TEDx comes to Karachi

Many of you may have seen the brilliant work being done at TED.com, they are in the business of promoting “Ideas worth spreading”. I am overjoyed to update that TED is coming to Karachi in the form of TEDxKarachi on the 4th of June at the South End Club auditorium. This has been a tireless effort by Asad Rehman [TED Attendee], Sharmeen Obaid {TED Fellow], Dr. Awab Alvi [TEDIndia Fellow], Sumaira Jaffery, Meher Jafferi [Event Manager] and Hiba Ali Raza [Event Manager] who have worked hard for the past 2 months to put this event together.

TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. What started in 1984 as a conference centered around Technology, Entertainment and Design (“TED”) has evolved to include a host of other disciplines, the driving philosophy being “Ideas Worth Spreading.” TED’s diverse audience – CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists – is almost as extraordinary as the speakers who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Bono, Stephen Hawking and James Cameron.

In the spirit of ‘ideas worth spreading’ TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, inspiring live speakers and TEDTalks videos combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

A group of individuals from Karachi are busy organizing Pakistan’s first TEDxKarachi conference on the theme of “What Pakistan Needs Now”. We have the honor to welcome the TED Curator, Chris Anderson and Jacqueline Novogratz [Acumen Fund] to the TEDxKarachi stage who each will give us an 18-min TEDTalk, at the same time we have selected a group of five more local inspirational speakers who will also join us on the TED stage to dazzle us with their own ideas worth sharing, be it the energy mogul Asad Umar leading the front on Thar Coal project by Engro, be it Roshanneh Zafar of Kashf Foundation who was recently acknowledged by President Obama for her brilliant work in women entrepreneurship and micro-financing, be it Monis Rehman of Naseeb Networks who will share the motivation and energy that lead him to create one of the largest job portals in Pakistan and a dynamic effort in GPS mapping in Pakistan, also without forgetting the motivational speaker Asad Rizvi who hopes to motivate the TEDxKarachi audience in a short span of 18 minutes and we would also be proud to welcome a classical dance by none other then Joshinder Chagga – each in their own way talking about What Pakistan Needs Now

The event is short four hour session but we hope to making it interesting enough to be the start of a great future on innovative ideas in Pakistan, due to limited seating we have the event restricted as an invitation-only event but have made extensive arrangements to Live Stream the entire session online starting at 3:30pm on 4th of June 2010.

Hope this can this can be seen as a positive turning point in the future of Pakistan