AUCians at TEDx

News@AUC spotlights AUCian speakers at TEDx. Photo credit: TEDx OaklandUniversity, TEDx via Flickr
News@AUC spotlights AUCian speakers at TEDx. Photo credit: TEDx OaklandUniversity, TEDx via Flickr

With TEDxAUC held this past weekend under the theme, The Missing Link (finding the missing link in our lives) and with TEDxCairo 2016 on the horizon under the theme, PRISMA, News@AUC is spotlighting distinguished AUC faculty members and alumni who have shared their ideas at TED events. Fostering collaboration and ingenuity, their talks aim to inspire creative thinking in Egypt and around the world.

This App Knows How You Feel - From the Look on Your Face

What if a computer could read your expression? AUC Trustee Rana el Kalioby ’98, ’00 explores the potential impact of emotionally aware technologies from her work as chief strategy and science officer of Affectiva, a spinoff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.


What is the true meaning of volunteerism? Shereef Abdel Azeem, professor of electronics and communications engineering, shares his insights as founder and chair of Resala, a leading community service organization in Egypt (video in Arabic).

The Long Road to Everest and Beyond

Omar Samra ’00 is the first Egyptian to climb Mount Everest and one of only 40 people in history to complete the Explorers Grand Slam by climbing the highest mountain on every continent (Seven Summits Challenge) and skiing full length to the North and South Poles. He describes how he remained persistent in overcoming all challenges to achieve his goal.

Learning for Life

Learning doesn’t stop at graduation. Tarek Shawki, special adviser to the AUC president for education and outreach and former dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering, explains why learning isn’t just for school, but for life (video in Arabic).

A Thousand Times No

Combining her interests in graphic design and the Arabic script, Bahia Shehab (MA '09), associate professor of professional practice in the Department of the Arts, examines the power of the word, “No.”

Let’s Design Social Media that Drives Real Change

Internet activist and computer engineer Wael Ghonim (MBA ‘07) broke into the international scene during the January 25 Revolution and Arab Spring. Now, Ghonim shares his vision on the future of social media, connecting communities and starting conversations.

TED conferences bring together speakers to share “Ideas Worth Spreading” in the areas of Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED). The first TED conference was held in Monterey, California 1984 and has since become a global phenomenon, with independent TEDx events hosted in 130 countries, covering a wide range of topics in 100 languages in the form of “short, powerful” talks.