TEDGlobal 2017 Conference got to a roaring start on the 28th of August in Arusha, Tanzania. Themed “Builders. Truth-tellers. Catalysts.,” the event will host 700 attendees at the Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge for a program of 45+ speakers and performers sharing ideas in TED’s signature format of short, powerful talks – no longer than 18 minutes. The four-day event will also feature presentations and performances from 27 TED Fellows. It marks TED’s first return to Africa since the memorable TEDGlobal 2007 Conference held at the same location.
The four-day event will also feature presentations and performances from 27 TED Fellows. It marks TED’s first return to Africa since the memorable TEDGlobal 2007 Conference held at the same location.
Some of the Kenyan speakers include Kamau Gachigi, Technologist, Kisilu Musya, a Farmer and filmmaker, Afro-pop band Sauti Sol, Fredros Okumu a Mosquito scientist and Washington Wachira, one of the country’s best Wildlife ecologist and nature photographer as well as renowned percussionist Kavisa Mutua. The Kenyan drummer previously featured on BBC and other news outlets could not hold back her excitment about being featured in the event. The woman challenging stereotypes is set to speak at the event on the 29th of August alongside other speakers including Egyptian designer Ghada Wali and Brand Creator Magette Wade.
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“Our event here a decade ago led to so many meaningful ideas, connections and collaborations,” said the head of TED Chris Anderson. “Now, we have a chance to reignite those sparks. The ideas emerging from Africa have the potential to create transformative impact, not just here on the continent, but worldwide.” “This gathering couldn’t come a moment too soon,” said TEDGlobal co-curator Emeka Okafor. “Africa has experienced spectacular economic, demographic and creative growth, but both opportunity and danger are rising at an exponential rate. Our conference will gather the idea catalysts, problem-solvers, and change-makers already hard at work here charting Africa’s own path to modernity.”
Blinky Bill, a producer singer-songwriter is also set to speak at the event and even shared a post on social media of his performance on the TEDGlobal stage.
— Blinky Bill (@HeyHeyBlinky) August 28, 2017
It seems that among the many speakers involved in the prestigious speaking engagement, the cohort of Kenyans is soaking up the experience. For more details on TED visit their website here.