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Theme: Unapologetic

This event occurred on
November 25, 2017
8:00am - 5:00pm SAST
(UTC +2hrs)
Pretoria, Gauteng
South Africa

The mind-shifting short-talk phenomenon returns to Pretoria in November for a day of disruptive ideas and bold new voices challenging a business-savvy audience to reboot their thoughts and actions to meet the needs of the future.

The theme for this year’s event is "UNAPOLOGETIC"

This will be Pretoria's fifth TEDxPretoria - a localised offshoot of the hugely popular Technology, Education and Design (TED) series of talks which has become an international movement under the banner of "Ideas worth spreading". The talks, which are freely available online, are widely recognised as one of the world's most inspiring sources of fresh thinking on a wide range of cultural and scientific subjects.

TEDxPretoria 2017 takes place on 25 November 2017 at 012 Central, our new home. A funky-fresh upcoming space which inspires creativity and open-mindedness.

Like all TED talks, the TEDxPretoria event is open-source and not for material or political gain. It is organised under a free license by an independent team of professionals, graduates and students who share a burning desire to challenge accepted wisdom and spark deep conversations and connections in their communities.

381 Helen Joseph Street, Pretoria
Pretoria, Gauteng, 0001
South Africa
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Gareth Cliff

Founder and President of, host of “The Gareth Cliff Show” and former South African Idols judge; Gareth Cliff is one of South African radio's most prominent personalities. Gareth took a major leap into entrepreneurship on 1st May 2014 from traditional terrestrial radio to the future of internet and mobile with the aim of creating the pre-eminent “infotainment” online content hub. In three years, it has made significant progress becoming the biggest podcaster in Africa. Beyond the public eye, Gareth has demonstrated his commitment to his audience and passion about South Africa by generously giving of his time to causes that are close to his heart.

Kiara Nirghin

She might just be 17-years-old, but Kiara Nirghin has the world at her feet with her forward-thinking and game-changer innovation. She won Google's Community Impact Award for creating a super absorbent polymer capable of storing reserves of water, which could essentially combat drought. Kiara was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and hopes to encourage other young scientists to similarly, make an impact on the world around them.

Nkateko Masinga

Nkateko Masinga is a medical student, poet, author, publisher and theatre actress from Pretoria. Her poetry is published in U.S journal Illuminations and is forthcoming in UK pamphlet press Pyramid Editions in 2018. She is published in Malawi's Nthanda Review, Nigeria's Ake Review, the University of Edinburgh's Dangerous Women Project and is profiled in South African journals Poetry Potion, Any Body Zine, Ja. Magazine and Guillotine Magazine. In 2015, her work was shortlisted for the ‘Respond’ Human Rights Poetry Award 2015/2016, organized by the United Human Rights Student Network. In 2017 she was a finalist for the 4th Crystal Ruth Bell Residency in Beijing, China. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society for outstanding academic achievements. Nkateko is the director of NSUKU Publishing Consultancy, a company she started to assist aspiring writers to get their work published. She has also written and published three poetry collections of her own. In August 2017, she founded Pass The Mic, a platform for women in the arts to produce work telling their stories on their own terms. She has performed in two theatre productions: 'Beautiful Scary Things' (Joburg Theatre, May 2016) and 'Deceived' (SA State Theatre, September 2017)

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Pretoria , South Africa