One of the most exciting events happening in Sudan this year is TEDxKhartoum. Liscenced by TED, TEDx events were “created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.”
TEDxKhartoum efforts are being lead by Anwar Dafa-Alla, who has been active in the social media realm for quite a while now. In person, Anwar is an uninhibited ball of energy, and it is quite easy to see how he has spearheaded this massive effort to organize the event in Khartoum, a city where planning even the simplest event might cause ulcers, aneurysms and post-traumatic stress disorder. He has been flown to attend TED conferences in the US as he is a rockstar volunteer translator, translating more than 500 TED talks into Arabic. The man is on a mission to prove that Sudanese are not lazy and boy is he exemplifying it! For example, what should have been a quick business lunch with Anwar, turned into a near-death adventure across the streets of Doha, where pedestrians are a rare species. Ball of energy I tell ya!
The event, held on April 30th, 2011, will feature 17 speakers spread-out from 9AM through 5pm. A social gathering will be held at the Rashid Diab Arts Center.
The Sudanese Optimist will be attending TEDxKhartoum, and live blogging the event through Twitter, and as I promised Anwar, my camera will also be in attendance to take pretty photos of the event.
I cannot wait to visit Khartoum, and yes, I will be wearing pants!