“We all have common structure, despite the diversity”, that’s what I was told by both the curator, Nahdeen Hassanain, and the event manager, Salma Hisham, when I asked why Tedx youth@theNile chose the theme “Ossis”, which means bones in latin to be particular. Tedx is providing a platform for Egypt’s leading visionaries and storytellers to talk to an energized group of thinkers, as well as to the whole world. At this invitation only event, a curated group of change makers, innovators, thinkers, creative cultural leaders, and social pioneers are witnessing a back-to-back schedule of talks, performances and other multimedia surprises showcasing “IDEAS WORTH SPREADING” from a carefully selected coterie of presenters whom the event organizers feel they have something valuable to share.
Attending many Tedx events, this one was totally different by all means, in a beautiful way of course.
Tedx youth@theNile was a casual, simple, and out of the comfort zone event targeting juniors mostly, which was quiet interesting.
Held at Darb 1718, which is an old artistic place in Misr Al Qadima, in an open air chilly breezing atmosphere, with a mix of oldies and nostalgic songs and music making the scene full of enthusiasm and positive vibes. What was also catchy was the presence of successful caterings, like “bybike”, and “gelato on wheelz”, which are business projects that started from scratch, that added more to the already inspirational event.
Let’s talk a bit more about the amazing speakers who infatuated us by their amazing speeches, they all made me sitting on the edge of my bean bag not even having the chance to text my friends or answer my phone that was ringing most of the time; each speech was unique and each speaker had their way to have all the audience’s attention.
Starting by Omar Hegazy who enchanted the audience and involved them in the song that made him stand on his legs again, “ya Hegazy ya Hegazy ana bahebak ya Hegazy”, who is now preparing for a diving trip from Jordan to Egypt, yup that’s true! Wish him luck.
Coming to Amr Nafe’ who made me think about comic books and superheroes in a totally different way, and how they are very much similar to our own real world.
Getting to Hend Wahdan who gave a marvelous speech about how our generation has become insensitive, and is always “JUST” joking about what might be a major problem to others; mentioning depression, rape, Alzheimer’s, and other psychological issues, and how we’ve become a “painfully hilarious generation “. Yeah that hurt actually, I am sure we can all relate to those words.
One of the strongest and totally unexpected speakers was Alyaa Khashaba, who is a cancer survivor; talking about her journey with cancer, how it shouldn’t be called “the bad disease”, and that cancer should not be a taboo, because fearing the name only increases the fear of the disease itself.
Let’s go somewhere most teenagers just pass by, which is the bullying state or being a “Gorbati”, hearing Mariam Masoud’s speech about this Nubian word, that means a “stranger” in the Nubian language, made me realize how lucky I was in my first school and how “Gorbati” I was in my second. She ended her speech by “what goes around comes around and that before treating someone as a “Gorbati”, remember you are always a Gorbati to someone somewhere.”
And then comes Mazen Salah with his catchy speech about how everything around us is sugar coated, especially media and advertisements. Stating that if we subtracted expectations from our lives, we will end up happy and we won’t need to sugar coat anything. That was a speech worth listening to.
One of my favorite inspirational characters was present and gave a speech about unconscious bias, she was the first black female formula one driver, Yasmina Abdel Maguid. I call her superwoman myself. She was extraordinary friendly and hilarious, giving a really important speech everyone in this generation must listen to at least once in their life time.
Then comes Mahynour Saleh, who took us to the place we all get stuck at many times in life, which is “finding ourselves”. She ended up her speech with a message to everyone feeling lost out there, saying “Stop believing you have to find yourselves right now, here is to not knowing and here is to not having to know”.
I doubt Tedx knew my favorite facebook sarcastic video maker, Mohamed Moula, but he was there giving everyone out there a break from everything and just spreading loud laughs everywhere at Darb 1718.
Last but definitely not least, the beautiful Ghazlan Lamlum, talking about the butterfly theory, that we’ve all already started the chain because we are constantly making a change and a difference by simply living.