date FRIDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2018 | venue VODACOM WORLD | time 09:30 - 16:00 | 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-and-a-half hours, with conversation breaks plus lunch in between. The day opens with a parallel set of breakfast masterclasses, and culminates with a networking party, both sponsored and hosted by TEDxJohannesburg partners. 


Friday 30 November 2018, 07:30 - 16:00

07:30 - 09:00 | Breakfast | Masterclasses

07:30 - 09:00 | Registration 

09:30 - 11:00 | Session 1: Tales

11:00 - 11:30 | Conversation Break  

11:30 - 13:00 | Session 2: Deeds

13:00 - 14:30 | Lunch 

14:30 - 16:00 | Session 3: Works 

16:30 - 19:00 | Cocktails | 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, our venue for TEDxJohannesburg 2018: Decoding Greatness—to be announced in the days ahead—more than fits the bill. The venue is distinctive, spacious and purposefully designed to give a (TED-worthy) theatrical experience.