TEDxColombo is back for 2016

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TEDxColombo is easily one of the biggest events in our calendar. In case you’re lost, TED, short for Technology, Entertainment, Design, is a set of conferences held globally. Their motto is “Ideas Worth Spreading” revolves around many scientific, cultural, and academic topics. TEDx, on the other hand, is an independently organized TED event. Organized by a set of young dynamic individuals, TEDx too is about expressing your ideas.

Photo credits: Ushan Gunasekera
Photo credits: Ushan Gunasekera

Last year, TEDxColombo organized under the theme of “Reimagining Spaces” saw 550 participants. This year, TEDxColombo is going to be even bigger. The theme of the year is “Blueprint for Change” and the TEDxColombo team is hoping to host over 700 participants at the main venue. When exactly is TEDxColombo 2016 happening? At the moment, all we know is that it will be held in August.

“Colombo is the city of reinvention, and TEDxColombo brings together the thinkers and doers in our community who are making it happen,” said Safra Anver, Organizer of TEDxColombo. “This year marks the fifth run for TEDxColombo, and we are fuelled with excitement to make the experience different each year by bringing together an eclectic and unique array of speakers to share their wit, wisdom, passions and breakthrough ideas.”

Some of the speakers at TEDx Colombo 2015. From top L to bottom R: Tilak Dissanayake, Umeshi Rajendra, Abdul Halik Azeez, Selyna Peiris, Sohan Dharmaraja (Photo credits: Ushan Gunasekera)
Some of the speakers at TEDxColombo 2015. From top L to bottom R: Tilak Dissanayake, Umeshi Rajeendra, Abdul Halik Azeez, Selyna Peiris, Sohan Dharmaraja (Photo credits: Ushan Gunasekera)

Last year we saw a great lineup of speakers featuring including innovators like Sohan Dharmarajah and Tilak Dissanayake, alongside social entrepreneurs such as Lonali Rodrigo, Selyna Peiris, and Nathan Sivaganathan & Sarinda Unamboowe. We were also blown away by the fabulous performances of artists such as Mishal Mazin and the string quartet Stringendo. So what can you expect at TEDxColombo 2016?

Well, that’s up to you actually. The call for presenters for TEDxColombo 2016 is officially open. You can nominate yourself or anyone you think would make a great speaker or performer at TEDxColombo 2016. To do so, check out the speaker/performer callout form here and you’ll find all the details you need. However, consider yourself warned.

Being a TEDx speaker is not a small commitment, and it’s one the team takes very seriously. The TEDx team has some pretty high standards. Why? Because they take their responsibility of harvesting world changing ideas very seriously. Formulating a great TEDx talk takes diligence, practice, plenty of rehearsals and hard work.

The deadline for speaker and performer submissions is Monday, February 15, 2016.

Photo credits: Ushan Gunasekera
Photo credits: Ushan Gunasekera

Once again, the stage is set for TEDxColombo to be one of the biggest events of the year. So make sure you keep your dates in August free. If you’re up for the challenge and then do apply for this amazing experience. Regardless of who you are, TEDxColombo will surely be an amazing experience for everyone. We say that from experience.

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