The 19th and 20th of March 2021 will go down in IUEA’s history as the days we carved milestones in our growth journey as a University. We brought the world to IUEA. We hosted the world-famous TEDxTalks with speakers sparking deep and passion-filled conversations along with the scopes of science, life experiences, robotics, cryptocurrencies, gorilla conservation, gender and racial stereotypes and careers.

About TEDx

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman. TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the TED Translators Program, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.


Mr Ojok Okello

Mr Ojok Okello

Community Organiser

Idea: Okere’s Quest to become a sustainable Rural City.

“My father died when I was a toddler, I didn’t get to know my father as a child, so I went back to his village to connect with my ancestors. By the time I had gone back home I was equipped with a master’s degree in development management from the prestigious London School of economics. I had also Trained in rural development at Makerere university…. I just wanted to see home. But when I went back home, the home wasn’t a bed of roses.

I then set out to bring my village back from the ashes and turn it into a city”

Miss Racheal Aye

Miss Racheal Aye

Former Engineering student at IUEA

Idea: Studying Engineering as a girl

“At a young age I was like any other normal kid but there was something else about me because I was so curious about every electronic in the house”

Racheal Aye talks about her love and passion for engineering as a young girl and the challenges she faced after becoming a female engineer today.

Mr Solomon Odongo

Mr Solomon Odongo

CEO DiaCente

Idea: African Youth Can Change The World

“I grew up in Eastern Uganda where I didn’t think I’d ever have a future because I was orphaned at a very young age”

Mr Aaron Kim Elton

Mr Aaron Kim Elton

Founder Ventree Plantations

Idea: The Truth About Shade

Creating more shade is a dynamic approach to solving poverty and reducing malnutrition in Uganda

“We need to understand that the solutions are in our relationship with nature and not in a faith-based or emotionally-biased ideologies”

Mr Edmund Walusimbi

Mr Edmund Walusimbi

CEO of The Mentorship Class

Idea: What young Africans need to succeed

What young Africans need is to acknowledge the current reality. It is never a smooth transition from school to work. 
He contrasts the factors that people usually think guarantee success in life to the actual factors that help youth become successful.

Miss Simran Merali

Miss Simran Merali


Idea: Tackling Mixed race stereotypes and identity crisis

“Uganda is a country where everyone is embraced. Uganda is my home and every home has its challenges”

Ms Merali walks us through the challenges of being mixed-race in Uganda and having to answer the recurring question ‘what are you?’

Mr Solomon Opio

Mr Solomon Opio

Technology Community Lead at The Innovation Village

Idea: The role of innovation hubs in empowering young innovators

“Innovation Hubs help us acquire the skills we need that we can not get within the confines of classroom walls.”

Miss Lisa Kanyomozi Rabwoni

Miss Lisa Kanyomozi Rabwoni

Creator, konversations with Kanyomozi

Idea: Understanding your potential

You do not have to be boxed into one field. Being multifaceted is okay. It’s beautiful too. 

Mr Ali Asghar Hazari-Origami Artist and Graphics designer

Mr Ali Asghar Hazari

Origami Artist and Graphics designer

Idea: What does origami teach us about life?

Origami is more than just folding paper. There are lots of lessons we can draw from it. For instance, geometry and life lessons.

Mr Lawrence Zikusoka

Mr Lawrence Zikusoka

Co-founder and Advisor Gorilla Conservation Coffee

Idea: Saving Gorillas one sip at a time

 Gorilla Conservation Coffee as a brand was set up to address 2 problems:

  • Traceable coffee that is of single-origin
  • Reduce the need for community members to go into the park to search for food and fuelwood
Mr Mafabi Pius Kevin

Mr Mafabi Pius Kevin

IUEA Student

Idea: The power of a life

“In 2019, the father of my friend was diagnosed with kidney failure: it was stage 5 kidney failure”

He tells us about how technology can be used to ease organ donation and match it with people in need.