TEDx Kathmandu had a legacy to live up to, being associated with TED Talks – the global platform known for the phenomenal speeches that its speakers deliver. The first ever TEDx Kathmandu took place at Indreni Complex on 30 July with a line up of speakers such as Ani Choying Drolma, Anil Chitrakar, Haushala Thapa, Kedar Sharma, Mark Zimmerman, Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati, Prabhas Pokhrel, Salil Subedi and Suni Babu Pant. The theme was “Innovation, Change and Sustainability”, and the speakers spoke on personal experiences and perspectives revolving around this theme.

Ani Choying Drolma was the first speaker for the day. She started her speech with a song about the importance of kindness and shared the story about how spirituality transformed her. Media person Kedar Sharma shared interesting statistics about consuming patterns of Nepal such as the money spent on chewing gums, alcohol and other indulgences. Dr. Mark Zimmerman talked about the need importance of rural health and shed light on the dire health conditions of people living outside Kathmandu. Founder of Blue Diamond Society and CA member Sunil Babu Pant talked about the innovation and change in the context of the LGBT community. Co-founder of Children and Youth First, Haushala Thapa emphasized on the importance of recreational learning, especially for underprivileged children, and the change it can bring about. While Prabhas Pokhrel’s speech was based on the importance of being ‘half inside and half outside’ to innovate, Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati shared a project about digging up the past through old photographs. Social entrepreneur Anil Chitrakar talked about the need for Nepal to unite and Salil Subedi closed TEDx Kathmandu with his speech on his personal journey with the Didgeridoo and how he is getting social messages across to the public through it.

This first episode of TEDx Kathmandu took place more or less successfully; however, technical glitches prevented the program from being as smooth as it could have been. Organized by a young team led by Shirish Pokhrel and Nimesh Ghimire and supported by VOW magazine, TEDx Kathmandu will be back in 2012 to make a larger impact.