With the theme of “Knowledge into Action” the next TEDxKhartoum event is going to take place on the 11th of May. The registration for this event is going to be different. You will not be required to pay money to reserve your seat; instead you will have to own your seat by contributing to the process of enhancing the Sudanese content on the internet.
Contributions can be in a form of an Article, video or even images. You don’t need to be a good writer or a professional video producer or neither an experienced photographer in order to make a contribution. As long as you know something and you are willing to take an action by sharing it to the world, you are good to go. Nothing you know is too simple to be considered as a contribution.
I really didn’t want to give examples of contributions, as I might just kill your creativity. But just for the sake of demonstration, I will give you some guidelines. Again, these guidelines were meant to give you a hint and let you start thinking, not to limit your ideas.
“HOW TO” Articles and Videos
I think that a good example of a contribution is the “How to” articles and videos on the internet. An example of a “How to” article can be “How to travel from Khartoum to Port Sudan”. You might find this topic very basic, but defiantly there is someone out there, who doesn't know how to do that. In an article with this title, you can show that there are two ways to travel from Khartoum to Port Sudan. Either by Plane or by Bus. Then you show the steps and procedures required for each transportation method, even the cost. You can also show the locations of the bus station and the airport that the traveler needs to go, and if you want to make their life easier, you write down some phone numbers of taxi companies that can drive them to the airport or the bus station.
You can start to give recommendations based on facts. Recommendations can help the readers to choose between transportation method alternatives, what are the Cons and Pros of going with the bus or the airplane. You can even give recommendations on which bus company that provides the best services and have high skilled drivers.
Another good example of a contribution is to make interviews with people. You can go to a successful business owner for example, and interview him/her, ask if they can give a word of advice for those who just started or starting a new business. Successful business owners are not only those with hundreds of millions in the bank, an owner of a popular restaurant that offers only “Foul and Tamia” is a successful business owner. You can recorded the interview with your mobile video camera, on paper and then post it as an article on the internet or even as an audio.
Interview a professor and let them encourage and inspire the youth, by giving examples of how did he/she overcame all the difficulties until they have reached this degree of education. Let him talk about his researches and share some of his knowledge. Then you choose the best way to document this interview and post it to the internet.
Make an interview with someone who sells vegetables and Fruits, let him explain some aspects of the market. Why tomato prices rise extremely high during some periods of the year, what are the perfect season for each fruit and how to choose a good Watermelon.
Hosting your contribution on the internet
Now that you have done making your contribution and you are wondering where to host it. I really recommend two ways to post your contribution to the internet. Depends on the format or the type of your contribution, for a video contribution you will need to host it on YouTube. If your contribution is in a form of a picture or a text, a blog is going to be your best solution. To create a blog you can use one of these three popular providers, WordPress.com, Blogger.com, tumblr.com.
Enhancing the Sudanese content on the internet is a big and endless project owned by the entire Sudanese and should be supported by as many people as possible. I’m glad to see TEDxKhartoum participating with putting people on the right path, and please don’t take your contribution only as a ticket to attend the upcoming TEDxKhartoum event. Instead consider it as a starting point for your never ending feed of information about your country to your fellow Sudanese and to the world.