TEDxCapeTown City2.0



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For one day only, Saturday 13 October 2012, the worldwide TEDx platform - including TEDxCapeTown - will harness the power of people across the globe to encourage them to create a TEDx event themed 'City 2.0' – a day of urban inspiration – to be hosted in various cities at favourite local spots, featuring the brightest local minds and biggest hearts.

In unison, we'll share the stories of our beloved homes: where are the bright spots? The creative adaptations? The transformative responses to injustice? Who is asking the most pressing questions? Pioneering the most complex solutions? Speakers can focus on themes including culture, transportation, education, sanitation, recreation – all elements whose presence will dictate the success of our future cities.

TEDxCapeTown is joining 60+ other cities across the world to address this issue on 13 October 2012. (@tedxcapetown, #cities - #tedxct specifically for TEDxCapeTown)

This event is a result of the 2012 TED Prize - where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action. For the first time ever, the annual TED Prize went not to an individual, but to an idea on which our planet's future depends: the City 2.0.

Since its launch in 2005, the TED Prize has been awarded to 17 individuals with bold ideas for change. And now, 'City2.0' is the 2012 winner, basking in the spotlight to collate, collect and create innovative ideas around urban transformation in our cities.

Format of the day on 13 October at the Freeworld Design Centre Auditorium, central Cape Town:

Ideas + Action = Engagement!

  • IDEAS: TEDxCity2.0 – hosted by TEDxCapeTown – will consist of 8 speakers sharing their ideas on cities and urban inspiration for 12 minutes each. (twitter #tedxct)
  • ACTION: There will also be an Action Pitch session to give you – the innovators – the opportunity to pre-submit your idea for urban transformation and then, in front of an audience on the day, pitch the idea that will inspire your local community and the global TEDx network. Applications are open, deadline is 28 September. (twitter #action_futures)
  • ENGAGEMENT: There will also be an xLab, an innovative exhibition space, to showcase and engage with inspirational projects that are transforming the city. Applications are open, deadline is 28 September. (Twitter #xlab)

Finalised order of speakers:

  1. Richard Perez: World Design Capital 2014 (WDC) Director, City of Cape Town 
  2. Blaq Pearl: Artist, Psychologist, Linguist: Against all odds.
  3. Mak1one: Graffiti artist.
  4. Marcela Guerrero Casas: Dreaming of Open Streets
  5. Trenton Birch of Trenton and Free Radical: Music and Cities
  6. Jared Sacks and Nobanzi Dlodlo: Poor people are the experts on their own oppressive conditions
  7. Jodi Allemeier: Urbanist: Collaboration for a 24 hour city: designing social cohesion
  8. Richard Palmer: Lead Sustainability Consultant at WSP Group Africa, the interconnectedness of cities 


Pre-party social: Friday 12 October 2012

Venue: Free World Design Auditorium Rooftop

Time: 18:00 - 21:00

Cost: Free for TEDxCity2.0 audience (also serves as pre-registration), R50 for the public (to help cover costs)

TEDxCity2.0: Saturday 13 October 2012

Registration opens: 08:00

Session 1: 09:30

Tea break: 11:00 (snacks by Keenwa, Origin and BOS tea)

Session 2: 11:45

Event ends: 13:00, enjoy Keenwa's lunch special afterwards.

Keen to get involved? Email info@tedxcapetown.org

Design your own community. Design your Cape Town.

Ticket sales now open: R100, volunteer spots available: Click here for ticket sales.
Pleas note: Lunch is not included in the ticket price, but Keenwa is offering discounted lunch, and snacks for break time! 

Useful links:


WSP Africa

WSP is a design, engineering and management consultancy renowned for its innovative culture and commitment to excellence on every project. Their latest initiative is 'Future Cities'.

Welcome to Future Cities



TheFuturesMuse is a futurist Business Design and Innovations Consultancy, focused on the dissemination of information about possible futures.  We create impact through helping businesses imagine the opportunities of tomorrow and then plan for that tomorrow today.  We follow a human-centered, Futures Thinking approach to help organisations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow.

re-imagining prosperity for the 21st century


Infestation is a full-service graphic design studio based in Cape Town. Founded in 2000, we offer years of experience in multiple graphic design solutions including branding, marketing strategies and publishing through print, web and other digital media. We believe in great partnerships, smart ideas and excellent design.

Design beyond expectation

Merah Mas Industrial Biotech

Merah Mas pursues an integrated approach to education, waste management and profitability. Specifically, Merah Mas aims to combine adventure sport and tourism to educate both tourists and the local public about science, while making it fun. Merah Mas believes wastewater treatment can be used to aesthetic effect in a landscaping application while educating about biotechnology and contributing to service delivery. 

Changing the Way The World Thinks About Waste


[Keenwä] (Home-style Peruvian cooking) and P.I.S.C.O.Bar, the one and only Peruvian restaurant and Pisco Bar in South Africa!

Come and enjoy the true, original Ceviche, Anticuchos, our famous Pisco Sours, the trendy Chilcanos, and much more, it will be a great experience!

TEDx is the way forward and I am very happy to be a part of it and to be able to share in a small way something that is also taking the world by storm!

The Peruvian Connection


Chaat (Noun) is a Hindi term describing savoury snacks, typically served at road-side tracks from stalls or carts in India.

Chaatter (Noun) is an adventurer looking for new flavours from all corners of the world; chatting up locals for the secrets from their city while sparking new ideas!

Food&Chaatter is a platform that connects diverse communities to exchange and learn new ideas, while sharing delicious food.

Come connect with old & new friends, and exchange ideas over delicious food!


We call ourselves “the artisan roasters of Africa” because we emphasize a hands-on mastery of all the aspects of coffee crafting - from the careful selection of our green beans, to the precise roasting, blending, grinding and pouring of the coffee.

By giving credence to the artisans of this world, we hark back to a pre-industrial, premass-produced era when artisans took immense pride in their vocations, and superb quality was taken as a given.

The artisan roasters of Africa

BOS Iced Tea

BOS /bos/ noun, adj & verb


  1. deliciously refreshing iced tea made entirely in South Africa with enormous integrity and care.
  2. a cool tea with a cool taste in a cool can. 


  1. possessing out the box originality, unleashed energy, robust health and an exuberant capacity for joy
  2. wildly inspired.
  3. typically presented in Afro pop packaging. 

colloq. mad. outrageous. rooibos -

verb intr. go bos

Bos Iced Tea
Team Members: 

Bernelle Verster

Bernelle Verster
Water Maverick

Sue Northam

Sue Northam
Shaper of words and ideas

Jo Chevalier

Head of Design and Content

Carryn Ortlepp

Carryn Ortlepp
Coach, facilitator

Ian Duvenage

Ian Duvenage