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The balance between freedom and control is a constant tug of war. In all areas of our lives - personal and professional, spiritual and practical, as individuals and as groups - we experience an ongoing tussle regarding whether and where boundaries should be drawn. This year, TEDxCapeTown's main event brings speakers and audience members together to explore the paradox "Open Access Control" in different contexts.

2015 marks the 5th year of TEDxCapeTown, which for the team and the community highlights five years of a fascinating journey. We have navigated our way through ups and downs and with retrospection have uncovered common threads that embody our journey, and TEDx as a movement. We have embraced the challenge that putting TEDxCapeTown together each year brings, almost as strongly as we have embraced the community that supports it. We too have experienced the daily dichotomies between openness, access and control that creep in when being part of any endeavour. Sometimes, we work within the parameters and sometimes we challenge them.

Is there a fine line between openness, access and control? Do constraints provide us with a safe and free society in which to thrive, or do they hinder our existence? We will be tackling these difficult questions at TEDxCapeTown 2015.


The details of the simulcast are as follows:

Date: Saturday, 15 August

Time: 8:30m – 5pm

Place: Deloitte Greenhouse, Building 33, Woodlands Estate  20

Ticket Price: R120


Speaker Lineup

Session 1

  • Myrna Lewis: Mining the gold of conflict
  • Ian Mccallum: Poetry and Nature: Voice For The Voiceless
  • Kyle Louw: Roses, Violets, Preconceptions ... Poetry
  • Surprise performance
Session 2
  • Heather Tuffin: Less than ideal
  • Sizwe Mxobo: Why do we have to move out?
  • Adriana Marais: My one-way ticket to Mars
  • Kelsey Wiens: Open: Designing for Trust
  • Surprise performance 2
Session 3
  • Braam Malherbe: #D.O.T. - Do One Thing
  • Steve Boyes: Exploring the wilderness
  • Jill Farrant: Food Security from resurrection plants
  • Marek Dziembowski: Chasing the eclipse
Session 4
  • Myrtle Clarke & Jules Stobbs: Ordinary Criminals
  • Vinny Lingham: The future of bitcoin
  • Surprise performance 2
*Schedule of line-up subject to change
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When and where?


Sat 15 Aug 2015 at 8:30 AM (SAST)
Sat 15 Aug 2015 at 5:30 PM (SAST)