Coastweek– This Saturday 14 January 2017, 100 participants from the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa community gathered together to share ideas and be inspired by an amazing line-up of speakers of different ages and backgrounds at the TEDx Youth@AKAMombasa event, writes ALEESHA SULEMAN.
Firstly, what is TEDx?
“TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
“At a TEDx event, TED Talk videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection.
“These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.
“The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.”
The event is the Academy’s first official TEDx event and is one of the first of its kind hosted in Mombasa.
Licensee and Lead Organiser Aalia Visram said “Events such as TEDxYouth@AKAMombasa are important for youth to be able to connect and participate in TED’s vision of ‘ideas worth spreading’.
It was incredible to see the hard-work and amazing organisational skills of all the student volunteers and team members culminate in such an exceptional event.”
The theme of the event was “Decrypting Fantasy: Tales of the Unseen” and the topics covered by the speakers ranged from the power of a vision to the relevance of social media to farming.
Joining 13 student speakers from the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, were 5 guest-speakers from around Kenya.
Famous hip-hop artist Juliani, Olympic Kenyan archer Shehzana Anwar, filmmaker and producer Hatim Hassanali, Head of External Affairs at the Aga Khan Academy Gulam Juma, and Naheed Hirji, Head of Growth and Mobile Partnerships at Facebook, were all part of the inspiring speaker line-up.
Source: Coastweek – The most from the coast
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