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Theme: What We Play Is Life

This event occurred on
July 21, 2012
9:00am - 5:00pm SAST
(UTC +2hrs)
Cape Town, Western Cape
South Africa

TEDxCapeTown serves as a tool/platform to showcase how we believe businesses/initiatives should be run in the future, with a focus on multi-disciplinary engagement, constructive co-operative relationships and being locally attuned and responsive. The event aims to be fun+, yet professional. TEDxCapeTown wants to show the audience, ourselves and the world that we, as Africans, are in charge of our own destiny. We want partnerships, not aid. We are magestic and innovative, and proud to be African.

The Theme, What We Play is Life, is a Louis Armstrong quote and shows the playfulness of life. It also alludes to the fact that life is the game, we have to play it, certain rules apply and how we play, how we perform is up to us. This quote by Dr Robert Anthony explains more: "It just helps to understand that each individual plays a game that he or she understands, that she or he sets up, and that no one game is necessarily better than another. If the games were not bringing us some sort of payoff, we'd stop playing."

The theme that emerged on the day was about Challenging Assumptions.

The Baxter Theatre
Main Road
Cape Town, Western Cape, 7701
South Africa
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Organizing team


Cape Town, South Africa


Cape Town, South Africa
  • James Howell
  • Matt Griffiths
    Production Specialist
  • Eshaam Rabaney
    App and IT Ninja
  • Saskia Baard
    Creative Guru
  • Lisa da Costa
    Operations Specialist
  • Holly Jade
    Music Maestro
  • Inky Serritslev
    Website Developer
  • Ian Duvenage
    Africa Communication & Technology Analyst, Strategist
  • Kirsten Eddey
    Social Media
  • Janet Early
    Graphics Guru & Pixel Pusher
  • Magdalini Giannakaki
    Communications Specialist
  • Andrew Vink
    Tech Guru
  • Sue Northam
    Shaper of words and ideas
  • Derrick Kotze
  • Ruach Slayen
    the Drummer