Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Tough Talk


     Yahia Alamin raised a question that kept rining in every one's heads.. WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
people's answeres were short but varied, alot couldn't express what they had in mind.
but in general, they represented the main goal of TEDx events, spreading ideas.

Registration team:

     The prov. event registration form is ready, published but not yet shared on social networks.

Speakers team:

     No speakers has been nominated yet, no one filled the nomination form, but by 10/5 the team will deliver the final list of speakers, as Waleed said.

Event management:

     An initial schedule was prepared by the team, they were advised to review the rules of TEDx organizing to build up a better schedule.

Media team:

 They made a design of the brochure, which is a very nice one but misses final touches.
The logo that goes with theme is still under process, the creative adviser Roaa Majzoub gave them her point of view  about it.

Social media team:

     Twitter account has many tweets which is good but needs alittle bit more effort, Facebook page is very weak, the admin Mohammed Salah didn't attend the meeting but he was informed with his role.

    Many people missed this meeting, which meant that some thing was wrong. So Mr.Mohammed A. Abdulkareem complained about punctuality and commitment. Gave the organizers strict rules and advised them to learn more about TED and TEDx events.

The actual start

The main concept of TEDx is exchanging ideas, and spread the ones worth spreading. Second meeting was all about brain storming, huge steps were taken at that day, major choices were made, the real work has just started.

Many more people attended this meeting, the presence of Eng.Ibrahim Mursal & Eng.Mujtaba was really effective and intimidating! after a short review of each team's job people were divided into the six teams:

Speakers team:
  1. Rawan Aldaw
  2. Wadah Omer
  3. Waleed
  4. Alaa' Eldeen Mohamed
Registration team:
  1. Fatma Alsied
  2. Mussab Abdulbaqi
  3. Noha Hashim
  4. Qusai abdulsamad
  5. Khalid E.Osman
Media team:
  1. Mazin Satti
  2. Ilaf Algadi
  3. Ibrahim Mursal
Social media team:
  1.  Ahmed Jihad
  2. Mohammed Salah
Event managment:
  1.  Showki Omer
  2. Rafa Elnour
  3. Azza Ahmed
  4. Heba Saleh
  5. Hadeel Saeed

  1.  Tasneem Siddiq
  2. Mohammed Taifour
  3. Amro Elsadig
At some point many lost there interest, but the he rest of the meeting raised the excitement again, it was a tremendous brain storming, loud voices every one supporting in his idea, it's what all of this about it's the THEME! the choice was so hard, the ideas were so great that any one of them could make a great theme for this event. Finally, two themes were picked & left for voting to resolve it.
Actually I couldn't feel more proud to be among this great bunch of ambitious young men & women. I could almost see the bright future ahead of them.
It started to get late so girls were anxious, the meeting was concluded with new tasks, & crossed fingures for luck!

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Day one : Totally strangers

The history of the Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST) goes back to 1950 when Khartoum Technical Institute (KTI) was founded to graduate qualified technicians in the fields of buildings and commercial studies. In 1975 all technical institutes in Sudan were merged with KTI to form what was known as Khartoum Ploy-technique (KP). In 1990 the KP was upgraded to a university named Sudan University of Science and Technology, with all the Institutes changed to Collages. The growth of the University was very rapid during the second decade of its establishment.
By 2009, the University is comprising 19 colleges distributed a among 9 campuses in Khartoum, with total student population of 24000 at the B.Sc. level, 31000 at the Diploma level, and 5000 postgraduate students. In addition 5000 students are enrolled in distance education programs. The diversified colleges of the University reflect the constant endeavor to seek knowledge in all fields to produce successful graduates and a successful nation.

With a such legacy and vision, SUST is the perfect place to have a TEDx event, where exchanging ideas is the main goal, where no one is afraid to say or to think, it's all about civilization and humanity, that's why TEDx SUST was ment to happen.

The first meeting was held at 24/3/2013, started 16:15 in a class room in the southern campus of Sudan University of science and technology, only 14 people attended the meeting including Yahia Mohammed Alamin, the license holder.

Without any clue how to make this happen, the first meeting had to be an introduction by the license holder about TED & TEDx events, most of the attendees had the basic informations about TEDx events, also Eng.Mohamed Ahmed Abdulkareem was very informative about the general rules, teams and the role of each team, attendees were given a chance to think about the team they want to work in.
Attendees of the first meeting:
  1. Azza Ahmed
  2. Elaf Algadi 
  3. Rafa Alnour
  4. Rawan Aldaw
  5. Ruaa Siddiq
  6. Ruaa Majzoub
  7. Tasneem Siddiq
  8. Heba Salih
  9. Alaa Sabir
  10. Amro Alsadig
  11. Mohamed Ahmed
  12. Wadah Omer
  13. Waleed Wadessa
  14. Yahia Mohamed

all of them introduced them selves, new faces became familiar ones. If I could describe the first 16 volunteers in the first meeting, I'd say lost, worried, alittle bit afraid but hoping for the best!
The corner stone of TEDx sust was laid firmly to form a foundation upon which we will build..

what is TEDx?

What is TED?

     TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference on the West Coast each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and
TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

What is TEDx ?

     TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

     At TEDx events, a screening of TEDTalks videos -- or a combination of live presenters and TEDTalks videos -- sparks deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

What you'll find at every TEDx event:

     The content and design of each TEDx event is unique and developed independently, but all TEDx events have several features in common.

  1. TED's celebrated format: A suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances (live, or just TEDTalks videos from on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and wonder -- and to provoke conversations that matter
  2. TEDTalks videos: A minimum of two pre-recorded talks from the acclaimed TEDTalks video series (these talks are available free on
  3. Bias-free programming: Lack of any commercial, religious or political agenda