Sejam bem-vindos à primeira lista de temas TEDx em português: 5 talks in Portuguese

With over 6,000 events (in over 100 countries and over 1,000 cities) having taken place since the TEDx program’s start in 2009, the TEDx community is truly global. And with a community like this, we at the TEDx blog have decided to try something new — weekly language playlists!

TEDx is proud to present its first playlist in Portuguese. This beautiful language is spoken all over the world and has more than 200 million speakers, making it the 6th most spoken language in the world.

Gostaria de ver palestras noutra língua, para além do inglês? Ou está a aprender a língua e quer uma maneira divertida de aprender e de descobrir a cultura lusófona? Abaixo, 5 palestras TEDx em português.

Below, 5 TEDx Talks from events in Brazil, Portugal and Angola that will teach you about robots, Angolan dance, and the beauty of genes.

TEACHERS: Did you know it’s possible to create a virtual lesson from a TEDx talk? At TED-Ed you can quickly flip any of these talks. Check out these questions we whipped up for Ana Clara Guerra Marques’ talk and find out more about how you can make your own TED-Ed lessons.

A utopia da imortalidade: Stevens Rehen at TEDxUFRJ
At TEDxUFRJ, celebrated scientist Stevens Rehen talks about stem cells and his new project creating art out of genetic material.

No TEDxUFRJ, o famoso cientista Stevens Rehen fala sobre células estaminais e sobre o seu novo projeto de criação artística a partir de material genético.
Robôs como assistentes inteligentes: Estela Bicho and Emanuel Sousa at TEDxGuimarães
In this charming talk at TEDxGuimarãesEstela Bicho and Emanuel Sousa demonstrate cool things robots can do and highlight some of the many uses robots have around the house.

Nesta encantadora palestra no TEDxGuimarães, Estela Bicho e Emanuel Sousa demonstram as coisas giras que os robôs conseguem fazer e destacam algumas das muitas utilidades domésticas dos robôs.

Fibrenamics: Raul Fangueiro at TEDxVimaranes
At TEDxVimaranes, Raul Fangueiro explores material science and how the fibers used in this fascinating field are used in everyday life.

No TEDxVimaranes, Raul Fangueiro explora a ciência dos materiais e como as fibras usadas neste fascinante campo científico são usadas no nosso quotidiano.

Pioneira da dança contemporânea em Angola: Ana Clara Guerra Marques at TEDxLuanda
Know much about the history of contemporary dance in Angola? Find out all about it in this talk from professional dancer Ana Clara Guerra at TEDxLuanda.

Conhece bem a história da dança contemporânea em Angola? Saiba tudo sobre isso nesta palestra da bailarina e coreógrafa Ana Clara Guerra no TEDxLuanda.

Linguagem, humor e pensamento crítico: Leandro Morgado at TEDxGuimarães
Learn to tell jokes in Portuguese with the help of professional funny guy Leandro Morgado at TEDxGuimarães.

Aprenda a contar anedotas em português com a ajuda do comediante Leandro Morgado no TEDxGuimarães.

Nos Amanha: TEDxLuanda, the first TEDx event in Angola

TEDxLuanda is the first TEDx event in Angola — a country in southern Africa that was once a Portuguese colony, but gained independence in 1975. We spoke with organizer Januario Jose on the upcoming event (which happens on May 26th):


What led you to organize a TEDx event in Luanda?

We live in one of the most expensive countries in the world, where the economy is growing fast, however, still that does not reflect in our communities, still lot of basic work do be done, and things like education and health still not yet available to everyone. As a creative person, who is always looking for new things that can improve peoples lives, by empowering them and exposure them to the open world, I thought Luanda needed a TED experience. With that, I can inspire people to connect and engage with the rest of the world in way that can allow them to share their dreams, projects and ideas…

What has the help been from the Portuguese-speaking world? TEDx organizers in Portugal and Brazil, both who have very active communities?

The help has been little but useful: organizers from TEDxRio, TEDxO’Porto and TEDxVimaranes. Advice and support through social communities online, has been great. But we need more engagement and source sharing, and we are discussing some ways to create them together. 

How did you decide on the theme of the event Nos, Amanha (Which translates to We, Tomorrow)? 

Right now our society is a little bit vulnerable, the values are changing, people focus more on substance, and with that some cultural and social values as been left out. I want things to change, and by organizing the event TEDxLuanda, I am sure people will be inspired and motivate to change and with new way of thinking and doing things will emerge, for a better tomorrow, and that is the reason of the theme “We, Tomorrow”.

Who are some speakers you are most excited about?

I am excited about all of them, and I think all will bring a different vibe to the event in constructive way, but Yago de Qay and Deborah Cardoso Ribas (a 16-year-old writer) are making headlines.

What is your goal/ideal outcome for TEDxLuanda?

My goal is to open the minds of all Angolans, and inspire them with TEDxLuanda events every year until we are all connected to the world in the right manner, that open some doors to the global stage. I also want to incentivize communities in Angola to engage more and take action by using the resources available to them in order to build a more sustainable community.

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