The conference was held from 27th August to 30th of August. Sauti Sol opened the final session with a performance of three of their hottest tracks — “Live and Die in Africa,” “Sura Yako” and “Kuliko Jana.”
Following this, was a manifesto by Kenyan activist Ory Okolloh.
Other Kenyans who spoke at the conference include filmmaker Kisilu Musya, mosquito scientist Fredros Okumu, wildlife conservationist Washington Wachira and the executive director of Gearbox, Kamau Gachigi. Producer Blinky Bill of Just a Band and percussionist Kasiva Mutua were present too to entertain the crowd across the four days.
This is the second African edition of the TED talk, the first time, it was held in Arusha too in 2007. The conference is held once a year and the general public is free to apply to be a TED Fellow on their website. The fellows are chosen based on based on remarkable achievement, their strength of character and on their innovative approach to solving the world’s tough problems.
TED began in 1984 and is a non-profit organization that hosts talks lasting no more than 20 minutes on average. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. Now, the talks are given in over 100 languages and their conferences have spread worldwide. Their main aim is to get people to share ideas and inspire conversations on important topics. People from all walks of life are welcomed to take part in TED. It is believed that ideas can help stimulate changes in people’s lives, attitudes and the world.