On December 18, 2010, the local community of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia gathered to put on TEDxAddis, an event focusing on the innovations and socioeconomic changes of their country.
Their slogan for the day was, “Be encouraged and encourage others. Be inspired and inspire others.”
Sentayehu Seifu, head of an organizational team made up of students, entrepreneurs, and other locals, said, “Personally, TED gave me a lifetime opportunity to pay back my community by creating a medium that will encourage, inspire, and stimulate people creative thinking. [TEDxAddis] will also allow them to think impossible thoughts.”
Speakers included Israel Belema, an engineer and inventor, social entrepreneur Yohannes Gebregeorgis, and Henock Temesgen, a bass guitarist. The World Laughter Master, Belachew Girma, who holds the Guinness world record for the longest continuous laughter — more than 3 hours — concluded the event with an interactive presentation.
The team is currently preparing for two future events to be held later this year.