Against a backdrop of crime in the slums of Nairobi, Mark Kamau, born in 1980, grew up not only dreaming of a better future but also grabbing every chance that came his way. In 2000 he managed to register himself at web design school NairoBits, founded by the Dutch foundation Butterfly Works. Calling himself the Slumdog Manager, he gave an inspiring talk on his journey out of the slums of Kenya and the future of African aid. He suggested that the way in which he had been helped could serve as an example: Africa needs intelligent engagement over aid, he said. His simple and powerful speech earned a standing ovation. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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