Global Ideas Lectures Take Root in Kampala

The conference will attempt to find solutions for Uganda’s problems

On May 9, the third TEDxKiraTown conference will take place in Kampala, maintaining the growth of an event where leading thinkers and innovators share ideas on how to resolve the country’s leading problems in their respective areas of expertise.

The organiser of TEDxKiiraTown, Esther Patricia Akello, says the first ever TED talk in Uganda took place on December 1, 2012 and the second on June 7, 2014.

Akello, who also works as an applications developer at Bank of Uganda, says the May 9 event, whose theme is “The future is today,” will widen the scope of ideas that the select speakers will tackle in their presentations.

“The main goal of this event is to see a transformed audience with changed attitudes and mentalities as we shape the future of Uganda,” she said. “Speakers will present ideas in the lens of their professions ranging from wellness, financial management, agriculture, ICT to career choice aice, among others.”

TED, an international non-profit organisation that organises world-renowned ideas talks, began in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design experts met to discuss innovative ideas. It has since grown to cover almost all topics, usually through short, powerful talks of 18 minutes or less at events organised around the world.

Akello says that she and other volunteers have had to secure licences from TED to organise local versions of such talks.

“Our vision is to see the youths of this country heavily engaged in creative thinking and starting up initiatives that will help solve the various problems around them such as unemployment, among others,” Akello said in a recent interview.

Next month’s event at Serena hotel will have 10 speakers. They include: Robert Kabushenga, chief executive officer of Vision Group Humphrey Nabimanya, the founder of Reach-a-Hand, Uganda Dr Paul Kasenene, a medical doctor, nutrition educator and professional speaker on health, lifestyle and wellbeing and Peter Kimbowa, a renowned business aisor and executive coach.

Others are Norah Owaraga, managing director of CPAR Uganda, a not-for-profit development organisation that is building healthy communities in northern Uganda Ethan Musolini, the CEO of Success Africa Lisa Katusiime, a co-founder of Likamis Software Limited Norbert Jiga, currently director at Safety and Business Centre Ltd Bonita Nanziri, founder and team leader of AfriGal Teach Team and Dr Josephine Nabukenya, the head of Makerere University’s College of computing and Information Sciences.

Akello, says they are still welcoming sponsorship for the event, which is open to all members of the public.

Source : The Observer

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