Meet Dane Rossenrode, TEDxCapeTown’s Web and IT Team Lead. Dane has been part of the family since 2015, after he came to hear about TEDx through Kirsten Eddy, a friend and past TEDxCapeTown team member. He recalls hearing about the Open Day via Facebook, decided to attend, and has been volunteering since.
When asked about what he loves most about working with the team, he responded - “the amazing people”. He goes on to say: “pretty much everyone on the team (and the audience) are motivated, kind, exceptional, inspiring people. It's being around them that has kept me on the team for so long”.
We ran through a bunch of quirky questions with Dane to get a feel for the man behind the tech. He let us in on the following...
If you had a superpower what would it be?
Being able to pause time. Not only would it be fun to examine everything while it's motionless, but it would give me time to think and choose what to do next, and perhaps just to take occasional breaks.
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
An owl. They're magnificent, successful, and free to fly wherever they want.
A giraffe walks through the door right now, vuvuzela in hand, what does she say and what is she doing here?
What's up. Can someone tell me who decided it was a good idea to make us so tall? And what happened to my horns; did the designer give up halfway through? Oh, and I found this; what does it do?
If you could steal the credit from a great work of art, film, book, song etc. which one would it be?
Macklemore's ‘Same Love’ song. It's brilliant in every way, and by a brilliant artist. It's great to listen to, and the lyrics - about equality of love, particularly for queer people - are so wise and so powerful. "I might not be the same, but that's not important. No freedom 'till we're equal; damn right that's important."
If you could time travel, where would you go?
Back to the time when European settlers arrived in the Cape. I'd find a way to set up the culture to value the pristine environment (the land and it's life) rather than destroying it for the peoples' whims.
Which fictional character do you wish you could meet?
Egwene al'Vere, from Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series of books. She's the most admirable female character in any book I've ever read.
If someone made a movie of your life what would the genre be - comedy, drama, sci-fi, rom-com, action?
Of those options, probably sci-fi. I'm not sure what craziness will happen in my life, but I bet it'll be a fantastic surprise.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
Playing the Long Game.
If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?
My brother, simply because we'd probably sound equally bad.
If you could decide, what would you have named yourself?
Just Dane, as it is. It's a good name I think.