2013: Invented here
In December 2013, the first TEDxCapeTownWomen event took place aligned to the global TEDWomen event, themed Invented Here. The event celebrated invention in all its forms. Not just technological inventions, but also solutions to poverty; new approaches to leadership and peacemaking; new expressions of art and music, and at times, the invention of our own lives. Some of the questions we asked included:
How do new technologies shape our lives?
How do great ideas take flight?
How can meaningful change be imagined, fostered, and scaled?
"YOU THROW LIKE A GIRL! TELLING STORIES ABOUT WOMEN IN SPORT”
Jos Dirkx was born in Rio de Janeiro and has since lived in Brazil, Bangladesh, Spain, Senegal, The Netherlands, Canada, Austria, Norway, South Africa, Sudan, Eritrea and the United Arab Emirates. In SA, she founded the award-winning Girls & Football SA in April 2012, while completing a Master's Degree in Global Political Economy and Conflict Resolution. She is a Women Deliver and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 2013 Young Leader, has spoken at events for the United Nations, and is a Sanke Gender Activist.
Noha Essop is a specialist in human behaviour consulting for the job creating sectors, children and women. She is the Founder and Director of the three companies, The World of Nashe which specialises in coaching, skills development and corporate wellness training interventions, Authentic Kids, which delivers self-awareness and enrichment programmes for teenagers, and Lady Stellar, which is a membership based organisation focusing on women and their development.
“LEARNING FROM TEENAGERS"
Athambile Masola was born and bred in the Eastern Cape, and then moved west to Cape Town to start her teaching career at Claremont High School as an English teacher. She is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, with history in languages, philosophy and a Masters in Education. Athambile is a contributer to many blogs, including My First Time, FeministSA, Bokomoso Leadership Forum, her won lxhanti Lam, and is also a Mail & Guardian Thoughtleader. Athambile was selected as one of the Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans for 2018.
"WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? WRITE A POEM?"
Genna Gardini is a writer based in Cape Town, was selected as one of the Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans for 2013. Later that year, she was announced as the winner of the 2012 DALRO New Coin Poetry Prize. She has had two plays produced at the National Arts Festival,WinterSweet (2012) and Scrape (2013), both of which won Standard Bank Ovation Awards. She is currently working on a new script for The Royal Court Theatre's South African Residency programme. Gardini co-owns Horses' Heads Productions with Gary Hartley. She is completing her MA in Theatre-making (Playwriting) at UCT.
"1000 DAYS: LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR OUR FUTURE"
Andrew Rudge is the CEO of Mxit Reach, a PBO that inspires and improves lives through the development of innovative mobile solutions using Mxit, South Africa's biggest mobile social platform. He is a behavioural economist who is passionate about education and the power of mobile phones to change lives. At Mxit Reach he is involved in the development of mLearning programmes and providing mobile counselling services through partnerships with organisations such as Lovelife and Rape Crisis. He is father to 3 children.
5 December 2013
Bandwidth Barn, Woodstock, Cape Town
View event photos here.