Arusha — TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, opens its TEDGlobal 2017 Conference today in Arusha, Tanzania. Themed "Builders. Truth-tellers. Catalysts." the event will host 700 attendees at the Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge for a program of 45+ speakers and performers sharing ideas in TED's signature format of short, powerful talks - no longer than 18 minutes. The four-day event will also feature presentations and performances from 27 TED Fellows. It marks TED's first return to Africa since the memorable TEDGlobal 2007 Conference held at the same location.
"Our event here a decade ago led to so many meaningful ideas, connections and collaborations," said head of TED Chris Anderson. "Now, we have a chance to reignite those sparks. The ideas emerging from Africa have the potential to create transformative impact, not just here on the continent, but worldwide."
"This gathering couldn't come a moment too soon," said TEDGlobal co-curator Emeka Okafor. "Africa has experienced spectacular economic, demographic and creative growth, but both opportunity and danger are rising at an exponential rate. Our conference will gather the idea catalysts, problem-solvers and change-makers already hard at work here charting Africa's own path to modernity."
The speakers and performers selected for TEDGlobal 2017 offer fresh, unique perspectives and solutions on a global level. They include:
OluTimehin Adegbeye, Writer and activist
Oshiorenoya Agabi, Neurotechnology entrepreneur
Nabila Alibhai, Place-maker
Alsarah & the Nubatones, East African retro-popsters
Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Publisher
Christian Benimana, Architect
Niti Bhan, Founder and owner, Emerging Futures Lab
Mahen Bonetti, Film curator
Augustus Casely-Hayford, Cultural historian
Natsai Audrey Chieza, Designer
Llew Claasen, Strategist
Tania Douglas, Biomedical engineering professor
Touria El Glaoui, Art fair curator
Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu, Indigenous knowledge expert
Kamau Gachigi, Technologist
Ameena Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius
Leo Igwe, Human rights activist
Amar Inamdar, Entrepreneurial business leader
Joel Jackson, Transport entrepreneur
Tunde Jegede, Composer, cellist, kora virtuoso
Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda
Zachariah Mampilly, Political scientist
Vivek Maru, Legal empowerment advocate
Kola Masha, Agricultural leader
Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, MIT professor, grassroots thinker-doer, author
Thandiswa Mazwai, Singer
Yvonne Chioma Mbanefo, Language and culture advocate
Sara Menker, Technology entrepreneur
Sethembile Msezane, Artist
Kisilu Musya, Farmer and filmmaker
Robert Neuwirth, Author
Kevin Njabo, Biodiversity scientist
Ndidi Nwuneli, Social innovation expert
Dayo Ogunyemi, Cultural media builder
Nnedi Okorafor, Science fiction writer
Fredros Okumu, Mosquito scientist
Qudus Onikeku, Dancer, Choreographer
DK Osseo-Asare, Designer
Keller Rinaudo, Robotics entrepreneur
Chris Sheldrick, Co-founder and CEO, what3words
Sauti Sol, Afro-pop band
George Steinmetz, Aerial photographer
Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò, Historian and philosopher
Pierre Thaim, Chef
Iké Udé, Artist
Washington Wachira, Wildlife ecologist and nature photographer
Magatte Wade, Brand creator
Ghada Wali, Designer
A number of exciting brands and companies have partnered with TEDGlobal 2017 to help share ideas and foster an atmosphere of curiosity and discovery. Partners include: The Africa Center, Boston Consulting Group, Brightline Initiative, Gilead Sciences, Logitech, Omidyar Network, Sandstorm Kenya, Tommy Hilfiger, Westpac Banking Group and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
Follow TEDGlobal 2017 on the TED blog, Facebook, Twitter (@TEDTalks), Instagram (@TED) and LinkedIn. The official hashtag of the event is #TEDGlobal.
About TEDTED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual gathering in Vancouver, Canada, its TEDWomen and TEDGlobal conferences, and at thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world, then made available, free, on TED.com and other channels. Today there are more than 2,500 TED Talks available for free on TED.com, which are viewed about a billion times a year.
TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world.