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Stretch Leadership
and Management

December 7-8, 2017

Call for Papers

CFP is now closed.

This year we will focus on Change.

This is a hot topic considering the unprecedented new things in technology, environment, and business. Change is a huge leadership challenge for individuals, teams and organizations.
"Change will never be as slow as it is today" - this year's Stretch conference will be a perfect time to spend two days and prepare for the future with topics such as:

- How to address the challenges of today by developing self, teams and organizations?
- How to enable organizations to be constantly ready for change?
- How to encourage continuous change and improvement through experimentation and empowerment?
- How can middle management chew and interpret high level strategy to bring everyone on-board with the vision (eg. portfolio / company size / structure / culture change)?
- How to embrace failure as part of the change journey?
- How to rebuild teams after a crisis?
- How to become a change
   agent / catalyst / driver?
- What structures, methods, ceremonies fit best with the context of change?
- How can we can we utilize the latest big data and neuroscience research to enable our organizations and individuals to change?
- What kind of successful product building strategies (eg. Lean Startup, Design Thinking, Design Sprint) have emerged in this environment?
- What new company types are appearing?
- How to deal with people and management changes (fluctuation)?

We will aim to invite speakers to cover these topics.

Join us in Budapest, Hungary this December and get inspired by stories from leaders in great organizations as they talk about the challenges of leadership. Come to learn from the best and STRETCH yourself!


David McQueen

Encouraging diversity vs. Positive discrimination

About David
Simon Wardley
Leading Edge Forum

About Simon
Mary Lynn Manns
University of North Carolina at Asheville

About Mary
Joakim Sundén

About Joakim
Kevin Goldsmith

About Kevin
Evan Leybourn

About Evan
Daniel Walsh

About Daniel
Rita Veres
Aon Hewitt Hungary

About Rita




Budapest is closer than you think

only a short flight away

Conference venue

Uránia Film Theather See it on a map

Uránia Film Theather is located in the centre of Budapest. It was built in the 1880s as a music and dance hall. The building is a combination of Eastern Moorish and Venetian Gothic styles. It was first used as a movie theatre in 1899, when the Uránia Scientific Society hosted a presentation here, illustrated with moving pictures. The name Uránia has been used ever since.

Uránia is not only a beautiful building but an important landmark too - this is where the first independent Hungarian feature film was shot in 1901, and where the first film screening was held after World War II. Today, Uránia is a showcase for Hungarian film, hosting several film festivals and cultural events.

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Past Supporters

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Stretch Conference is organized by

Gergely Hodicska
Gergely Hodicska
Program committee
IBM Budapest Lab
Kinga Fekete
Kinga Fekete
Program committee
Gizella Érsek
Gizella Érsek
Program committee
László Csereklei
László Csereklei
Program committee
IBM Budapest Lab
Medea Baccifava
Medea Baccifava
Event organizer
Bálint Köves
Bálint Köves
Program committee, SPoC
Attila Balogi
Attila Balogi
Event organizer
Bálint Farkas
Bálint Farkas
Program committee

Code of Conduct

TL;DR: Be excellent with each other

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensuring a safe environment for everybody.

The Quick Version

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion (or lack thereof), color, national origin or genetic information. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, color, national origin, genetic information, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they'll be wearing branded t-shirts.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.