TEDx

What’s Happening at TEDxPortElizabeth in 2018?

Thulani Swartbooi TEDxPortElizabeth organiser from Uitenhage, South AfricaGood morning, and in case we don’t see you, good afternoon, good evening and good night. The TEDxPortElizabeth team has been on an extended break since 2017. The tide has not yet turned in terms of securing our new license, and that is the only matter that prevents us from hosting more events in Nelson Mandela Bay. We are not allowed to host any TEDx events without a license, which is usually valid for 12 months.

We hosted our first event at the NMB Science & Technology Centre in Uitenhage during February 2016. During that same year, we hosted three events including a sold-out conference at the AFDA campus, Upper Central, Port Elizabeth and a TEDxWomen live stream during October 2016.

In 2017 we hosted four events, primarily using in the TEDxSalon format. These events are different from the conference because they usually have two speakers, focussed one theme/topic. The team of Thulani Swartbooi and Sipuxolo Toni did a stellar job to fulfil our mission of finding and sharing local ideas worth sharing. The TEDx team also grew by leaps and bounds, and some of our alumni have moved onto other projects with great success.

So where is TEDxPortElizabeth going in 2018?

A new team is being formed, and a new license application has been submitted to the TEDx management in New York. At this stage, we need to do the following to ensure we continue:

  1. Secure our new license to host a conference in 2018
  2. Restructure our TEDx team of volunteers
  3. Ensure sponsorship of the events are in place

So we have a question for you: are you curious or are you serious about joining forces? If you want to speak at our next event; or if you want to attend our next event; or if you want to join the TEDxPortElizabeth team, simply send us your information via our contact page.

TEDx reflects on a breathtaking 2017

Thank you all for another wonderful year. Here’s a short video recap of last from TEDx around the world…

Everyday, as we watch the talks produced by TEDx groups around the world, sort through the photographs taken, and read the stories shared, we are constantly awed by the hard work and dedication you bring to your communities and to the TEDx mission.

2017 was an incredible year for TEDx, filled with impressive milestones that speak to your efforts to spread local ideas that make an impact on a global scale. As the year comes to an end, we continue to be encouraged by the strength and passion of the TEDx community, and hope you’ll join us in taking a moment to reflect on the positive spirit of TEDx and all of the good you help put back into the world.

Wishing you a happy and healthy new year,

The TEDxPortElizabeth Team

Caleb Zealand’s TEDx Talk is now on Youtube

We’ve finished editing all the videos from our TEDx conference on 1 July 2016 at AFDA’s Port Elizabeth campus. We’re grateful for our filming team especially Rostin van Heerden in Uitenhage and Randy Gallant in Port Elizabeth.

Although we’re still uploading all 15 speakers and performers’ videos, we have two currently live on Youtube. Here’s the first one featuring child palaeontologist Caleb Zealand:

Caleb Zealand loves dinosaurs. He shares three types of dinosaurs you need to know: Pachycephalosarus, a land dinosaur; Pterannodon, a flying reptile; and Mosasaurus, a marine reptile.

Caleb Zealand is 7-years old and in grade 1 at the Uitenhage Convent Roman Catholic Primary School. He has memorised the names of numerous dinosaurs from books, toys and movies. When he grows up he plans to become a palaeontologist like Dr Alan Grant in the 1990 book, Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton and the movies franchise.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
Added Aug 8, 2016

 

Bobby Shabangu – Wikipedia Editor

Bobby Shabangu Wikipedia Editor TEDx Port ElizabethYarning for articles native to people and traditions of Africa, in late 2012, Bobby Shabangu began to edit both SiSwati and English Wikipedia. “I discovered that if I don’t edit, no one will edit,” he says. “[I wanted] to activate people into talking about Wikipedia and the work they do and everything…that’s actually how I got involved with the whole thing.”

Today, Bobby volunteers with the Jo’burgpedia project, which aims to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of the city of Johannesburg. The project works with institutions in the city to host editing events for students. He also encourages the students who attend the events to edit in their native languages. He is also deeply involved with the South African Wikimedia chapter that promotes local awareness of the projects and their proper academic use, encourage translation efforts into local languages and support the creation of local free knowledge and media, which he says is growing stronger now more than ever.

His Topic: Wikipedia & Africa’s Role