First Ever TEDx Event in a Refugee Camp to Take Place in Kenya on 9 June

6 June 2018 – The world’s first TEDx event in a refugee camp will take place at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in the Kenyan northern county of Turkana on 9 June from 10:00am to 3:30pm (EAT).

TEDxKakumaCamp will feature local and international speakers exploring the theme – Thrive. Their talks will revolve around innovation, education and transformation, offering a thought-provoking lens on the lives of refugees and telling extraordinary stories of resilience, contribution and creativity.

“We hope this event will show refugees living not just in a state of limbo, but in an environment of transformation,” says Melissa Fleming, one of TEDxKakumaCamp’s organizers. “We will hear not just the stories of tragedy, but ideas that will strengthen our belief that empowered refugees can thrive, not just survive.”

A secondary school in the Kakuma camp will serve as the venue, and 350 international and refugee guests are expected to attend, along with aa separate screening for up to 4,000 refugee residents. Limited spaces are available for media interested in covering the event, otherwise, it can be viewed live via livestream and will drive a global social media conversation about refugees under the hashtag #TEDxKakumaCamp. Interviews with the organizers and speakers are available on request.

“This livestream will allow millions of people, no matter where they are, to be able to experience the resilience, passion and diversity of Kakuma camp,” says Dana Hughes, a co-organizer of the event. “We hope those watching will join together to show solidarity with refugees, not only in Kakuma, but around the world.”

Speakers and performers include:

·   Halima Aden, born in Kakuma, fashion model
·   Mercy Akuot, refugee, community worker
·   Pur Biel, athlete & member of first-ever Refugee Olympic Team
·   Georgina Goodwin, photojournalist
·   Mary Nyiriak Maker, refugee, teacher & student
·   Nomzamo Mbatha, actress & model
·   Josphat Nanok, Governor, Turkana County
·   Henok Ochalla, humanitarian worker
·   Apurva Sanghi, economist
·   Paul Slovic, professor of psychology
·   Riya William Yuyada, South Sudanese peace activist
·   Mercy Masika, gospel musician
·   Octopizzo, hip hop artist & activist
·   Emi Mahmoud, former refugee, slam poet

TEDxKakumaCamp partners include: Safaricom, H&M Foundation, FilmAid Kenya, TEDxNairobi, UNHCR, European Union, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), Embassy of the United States of America, Kenya and The World Bank

Details of the event and the livestream will be available on:

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers 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. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides sub-titles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx , which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.