Sunday, 17 May 2015

Introducing TEDxEuston Salon 2015 Speaker | Eunice Baguma Ball

Africa's population of one billion plus is adopting technology at an unprecedented rate. Thus, harnessing energy becomes the crux of the matter, propelling us to think broader and quickly. One of the greatest gifts the continent has is an abundance of natural resources and more importantly, the ability to harness our own skill-sets to solve our own problems.

Our second Salon speaker, Eunice Baguma Ball understands this well and makes this her business. Eunice is an entrepreneur & technology business consultant who has worked in the technology sector in Africa for over 7 years. Currently based in the UK and as the founder/organiser of the Africa Technology Business Networkshe advises tech startups that are looking to expand into Africa or developing solutions targeting the African market. 

The ATBN gathers a community of entrepreneurs, innovators and technologists who are interested, in not only in tapping into the opportunities in Africa, but also creating social and economic impact.  Through organised events in London, the ATBN initiative provides insights into the Africa technology industry and connects UK-based entrepreneurs & investors to opportunities in the sector.  Moreover, they support the budding local tech communities across Africa by providing a plug into the UK tech ecosystem and a platform to showcase African centred innovations to a global audience.

We invite you to hear Eunice’s talk at the next TEDxEuston Summer Salon on Saturday 13th June. Her enthusiasm is infectious and will motivate you to reflect on Africa’s budding tech scene, potential to develop exponentially and make a real impact on Africa’s ability to face forward and harness their energy.

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Friday, 8 May 2015

#FlashbackFriday - Emeka Okafor

Are you a misfit?  Great, you’ll fit right in! 

Emeka Okafor challenges TEDxEuston to change the world.

At TEDxEuston in 2013, leading African blogger and entrepreneur Emeka Okafor urged Africans to challenge the status quo.  In his TEDxEuston talk entitled, ‘The Crazy Ones’ Emeka – creator of Timbuktu Chronicles and Africa Unchained alluded to the 1997 Apple “Think Differently” advertising campaign, and reminded us that it is often the ‘misfits’ and the crazy ones who are the people that change the world.
Emeka Okafor shared with the audience how as director of TED Global in Arusha, Tanzania in 2007, he noticed how everyone at that event had a new and unique way of thinking for Africa.  They all shared ‘the DNA of getting things done’, he said.  And he encouraged the TEDxEuston audience to do the same.
Emeka claims that the people who start tinkering are often the ones who soon develop the prototypes.  In ‘The Crazy Ones’ talk, at TEDxEuston’s Ripple Effect-themed conference, Emeka alluded to one young boy who displayed at Maker Faire Africa his own creation of taking discarded syringes and created excavator toys.  Here’s more about this young inventor’s story here:  
Emeka encourages us all to be part of the ‘problem-solving society’.  He says that there needs to be a space, an environment where like-minded innovators, doers and problem-solvers can come together and encourage one another.  

We at TEDxEuston couldn’t agree more.  So we want to encourage you to do two things:
1)           Listen to Emeka’s full talk here  
2)          Join us at TEDxEuston Salon on 13 June. More about it here and purchase a ticket here 

You’ll be sure to find like-minded creators, innovators and problem-solvers who are determined to birth solutions, develop clear visions and create new concepts which can only harness the strength and potency of Africa. In short – at TEDxEuston Salon you’ll most likely find the crazy ones, the misfits, the ones who are likely to change the world – for better!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Introducing TEDxEuston Salon 2015 Speaker | Andrew Hunt

Ever heard of superfood Baobab?  If you attended our last event in December, perhaps you were 
lucky enough to find an energy bar made from African superfood Baobab in your gift bag.  Whether you’ve heard of it or not, you’re in for a treat next month at TEDxEuston Salon. One of our speakers is Andrew Hunt – co-founder of Aduna, a company which makes an incredible energy-packed Baobab bar.  Baobab – a fruit from trees found in Senegal and Gambia -  looks set to take off as the next great superfoods, and for very good reason as it’s packed with incredible nutrients.

Aduna is an African inspired health and beauty brand and social business that aims to create a demand for natural food products from involving small local communities in rural West Africa. Their superfoods Baobab sourced from the fruit of the "Tree of life" and Moringa are natural

products sourced from Gambia and Senegal, are the top selling superfoods in Planet Organic,
Holland & Barrett and Wholefoods stores.

We invite you to hear Andrew talk about the potential and power of marketing natural superfoods as

high end luxury products. Come and find out how he moved from having a successful advertising career in the UK to a Wolof speaking, African luxury food product enthusiast!

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