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Theme: Amazing People, Crazy Places

Cape Town, South Africa
July 20th, 2013

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About this event

Through our experience so far, we've seen many people who are skilled in specialised areas, who find themselves in places they never thought they'd be. These changemakers add great value, in some ways because the area where they find themself in now had a shortage of their skill. Through adding their insight as an outsider, they inadvertantly break across boundaries and allow something new to emerge. So we wanted to focus this year's event on incredible people with valuable skills who found themselves in unusual places, and the ideas and inspiration that spring from this.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Leonie Joubert
    Leonie writes about urban food insecurity, why it is an invisible problem and ideas on how to tackle it.
  • Johnny Anderton
    Johnny works to develop and disseminate simple, cost-effective ideas to improve the lives of those living in informal settlements.
  • John McInroy
    John follows his dreams and brings an infectious energy packaged in a single word... SchoOops! Wherever you go, go with your heart.
  • Jasper Horrell
    Jasper focuses on the science and engineering of the SKA telescope and has a vision for Africa as a leader in knowledge-based activity.
  • Shabashni Moodley
    Shabashni wants to mobilise schools and community colleges through group dialogue, peer teaching and democratic learning.
  • Nic Haralambous
    Nic believes in embracing incompetence and how it allows for situations of learning and discovery, and often the emergence of the innovation and success.
  • Shannon Hope
    Shannon shares her beliefs in having the courage to start all over again as she did in following her dream to become a full-time musician at the age of 29.
  • Riaan Conradie
    Riaan offers some of the practical changes needed to facilitate real and tangible advances in the digital health arena.
  • Davey du Plessis
    Davey uses adventure as a source of experience to understand the nature of humanity and the unlimited potential of the human spirit.
  • Tony Elvin
    Tony finds his inspiration in social enterprise principles when approaching social issues and creating initiatives to mentor young people.
  • Jillian Reilly
    Jillian addresses the fundamental problem with international aid and how to work within this broken system for social change.
  • Gavin Bonner
    Gavin talks in spontaneously poetry and shares improv storytelling in rhyme and flow inspired by themes and objects in everyday life.
  • Angela Horn
    Angela expands on the upsides of downsizing and how living with less can positively affect your life.
  • Whispers of Wisdom
    Whispers of Wisdom consist of three guys and two girls who combine poetry, song and spoken word to talk about things that matter.
  • Ivo Vegter
    Ivo talks about how environmental exaggeration harms emerging economies. Using amusing examples, he explains why excessive risk avoidance is as dangerous as risk itself.
  • Craig Hinds
    Craig crafts some of the most beautiful acoustic songs to come out of South Africa, songs that seep into your soul, get under your skin and stay with you.
  • Karen Dudley
    Karen uses food and sharing thereof as a metaphor for embracing our diversity and creating spaces for people to find comfort and nourishment.
  • Adrian Saville
    Adrian demonstrates how mobility on all levels can create win-win outcomes that produce economic inclusion and social upliftment.
  • Angel Campey
    Angel feels at home on stage with her discuss-it-for-what-it-is comedy approach and shares fresh perspectives on topics we should be talking about.
  • Rapelang Rabana
    Education technology solutions of the future must produce an output that transparently shows us where we are in the learning process.

Venue and Details

Baxter Concert Hall
Main Road
Cape Town, 7700
South Africa

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Bernelle Verster
Cape Town, South Africa

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Justin Beswick
Cape Town, South Africa

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Jason Haddock
Technical Director
Wanda Olszewski
Speakers Liaison
Sue Northam
Co-organiser, Inspirational Facilitator
Ian Duvenage
Strategic Analyst
Jo Chevalier
XLab Coordinator
Tracy Gander
Lisa da Costa
Carla Goldstein
Web interface, App coordinator
James Howell
Marcus Hounsell
Technical / Afterparty
Josie Low
Engagement Agent
Tina Cloete
Stage Design
Cécile Pompei
Viewing parties
Julie Hendricks