TEDxPretoria challenges businesses to take a leap!


The mind-shifting short-talk phenomenon TED returns to Pretoria in November for a day of disruptive ideas and bold new voices challenging a business-savvy audience to reboot their thoughts and actions to meet the needs of the future.


The theme for this year’s event is MOVEMENT – personal and social, mental and physical – with flâneurs, techos, change-makers, entrepreneurs, poets and performers exploring the importance and impact of radical ideas and fast change in an age of upheaval. A sneak preview of talent includes:

  • Broadcaster, writer and youth activist Busisiwe Gumede will be challenging the traditional media to switch focus and direction as they compete for younger eyes and ears in a device-dominated world;
  • Poet prodigy Leago Mamabolo promises to move hearts and challenge minds with then raw honesty of her words about both the personal and the political;
  • Multi-talented Dennis Ngango, industrial design student, writer, broadcaster and UN global youth ambassador, will share his experiences and ideas for unleashing the potential of Africa’s youthful population;
  • Professional idler and social observer Pierre du Plessis will deliver his optimistic take on emerging trends and the opportunities for positive change in a “time of chaos”.
  • Uber-geek Emmanuels Magaya will draw from his many years of experience in IT across a range of industries to make the case for technology as a means to transform science and maths education.

This will be Pretoria’s third TED – a localised offshoot of the hugely popular Technology, Education and Design (TED) series of talks which has become an international movement under the banner “Ideas worth spreading”. The talks, which are freely available online, are widely recognised as one of the world’s most inspiring sources of fresh thinking on a wide range of cultural and scientific subjects.

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

The lead sponsor for this year’s event is Standard Bank, with support from The Innovation Hub, Blank Canvas International. Potential media partners include the Southern African Innovation Network (SAINe), Jacaranda FM, Fast Company and Nunnovation.

TEDxPretoria 2015 takes place on 12 November at The Innovation Hub, a Science and Technology Park in Tshwane.

For more about TED and to view past talks, go to www.ted.com