TEDxCairoUniversity has unleashed its events on April 28 as part of its fourth event titled ‘Metanoia’ hosting multiples speakers to talk about a variety of topics such as science, art and technology among many others.
Public Relations Executive at TEDxCairoUniversity Mirna el-Saied said that the team chose the name ‘Metanoia’ which means a change of heart and a change of mind. She added that the name fits the vision and mission of TEDxCairoUniversity that inspires changes through the exchange of experiences.
“At first, the topics were limited to technology, design and entertainment, but now we aim for diversity in highlighting all fields of interests to the audience,” said el-Saied.
The event presented nine speakers and three performers. Among the speakers was Engineer Muhammed el-Bittar spoke about ‘Laws of Robotics’ shedding lights on the potential and risks it carries on the human life. Explaining the difference between human evolution and robot evolution, el-Bittar introduced the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the fact that it lacks consciousness, which is the significance of the human species.
Also, Founder of Entreprenelle Rania Ayman shared her story establishing Entreprenelle, a mission-driven enterprise to minimize the wage gap between both genders and linking women to possible resources to start their own businesses. In partnership with Greenish, founded by Medhat Benzoher, Ayman spoke of the importance of change through passion that carries greater impact to the society.
Entreprenelle organized ‘She Can 2018’ event on 2 March and 3 March that took place in Cairo’s neighbourhood in downtown in Greek Campus aiming at exposing girls and women to success stories of women in the Egyptian society.
Airspace Engineer Samar Abd el-Fattah spoke about career consciousness; speaking about satisfaction and efficiency Abd el-Fattah listed three main challenges facing most youth starting with capitalism, social construction leading to an identity crisis. Simplifying these big words, Abd el-Fattah stressed the importance of defining our identity as individuals, which is the building block that guides us through life choices and big decisions.
Associate Professor of Mass Communication Mona Magdy spoke of the addiction to the internet presenting her skepticism towards the nature of the virtual reality in relation to our social lives. Stressing the importance of ‘offline time’, Magdy explained the difference between the world virtual reality and our reality adding the importance of merging them together.
Among the speakers were Assem Abdel Wahab time management and Amina Diab, a mom to two children, psychologist, parent educator and a coach spoke about the importance of building a strong child-parent relationship that helps define the child’s personality.
Between the talks, the event hosted a variety of talents such as a stand-up Comedy show by Comedian Mahmoud Konafa and a mime show titled Al Leila Al Sameta – or the Silent Night – by performers Abd Allah Waleed and Abd Allah al-Ady and a show by Muhammed Essam, an engineering graduate who turned his passion for physics into art by making physics experiments.
To watch videos of the talks, visit #TEDxCairoUniversity Facebook page.