TEDxChange 2013 Speakers: Salim Shekh and Sikha Patra, Vaccine Advocates

Salim Shekh, a boy of 15 years, lives in a polluted slum in East Kolkata, India. Sikha Patra, a girl of 15 years, lives in an Indian slum called Neheru Colony. This dynamic duo has been engaged in eradicating polio from their community, developing a map which they plan to share online with the global audience to make their invisible community visible. Sikha and Salim are child advisors to Prayasam, an India-based NGO that has organized thousands of children in the slum areas to become peer leaders/educators, catalyzing lifestyle changes within their communities. Focusing primarily on preventive health, sanitation, and hygiene, these children are changing the physical and social environment within which they live. Currently they are negotiating with the local government to ward off diseases like dengue. Both Sikha and Salim were speakers at the Skoll World Forum held in Oxford in 2012. They spoke about the active role of the youth as the contributors as well as the change-makers of the society.

After showing a trailer from the feature film Revolutionary Optimists, about how children are saving lives in the slums of Calcutta, TEDxChange host Melinda Gates will then invite Salim and Sikha, who both feature prominently in the film, to join her onstage for Q&A.

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TEDxChange 2013 Speaker: Halimatou Hima, Investing in Girls

Halimatou Hima was born in Niger, where she served as the first president of the Youth Parliament at age fifteen. During her tenure, she engaged various stakeholders for national campaigns on girls’ education, especially in rural areas, among other initiatives. She earned a scholarship to the United World College and Wellesley College, where she joined a small group of students to build Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance. Upon her graduation in 2010, Halimatou worked extensively in rural Niger on child marriage, girls’ education, and youth participation with Unicef. She independently spearheaded microenterprise programs with women. Halimatou — selected in 2011 as one of “Africa’s 25 top emerging women leaders under 25 for their commitment to service” — is a candidate for a master’s degree in public policy (MPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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TEDxChange 2013 Speaker and Performer: David Fasanya, Youth Poet

David Fasanya is a Nigerian-born performance artist residing in Brooklyn, New York. As a poet he has been the Art Initiative Slam Champion, second-place winner at the Urban Word NYC Youth poet laureate slam, and member of the 2012 Urban Word NYC slam team that performed at the Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Slam in California. His one-man show, “Wet”, debuted at New York Live Arts in December 2012, incorporating elements of dance and theater. He has also mentored at the Bellevue Hospital Care Center. David advocates transparency through his work, knowing that openness is the first step towards self-improvement.

See his thought-provoking and humorous TEDEducation video below, performed with Gabriel Barralaga at TEDYouth 2012.

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On demand publishing in rural Africa - Arthur Attwell

Arthur Attwell, former Big Publishing employee, left in 2006 to start a socially minded venture called Electric Book Works, a company which applies innovative technology to traditional publishing.

Watch his TED@Johannesburg Talk

A bath without water - Ludwick Marishane

Ludwick Marishane is a 4th-year commerce student from Limpopo province in South Africa. He is currently rated as the best student entrepreneur in the world (Global Champion of the Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards 2011). He is the founder & Chief of Headboy Industries Inc, and is his country’s youngest patentholder after having invented DryBath™. Google has named him as one of the 12 brightest young minds in the world, and he is studying a BBusSc-Finance & Accounting degree at the University of Cape Town.

For his TED@Johannesburg Talk, Ludwick talked about his award-winning invention, the waterless DryBath. The product’s far-reaching potential will be of use to people in many different types of desperate situations.