Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 7, 2012


Dozens of youth leaders from across Africa who have been working closely with the U.S. State Department to develop leadership, media, and entrepreneur skills will be gathering in Kampala, Uganda on December 14th to participate in TEDxYouth@Bukoto. The forum will showcase innovative solutions to some of Africa’s most pressing challenges – solutions that have been envisioned and implemented by Africa's most dynamic and creative young change-makers. Using the theme "Our Moment," the event will show how young people are harnessing untapped energy and potential to create a new future for themselves and their communities.

TEDxYouth@Bukoto will feature 11 speakers who will share their inspirations, explain how they apply their ideas for social good, and articulate their vision for the future of Africa. Many of the speakers have been empowered by one of many U.S. State Department programs in Africa designed to encourage local talent to address local challenges. The event is sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Special Representative to Muslim Communities, the Office of Global Youth Issues, and U.S. Mission Uganda.

Confirmed speakers include women’s empowerment advocate Precious Simba; Nandimobile.com founder and BloggingGhana executive Edward Amartey Tagoe; Emmanuel Bukenya, founder of a company that builds stoves that use low-cost, readily available fuels such as agricultural wastes; Spoken Word Rwanda founder Diana Mpyisi, who showcases poetry and spoken word from young Rwandans; and Sudanese stage actor Nahla Alamin, who teaches Sudanese youth to use theater to express themselves.

The event will be live streamed to a global audience and will feature interactive participation over Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/TEDxYouthBukoto), using the #TEDxYouthBukoto tag, and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TEDxYouthBukoto). Information can be found at the TEDx website (http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/7379).

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxYouth@Bukoto, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxYouth@Bukoto event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.



PRN: 2012/1933