x = independently organized TED event

Theme: City2.0 Design your City.

This event occurred on
October 13, 2012
9:00am - 1:00pm SAST
(UTC +2hrs)
Cape Town, WC
South Africa

For one day only, Saturday 13 October 2012, the worldwide TEDx platform - including TEDxCapeTown - will harness the power of people across the globe to encourage them to create a TEDx event themed 'City 2.0' – a day of urban inspiration – to be hosted in various cities at favourite local spots, featuring the brightest local minds and biggest hearts.

In unison, we'll share the stories of our beloved homes: where are the bright spots? The creative adaptations? The transformative responses to injustice? Who is asking the most pressing questions? Pioneering the most complex solutions? Speakers can focus on themes including culture, transportation, education, sanitation, recreation – all elements whose presence will dictate the success of our future cities.

TEDxCapeTown is joining 60+ other cities across the world to address this issue on 13 October 2012. (@tedxcapetown, #cities - #tedxct specifically for TEDxCapeTown)

This event is a result of the 2012 TED Prize - where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action. For the first time ever, the annual TED Prize went not to an individual, but to an idea on which our planet's future depends: the City 2.0.

Since its launch in 2005, the TED Prize has been awarded to 17 individuals with bold ideas for change. And now, 'City2.0' is the 2012 winner, basking in the spotlight to collate, collect and create innovative ideas around urban transformation in our cities.

Format of the day:

Ideas + Action = Engagement!

IDEAS: TEDxCity2.0 – hosted by TEDxCapeTown – will consist of 8 speakers sharing their ideas on cities and urban inspiration for 12 minutes each. (twitter #tedxct)
ACTION: There will also be an Action Pitch session to give you – the innovators – the opportunity to pre-submit your idea for urban transformation and then, in front of an audience on the day, pitch the idea that will inspire your local community and the global TEDx network. Applications are open, deadline is 28 September. (twitter #action_futures)
ENGAGEMENT: There will also be an xLab, an innovative exhibition space, to showcase and engage with inspirational projects that are transforming the city. Applications are open, deadline is 28 September. (Twitter #xlab)

Design your own community. Design your Cape Town.

Free World Design Centre
71 Waterkant St
Cape Town, WC, 8001
South Africa
Event type:
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Richard Perez

What does design thinking mean for cities? Richard is currently the City of Cape Town Director for World Design Capital 2014. He has a grounded and structured understanding about the interdisciplinary relationships that exist between the domains of creativity, finance, marketing, resource management and operations, providing him with the core knowledge and skills required in the management of diverse and complex systems. He has adopted key system thinking methodologies that promote critical thinking and critical reasoning - essential tools required to help understand and manage complex stakeholder systems.

Richard Palmer

Lead Sustainability Consultant at WSP Group Africa, talking on the interconnectedness of cities . Richard is an engineer by training, a consultant by profession and an ecologist at heart. In the real world he is employed by the WSP Group to offer design advice on green buildings and urban sustainability.


Mak1one, who is born and raised in Cape Town, has been doing graffiti art since early 1995. He is experienced in 3D chalking, 3D wall installations and painting with light. He has worked for many clients including, City of Cape Town, Fifa, Adidas, H-Factor, Red Bull and a local Boutique Art Hotel to name but a few. Mak1one is also one of the most unusual, surprising people we've met. He did stage canvases for TEDxSeaPoint, TEDxTableMountain and TEDxCapeTown, and through this have really got us thinking.

Janine 'Blaq Pearl' van Rooy

Janine / Blaq Pearl is a Life Skills Facilitator and works with various organizations in different sectors that involves youth at risk, HIV/AIDS and women’s issues (in the communities, schools and prison). She transfers life skills using music and arts (poetry, creative writing & drawing) as methodology. Janine started writing at the age of 12 to simply express herself and because she 'wanted to change the world'. Her first piece titled, ‘Life’s No Metaphor’ developed into a song. From that time already, she was doing choruses for her late brother ‘Devious’ (1977-2004), who is also her biggest musical influence. Janine's aspirations include to contribute to positive change and empowerment, particularly in the music and youth sectors. To be a successful person with continuous growth and inspire upcoming artists & musicians

Jodi Allemeier

Collaboration for a 24 hour city: designing social cohesion Jodi is a Capetonian who holds qualifications and experience in the fields of social work, public and development management, economics and development finance. She joined Cape Town Partnership in 2012 as Central City Development Strategy Manager, where she works to build cross-sectoral and cross-disciplinary partnerships for a stronger city. She is inspired by the vision, creativity and collaboration displayed in the day-to-day lives of ordinary Capetonians. Prior to joining CTP, Jodi was a Director at Urban-Econ, a firm of development economists, where she gained experience working with multi-disciplinary teams on a range of social, economic, institutional, infrastructural and property development strategies and projects in and around Cape Town.

Jared Sacks & Nobanzi Dlodlo

The philosophy behind TED talks posits that we need professionals; consultants and other experts have the answers to the worlds' problems. This talk, however, proposes that the key predicaments of modern society such as poverty, inequality and oppression, can only be solved by those who live every single day on the receiving end of this structural violence. Nobanzi and Jared believe strongly in the ability of people to collectively initiate and direct their own solutions rather than them relying on others for leadership and expertise. People are the experts of their own oppression and visitors can only begin to glimpse the possibilities of a new world if they are willing to listen to the words of the poor.

Organizing team


Cape Town, South Africa


Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ian Duvenage
    Strategic Advisor
  • Carryn Ortlepp
  • Sue Northam
    Communications Director
  • Jo Chevalier
    Experience Coordinator
  • Altesh Baijoo
    Action Pitch Coordinator