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TEDxBled's two amazing speakers

by Dan Croitoru on 14th February, 2012 at 10:17 AM CEST

Few weeks ago, in the spirit of Ideas Worth Spreading, a bunch of people had an impulse to create TEDxBled. It started more like a nice idea which rapidly turned into reality. It’s true what they say,  first step is the hardest, then everything links together, merges, mixes in an array of events that finally connects the dots.

We had no idea how it would happen and what would it be. We had a feeling and the ‘let’s do it!’ spirit. Then another idea came on the way. Why not give people all around the world the chance to show what they’re capable of and the impact they make around them. And so Inspire.Change.Impact challenge came to life. Looking back it was a leap of faith. We didn’t know if we would get 1, 10 or 100 entries. Would people be willing to come all the way to Bled, Slovenia to share their idea?

No less than 212 people from 63 countries proved  that not only they are willing but great ideas, change and impact are happening all over the world, on all continents. It’s an amazing feeling to see so many people, passionately speaking about their dreams, wishes and achievements. Even if for most, TEDxBled might not show up this time, seeing you all standing up for your idea, enthusiastically telling your story made me realize that this is just the beginning and you will go a long way.

It was a tough job for the judges. Sleepless nights, countless debates and opinions, arguments and pledges. It was one of the hardest decisions we had to make. How do you choose the top 2 speakers out of 210? Who deserves to be among top 1%, when passion, innovation, inspiration and impact has been seen in most of you? Should we choose with the heart or with the mind? Which is the right combination in the end? And still no clear answer to these questions.

Before announcing the two speakers, we would like to make a commitment to you all. Regardless you’ve been selected or not, we are going to share your ideas with the TEDx communities around the world because we want to see you on TEDx stages, in your home country or anywhere else in the world. You have great ideas, they are worth spreading and we’ll do our best to make this happen.

Without prolonging the moment anymore, I give you two of the TEDxBled speakers:

Maris Slezins from Latvia with Healthy lifestyle for street children

Hayley Lapalme from Canada with Just Ask: Public Dollars for Public Good

Our most sincere congratulations and we are excited to meet you and see you on TEDxBled stage on 18 March!

And that’s not all.

Because the quality of ideas is so high and you made such a good impression on the judges, we want to get another one of you to speak at TEDxBled. Let’s see if we can make it. We’re coming back soon with more details. Maybe you can help us a bit. Who should it be?

UPDATE (28 Feb)

Happy to announce the third selected speaker!

Vadim Toader from Romania with GRASP - a small factory of hope

C:F & TEDxBled teams

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Johanny Arilexis Perez Sierra

Johanny Arilexis Perez Sierra | Action team

Definitively, quite interesting ideas and inspiring projects!! well deserved !! now, excited to listen the whole stories at TEDxBled. Congratulations to the speakers!!!!

14th February, 2012 @ 10:48 AM CEST

falilu Agbaje

falilu Agbaje

Congratulations

14th February, 2012 @ 11:39 AM CEST

Muhammad Jehangir Khan

Muhammad Jehangir Khan | Action team | CF Chapters

congratz... Canda must be proud of you :) Hayley awesoum :)

14th February, 2012 @ 11:49 AM CEST

KEDEI INAH

KEDEI INAH

Congratulations to all the winners.

14th February, 2012 @ 11:50 AM CEST

Jude Christoper  Roxas

Jude Christoper Roxas | Action team | CF Chapters

Congratulations <3

14th February, 2012 @ 11:51 AM CEST

KEDEI INAH

KEDEI INAH

Congratulation to all the winners.

14th February, 2012 @ 11:55 AM CEST

Bistra Kumbaroska

Bistra Kumbaroska

congratulations to the winners! this was surely one of the most interesting quick challenges, and the most difficult one for the judges! well done and i can't wait to read about the third one!!! :)

14th February, 2012 @ 11:58 AM CEST

Marina Jimenez Munoz

Marina Jimenez Munoz

Well done!! Congratulations :)

14th February, 2012 @ 12:18 PM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

dream achieved for 2 amazing youth of latvia & canada - congratulations for huge success . . waiting to see u on d best platform of TEDx . . :)

14th February, 2012 @ 12:30 PM CEST

Vadim Toader

Vadim Toader

Great choices! Maris makes an extraordinary example of Social Entrepreneurship and Hayley manages to help both the patients and the local farmers through a simple analysis of the market. Truly inspiring!
With the risk of sounding subjective, I believe that another very inspiring concept is GRASP - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =cWbX_a22ugk&feature=playe r_embedded. Perhaps the outcome is slightly harder to see, not being as numerical, nor visual. However it addresses a major issue present in most Eastern European countries - braindraining, and offers the solution to convert it into an social development boost, much needed in this period of Economic crisis.

14th February, 2012 @ 12:35 PM CEST

daksha kanyakajri

daksha kanyakajri

@Toder you had 600 views in the first 2 days, and it sloowed down considerably, you ran out of friends who didn't click yet your video?
Good presentation skills, talking to a camera....

14th February, 2012 @ 12:52 PM CEST

daksha kanyakajri

daksha kanyakajri

The guy does something truly great. I take my hat of, but she:
1. entered on the 7th, AFTER the DEADLINE
2. she has a 3min AND 2 seconds (you should't allow someone who can't even, when late to provide a good presentation)
3. she stumbles and needs to read constantly when presured by a BIG CROUD of 1, and even if she has more time than others still make a pore presentation. and she contradicts herself in it

14th February, 2012 @ 12:55 PM CEST

daksha kanyakajri

daksha kanyakajri

You must, are obliged by morality to remove her from the winers.

14th February, 2012 @ 12:56 PM CEST

Dan Croitoru

Dan Croitoru

Dear Daksha, thanks for your message. Please allow us to make some light in this matter:

1. Hayley sent her submission before the deadline. As we had technical difficulties, we manually uploaded the solution on 7 Feb, thus the date appearing on her submission.
2. When uploaded to YouTube, changing formats leads to changing the length of the video. So a 3 min video can easily become 1 or 2 seconds more. We considered any video below 3 min and 5 seconds.
3. At this point we're interested in the idea, the impact and passion for the project. We are sure she will have an even better presentation on TEDxBled stage.

14th February, 2012 @ 1:07 PM CEST

daksha kanyakajri

daksha kanyakajri

I thank you for your prompt answer. But, i should have expected an anser like this from someone from Political Studies... you answered like a true politician…

14th February, 2012 @ 1:15 PM CEST

Rajeev Sharma

Rajeev Sharma

NgoSphere idea is really good. At TedxBled team , I think they also deserve a chance to be at TedxBled Stage.

Do have a look at them !

14th February, 2012 @ 1:21 PM CEST

Ieva Puķe

Ieva Puķe

Congratulations for the winners. Proud to see one of the winners coming from my beautiful country Latvia and also proud of you Maris with your nice achievements, and I know that your project has huge potential on a global level too.

14th February, 2012 @ 1:40 PM CEST

Sartaj Anand

Sartaj Anand

Good Job Guys :)

14th February, 2012 @ 2:04 PM CEST

Denis Kotov

Denis Kotov | Action team

Congratulations to all participants ;]

14th February, 2012 @ 2:15 PM CEST

Hayley Lapalme

Hayley Lapalme

Wow, my heart just stopped - among so many good ideas I am humbled and have so much gratitude for the hard work and innovative game-changing thinking of all the participants. This world is ours to make better (with the help of family and organizations with big missions)! Thank you for the opportunity TEDxBled! What's this exciting news that maybe a third could join??!

14th February, 2012 @ 2:36 PM CEST

Maxwell Marfo

Maxwell Marfo

Congratulation to all the winners and better luck to the rest.

14th February, 2012 @ 4:24 PM CEST

Francesca  Wiltiano

Francesca Wiltiano

Congratulations to both winners!!!

I think both of your ideas are great and inspiring for people all around the world!

Good luck in Slovenia!


14th February, 2012 @ 4:37 PM CEST

Daniel Kinnoch

Daniel Kinnoch | Action team

I am looking forward to the next announcement! But regardless, fantastic for the both of you, I think it is great we have young people around the world with so much passion.

15th February, 2012 @ 10:38 AM CEST

Magdalena Slowinska

Magdalena Slowinska

Well Done! Really beautiful stories and very personal too. I very much like that Maris and Hayley talked in that really personal way so that everybody can be more inspired since "personalization" makes everything more real. This competition taught me a lot about being more personal in such competition, especially in TED competitions. I have more academic background I in my video I was actually more focused on explaining thing rather than being personal, which is good for the educational conferences but not in this context;-) Next time I will definitely speak more about the cause of my passion (why I think world needs better teachers and educationalists and games or forms of play that can also provide learning - based on my personal experience) rather than about the passion only, so thank you Challenge Future for this great possibility to learn more about public speaking. Actually, according to Book of Lists and other studies far above the fear of death and disease, comes fear of standing in front of a crowd - public speaking. So well done everybody!!! And, @Daksha - I also had problems with my video which I managed to post without sending a youtube link last minute or later after deadline. After editing my video was 3min and 1 second and it was rejected by Challenge Future website. I then needed to cut bits of my video and upload it again, but I could just do as Hayley did and send an email explaining the situation so that I could send a youtube link later. I mean some people posted videos that were above 4 minutes;-) Oh, and the last thing. Most of the public speakers learn their speeches by heart, so if someone read during his competition video that's completely understandable. As I mentioned, public speaking is one of our greatest fears and it needs a lot of practice. So once again thank you and good luck with all your ideas!

15th February, 2012 @ 11:07 AM CEST

Mihaela Dimovska

Mihaela Dimovska

Congratulations to the winners! Great ideas that the world should hear :)

15th February, 2012 @ 2:09 PM CEST

Shahzaman Murtaza  Khuhro

Shahzaman Murtaza Khuhro | Action team

Congratulations to the winners .. i think Yasir Ali sohu from Pakistan has a wonderful speech ... kindly select him

15th February, 2012 @ 4:49 PM CEST

Akin Adeseye

Akin Adeseye

Part 1:

"Good ideas chosen, but is that what we need in the world now again? Haven't we seen such ideas over and over again?

Well, when we speak of true FREEDOM, the freedom that would break men from this vicious cycle that have caged them as slaves and workers in the masters field, the freedom that will liberate humans, societies, nations and reconcile people back nature, their roots, instil racial pride, inspire greatness through unity and peace hence making us understand our world more and hence strive for equality - which is the base on which our growth lies - We are told that they would rather listen to people talk about 1. Street children working out. 2. Government investing in Agriculture locally

Aren't these the same people before us have been doing?

How does working out stop the problem of having "street children" isn't that just getting the children on the streets occupied/fit while hoping more come through? Doesn't that project survive on more street children to come? isn't that a so called great idea based on the hope that more street children come forward so they can work out?

Government investing in Agriculture: Don't we think these people know that it is better to invest locally than import food or commodities? They sure do know, but where do profits lie for them and their sponsors? - In importing - Which is why globally you see governments doing more importing that local production - and the commodities varies from food, goods, to labour etc.

Those are the GREAT ideas that would change the world??

Haven't we heard these same ideas before? The same one that various people have come up with under various headings and still no real change has ever come to place.

CONTD

15th February, 2012 @ 7:21 PM CEST

Akin Adeseye

Akin Adeseye

Part 2:

Why? one might ask - It simply lies in the fact that we have failed to tackle these problems from their root source - We have rather employed the cutting of branches and plucking of leaves system to remove a problem tree instead of uprooting it! the forcing of a square peg down a round hole and hoping it would fit.

If these ideas are what is needed to change the world - Well, they would have through the various aid agencies, volunteer projects blah blah and their tons that have spread across the world like flies.

But time and again our folly and mistakes are exposed and reality tells us again that that one thing that we are supposed to do, we haven't still done.

The world of today was built on a system - A system that involved the slaver and the slave - The colonial powers and the colonised. AND TILL DATE THIS SYSTEM HASN'T BEEN BROKEN!

NO! It hasn't it has rather "metamorphosised" into various systems over the years and we have failed to address this issue. On this system we have built our homes, nations and world and not until we address this shall we really be able to change the world!

NOT UNTIL THAT!

I say, after these "great" ideas have been implemented, give a decade and see where we will be. Still in the same vicious cycle wondering what went wrong, as we are doing today with all the so called great ideas of yesterday!

The writings are on the wall and time and again we have ignored it!

- Teekay Akin FreedomMovementVoice

15th February, 2012 @ 7:21 PM CEST

David Sanchez

David Sanchez

Congratulations for the winners!
About the third available spot, I highly recommend the project "Together for a cleaner city" considering that it involves children as ACTIVE changemakers at the time that engage them to design and build their own future. It shows them how to shape a better city, primarily instilling values ​​like responsibility and perseverance.

Take a look on it:
http://challengefuture.org/qui ck/solutions/2470

And find more information at:
http://fundacionsantamartasinl imites.wordpress.com/

15th February, 2012 @ 8:17 PM CEST

Aditya Dhar

Aditya Dhar

I definitely think Salima Visram for 'an undisrupted education' should be selected. Her passion and enthusiasm seems unparalleled and I know she would really enjoy this opportunity.

16th February, 2012 @ 12:59 AM CEST

Kanika Wadhwa

Kanika Wadhwa

After watching Salima Visram's "An Undisrupted Education", I am extremely appalled by her personal story of a girl being impregnated through child prostitution, yet so impressed by her keen interest to end child prostitution to allow as many girls as possible to be registered in a school. Salima's ability to analyze the reasons behind which girls are unable to attend school and to connect this to prospective ideas that can change this is very powerful. If Salima is selected, I have complete assurance that she will influence the minds of others to change the current conditions for the better.

16th February, 2012 @ 1:36 AM CEST

Vanessa Vyvial

Vanessa Vyvial

Congratulations to both Maris Slezins and Hayley LaPalme! It was well-deserved :)

While it is still possible, I would like to make an appeal for Salima Visram's TED talk. Titled "An Undisrupted Education", Salima addresses the issue of illegal sex trafficking in Africa. Coming from someone who grew up in a society where this was the norm in order to make ends meet, Salima's talk would undoubtedly provide the audience with intrinsic insight into the harsh reality many of the youth in Africa are faced with today. She would inspire us with her courage and 'rawness' to speak of this conflict - change and impact us by making every individual want to pay it forward and raise awareness on this matter - and ultimately challenge us because something must be done to solve this issue yet the barriers in achieving this are enormous. What can we do to end this tragedy?

I think Salima is a more than good candidate to be the last speaker for TEDxBled. Please consider my case for her!

16th February, 2012 @ 2:56 AM CEST

Buchi  Rosemaree

Buchi Rosemaree

Soooo proud of you!....Congrats!

16th February, 2012 @ 7:51 AM CEST

Yasir Ali Sohu

Yasir Ali Sohu

Congratulations to both winners!! I was anxiously waiting for the results!!
I'm little de-motivated because of not being selected but hope never dies because we still have a chance, one more speaker to be announced! I wish I should be selected to show the world my ideas, skills and talent... I always needed the platform like Tedx!

16th February, 2012 @ 10:42 AM CEST

Rija Memon

Rija Memon

from my point of view Yasir Ali Sohu from Pakistan was the winner because he has worked very hard and his idea and presentation skills are absolutely amazing. not only that but he has the highest votes than all others which shows he has been liked by many people. so kindly select him he deserves the victory.

16th February, 2012 @ 10:57 AM CEST

Mehboob Ali

Mehboob Ali

I'm disappointed with the results because they are not merit based like Mr. Yasir Ali Sohu has the highest votes which shows highest likes and others like him. they deserve the victory despite of these guyz.....

16th February, 2012 @ 11:06 AM CEST

zuhaib khuhro

zuhaib khuhro

This platform is not anymore a youth based platform because if u see these results it shows Maris Slezins the one winner is 28 years old and Hayle Lapalme another winner seems around 28. u r not giving chance to youth then how do u call this platform youth based?? I don't know on what bases u have selected these late comers, one has uploaded video after deadline and another is showing a video full of exercise we can't even see his expressions and presentation skills. Daksh Kanyakajri is also right. I feel pity about Tedx and Challengefuture and all those who lost even though after having more capability.

16th February, 2012 @ 11:18 AM CEST

zuhaib khuhro

zuhaib khuhro

one winner is still to be announced so plz kindly select this wiinner fully merit based and according to the people wish and people wish shows the one who has highest votes should be selected because he is liked by the people very much

16th February, 2012 @ 11:22 AM CEST

ravi malik

ravi malik

Please select Mr. Yasir Ali Sohu as the third speaker because his presentation skills and facial expressions are sensational. I have seen his video many times and also voted him because he is the guy who really deserves the victory. so kindly select him his idea is fantastic and he seems very enthusiastic.

16th February, 2012 @ 11:30 AM CEST

Faisal  imtiaz

Faisal imtiaz

congratz to winnners

16th February, 2012 @ 11:30 AM CEST

Saira  Shaikh

Saira Shaikh

I am agreed with u Ravi Malik and Rija Memon, Yasir Ali Sohu from Pakistan should be selected as the third speaker because he is the real speaker. he must be rewarded with winning.

16th February, 2012 @ 11:35 AM CEST

amarpreet911   kaur

amarpreet911 kaur

welL it should be Mr.Yasir Ali Sohu because his idea is great, in fact he has cum up with the idea which is biggest problem of underdeveloped countries. he idea and and everything is fabulous! u must select him.

16th February, 2012 @ 12:34 PM CEST

Jam Zahoor

Jam Zahoor

Congratulations to the winners and C.F team. If u r willing to add one more speaker then I will request u to select Yasir Ali sohu from Pakistan because he is very passionate and enthusiastic

16th February, 2012 @ 12:46 PM CEST

Hamza  Qureshi

Hamza Qureshi

congratulations winners. one still to be announced and I am sure that will be the highest vote taker Mr.Yasir Ali Sohu from Pakistan. he deserves it guys.

16th February, 2012 @ 1:17 PM CEST

nishi bansa

nishi bansa

congrats to winners...... where as one is still 2 b announced as speaker and yeah guyz u r right that will surely be the very intellectual speaker Yasir Ali sohu frm Pakistan.... I wish him best of luck.

16th February, 2012 @ 5:09 PM CEST

Akin Adeseye

Akin Adeseye

How was Hayley lapalme's video selected?

If she submitted her video AFTER THE DEADLINE and it was a video longer than 3 minutes as stipulated in the rules. How come did this now make it?

What are the use of the rules and guidelines if the CF team would ignore it at the end?

16th February, 2012 @ 5:22 PM CEST

Samuel Duru

Samuel Duru | Action team

Congratulations to Maris and Hayley!

16th February, 2012 @ 5:34 PM CEST

Wendy Smith

Wendy Smith

Congratulations to both of the winners! I am from Canada and have worked with Hayley Lapalme. I can tell you that she is incredibly passionate about the state of the Canadian food system and her work has moved it decidedly in the right direction. I have seen Ms. Lapalme captivate a room with her enthusiasm and her extensive knowledge and I promise that conference attendees will not be disappointed in her presentation. I would also like to add that for a site so filled with positive energy, I find the negativity in the comment section disappointing. Anyone taking the time and energy to effect change no matter how seemingly small deserves respect. Thanks to all of the inspirational entrees. You have certainly given me a great deal to consider.

16th February, 2012 @ 7:35 PM CEST

Andreja Kodrin (C:F Management)

Andreja Kodrin (C:F Management) | Action team | CF Chapters

Sincere congratulation to the winners from C:F management side!

Regardless that the winners have been selected by the independent judging panel from TEDx community, each with many years of experiences with TEDx events, we fully trust their selection. Both winners really impressed me also personally as topics are essential for our future and are also fully aligned with the mission of CF.

However, as in every competition and as in our daily life, there are many, many other great ideas aside winners and many youth who done amazing achievements. Please continue with your great work, it is just the beginning. We will do our best to offer you as many new opportunities. The planet and our Future need you!

16th February, 2012 @ 9:08 PM CEST

Camila Lopes

Camila Lopes

Congratulations to both winners, your ideas are very inspiring! Hope you'll do a great persentation!

I just have to agree with Wendy Smith when she talks about negative comments. I also think no other competitor should deny the merit from the winners' projects.

Every social idea causing a positive change must be well considered and cheered by other activists around the world. If we want to debate about the projects' methods or results, we should do that in a very respectful way.

We are all together, people! Each one aiming to better our little piece of the world.

16th February, 2012 @ 9:26 PM CEST

daksha kanyakajri

daksha kanyakajri

@Wendy Smith
it's interesting she made her ACCOUNT on 16 February ?! maybe just to defend her friend who was complying that :

"people are criticizing me and telling ugly truth about me :(( bu-hu.... "

16th February, 2012 @ 9:33 PM CEST

Akin Adeseye

Akin Adeseye

This is just a joke, init?

When in a simple so called contest to "change" our world - rules would be bent and discarded to please some. Then one must wonder what are we really changing in the world and what message are these judges and organisers sending out!

@ Andreja....

1. My simple question is: How did a video that was posted on the 7th February and 3:02 minutes long make it into the selection list? Wasn't the 6th of Feb the deadline? And wasn't 3 minutes the maximum video length, as stipulated by your rules?

2. The topics are essential for our future? OUR future? How does the state of the Canadian food health system affect people in Asia, Africa, Latin America, even in Europe?
How is that essential to OUR world?

3. Shouldn't the essential thing for OUR world be to end the social vice of kids being on the streets? Rather than creating a project around the encouragement of such.

I've seen street kids in my nation and I tell you the last they need is a workout special - as they do that already daily - running after cars while selling goods, walking long hours, even working out to build a body mass that goes with living on the streets. - Those are the realities in Lagos, Nigeria.

4. And even from the video and project which the pioneer called successful - it was mainly a male directed project, what about the female street children?
And going into schools to make them work out, don;t schools already have a sports/Physical education program?

5. These are just some of my concerns on here and it baffles me how these have been selected. Maybe the entire theme of the contest was discarded as well as the rules were, who knows. But this is just mind-boggling.



16th February, 2012 @ 10:00 PM CEST

Akin Adeseye

Akin Adeseye

1. Negativity?
When people express their views and question things - It becomes negativity as long as it goes against you and your folks, but isn't it ironic that these are the same people that champion the so called democracy all around our world - The so called care-takers of the free world and when we express ourselves under the same umbrella, we are called being negative.

Was I surprised? NO!

Hilarious to say the least!

16th February, 2012 @ 10:03 PM CEST

daksha kanyakajri

daksha kanyakajri

I didn't see it in this light but you are wright. I am now more angry about the result than i was earlyer. Please read my earlier post (much earlier)
@ Akin Adeseye

16th February, 2012 @ 10:14 PM CEST

Dan Croitoru

Dan Croitoru

@Akin: Happy to see different points of view. Helps us improve. Regarding your questions, please see my initial comment above. Regarding criteria, please see Judging and Evaluation Criteria on challenge page. For more information, please see: http://challengefuture.org/qui ck/game_rules For any other questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

17th February, 2012 @ 12:53 AM CEST

chirag045_juneja tuneja

chirag045_juneja tuneja

I totally agree with Akin adeseye and Daksha kanyakajri.... well said guys and u r very right i also have the same perception because it was not expected from c.f team. now i request them to select the last one on people's demand and likeness according to their comments or votes etc.

17th February, 2012 @ 1:09 AM CEST

madhur bansal

madhur bansal

Congratz winners. If u ask me to select the third winner as a speaker then i must tell u that i have seen aal the ideas and videos and i liked many of them but the best among them is Yasir ali sohu 'empowerment through education' he really deserve the platform like TedxBled.

17th February, 2012 @ 1:16 AM CEST

jaiprakashbansa bansal

jaiprakashbansa bansal

congratulations the winners and c.f team.
after seeing the videos now i have realised that why everyone is saying Yasir ali sohu as the third speaker because he really is a superb speaker. i want to see him at the stage of tedxbled. so c.f team kindly select him

17th February, 2012 @ 1:21 AM CEST

anshika0812 bast

anshika0812 bast

Congrats winners, c.f team when r u going to announce abt the third speaker? every1 has done nice job and i know its difficult to select that third speaker but i think it should be selected according to the people's wish and wishes can clearly be judged frm their comments and votes and that Yasir Ali Sohu frm Pakistan deserves it!! i also thnk he is the skillful and talented guy he must be selected as the third speaker!

17th February, 2012 @ 1:53 AM CEST

Andreja Kodrin (C:F Management)

Andreja Kodrin (C:F Management) | Action team | CF Chapters

@Akin - regarding upload time - please find the explanation within previous answers from Dan, who is also the TEDxBled official curator and member of TEDx team.

regarding the topic - yes, they are of great importance for our future. The world today is facing some big global problems but also very diverse local/regional challenges. You can see that very well through this competition with many great ideas and activists worldwide. It is reflected in the fact that at this very moment we have a huge problem with obesity in developed world and famine in other, we have population explosion on one side and population ageing on the other side. The existence of such very opposite problems itself is presenting the essence of all today's problems. However, the people suffer on the both sides and we will need to solve them all.

Last but not least, I would like to emphasis that this competition was run for independent TEDx event with independent and experienced TEDx judging panel looking for so called "TEDx material" that fits to planned event and TEDx standards. It is not the same type of competition as we have within C:F Youth 4 youth competition for tangible impact and where we support further development. It was the competition for TEDx speech for TEDx event and therefore we need to trust to the TEDx judges.

all the best to all amazing competitors and your projects!

17th February, 2012 @ 9:04 AM CEST

daksha kanyakajri

daksha kanyakajri

She didn't say ANYTHING about obesity...Now this is really curios that your fighting sow hard to defend her to the point of:
ADDING INFORMATION from your ideas.

If the TEDx guys don't have anything to do with C:F, are not on our staff, then just say nothing because it's they're fault. Don't get me wrong the guy is great but she is a innocent girl...

17th February, 2012 @ 12:22 PM CEST

Mateeka Innocent

Mateeka Innocent

nice stuff really, u guyz hav gutts

17th February, 2012 @ 2:28 PM CEST

Franzi Gehhard

Franzi Gehhard

Lapalme has no place with the other winner.
And the guys who chose the winners are puppets! for bigger interests or just amateurs.
Either way, I will tell all my friends to never use this site again.
You changed the end date to 7th, then back to 6th.

Oliver Rieche should win !!!

17th February, 2012 @ 2:39 PM CEST

Oluwaseyi Sodola

Oluwaseyi Sodola

nice one...

17th February, 2012 @ 4:19 PM CEST

Yasir Ali Sohu

Yasir Ali Sohu

I once again would like to congratulate the winners and whole C.F and Tedx team!!
I'm also very thankful of those who are supporting me to be the third speaker which is still to be announced!! I'm very happy that people like me a lot that they made me highest vote taker and once again supporting me here to be the third speaker and to be there at Tedx platform!! I'm very thankful of u guys! I hope I'll be selected.......

17th February, 2012 @ 7:19 PM CEST

Yasir Ali Sohu

Yasir Ali Sohu

@ C.f team!
Can you please tell me that when r u going to announce about the third speaker? I'm anxiously waiting for that!!

17th February, 2012 @ 7:24 PM CEST

Chike Ukaegbu

Chike Ukaegbu

Congrats to the winners.

17th February, 2012 @ 7:40 PM CEST

Elischia Fludd

Elischia Fludd

Brava! Congratulations and hats off to all the submissions as well as the judges!

17th February, 2012 @ 9:41 PM CEST

Akin Adeseye

Akin Adeseye

Well, I was already done with what I had to say, but I'll just chip in a few other things based on responses I've received.

1. @Dan, Well, what really happened behind the scenes one will never know init? But you must be rest assured that this has gone down as a scandal. For some reason one of the selected speakers just happened to have submitted when the system was down and also youtube also just had something to do with time increase. Coincidence? Now that would be hilarious.

2. On the judging - well, I'll say it's your competition, your crowd, your platform, your judges, your speakers. What can we do?

17th February, 2012 @ 10:18 PM CEST

Akin Adeseye

Akin Adeseye

@ Andreja..

1. You still maintain that they are of great importance but still failed to enlighten us as to how

I asked earlier-
1. How does street workout stop the menace of "street children"

Doesn't that project survive on the availability of children on the streets?
Wouldn't it be a better idea to have a project to take the kids off the streets rather than getting them 6-packs and all?

The media of today already tell us to look good we have to workout, and all.

And as for the $7... project, still fail to understand how that affects any other reality outside Canada.

2. Obesity?

How is obesity and famine ever on the same table?

One is the greed and compulsive eating, while the other is the LACK of food to even eat- Do you think we need a project to tell people to know when to put down the food and drinks? or to eat healthy? If it's heredity - then what can be done?

If you do, well, might also have a project around teaching them when to sit, stand, sleep etc..

3. Population boom/Ageing - Still don't know how these are relevant to the topics chosen and I must say, I expected you to give some points on the 2 ideas chosen, but you have gone off a tangent and not even mentioned anything as regards them but still maintain that they are relevant to OUR world.. Hmm.. i fail to comprehend that!

4. all in all like I said to Dan, your fellow team-mate: I'll say it's your competition, your crowd, your platform, your judges, your speakers. What can we do?

17th February, 2012 @ 10:33 PM CEST

divya taneja

divya taneja

Congrats winners.
I saw all the famous videos according to the votes and yes now I can understand that why most of the guys are in the favor of Yasir Ali from Pakistan, its just because he is the real speaker and the leader like him deserves the 4rd speaker position. I wish he should win, best of luck to him.

When are you going to announce the result of 3rd speaker? its already late C.F team.

22nd February, 2012 @ 3:19 AM CEST

Dalumuzi Mhlanga

Dalumuzi Mhlanga

Hello C:F team. Please let us know if you will still be announcing a third speaker. We need to know so that we can plan accordingly; some of our plans are suspended (for example, I need to decide my dates on when to travel to South Africa) because we don't know of the results. I'm sure those of us who were not selected to be the first two would appreciate communication from you.

Thanks!

22nd February, 2012 @ 9:34 PM CEST

Nonso Orakwe

Nonso Orakwe

congrats to all the winners!

5th March, 2012 @ 9:02 AM CEST

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