date FRIDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2018 | TIME 08:55 - 16:45 | VENUE VODACOM WORLD | cost R1500 STANDARD

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The crowning pieces of the legend of Nelson Mandela were set in place in a small, dimly lit jail cell that could hardly contain his larger-than-life frame. Contrary to intent, this cold, unassuming room—where he served the initial eighteen years of his sentence—was where he learned the most consequential lessons of his life. 


As a result, a more tempered Nelson Mandela stepped out of captivity, to meet with destiny, and rejoin his comrades in their heroic fight for freedom, justice and democracy. 


By the time he rested, he had devoted a solid sixty-seven years to the service of humanity, as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker, and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa. 


In the year that he would have turned a hundred, on Friday 30 November 2018, at Vodacom World in Midrand, TEDxJohannesburg celebrates Nelson Mandela, and many others like him.


TEDxJohannesburg 2018: Decoding Greatness, features the tales, deeds, and works of gurus, heroes, and legends – living and past, from all walks of life, across disciplines. 

Expect perspectives from giants in business, innovation, culture, scholarship, and sports – including visionary CEOs, legendary entrepreneurs, inspirational artists, incisive analysts, and champion performers. 


Through their stories, we'll get to measure how much, how far, and which way the future bends, under the spell of greatness. 


Best of all, we hope to learn what it takes to do great things.


TEDxJohannesburg 2018: Decoding Greatness, is brought to you by Vodacom World


TEDxJohannesburg 2018 is a one-day event packed with a blizzard of ideas designed to zap, ping, and prod the mind. Talks from speakers and performances by artists—delivered in TED’s famous eighteen-minutes-or-less format—are grouped and arranged in three sessions, each lasting one hour and forty-five minutes, with a conversation break plus lunch in between. The day ends with a networking party, sponsored and hosted by Vodacom World. 


Friday 30 November 2018, 08:00 - 19:00

08:00 – 08:55 | Registration 

08:55 10:45 | Session 1: Tales

Mutinta Bbenkele – Arts activist & spoken word artist

Sahm Venter – Author & senior researcher, Nelson Mandela Foundation

André Vermeulen – CEO of Neuro-Link, international expert in the neuroscience of learning

Siphiwe Mhlambi – Ace photographer, captures SA history as it happens

Majken Gilmartin (Copenhagen, Denmark) – Co-founder & CEO, Eir Soccer & Global Goals World Cup

Tanya Accone (Bangkok, Thailand) – Senior adviser on innovation at UNICEF

Martijn Lampert (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – Co-founder of Glocalities, researches global values, lifestyle & psychology 

10:45 11:15 | Conversation Break  

11:15 13:00 | Session 2: Deeds

Mandy Wiener – Reporter, written books on Kebble, Pistorius, Selebi, et al

Ann Rosenberg (New York, USA) – Leads SAP Next-Gen, a purpose-driven innovation community

Tony Lankester – CEO, National Arts Festival

Mariella Furrer (Nairobi, Kenya) – Photographer, author, focuses her lens on women & children

Simphiwe Makapela – Entrepreneur, co-founder of The Hamelin Rat Trap

Doc Watson – Conservationist, founding member of Dimension Data

Nompumelelo Mqwebu – Chef, author, seeks to elevate authentic African cuisine

13:00 15:00 | Lunch 

15:00 16:45 | Session 3: Works 

Penny Heyns – Swimmer, double Olympic gold & bronze medalist

Karim Sadr – Archaeologist, uses LiDAR to find ancient African cities

Janine Scholefield – CSIR geneticist & stem cell researcher

Brian Green – Property developer, creator of 44 Stanley & Victoria Yards

Laduma Ngxokolo – Fashion designer, founder of MaXhosa by Laduma

Jacques Celliers – CEO of FNB

Tebogo 'Tebza' Malope – Multi-award winning director of commercials & music videos  

17:00 19:00 | Networking Party


TEDxJohannesburg is the go-to event for curious, open-minded thinkers and doers in the Johannesburg area who care deeply about finding and celebrating local ideas on human progress across disciplines, and sharing them with the world. The TEDxJohannesburg community consists of executives from blue chip companies, entrepreneurs, policymakers, creatives, academics, diplomats, and students. Management consultants, financial services specialists, marketers, and technologists, account for over 60 percent of the typical audience at TEDxJohannesburg. TEDxJohannesburg curates the audience to optimise quality engagement and experience for attendees, speakers, and partners.


Over and above the enlightening talks and energising conversations, you can expect the setting at TEDxJohannesburg to be optimised for comfort, creativity, and dynamic thinking. The food is always good, and the coffee rich and strong. In this respect, Vodacom World, our venue for TEDxJohannesburg 2018: Decoding Greatness, more than fits the bill. The venue is distinctive, spacious and purposefully designed to give a (TED-worthy) theatrical experience.

Our speakers 


The speaker lineup for TEDxJohannesburg 2018: Decoding Greatness, is our most high-powered yet. It features giants in business, innovation, culture, scholarship, and sports. Visionary CEOs, legendary entrepreneurs, inspirational artists, incisive analysts, and champion performers will share perspectives on what it takes to do great things.