Accra, Ghana. (February 5th, 2016)—Organizers of TEDxAccra have confirmed April 19th to 23rd, 2016, as the date for this year TEDxAccra conference. The independently produced event, operated under license from TED, will be held at the National Theater a venue that has hosted a plethora of life changing events.
Organized along the theme of “Rethink,” the conference will feature 18-20 of the region’s leading thinkers, innovators, artists, philosophers and entertainers representing such diverse fields as technology, entertainment, visual and performance art, design, politics, music, ecology, and education, among others.
TED was founded in 1984; the acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. The annual TED conference brings together some of the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED created a program called TEDx where x = independently organized.
Yet, the event is as much about the attendees as it is the speakers, says Emmanuel Leslie Addae, who applied and received for the license and has attended other TED related events around the world. “TEDxAccra will attract some of the brightest people from our region. Those who will take the ideas presented and use them as a catalyst for change in their communities.”
Speakers are currently being vetted and will be announced as they are confirmed. More information about the event can be found at www.tedxaccra.org.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. TEDxAccra is operated under license from TED. TEDxAccra is annual event, where thinkers and doers of our community are gathered to create and share ideas. It seeks to develop and leverage the TED experience at a community level, bring together innovative thinkers to connect and discuss great ideas.
At TEDxAccra, participants will take part in a TED-like experience that will ultimately equip and inspire them into boundless possibilities.
The concept is to reflect ideas and inspire thinking of a new generation of African thinkers and leaders, presenting to an audience committed to engaging and reengaging in an active and meaningful manner with the continent.
TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. And in fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future.” The diverse audience — CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists — is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and Bono.
TED was first held in Monterey, California, in 1984. In 2001, Chris Anderson’s Sapling Foundation acquired TED from its founder, Richard Saul Wurman. In recent years, TED has expanded to include an international conference, TEDGlobal; media initiatives, including TED Talks and TED.com; and the TED Prize. TED2010, “What the world Needs Now,” will be held Feb 9-13, 2010, in Long Beach, California, with a simulcast event in Palm Springs, California. TEDGlobal 2009, “The Substance of Things Not Seen,” was held July 21-24, 2009, in Oxford, UK and TEDIndia was held in November 2009 and TED2016 will be held in Vancouver in February 2016.