From baby to toddler — the TEDx community matures, and continues to expand globally

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When over 300 people gathered on Sunday, February 24th at the Merv Griffin estate for what is now the 4th TEDx Workshop at TEDActive, not only did TEDx Director Lara Stein take a look back at the program’s amazing 2012 milestones — the TEDxSummit gathering in Doha, over 5,000 TEDx events and over 200 TEDx Talks on TED.com — but forward with a global community that has quickly grown “from baby to toddler.”

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TEDxKhartoum holds first TEDx workshop in Sudan

Written by Anwar Dafa-Alla, TEDxKhartoum organizer

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October 13th, 2012 marked the first TEDx workshop for TEDx organizers in Sudan, organized by the team at TEDxKhartoum. The workshop’s main objective was to share knowledge, share experiences and to expand the TEDx community in Sudan, which has been growing rapidly after tremendous success during the past seven events in the country.

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During the workshop, presentations were given by the TEDxKhartoum core team to more than 75 attendees, representing all licensed TEDx events in Sudan. Four of these presenters have spoken at TEDx events before.

To open the event, the organizer of TEDxKhartoum and the president of SudanTED organization (a non-profit resource for TEDx organizers in Sudan), Anwar Dafa-Alla spoke on the “TEDx Spirit” — an overview about TEDx in Sudan, as well as how attending a TED conference can impact a TEDx organizer.

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The workshop also included presentations on how to translate TEDx talks through the universal subtitling program, Amara, and tips on venue selection, event planning, organization, social media, and video production.

Salome Heusel, deputy director of TEDx, talked to the group through Skype to congratulate them on their achievements and recognize the hard work of the many TEDx’ers in Sudan.

“I enjoyed the work and it was very useful and beneficial,” said Amna Yousif Hamid, new member joining TEDxKhartoum organizing team.

By the end of the event, Bashayer H. Hammad, a final-year medical student and the licensee of TEDxWadMadani, was moved to ponder the meaning of the TEDx movement. “With TEDx, the sky is the limit, there are absolutely no boundaries to limit your imagination,” she said. “It’s a community within which you can “be.” One of the greatest things about TEDx is that the doors are open for everyone. Everyone can join and evolve through a wonderful journey in the world of ideas.”

With that, we can truly say the first TEDx workshop in Sudan was a success, and hopefully it will not be the last.