About us

The Smogathon projects have a real impact in the battle against smog. Solutions are implemented all over the world to bring relief to people in the most polluted cities

We look for a hero, who can beat the smog!

Over 92% of the world’s population inhales unhealthy air and over seven million people worldwide die prematurely every year because of smog. It needs to stop and we look for a hero, who could solve the problem of air pollution! Smogathon is an initiative aiming to fight the smog with innovations and technology. 


  • donated almost 1 million PLN to awards for participants and to supporting startups and companies fighting smog with innovation and technology
  • organized 15 events in 6 countries on 4 continents
  • was mentioned in over 1000 publications in Polish and foreign media
  • connects almost 300 teams and solutions fighting air pollution in over 60 countries from 6 continents
  • invited over 120 solutions to the events
  • reached 40 million people in the whole world
  • reached 5 million people via social media
  • brought promo videos to 500 000 viewers
  • found over 100 partners and supporters in the whole world
  • involved over 200 experts in consulting and scoping projects
  • invited over 70 teams to Krakow
  • gathered 2000 people at the events in Krakow
  • supports implementing solutions in over 50 countries

Our Goals

Searching for solutions and invitation to the competition

We reach projects from every corner of the world that fight air pollution with innovation and technology.

Review and verification

Smogathon has the best experts in the world, which checks projects in the areas of technology, social and administration, and innovation. The Smogathon finalists are the best of the best.

Development and implementation

The winners of Smogathon have a unique opportunity to transfer their projects to a higher level. We support implementation process and connect them to investors.

Our Team

Maciej Rys

Founder and Leader of Smogathon. Maciej Rys is a passionate globetrotter always ready for new challenges! He lived in 4 different countries and graduated from University of York, Hong Kong and Kozminski (Warsaw).

Co-founder of many technological ventures, such as Przedszkolowo and Earlylogic. Owner of Lynxia, an agency organizing hackathons, events and conferences.

Anna Rys

Anna Ryś – Co-Founder of Smogathon and CEO at AnyMind, a knowledge-sharing marketplace where everyone can buy and sell expertise on a pay-per-second basis. Also a business developer for Lekta.ai. Previously co-founder and CEO of TurboTranslations, and before that Marketing & Community Manager at AdTaily.

In her free time (if she has any), she enjoys film acting and gets involved with English-speaking theatre groups in Krakow. She likes to challenge herself mentally, but also physically – working out at the gym, learning new pole dance moves, or participating in obstacle course races

Maciej Ujejski

Maciej Ujejski is the Founding Director of The Flying Mind Foundation and Partner of the Center for Leadership, where he is the Cofounder and Executive Director of the Leadership Academy for Poland. Between 2012-2015 he was coordinating the Youth in Leadership project – a nationwide conference focused on the development of youth leadership and social entrepreneurship. Previously he worked for a mobile software house CocoLab, where he served as a COO and Project Owner. 

He graduated from the the Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Law and Administration, with a Master's Degree in Law. In 2014 he was selected by the U.S. Department of State to take part in the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

Kamila Knap

Lawyer and a managing partner at Legal Concept, an advisory company for e-commerce, creative companies and start-ups. Experienced in organizing events, as well as advising early stage companies and artists about the intellectual property. Previously a founder of Helfi, healthy sweets manufacture.

Tomasz Gron

Event Marketing & PR Specialist at Smogathon. He graduated in International Management at Jagiellonian University. He studies European Studies. Tomasz Groń started a career in one of agencies in Krakow, creating the event production department. He’s completed over 50 projects in areas of marketing, event marketing and marketing for events. Author of publications at NowyMarketing.pl. He collaborated with: Alexander Mann Solutions, Aviva, Bank Millennium, Deloitte, EDF Polska, HSBC, IBM, Krakow Film Festival, Motorola Solutions Poland, Municipality of Krakow, Muzeum PRL, Muzeum Historyczne Miasta Krakowa, Otrivin, Philips, Straż Miejska Miasta Krakowa, TAURON Dystrybucja S.A., Małopolska, Wojewódzki Urząd Pracy w Krakowie, Związek Harcerstwa Polskiego.

Be a part of Smogathon 2019!

We are open to cooperation with companies from every corner of the world. We also invite to contact smog-fighting institutions and organizations.

Take part in Smogathon 2019!

Do you want to fight air pollution with innovation and technology? ? Join the game, we invite you to participate in data hackathon in Krakow.
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Do you want to be a partner in Smogathon 2019?

Please, contact Maciej Ryś - the Founder and the Leader of Smogathon, to work out the details of collaboration.
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