Social networking about #TEDxSoweto 2012 Leapfrog event

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TEDxSoweto 2012 Leapfrog

eNitiates were social media partners for TEDxSoweto 2012 Leapfrog event, which happened yesterday. You can read more about the event here.

We covered all aspects of the event mainly on Twitter. Our social networking included 2 Twitterviews – one with @KeloKubu (the convenor of the event) and the other with @ShakaSisulu of CheeseKids (one of the Leapfrog event speakers); and live tweeting during the event.

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TEDxSoweto 2012 Leapfrog – Shaka Sisulu

The Leapfrog event was held at the picturesque Soweto Theatre. This recently refurbished venue added a spark to the ambience.

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Soweto Theatre 2012

Highlights of the event:

There was a crowd of about 300 people in the lovely Soweto Theatre auditorium…

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TEDxSoweto 2012 Leapfrog Audience

…And they clearly were engaged with the content of #TEDxSoweto Leapfrog event on Twitter.

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TEDxSoweto 2012 Leapfrog Buzz Tweet

11 speakers graced the Leapfrog event, and all of them did a sterling job in the delivery of their papers. Click here to find out who they were.

Here are my favourite images that capture key moments.

Lorenzo Nassimbeni shared his thoughts on architecture and art, and I tried my hand at being artistic with this shot of him.

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EDxSoweto 2012 Leapfrog – Lorenzo Nassimbeni

Miche Fabre Lewin is passionate about creating knowledge of “connections between healthy soil, healthy food, healthy bodies and a healthy planet”.

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TEDxSoweto 2012 Leapfrog – Miche Fabre Lewin

Lunch was late. But I was not complaining, as this gave me an opportunity for a photo with the talented trio from ISeeADifferentYou, who spoke later in the day.  Click on the link to see why these enterprising young guys use such an interestingly descriptive name.

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TEDxSoweto 2012 Leapfrog – Me And ISeeADifferentYou

When their turn came, they did not disappoint.

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TEDxSoweto 2012 Leapfrog ISeeADifferentYou Tweet

I also caught up with” my sister from another mother”, Anne Githuku-Shongwe of Afroes, after her slot.

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TEDxSoweto 2012 Leapfrog – Anne Githuku-Shongwe

I was glad that Anne could make the TEDxSoweto Leapfrog event, given a hectic international travel schedule linked to her gaming business. Visit her site to see how she has been hoisting the African flag at many major conferences around the world.

The audience were also glad to have Anne at the Leapfrog event.

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TEDxSoweto 2012 Leapfrog – Tweet about Anne Githuku-Shongwe

One of the ways I judge the success of an event is by the number of speakers still present at the “after-party”. My quick count of speakers who remained behind to network with about a fifth of the audience after the event was 4 – Lorenzo Nassimbeni, the ISeeADifferentYou trio, Tlale Makhene and Yaron Assabi. 4 out of 11 is a good show in my books.

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TEDxSoweto 2012 Leapfrog – Yaron Assabi

Overall, the TEDxSoweto crew put together yet another great event. I could not help but “listen in” on a Twitter conversation about it.

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TEDxSoweto 2012 Leapfrog Tweet Conversation

As for eNitiates, we commit that the next TEDxSoweto event under our watch WILL trend on Twitter, and you can hold us to that.



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4 thoughts on “Social networking about #TEDxSoweto 2012 Leapfrog event

  1. Bra Willy, you and your team have been fantastic on this project. Thank you for your work and for your insights – everything turned out the way you said it would. And welcome to the TEDxSoweto family.

  2. Pingback: eNitiate Integrated Solutions | How #onlinemedia can help ease South Africa’s high youth unemployment

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