Tech hubs, Tony Leon, Marikana and Broforce: TEDxJohannesburg line-up revealed

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Booked your tickets for TEDxJohannesburg yet? You’ve got just under two months to do it and if the partial speaker list that Thati and Kelo released today is anything to go by, better to get your seats saved fast.

The theme of this year’s event is “We the people”, and it’s billed as a celebration of 20 years of democracy in South Africa with a wide range of speakers from the country’s past and  present.

Perhaps the best known on the list will be former DA leader Tony Leon, but on the other side of the political fence there’s former Robben Island prisoner and ANC stalwart turned documentary film maker Sipho Singiswa.

Representing tech past, present and future is the inimitable Barry Dwolatzky, founder of the Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein (among many other things), as well as 3D printing pioneer Michaela Janse van Vuuren. From comic books and games there’s graphic novel authors Daniel Browde and Joshua Ryba – who created the vampires-in-Joburg tale Rebirth – and Broforce creator Evan Greenwood.


The full list of speakers confirmed so far is below. The full event takes place on 21st August at The Forum in Bryanston, and you can book tickets here. Watch this space for full details of the talks and new speaker announcements.

Adam Oxford

Adam Oxford

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar,, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.