Monday, 22 October 2012

Introducing TEDxEuston 2012 Speakers - Komla Dumor

The perception of the African continent beyond its boarders is often defined by its political leadership - but it is also defined by the perception created by its professionals; doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers and how they engage with the societies they live in. One group of professionals that are in an extraordinarily strong position to define this perception are journalists. Komla Dumor has an exciting story of migration. This is aptly covered by Ghanaian blogger Francis Doku, in the story "The rise and rise of Komla Dumor", describing his journey from  a career as a traffic reporter on a smoky "shamiogbo" from the streets of Accra to being one of the most recognisable faces on BBC World. His recent role at the BBC has taken him round the continent as he covers important events on the continent with a voice that commands respect and authority. Komla's face and voice will be recognised round the world for many years to come, beyond the daily round-up of African stories seen across the world on BBC - Focus on Africa. You will have the rare opportunity to listen and engage with him, not on TV but life on the TEDxEuston stage!

Komla Dumor is one of the most recognised faces voices at the British Broadcasting Corporation. After a successful career in journalism in this native Ghana where he was named journalist of the year in 2003 for his investigations into public sector corruption, this former medical student joined the BBC in 2006 as the anchor of Network Africa. He is currently one of BBC's leading presenters with a range of responsibilities across all of the BBC's platforms - television radio and online. Komla presents the European morning programme on World News for the BBC's British and global audiences but his strongest contribution to the BBC has been his passionate and unparalleled coverage of Africa. Between 2009 and 2012 Komla was the anchor of the groundbreaking Africa Business Report on BBC World News. This program (a first for the BBC) took Komla to close to 20 African countries covering hundreds of thousands of miles interviewing the continents top entrepreneurs, politicians and policy makers. In addition to the European mornings Komla is the face and main anchor for the first BBC's programme dedicated daily African news and current affairs show; Focus on Africa

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Introducing TEDxEuston 2012 Speakers - Jepchumba

What is a digital artist?

Well, don't feel too bad if you do not know - at TEDxEuston 2012, we will all be learning some interesting stuff from a lady with just one name - Jepchumba! The world is changing in many ways - some are obvious to us while others are in niche areas that affect our lives in aspects we least expect. Digital art is one such area. Be prepared, be very prepared to be blown away!

Jepchumba is an African digital artist and digital enthusiast who works hard to combine her two passions: Digital media and Africa. Originally from Kenya, she has lived around the world developing her interest in philosophy, art and technology. Jepchumba has a Masters in Digital Media with experience in New Media project management and digital production She specializes in Web Design, Digital Art, Audio/Visual Production and User Interface/User Experience. Jepchumba is also the founder of African Digital Art Network, dedicated to the African Digital Media industry. Jepchumba continues to focus on the intersection between technology, creativity and design.

Jepchumba is also the founder of African Digital Art, a collective and creative space where digital artists, enthusiasts and professionals can seek inspiration, showcase their artistry and connect with emerging artists. Since its inception African Digital Art has grown to be a source of inspiration to Africa’s creative economy. African Digital Art continues to push digital boundaries by fostering, promoting and showcasing the best in African digital media and arts. For the past two years African Digital Art has presented unparalleled ideas, individualistic works and insightful designer solutions by the African creative. African Digital Art has become a platform for innovation and inspiration with a sophisticated blend of fresh talent and successful designers and artists.

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Friday, 12 October 2012

TEDxEuston on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and Google+

As we get into the home stretch for TEDxEuston, we will be regularly communicating with you our community using different platforms. We will share stories about our 13 amazing speakers, about the event itself and most everything about the event - and that is where YOU come in. If you enjoy TEDxEuston and share our ideals and you want to help us challenge conventional wisdom, then we have a simple request - don't keep it to yourelf! 

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