The main thread running through this year’s 30th edition of the festival has been Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, originally published in 1953. In his futuristic vision, Bradbury imagined a world without books, a world in which all forms of literature, art, philosophy as well as all individual, independent and liberal thinking, feeling and acquisition of knowledge are banned.
While the early beginnings of the city of Krakow are steeped in the legend of Smok Wawelski, the city is currently fighting a different kind of beast: Smog Wawelski soars the skies as a thick cloud of polluted air. Cracovians need a new cunning trick to slay the monster. During the Smogathon 2016 (Nov.28), startups were summoned to pitch their ideas on how to tackle the problem and find what could become the tech-version of the sheep and sulphur.