TEDx conference returns to Karachi with drone-maker, politico and quadriplegic

Published: May 20, 2011
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Imran Khan (right) raised millions of dollars worth funding through national and international campaigns to found the country’s first cancer hospital, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital, which provides free treatment to thousands of patients annually.

Imran Khan (right) raised millions of dollars worth funding through national and international campaigns to found the country’s first cancer hospital, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital, which provides free treatment to thousands of patients annually.

Raja Sabri Khan of Integrated Dynamics, is an MIT graduate whose drones are being exported the world over. His company already has a product called Rover that far exceeds the capability of mini Raven drones being offered by the US at just one-third of the price.
On March 26, 2004 Sarmad Tariq travelled 1,847 km nonstop from Khyber to Karachi in his hand-controlled car in 33 hours, making a world record by being the first ever quadriplegic to do so in such a short time.
On 2007, Fasi Zaka began to script a political and social satire show - “News, Views and Confused”, on AAJ TV which received significant international attention for its programmes during the second emergency declared in 2007, amidst a severe clampdown on press freedom. Dr. Quratulain Bakhteari (left) formed the Institute for Development Studies and Practices(IDSP), with the help of the Asia Foundation. During the period 1992-1997 she designed and promoted a method of educating girls in Balochistan, called the Community Support Progress (CSP). As a result of her tremendous effort and dedication she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on 2006. PHOTOS: ONLINE
Imran Khan (right) raised millions of dollars worth funding through national and international campaigns to found the country’s first cancer hospital, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital, which provides free treatment to thousands of patients annually. Instead of succumbing to the tradition of committing suicide after being gang raped, Mukhtar Mai (above) became a champion defender of women’s rights and education through her Mukhtaran Mai’s Women Welfare Organisation.
KARACHI: 

After a huge success in 2010, TEDx, the initiative of the TED conferences, is coming to Karachi for a second series of talks on May 27.

The organisers have curated an invigorating group of speakers to inspire and stimulate discussion by presenting their ideas on this year’s theme, ‘Making the Impossible Possible’. This year’s speakers include former cricketer and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, television host and political columnist Fasi Zaka, Institute for Development Studies and Practices’ founding director Dr Quratulain Bakhteari, Mukhtar Mai’s Women Welfare organisation’s Mukhtar Mai, Integrated Dynamics CEO Raja Sabri Khan and motivational speaker, Sarmad Tariq.

“TED’s platform of spreading great ideas is one that resonates deeply with me. I strongly believe that we need to inculcate this ideology in Pakistan and need to create spaces where people can share their ideas and their accomplishments and inspire others to follow suit. With this year’s theme, making the impossible possible we hope to do just that,” said senior TED fellow, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

The non-profit organisation started 25 years ago, with a four-day conference in California. TED stands for ‘technology, entertainment and design’ and the organisation has grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes and the talks are then made available for free, at TED.com. TED’s diverse audience – CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists – is almost as extraordinary as the speakers have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Bono, Stephen Hawking and James Cameron.

“For me TEDxKarachi is an attempt to make a difference for a better and brighter Pakistan,” said TED senior fellow Awab Alvi.

TEDx, where ‘x’ stands for independently organised TED event, is a TED programme that enables local communities to host their own independent TED-like events. TEDxKarachi is taking the initiative of spreading ideas among young Pakistanis and has curated an exceptional lineup of speakers who are experienced individuals in their respective fields.

“I believe [that] with the tremendous amount of negativity surrounding Pakistan people are endlessly searching for even [one] moment of positivity,” said Alvi.

TEDxKarachi will also introduce the Inside Out project, a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Inside Out, the creation of photographer JR, was the recipient of the 2011 TED Prize which is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and, much more importantly, ‘One Wish to Change the World.’

“TEDxKarachi tries to bring to Karachi a few hours of adrenaline-filled intellectual stimulation with the hope that more such events are able to jolt a perpetually depressed nation into achieving the impossible,” Alvi added.

TEDx Karachi is an invite-only event and has been made possible by the generous support of the Aman Foundation. Press Release

Published in The Express Tribune, May 20th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Aayan
    May 20, 2011 - 11:13AM

    Really looking forward to the speeches of Imran Khan and Raja Sari… really very very good line up…..Recommend

  • san
    May 20, 2011 - 4:28PM

    Imran Khan, Mukhtar Mai and Fasi Zakka are my main men..Recommend

  • Anushe
    May 20, 2011 - 10:58PM

    Great initiative on the part of the organizers! Recommend

  • Usman
    May 25, 2011 - 7:40AM

    Great attitude Tribune. I can sleep well knowing as long as there are cynical editors like you around, we will never move forward as a nation. Belittling the most honest and charismatic leader we have today for standing up for Pakistan like this, well done.Recommend

  • Huzefa
    May 25, 2011 - 10:07PM

    RSK is awesome; taught me Physics in A-Levels for a short period! Recommend

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