The second TEDxNairobi (@tedxnairobi) is set for the 18th of September, 2010 at the Leakey Auditorium, Kenya National Museum. The last event was held almost exactly a year ago at the British high commission in Nairobi. The event brought together a good crowd of people from all walks with different interests and pursuits in life, all brought together under the umbrella vision of TED ‘Ideas worth spreading’. The event was marked by some remarkable talks, some greatly inspiring and funny, some challenging and yet others heart-wrenching.
TEDx Nairobi which is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TED stands for technology, entertainment and design—three broad disciplines that are collectively shaping our future…
The intense, immersive environment allows attendees and speakers from vastly different fields to draw inspiration from unlikely places and cross-fertilize their ideas. Unexpected connections. Extraordinary insights. Potent inspiration
This year TEDx Nairobi is dubbed ‘Green City in the Sun’ and seems like it will be focused on green, sutainable, urban development. As depicted in the video below, the World Bank through it’s ‘Innovative Cities’initiative has a specific focus on urban development and it is widely considered that urban centers need to be the focus of development given that more and more people are moving to urban areas:
The TEDxNairobi event today brings together a good selection of speakers including:
- Jon Bøhmer: a serial entrepreneur… and currently runs Kyoto Energy. Kyoto Energy focuses on developing renewable energy system development and manufacturing for developing countries. Its headquarters is in Thika, Kenya and in 2009 one of their products the Kyoto Box won the 2009 FT Climate Change Challenge. It was also featured on CNET.
- Laila Macharia: he is the Principal and Founder of Scion Real one the region’s leading real estate infrastructure and investment firm. Laila has extensive experience in urban development and corporate finance.
- Njeri Wangari: a Kenyan performing poet and goes by the online handle Kenyan Poet. She is one of the country’s leading bloggers and has strong interests in the social web and arts.
- Su Kahumbu-Stephanou: Su founded an organic farm in Tigoni, Kenya dedicated in serving local consumers. Her company, Green Dreams Ltd later went on to market and certify regional organic produce…
You can register to attend the event. So, will you attend the event, and what are your expectations? Feel free to share by commenting below.
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