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TEDX is coming to Pretoria

Fans and newcomers, it’s time to mark your calendars because TEDXPretoria takes place on 17th November 2016 at 012Central in Pretoria.


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Building on the success of the last three events, the mind-awakening short-talk phenomenon, TED, returns to Pretoria in November for a day of disruptive ideas and bold pioneering voices. Various speakers will challenge a business-savvy and open-minded audience to reboot their thoughts and actions to meet the needs of the future.

The theme for this year’s event is FAST FORWARD – think the latest technology and trends - with revolutionary speakers exploring the importance and impact of radical ideas and fast change in an age of upheaval. The theme embraces the future, our youth and how we can fundamentally improve lives locally and globally with the helping hand of technology. Because how else can we make a change without thinking about the future?

This will be the fourth edition of TEDxPretoria - a localised offshoot of the hugely popular Technology, Education and Design (TED) series of talks which has become an international movement under the banner of "Ideas worth spreading". The talks, which are freely available online, are widely recognised as one of the world's most inspiring sources of new thinking on a diverse range of cultural and scientific subjects.

Related: TEDxPretoria challenges business to take a leap!

The profoundly innovative live talks will be given by striving social activists who aspire to make a change, technological geniuses with exciting new ideas, driven entrepreneurs who fight for the youth and their education, ordinary people with extraordinary stories and performers who use poetry and writing to express their innermost feelings in a touching way. Along with influential experts in psychology and relationships who will share their memorable musings. See the speaker line-up here.

All of these infinitely creative speakers aim to better the future generations because we have the potential prosper and flourish in a time that is so different to anything that has come before us. With the unlimited power of technology, we need to know how to use it to ameliorate the world, not abuse it.

These talks will certainly send people home with original and fresh thinking and ignite a burning desire to change something, even the most insignificant thing, to make the world a better place.

Like all TED talks, the TEDxPretoria event is open-source and not for material or political gain. It is organised under a free license by an independent team of professionals, graduates, and students who share a profound passion for challenging the accepted wisdom and sparking deep conversations and connections in their communities.

Here’s to the future!

The lead sponsor for this year's event is Standard Bank, with support from 012 Central and Summertime.

Visit for more information. Follow us on Twitter @TEDxPretoria or follow the official hashtag #TEDxPretoria

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