Written by: Hafsa Shorish
The TEDxKinnaird Conference was held on 23rd February, 2010 at Kinnaird College’s Perin Cooper Boga amphitheatre. This conference attracted a diverse group of people belonging to different fields from media personnel to the aspiring change makers in the educational sector. The vision of holding this meaningful conference at Kinnaird was envisaged by few young innovative minds and was turned into a reality when Dr Bernadette Dean, the principal of Kinnaird College, decided to support the devoted host team. A TEDx event is an unusual commodity and in Pakistan this concept was not fittingly projected till now but TEDxKinnaird 2010 has altered the whole scenario of the educational arena by introducing TEDx to people living in this part of the world. It certainly served as an eye-opening and highly enriching experience for numerous talented minds.
“TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future.” X denotes that the event is organized independently.
At TEDxKinnaird, the main objective was to set up an environment which would serve as a platform for all those who want to intellectually challenge themselves. This was one conference in which people felt rejuvenated and took back something and that was anything that they could relate to or care about. A large number of attendees also left their feedback on the colorful post-it notes at the end of the event.
The theme of the event was “Believe in Tomorrow” which aimed at reflecting and doing something about the worsening and unpredictable situation of our country. Thus the speakers shared some of their personal stories which acted as motivational boosters because it rekindled in people the passion to achieve all that they want and all that they aspire to attain.
The phenomenal speakers who came to grace the event were some who have established their names and there were few who were struggling to set their mark but they all had common attributes like that of hard work and perseverance and they all shared the same focused attitude. Omair Rana, Huma Mirza, Fasi Zaka, Taimur Bandey, Anam Gill, Anum Pasha, Asim Fayyaz and Nadeem Chauhan were the ones who spoke at the event and managed to leave indelible impressions on the audience quite smoothly. The audience enjoyed themselves a lot and was mesmerized by the delightful and informative aura created by the speakers. TEDx Kinnaird was surely an outstanding feat which was carried out in a skillful manner. The speakers and attendees were sitting together, therefore, breaking down all the discriminatory barriers.