TEDXZahiraCollege is an initiative taken by the alumni of Zahira College to extend ‘ideas worth spreading’ to Youth in Colombo under the TED format. Our aim is to provide a platform for youth to showcase their talent and share amazing ideas. We believe that youth are the future minds and leaders of tomorrow that will drive organizations, communities and countries forward.

Organized by Zahira College alumni, TEDxZahiraCollege is a platform for ideas worth spreading designed for young changemakers, thinkers, innovators, and dreamers. TEDxZahiraCollege aims to provide exposure by inviting the youth to leverage this platform to inspire, and be inspired in return. By connecting diverse thinkers, we aspire to elevate our participants’ collective thinking by enabling each other to talk, inspire and uplift each other through imagining the infinite possibilities of a brave, bold future.

Like TED, TEDxZahiraCollege covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — but with a youth focus.

The theme
“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects”
Dalai Lama

Imagine a quiet and calm pool of water – it normally would never be associated with power. And yet, something powerful is about to happen; a movement. But it starts quite small—with just one drop. A drop can create a ripple. And we believe that just a single drop, a single man or woman, a single leader, can cause a ripple so great and powerful, that the whole world can be altered for good. Like a ripple itself, the influence a single person can have creates hope and change across the entire globe, revolutionizing it in the process.

All this –change, influence, revolution– happens because of one single ripple.

The theme of TEDXZahiraCollege wishes to spark an actionable understanding on how small acts can create a big impact. The theme touches on how understanding can lift your spirits and break down your thought barriers. These talks will raise the bar and force you to let go of judgement. With this year’s theme ‘The ripple effect of revolution’ we want to inspire, to trigger a calling, step by step, action by action, what once seemed a far-off dream is now a real possibility. Together, Sri Lanka will rise to meet the most progressive thought-leaders, while slowing down our pace to share in the present moment.

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. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at 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.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project that takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

Platinum partner


Diamond partner

TEDx Partner Zahira College

Digital media partner


Fathhi Mohamed

Azeem Saheer

Anas Hussain

Bilal Nazim


Usama Naguib

Sharjoon Ahamed


Rinaz Rafaideen

Naqeeb Jaleel

Nuzri Mansoor

Haaziq Jaleel

Ilham Shiraz

Ilham Shiraz