#GITCatalyst Speaker series: Q&A with Patrycja Slawuta

  • By: sbrown
  • In: Uncategorized
  • Posted: April 16, 2018

As the countdown for the first Australian Catalyst Conference gets closer we wanted to introduce you to same of the incredible speakers who will be inspire and energise May 30th and 31st. One of our international speaks is Patrycja Slawuta founder of SelfHackathon from New York.

Social psychologist Patrycja Slawuta has made it her business to “rewire” people’s brains. Born and raised in Poland, Patrycja has years of experience in research of the human mind, namely the darker side of the human behaviour and emotions. Her research usually focuses on shame and guilt and of situations like genocide and terrorism.

According to her: “Science is great. Science applied to real life is awesome. Science + real-life application + passion = where *magic* happens.”

And that was what she set out to do in 2015. Patrycja wanted to translate her academic knowledge into something that benefits everybody. And so, Self Hackathon was formed.

A behavioural consultancy, Self Hackathon works with scientists and experts to help provide tools for high-performing teams all around the world. It also hosts events to help people understand their psyche and impulses and then rewire them.

Patrycja shares more with us ahead of her talk at this year’s Catalyst Conference.


Your background is in psychology, and your research focused on the darker side of human nature. What drew you to that field?

I was interested in that darker side of human nature and thinking. My research was on genocide, conflict, morality – what’s moral and what’s not, anxiety, guilt – the emotions that drive humans and therefore the consequences.

These are emotions that are not necessarily talked about often. And what I wanted to do after years in the research field was to consolidate the findings and tools, and simplify these messages so that everyone can understand it. And that’s how Self Hackathon was born.


Tell us more about Self Hackathon.

Everyone understands the basics of hacking. We know what operating, and rewiring entails. We know why we have to upgrade our apps from time to time. And if you think about it, the human consists of a hundred billion neuron connections and is a living, organic system that constantly wires or rewires itself based on genetic codes and so on.

And so what about our minds?

Self Hackathon is all about unlocking potentials through the use of various tools that are based on science.


What are some of these tools?

We work with a lot of civilians, helping people who are going through times of pain. Emotions and changes are a constant throughout life and to withstand that, there needs to be resilience – the ability to stay present in times of pain, distress or changes. The human system also can bounce back from these changes. And we address this topic of resilience through various tools and exercises.

We also touch on confidence. It’s a crucial topic at the moment. You see the #MeToo movement happening, and you see the confidence gap between the genders. How do we close that gap? How much do we believe we’re worth and therefore how much are we willing to fight for our worth, and ideas?

What this confidence gap has also brought about is the rise of anger. How can we channel that anger, so it’s not destructive? How do we turn it to fuel? These are some of the topics we touch on at Self Hackathon.


Who does Self Hackathon target?

We work with high-performing individuals, teams and companies and help them design research, create interventions and craft campaigns and tools to not only help the organisation attain business success but also help upgrade the people they work with and for.

The approaches we use are both top-down and bottom-up, and it’s wonderful to see the change happening from both ways.


Hear Patrycja Slawuta speak at Girls In Tech Melbourne’s Catalyst Conference. Find out more and purchase tickets at http://catalystmelbourne.girlsintech.org/


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