The eagerly anticipated opening session of the first ever TEDx Summit in Doha took place at the Katara amphitheatre on Monday night, when members of the public as well as invited guests from all over the world were treated to a selection of presentations outlining ‘ideas worth spreading.’
The evening featured a wide range of speakers and performers, from local government officials to European experts speaking about subjects including food security, the use of solar technology for a cleaner and more energy efficient future, and the relationship between religion and the number of births per female around the world, among other topics.
HE Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani welcomed the guests to the event as she addressed the sellout crowd at the amphitheatre via video call. She expressed her excitement at hosting the first TEDx summit here in Qatar which she described as a meeting place for people and cultures from all over the world.
And the meeting of cultures was a theme which ran throughout the entire evening, with international experts from all corners of the globe describing their ‘big ideas’ and also outlining the importance of TED and TEDx events.
The evening was curated by European director of TED, Bruno Giussani and was streamed to an online audience of viewers around the world.