TEDxSoweto 2014, Saturday 22 November, Soweto Theatre.

South African society is going through testing times. Our population is getting younger and more unpredictable; our political environment is in a state of entropy; more and more, our economic fortunes are determined by forces beyond our control. While we want to acknowledge these dark clouds, we can’t ignore the very real promise of a brighter tomorrow. The digital revolution will continue to empower our youth in ways we can’t imagine. Big data will make our democracy less opaque. New technologies will shift the means of production into the hands of ordinary people. Change begets new ideas. The future, here we come.

Join TEDxSoweto 2014, on Saturday November 22 at the Soweto Theatre, as we celebrate ‘Silver Linings’. This year’s event is particularly special because as it marks five years of Local Ideas Worth Spreading. Cheers to those who’ve been there since day one, way back on that cold Tuesday 27th of April in 2010!

A standard ticket costs R500.
Pay 10% less for every 5 tickets you buy.
NGOs and students pay only R250.
Lunch and refreshments included.

Here’s how the programme pans out:


09:00 – 10:00 | REGISTRATION


10:00 – 11:30 | S1 | PREDICTABLE SURPRISES

TED Talk
Pierre du Plessis – Flaneur, Trend Analyst
Mothusi Lukhele – Maven, Entrepreneur, Farmer
Victor Kgomoeswana – Africa Business Specialist
Impact – Musician


11:30 – 12:00 | CONVERSATION BREAK


12:00 – 13:30 | S2 | ABUNDANT SCARCITY

TED Talk
Gustav Praekelt – Technologist
Mandy Pakkiri – Girl Education Champion
Judy Hofmeyr – Ebola Care Project Lead
Sisonke Msimang – Writer, Activist, Opinionista


13:30 – 14:30 | CONVERSATION BREAK


14:30 – 16:00 | S3 | TEMPORARY ETERNITY

TED Talk
Thorsten Deckler – Architect
Litha Soyizwapi – App Developer
Amo Ngoepe – Young Traveler
Muzi Kuzwayo – Author, Marketer, Adman
Sibusile Xaba – Musician


16:00 – 18:00 | DRINKS & CONVERSATION


See the full programme with brief speaker bios here.