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Date: 20 July 2013

Venue: Baxter Theatre, Rosebank, Cape Town.
Please note: Lunch and some refreshments will be provided. 

Time: 09:00 - 17:00 (Registration opens 07:30)

Tickets are now SOLD OUT.
But, all is not lost, organise your own viewing party! More info here:

Afterparty: Obviouzly Armchair Backpackers and Pub
Featuring Mr Bong ... and maybe a surprise... 

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This year's TEDxCapeTown event will focus on inspired people with powerful stories who've found themselves in unexpected circumstances or crazy places, situations that have propelled them to do great things!

Some TEDxCapeTown initiatives on the go at the moment:

  • Alphabet Soup - Creative campaign
  • Re-imagine X - Schools campaign
  • xLab - interactive ideas worth getting your hands on
  • Viewing parties - get your peeps from across the globe to join virtually - share this link with them!

Watch this space for updates on the event, also please join our mailing list, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter to keep in touch. Specific queries can be sent to [email protected].

Speakers, in order of presenting:
Please note, times are subject to change.
Download a version of the programme here (3.1MB) 

09:00 Session 1: The best version of ourselves

  1. Nic Haralambous
    Nic believes in embracing incompetence and how it allows for situations of learning and discovery, and often the emergence of the greatest innovation and success. 
  2. Shabashni Moodley
    Shabashni wants to mobilise schools and community colleges through group dialogue, peer teaching and democratic learning. 
  3. Angel Campey
    Angel feels at home on stage with her discuss-it-for-what-it-is comedy approach and shares fresh perspectives on topics we should be talking about.
  4. Angela Horn
    Angela expands on the upsides of downsizing and how living with less can positively affect your life. 
  5. Jasper Horrell
    Jasper focuses on the science and engineering of the SKA telescope and has a vision for Africa as a leader in knowledge-based activity.

    11:00 Session 2: Perspectives on our ecosystems


  6. Adrian Saville
    Adrian demonstrates how mobility on all levels can create win-win outcomes that produce economic inclusion and social upliftment. 
  7. Leonie Joubert
    Leonie writes passionately about urban food insecurity, why it is an invisible problem and ideas on how to tackle it. 
  8. Johnny Anderton
    Johnny works to develop and disseminate simple, cost-effective ideas to improve the lives of those living in informal settlements. 
  9. Shannon Hope
    Shannon shares her beliefs in having the courage to start over again as she did in following her dream to become a full-time musician at the age of 29. 
  10. John McInroy
    John follows his dreams and brings an infectious energy packaged in a single word... ShoOops! Where ever you go, go with your heart.

    13:30 Session 3: Think again

  11. Davey du Plessis
    Davey uses adventure as a source of experience to understand the nature of humanity and the unlimited potential of the human spirit.
  12. Jillian Reilly
    Jillian addresses the fundamental problem with international aid and how to work within this broken system for social change. 
  13.  Rapelang Rabana
    Rapelang believes in using mobile technology to re-imagine learning by creating interactive, personalized and adaptive learning platforms that produce data and transparently show levels of knowledge retention.
  14. Whispers of Wisdom
    Whispers of Wisdom consist of three guys and two girls who combine poetry, song and spoken word to talk about things that matter.
  15. Ivo Vegter
    Ivo talks about how environmental exaggeration harms emerging economies. Using amusing examples, he explains why excessive risk avoidance is as dangerous as risk itself.

    16:00 Session 4: A brighter future

  16. Riaan Conradie
    Riaan offers some of the practical changes needed to facilitate real and tangible advances in the digital health arena.
  17. Tony Elvin
    As a ‘social enterprise’ practitioner and evangelist, Tony draws inspiration from his diverse background to address the many challenges faced by post apartheid South Africa. 
  18. Craig Hinds
    Craig crafts some of the most beautiful acoustic songs to come out of South Africa, songs that seep into your soul, get under your skin and stay with you. 
  19. Karen Dudley
    Karen uses food and sharing thereof as a metaphor for embracing our diversity and creating spaces for people to find comfort and nourishment.
  20. Gavin Bonner
    Gavin spouts spontaneous poetry and shares improv storytelling in rhyme and flow inspired by themes and objects in everyday life. 

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