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Theme: Amazing People, Crazy Places

This event occurred on
July 20, 2013
9:00am - 5:00pm SAST
(UTC +2hrs)
Cape Town, WC
South Africa

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.

The Baxter Theatre
Main Road
Cape Town, WC, 7701
South Africa
Event type:
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

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.

Organizing team


Cape Town, South Africa


Cape Town, South Africa
  • 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
  • C├ęcile Pompei
    Viewing parties
  • Julie Hendricks