Google was involved in a 2006 legal dispute in the US over a court order to disclose URLs and search strings, and has been the subject of tax avoidance investigations in the UK.

The name Google is a variant of googol, chosen to suggest very large numbers.

 

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Never stop educate yourself. Knowledge has no age limit… Code is my poetry since childhood. I am really grateful that Google has been a true leader in digital technology and has provided equal opportunities for all women who wish to work in technology. Thank you Google! Everything is doable! . . . #Google #googleads #contentmarketing #blogging #ideadeco #AretiVassou #SEO #SEM #SMM #Digitalmarketing #Socialmedia #SEOexpert #businesswomen #ilovemywork #marketingtips #inboundmarketing #marketingstrategy #marketing101 #marketingagency #marketingplan #marketingsocial #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #Entrepreneurlife #startup #SuccessTip #successmindset #digitalmarketingagency #digitalmarketingtips #digitalmarketingstrategy

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There are no limitations if you are willing to get out of your comfort zone!

– Areti Vassou