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Social networking about #TEDxSoweto 2012 Leapfrog event

eNitiates were TEDxSoweto 2012 social media partner for the 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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The Leapfrog event was held at the picturesque Soweto Theatre. This recently refurbished venue added a spark to the ambience.

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Highlights of the event:

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

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

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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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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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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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When their turn came, they did not disappoint.

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

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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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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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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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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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