According to TED.com, “TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, ‘ideas worth spreading.’ The programme is designed to give communities, organisations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.”
The Cape Town edition of the event, which will take place on 21 July, wants to showcase Africa’s growing role in the tech world. “We want partnerships, not aid. We are majestic and innovative, and proud to be African,” say event organisers. The theme for the event is: “What We Play Is Life”.
The event, which will be livestreamed on the organiser’s website will feature speakers and industry leaders from Africa’s growing innovation and tech space, such as founder of World of Avatar and CEO of Mxit, Alan Knott-Craig.
We will continue the tradition of being a fun and informative event with a focus on multi-disciplinary engagement, constructive co-operative relationships and being locally attuned and responsive. Famous jazz musician Louis Armstrong once said “what we play is life” and this quote inspired the theme for TEDxCapeTown 2012. It llustrates the light side of life and alludes to the fact that life is a game which we have to play and certain rules apply. But how we play and how we perform is ultimately up to us.