12 Apr

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.

You can register to attend the event here. If you do not already, please follow me on Twitter here to get live updates throughout the event.

I cannot wait to visit Khartoum, and yes, I will be wearing pants!

6 Responses to “TEDxKhartoum”

  1. Moez Ali April 12, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    How come u have a mobile version for ur blog? I want that. I want it bad.

    O yea, and.. Great job with TEDxKhartoum. I hope it’s a success. I will be one of the people relying on your twitter feed for updates. Good luck

  2. sudaneseoptimist April 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    I have no idea! I was looking at my blog through my phone the other day and I like the mobile version even more than the actual blog theme haha!

    Will you be attending TEDxKhartoum? By the way all the credit goes to Anwar and his team.

  3. enas satir April 13, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    hey .. u’re attending tedx event..hope to see u there!

  4. Moez Ali April 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    lol.. that’s true actually.. the theme sucks anyways.. what? who said that? what happened?.. i’m joking..

    unfortunately i won’t be. i’m currently not in sudan, and if my prayers don’t face any obstacles on the way up, i won’t see sudan for a while. so, i’m trying to call off all aircrafts from my air space. a NATO type operation you know, I just have to kill a couple of civilians first..

    on a serious note tho, i really hope TEDxK is a success. however, on the website it says that there’ll only be 3 speakers. is that true?

  5. sudaneseoptimist April 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Enas– Good job with the event contribution! I’m sure all your time and energy will pay off 🙂

    Moez Ali– I’m ignoring that theme comment, gal ya3ni blogak a7la 😛

    It seems like they are announcing speakers one by one, ye3melo laina suspense oo 7arakat keda haha… but according to Anwar, the list of speakers is confirmed and there are 17.

  6. LJ June 23, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    Hi optimist,
    Will there be more tedx events? I sadly missed this one…

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