Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tedx Conferences coming to Malawi - Ideas worth spreading

If you are an avid follower one of the worlds famous conferences for Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED), then you should plan to attend a TEDx Lilongwe conference on 25th May 2013

For the first time Malawi will host its own independently organised TEDx event at Crossroads Hotel Auditorium from 8am to 4pm. Presenters will include Business Consultants, Software Developers and Environmental Activists.

TED is a global set of conferences founded in 1984 by Richard Saul Wurman as a one off event with an emphasis on technology and design in the Silicon Valley, America. The annual conference began in 1990 in Monterey, California. However over the years it has turned into a global event attracting speakers of influence from various sections of the society.

The TED main conference with the slogan 'ideas worth spreading' is held annually in Long Beach, California with other events livestreamed throughout the US, Europe and Asia. They address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture often through storytelling.

TEDx was started in 2009 when TED started granting licences to third parties to organize independent TED live events internationally. TEDx Lilongwe has been granted this licence and will hold Malawi's first ever TEDx event following the successful organisation of two livestreaming TED events at The Living Room early this year.

Speakers to a TED event are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most enganging ways they can. Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Richard Dawkins, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende, Gordon Brown and Al Gore.

The 25th May TEDx Lilongwe event will include speakers like Dr Matthews Mtumbuka  Airtel Malawi Director of IT; Business Consultant Henry Kachaje; Educator and Blogger Steve Sharra; the boy who harnessed the wind Willian Kamkwamba will speak live from the US, Software Developer and Open Source Evangelist, Edmond Kachale; Architeture Lecture at the Polytechnic, Chitsanzo Lamba-Isaac; Ellen Doherty a social documentary photographer and Heather Lulu Maseko a youthful Climate Change and Environmental Activist.

Tickets to the event are sold at The Living Room and Papaya. They are going at K5000 for the whole day including lunch and refreshments.

You can get more information by emailing organiser@tedxlilongwe.com or visit their website.  You can follow them on twitter or Facebook.