Patrycja Sławuta

Founder at SelfHackathon
Area of Expertise:
Design Thinking
English, Polish, Spanish
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Speaking topics
  • Hacking, Rewirig and Upgrading the H:OS (Human Operating System) 
  • Hacking Resilience – How to Stay Sane While Doing Insane Things 
  • The Anatomy of a Hungry Ghost – Psychologist’s Guide to How We Hurt, Heal and Can Harness the Human Spirit 
  • The Psychology of Abundance – When Having Affects Being 
  • Hacking the Corporate OS. The Art and Science of Meaningful Innovation 



The famous Moore’s law says that the computational power of machines doubles every 18 months. As a consequence, change becomes the only constant. We live in a world of constant hacking, rewiring and upgrading of various systems around us.  

Same goes for the human OS. Programmed early in our development by powerful forces such as culture, religion and family, this system, more than any other, requires a continuous upgrade to reflect who we are, what we want to become and where we are heading. Come join us for this powerful, immersive and interactive session as we learn how to hack, rewire and upgrade the ultimate supercomputer between your ears – your mind.’ 

The famous Moore’s Law observes that the computational power of machines doubles every 18 months. As a consequence, change becomes the only constant. We live in a world of constant  hacking, rewiring and upgrading of various systems around us. 

Same goes for the human operating system. Programmed early in our development by powerful forces such as culture, religion and family, this system, more than any other, requires a continuous upgrade to reflect who we are, what we want to become and where we are heading. Especially if you are an innovative startup business. Companies today are at the forefront of change. Meaningful disruption is embedded in the DNA of every successful company. And so, surviving and thriving becomes a psychological game of mindsets, mental habits and resilience. The most skillful players are able to turn fear into fuel and uncertainty into business opportunities. Resilience, contrary to popular belief, is not robustness, redundancy or even bouncing back. It does not always equate with the recovery of a system to its initial state. Often times resilient systems have no baseline to return to, and so they reconfigure themselves continuously and fluidly to adapt to ever-changing circumstances, while continuing to fulfill their purpose. 


In the world of scientific research such a characteristic of a system is called dynamic disequilibrium and is widely observed from microbiome systems to human societies to even entire cultures. With such a definition, modest and often/frequent failures are actually essential to many forms of resilience – they allow a system to release and then reorganize some of its resources. The best resilient systems fail gracefully – they employ strategies for avoiding dangerous circumstances, detecting intrusions, minimizing and isolating damage, diversify the resources and re-organize itself in order to heal. 

Research from various fields shows that a seemingly “perfect” system is often the most fragile, while a dynamic system that is subject to occasional small failures are often the most robust. Resilience, just like the life itself, is messy, imperfect and dynamic. But that’s exactly why we survived as human beings. Resilience is a skill that can be learned, upgraded and perfected. It’s a practice that can be applied at the individual, team as well as organizational levels. 

We live in an age of anxiety where restlessness and overwhelm keep us up at night, sometimes every night. Faster, better and harder appear to be the new baseline. Everything seems to be getting disrupted, innovated and re-invented on a shorter and shorter cycle. We compete daily against the seemingly perfect lives of social media nirvana. We know more and more yet understand less and less. (The hungry ghosts of our psyches always want more eventually leading to burnout and exhaustion. Or perpetual existential emptiness and sense of purposelessness.) 

 In this immersive keynote we will take a deep dive into the invisible psychological architecture of you. We will also explore the newest science of the human condition, on both individual and collective level – where we hurt, what needs healing and how we can harness world’s most untapped natural resource – your mind. 

Time, money, love, and meaning are all dimensions of wealth and poverty, both of the wallet and of the mind. Sometimes having plenty of one can result in the lack of another of these (the loneliness epidemic, being time-strapped). Sometimes it feels like we have it all. Why? 

Join NYC-based behavioral scientist and entrepreneur Patrycja Slawuta to explore the fascinating science behind the abundance and scarcity. In this session will take a deep dive into the psychology of having or having not. Psychological and neuroscience research shows that both abundance and scarcity are states of mind that affect not only how we subjectively see ourselves, but also how we think, feel and interact with others. 

Big note

Patrycja Slawuta, is Australia-based behavioral scientist. After spending 10+ years in academia, Patrycja founded SelfHackathon, a boutique behavioural consultancy that uses cutting edge scientific research for business innovation. As an expert on the complexity, nonlinearity and messiness of the human nature, Patrycja lectures globally and works with some of the most exciting and disruptive startups and organizations in the world helping them hack, rewire and upgrade.  

Her latest initiative is called PsychTech, the seamless fusion of psychology and technology. That is – how to leverage human ingenuity with machine intelligence. In her free time she runs ultra marathons, reads scientific articles and meditates. In that particular order. 


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