TEDxAIMS 2013

 

From the whimsical to the deadly serious and from the academic to the practical, how we learn, how we teach and how we know are constantly evolving. The future of who knows what is up for grabs and TEDxAIMS wants to find out what’s going to happen next.

TEDxAIMS took place on Sunday 20th January in Muizenberg. Click below to see photos of the event.

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxAIMS, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxAIMS event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

 

 

 

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Carolina Ödman-Govender studied physics engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology...
Carolina Ödman-Govender studied physics engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology before...
The power of Music made visible
Founder of The Singing Hearts Club, Laura is passionate about the healing, educational and transformative power of music. She draws from her experience as a teacher, singer, songwriter, and kinesiologist to write educational and inspirational children songs and support educators. Laura’s experience with traditional African music in townships schools inspired her to marry her ideas around music and songwriting with her interest in child development to create and facilitate youth empowerment projects.
‘What are you doing?’
Bio: Athenkosi Dyoli is an aspiring Nuclear Physicist at the University of Cape Town. Through hard work he thrived at Wynberg Boys’ and matriculating with an A aggregate. His mantra is “I’m proof that great things can happen to ordinary people if they work hard and never give up ” by Oral Hershiser, as he has had to work hard throughout his teenage years to free himself from the gripping claws of Poverty and make sure that he gets educated. Title: ‘What are you doing?’ Summary: ‘What are you doing?’ This is a question I will return to as I tell my story, which starts off the way so many stories have started in this country. I was born to a teenage mother in a remote village in the Eastern Cape and my early years were full of challenges including poverty, under-resourced schools and family tragedy. However through a strong support network, personal resolve and an unexpected life-changing opportunity, I stand before you, an aspiring first year Physics student at UCT on full scholarship with a unique opportunity like this one.
The extraordinary of the ordinary: Pediatric Tuberculosis in Cape Town
Bio: Kate Abney is a medical anthropologist, post-doctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of Cape Town. She has lived and worked in South Africa for over a decade. Title: The extraordinary of the ordinary: Pediatric Tuberculosis in Cape Town Summary: Cape Town, South Africa and the Western Cape Province more generally have very high rates of Tuberculosis (TB) and a large burden of TB in pediatric populations. Exploring the narratives of institutionalized child patients lends insight to the experiences of children living in a modern day sanatorium, being treated for an ancient disease which although curable, is far too common. Here, the 'extraordinary within the ordinary' gives one pause to re-consider the capabilities of children and the vulnerability inherent in the human experience.
Designs that give back
Bio: Marina Warren Nash is the founder and designer of The Agora Projects. She is a sought after, commissioned Architect and Sculptor. Her one-person exhibitions & museum installations have won numerous grand prize honors and awards across the United States and internationally from Europe to Japan. Her work has been published in many academic as well as public journals and newspapers. Her current work /architectural designs have recently won International acclaim through competitions. She holds the unique distinction of being the first (since 1908) female stone carver at the Washington National Cathedral. Title: Designs that give back Summary: Marina Warren Nash started The Agora Projects three years ago because of her commitment to designing creative solutions for some of today’s social and environmental challenges. She hopes to achieve this goal by reinventing the “Agora” into a contemporary community gathering place where people go to share resources, ideas and information. The Agora Projects is a Boulder-based, social entrepreneurial startup that has an innovative solution for “collaborative prosperity”.
Me, myself and I will remain: Why being odd is necessary
Bio: First born child to a mother of five in Uganda. After graduating at African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and completing her master’s degree in Biomathematics at Stellenbosch University, she is currently pursuing her PhD at the same University in the field of mathematical modelling of ecological systems. Title: Me, myself and I will remain: Why being odd is necessary
1000 Drawings, Doodling for a Difference
Bio: Shani Judes is a connector, curator and public art facilitator living and working in Cape Town. Judes advocates for public art: she believes that art belongs in the streets of our city, as a medium for inclusion, creativity and social change. Judes founded SJ Artists, a local artist management agency, runs 1000 Drawings Cape Town, manages the Wavescape Surf Festival, co-founded Township Art Tours, sits on the Art Committee for AfrikaBurn and has recently been awarded the project management role of the City of Cape Town’s precedent setting city-community public arts project, ART54. Title: 1000 Drawings, Doodling for a Difference Summary: Shani Judes will be talking about a community based project called 1000 Drawings, where everybuddy is invited to create A5 artworks which will be exhibited on the 28th August, part of the largest group show of World Design Capital 2014. Money raised from the selling of these artworks will be used to uplift a school in Retreat, the Thomas Wildschutt School, 1000 Drawings will be supporting three local organisations to create the change in this school.
The kwaai Art of Standing Out
Bio: Multi-disciplinary media practitioner Siya Ngcobo transforms into his musical alter-ego Umlilo when he takes on the stage to perform. His signature sound dubbed ‘future kwaai’ explores and pushes the boundaries of local electronic music and has taken the music world by storm. Title: The kwaai Art of Standing Out Summary: Performance artist and electronic musician Umlilo explores the idea of uniqueness as catalyst for breaking boundaries in both local music and pop culture. Through a demonstration of how he produces his 'future kwaai' sound, he will look at the steps necessary in breaking through oversaturated online world.
One in Many: The Silent History of a Displaced Man
Bio: Wendy Goldman Rohm is a New York Times best-selling author, editor and literary agent working on her fifth book. She's written for The Atlantic, The New York Times Syndicate International, Wired magazine, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Vogue, Washington Post, and many others. She also gives talks and story workshops for writers around the world. She welcomes contact at: Wendy@RohmLiterary.com. Title: One in Many: The Silent History of a Displaced Man Summary: According to a recent U.N. report, there are now more displaced persons on the planet than in any time in recorded history--due to political upheaval, violence and war. I look at what happens to a man (or woman) when identity is shattered.
Dr Vilakazi was appointed Group Executive for Research and Development at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) in 2011, while also serving as the director of iThemba LABS – a position he has held since 2007. He obtained his PhD from the University of Witwatersrand in 1998; followed by a National Research Foundation (NRF) post-doctoral fellowship at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland. He took up an academic post at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1999 where he was instrumental in establishing South Africa’s first experimental High-energy physics research group focusing on development of the High-level Trigger for the CERN-ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. He holds the title of Honorary Professor of Physics at the University of Cape Town. Dr Vilakazi currently serves as a member of the Program Advisory Committee of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia and several committees of major international Nuclear Physics conferences. He was chairman of the IAEA Standing Advisory Committee on Nuclear Applications from 2009 to 2011. In 2010 he was nominated by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. Dr Vilakazi’s research interests include heavy-ion collisions at high energies and computational physics. He is a keen follower of football and supporter of the Orlando Pirates and Arsenal!
Dr Vilakazi was appointed Group Executive for Research and Development at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) in 2011, while also serving as the director of iThemba LABS – a position he has held since 2007. He obtained his PhD from the University of Witwatersrand in 1998; followed by a National Research Foundation (NRF) post-doctoral fellowship at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland. He took up an academic post at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1999 where he was instrumental in establishing South Africa’s first experimental High-energy physics research group focusing on development of the High-level Trigger for the CERN-ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. He holds the title of Honorary Professor of Physics at the University of Cape Town. Dr Vilakazi currently serves as a member of the Program Advisory Committee of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia and several committees of major international Nuclear Physics conferences. He was chairman of the IAEA Standing Advisory Committee on Nuclear Applications from 2009 to 2011. In 2010 he was nominated by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. Dr Vilakazi’s research interests include heavy-ion collisions at high energies and computational physics. He is a keen follower of football and supporter of the Orlando Pirates and Arsenal!
Barry is the Director of AIMS-South Africa. He completed his PhD at the University of Cape Town in 1984 and lectured at Stellenbosch University before spending ten years as a research scientist at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, where he obtained the Habilitation degree. In 1996 he returned to Stellenbosch University, and was subsequently appointed Chair of the Mathematics Department in 2002 and Executive Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences in 2006. Barry is passionate about growing the mathematical sciences in South Africa and more broadly in Africa. He has been involved with AIMS since its founding in 2003 and was appointed the second Director in April 2010. He is a member of the Board of the AIMS-Next Einstein Initiative and on the Advisory Board of the planned Pan African Centre for Mathematics in Dar Es Salaam. As editor of the mathematics journal Quaestiones Mathematicae and more recently a member of the editorial board of Afrika Mathematika, he has been involved in promoting mathematics in Africa. His research interests are in algebra, number theory and geometry and in 2007 he received the South African Mathematical Society's award for research distinction.
Barry is the Director of AIMS-South Africa. He completed his PhD at the University of Cape Town in 1984 and lectured at Stellenbosch University before spending ten years as a research scientist at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, where he obtained the Habilitation degree. In 1996 he returned to Stellenbosch University, and was subsequently appointed Chair of the Mathematics Department in 2002 and Executive Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences in 2006. Barry is passionate about growing the mathematical sciences in South Africa and more broadly in Africa. He has been involved with AIMS since its founding in 2003 and was appointed the second Director in April 2010. He is a member of the Board of the AIMS-Next Einstein Initiative and on the Advisory Board of the planned Pan African Centre for Mathematics in Dar Es Salaam. As editor of the mathematics journal Quaestiones Mathematicae and more recently a member of the editorial board of Afrika Mathematika, he has been involved in promoting mathematics in Africa. His research interests are in algebra, number theory and geometry and in 2007 he received the South African Mathematical Society's award for research distinction.
Ilana designs, delivers (and trains people to deliver) experiential programmes in transformational & facilitative leadership – leadership that creates uplifting and sustainable change from the inside out. She works with organisations, communities and individuals around the world. Ilana started The Serotonin Project (www.theserotoninproject.com) in 2005, which housed various projects. Its most recognised projects wereLike Honeyand Like Fire, Cape Town Rocks and then the outrageous satireEurafrica(winner of People’s Choice Fleur du Cap 2008) and The Joy Experiment. Over the years it has become an umbrella term for various projects that embody the same vision. Ilana became CEO of Lucca SA (www.luccaleadership.org) at the age of 24 and worked with Lucca and its affiliates in the design and delivery of programmes in transformational leadership. In 2012, she startedSunrunners. Over the last two years, Ilana has travelled with her work to many countries including: China, India, Greece, The Netherlands, France, Italy, South Africa, United Kingdom and Macedonia.She has worked with organisations such as the Power of Youth, Skoll Centre, Dance4Life International, Activate! Leadership & Public Innovation, Asha Centre, Ikamva Youth, enke – Make Your Mark, The Change Network, Lucca Leadership, Lila Poonawalla Foundation and many more as well as individuals from organizations across the world. Far and above all of this, Ilana would like to spend days with a room full of puppies and golden retrievers and talk with elephants.
Ilana designs, delivers (and trains people to deliver) experiential programmes in transformational & facilitative leadership – leadership that creates uplifting and sustainable change from the inside out. She works with organisations, communities and individuals around the world. Ilana started The Serotonin Project (www.theserotoninproject.com) in 2005, which housed various projects. Its most recognised projects wereLike Honeyand Like Fire, Cape Town Rocks and then the outrageous satireEurafrica(winner of People’s Choice Fleur du Cap 2008) and The Joy Experiment. Over the years it has become an umbrella term for various projects that embody the same vision. Ilana became CEO of Lucca SA (www.luccaleadership.org) at the age of 24 and worked with Lucca and its affiliates in the design and delivery of programmes in transformational leadership. In 2012, she startedSunrunners. Over the last two years, Ilana has travelled with her work to many countries including: China, India, Greece, The Netherlands, France, Italy, South Africa, United Kingdom and Macedonia.She has worked with organisations such as the Power of Youth, Skoll Centre, Dance4Life International, Activate! Leadership & Public Innovation, Asha Centre, Ikamva Youth, enke – Make Your Mark, The Change Network, Lucca Leadership, Lila Poonawalla Foundation and many more as well as individuals from organizations across the world. Far and above all of this, Ilana would like to spend days with a room full of puppies and golden retrievers and talk with elephants.
Robyn is a Sound Artist, with a background in instrumental and electronic composition. Her interests led her to study in England and Northern Ireland where she specialized in Sonic Art. Her aim is to make everyday objects come to life with sound, allowing the manipulation, interaction and/or processing of sound more accessible to the public. Although each of her installations varies in ambiance, she tries to make her work as playful and childlike as possible when she brings them to life.
Robyn is a Sound Artist, with a background in instrumental and electronic composition. Her interests led her to study in England and Northern Ireland where she specialized in Sonic Art. Her aim is to make everyday objects come to life with sound, allowing the manipulation, interaction and/or processing of sound more accessible to the public. Although each of her installations varies in ambiance, she tries to make her work as playful and childlike as possible when she brings them to life.
Kevin began work at the OAD on 1st March 2011 as its first Director. He has extensive experience using astronomy for development during his previous position as the Manager of the SALT Collateral Benefits Programme at the South African Astronomical Observatory. He also chaired the Developing Astronomy Globally Cornerstone Project of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) and was involved in the development of the IAU Strategic Plan.
Kevin began work at the OAD on 1st March 2011 as its first Director. He has extensive experience using astronomy for development during his previous position as the Manager of the SALT Collateral Benefits Programme at the South African Astronomical Observatory. He also chaired the Developing Astronomy Globally Cornerstone Project of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) and was involved in the development of the IAU Strategic Plan.
Nicole Klassen is passionate about Africa, people and enabling creative economies. She started working in the film service sector in Cape Town in 2000 and quickly made a name for herself in local production circles producing several successful photographic campaigns and advertising commercials. In 2009 she was appointed as the Manager for Marketing & Operations at the Cape Film Commission. She successfully implemented and managed several initiatives including the Imbongi Awards, which showcase the very best talent and facilities in Cape Town. It was however through the projects at the Runway (enterprise development incubator) where she felt most comfortable and her vision for a sustainable local content industry started to formalize. Nicole serves on the board of Animation South Africa and played a significant role in the establishment of the first Animation academy on the Cape Flats. When it comes to the business of being creative there are three things that drive Nicole: local content, youth and micro-enterprise development. It is these drivers that led her to Emma Kaye and Bozza where she has found a niche, marrying creativity with technology to produce extraordinary results.
Nicole Klassen is passionate about Africa, people and enabling creative economies. She started working in the film service sector in Cape Town in 2000 and quickly made a name for herself in local production circles producing several successful photographic campaigns and advertising commercials. In 2009 she was appointed as the Manager for Marketing & Operations at the Cape Film Commission. She successfully implemented and managed several initiatives including the Imbongi Awards, which showcase the very best talent and facilities in Cape Town. It was however through the projects at the Runway (enterprise development incubator) where she felt most comfortable and her vision for a sustainable local content industry started to formalize. Nicole serves on the board of Animation South Africa and played a significant role in the establishment of the first Animation academy on the Cape Flats. When it comes to the business of being creative there are three things that drive Nicole: local content, youth and micro-enterprise development. It is these drivers that led her to Emma Kaye and Bozza where she has found a niche, marrying creativity with technology to produce extraordinary results.
Throughout her entire career, Isla has been involved in the practice, process, implementation or marketing of knowledge, creativity and the Arts. A writer, editor and marketing specialist who works specifically in cultural fields in Africa, Isla currently works for the Africa Centre (www.africacentre.net). Before joining the Africa Centre, she focused on the arts, working in the aligned film, educational publishing and advertising industries, and developed the business skills of artists. At the Africa Centre, she is the Project Manager for WikiAfrica (www.wikiafrica.org) and the marketing manager for Africa Centre’s projects. She lives in Cape Town with her husband and son.
Throughout her entire career, Isla has been involved in the practice, process, implementation or marketing of knowledge, creativity and the Arts. A writer, editor and marketing specialist who works specifically in cultural fields in Africa, Isla currently works for the Africa Centre (www.africacentre.net). Before joining the Africa Centre, she focused on the arts, working in the aligned film, educational publishing and advertising industries, and developed the business skills of artists. At the Africa Centre, she is the Project Manager for WikiAfrica (www.wikiafrica.org) and the marketing manager for Africa Centre’s projects. She lives in Cape Town with her husband and son.
Arthur Attwell is a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and the founder of Paperight, a network of print-on-demand bookstores. Before Paperight, he co-founded and ran Electric Book Works, a publishing-technology consultancy, finding and testing digital-publishing best practice for emerging markets. There he started EBW Healthcare, which publishes innovative courses for nurses and midwives in partnership with leading healthcare non-profits. Before EBW, Arthur worked in educational publishing for two multinational publishers, and as a freelance writer, designer, and editor in the UK and South Africa. He has presented at events in Europe, India, the US, and around South Africa, and was runner-up in the British Council's International Young Publishing Entrepreneur award in 2009.
Arthur Attwell is a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and the founder of Paperight, a network of print-on-demand bookstores. Before Paperight, he co-founded and ran Electric Book Works, a publishing-technology consultancy, finding and testing digital-publishing best practice for emerging markets. There he started EBW Healthcare, which publishes innovative courses for nurses and midwives in partnership with leading healthcare non-profits. Before EBW, Arthur worked in educational publishing for two multinational publishers, and as a freelance writer, designer, and editor in the UK and South Africa. He has presented at events in Europe, India, the US, and around South Africa, and was runner-up in the British Council's International Young Publishing Entrepreneur award in 2009.
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