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Inaugural TEDxJUBA will live stream from Juba, South Sudan, 13 July

New Nation, New Ideas: sustainable innovators, a supermodel’s remarkable journey and voices of the unheard to foster the soul of the nation

Alek Wek, former South Sudanese refugee and Supermodel                        
Rachel Alek, Editor, SHE South Sudan magazine
Joseph Abuk, father of the new national anthem; translator of Shakespeare and Co-director of South Sudan Theatre Company                   
Eunis Koi, Marketing Manager, Lulu Works, creators of sustainable infrastructure for shea butter industry                                                                              
Jan Chipchase, Executive Creative Director, Global Insights at Frog                   
William K Piath, developer sustainable water purification system, South Sudan; and former ‘Lost Boy’                                                                           
Jok Maduk, Under Secretary to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture
Inaugural TEDxJUBA will showcase innovation and creativity building cooperation and development

Friday, 13 July 2012, 09:00 am – 2:30 pm local time (GMT/UTC: 0600 – 1130 hrs.)

Kush Resort, Juba, South Sudan

The inaugural TEDxJUBA will live stream on July 13th. As South Sudan marks its one year anniversary, and in the spirit of ideas worth spreading, inspirational speakers will spark discussion and debate to further contribute to the new nation and to help young people be inspired.

South Sudan is not only the newest country in the world; it is also one of the youngest with half the population under 18.

“Creativity and innovation within South Sudan is helping to foster the soul of the new nation amidst the immense challenges it faces. UNICEF is privileged to sponsor TEDxJUBA,” said Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, Representative of UNICEF South Sudan.

TEDxJUBA will showcase a growing community of dynamic innovators who will provide insights into establishing systems and sustainable initiatives within a new nation. The talks will range from sustainable industry development to the remarkable journey of a supermodel; an inspirational government youth leader to a writer providing a platform for under-represented communities.

TEDxJuba is an independently organized event, licensed by TED. It will take place at the Kush Resort and will feature TEDTalks videos, original speakers and entertainment.

Note to broadcasters:  The event will live stream http://new.livestream.com/tedx

All speaker bios can be found at http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/6219

@TEDxJUBA to join the conversation

TEDxJUBA talks will be available online after the event on YouTube.

Sponsors and Partners
TEDxJUBA is sponsored by UNICEF South Sudan.

Presentations and additional multimedia material will be available after the event

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, TEDTalks 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. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED's stage. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.

For further information, please contact:
UNICEF South Sudan
Siddartha (Sid) Shrestha,
Tel + 211 (0) 925007005)

Bismarck Swangin, UNICEF South Sudan
Tel + 211 (0) 956687973 

Rebecca Fordham,
Tel + 211 (0) 954265541 




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