TEDxCapeTown launches The Power of X

TEDxCapeTown's 2021 theme icon for The Power of X.

It’s been 10 years since we first started our journey together, and what a ride it's been. 

If you’ve had the opportunity to join one of our events, you would know that we’re big on spreading ideas. Whether it's exploring technological possibilities (Technology), the evolution of music, poetry, and art (Entertainment), or how to reimagine urban, public spaces (Design) - we’ve got you covered. 

What does the “x” in TEDx stand for? The X represents who we are, what we've accomplished over the past 10 years, and most importantly, the X is you. It's the culmination of our united vision, which has sparked the ideas of our incredible speakers that take our stage. It creates a space for local voices and solutions to be heard.

The “X” is the glue that brings us together and champions us to invent, create, and push the frontiers of what is deemed feasible in our towns, country, and continent. It is a symbol of what can be accomplished when we work together.

To celebrate our 10th year, we're looking to explore ‘The Power of X’.

Power can be found in a variety of places: ideas, stories, and experiences, courage and compassion, strong challengers of the status quo, and silent enablers of progress.

This is for everyone who has yearned to make a difference. We encourage you to map ‘The Power of X' - the power of everything we are – and determine what steps need to be taken to protect our environment, explore technological possibilities, promote education, increase social influence, and provide meaningful enjoyment. 

Here's to another 10 years exploring, evolving and thinking outside of the box.


The journey to reaching a theme name is no easy task. 

We acknowledge the contribution by every member to bring our 2021 theme to life! 

Special thanks to the TEDxCapeTown Design Lead, Robin Moodley, for transforming our theme idea into this dynamic design. The design captures 10 years of ‘The Power of X’! Every layer was inspired by past event icon designs, and the colours represent growth, innovation, diversity and inclusivity. 

TEDxCapeTown's 2021 theme, "The Power of X" captures past event icon designs and colours that represent growth and diversity.