Do you know TED? Didn’t know? TED is ..
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.
The slogan/motto for TED is “Ideas Worth Spreading”
And TEDx means it’s an independently organized TED event, and that KL is obviously Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Being the fan of TED, I RSVPed early because the seat was limited to 100 people without knowing who’re going to speak at first. But then there’s some name pops in. Yasmin Ahmad & KidChan among the first to pops in my twitterville but I was wondering is there any Tech talks until the day before, I was looking at their schedule and discover none for techgeeks like me.
Oh well, just give it a shot.
First talk was given by Yasmin Ahmad. Something about charisma but I’m missed out a bit because talking to goldfries navigating him through the event. Look at my about snippets, I proclaimed myself as good Navigator :p. There’s one moment she send utter shock to me ( and to other audience I think ) where she hit the … rostrum? ( correct spelling ) and BANG.. I’m shocked but nonetheless, she’s really good story teller and many people like her talk, as I do.
Next is by KidChan. The slideshow is all fail. I tweeted that if I were him I rather shared my LOLPICS ( LOLPICS – pics that’s so funny meant to be laughed at ) and LOL-ed with my audience. He’s talking mentoring which is, not my type so I let it pass from my right ear to the left ear.
That was a Malay proverb, ‘masuk telinga kanan, keluar telinga kiri’. Simply in English =’meant nothing’
Next is the video of Brian Greene talking about String theory. Lucky.
Then Roshan Thiran from Leaderonomics. He talks fast but it’s just not my thing.
Then it’s Dash promoting his stuff Global Entrepreneurs Week. This is truly a selfpromotion. At this point I was wondering, does the speaker even knows about TED???
Lucky there’s Krishnakant Mane from India save the day by his talk and Idea for 3rd Brain. He’s the best speakers, wins by claps. His most notable quotes are
You don’t need eyes to visualize ideas
He’s a blind person, running Ubuntu and have Orca Screen Reader to assist him. And he deserve that standing applause.
Cut short story, seriously this is the first TEDxKL so there’s some mishaps here but I’m sure they’ll improve. Below are my opinions and just one cents to the TEDxKL future organizers
- Screen the speakers and make sure their slideshow is ready earlier.
- Even you screen the speakers and their content, make sure their content is “IDEAS WORTH SPREADING”
- Oh yes= Technology, Entertainment, Design !!!
- Look at official TED websites, the speakers usually from R&D department/researcher/acedemician/politican/mathmagician something they really expert with.
- My suggestion is to invite one or two speakers from local or neighbourhood universities to present their high-profile research. Since TEDxKL is free (methinks) , they (the researcher) can utilize this platform to present their ideas and papers, for free. Just look at previous Sixth Sense by Pattie Maes or Siftables by David Merill, both are MIT’s. I seriously think we can dig into some papers of universities research and invite the lecturers or students to present, for free. ( Previously there’s a close friend of me, asking where to find money, to present her paper at conference ).
- If they’re going to retain 6 speakers at each TED, then make sure it’s all in different genres.If it clashes, save it for the next TEDxKL coming in.
- In screening and choosing the speakers, make sure the organizers ask the speakers:” What Is TED and name 3 person you can remember from TED, and the content of their talk”. Why go for this fuss? To ensure the speaker got their spirit. Afterall, TEDxKL video still being monitored by TED official since we carry their branding.
- TED was sponsored by BMW. How about we have Proton sponsored TEDxKL ? ( this is obviously a crazy joke and please, Roll On Floor Laughing )
Of course this is their first time. I know Daniel Cerventus and the gang of Malaysia Entrepreneurs will get better time after time. You can’t make the baby walking straight away without crawling and falling at first
Sorry there’s no picture galore as I was busy tweeting updates and make #tedxkl trending in twitter. Most of familiar faces I saw is fellow Barcampers, and I’m sitting around with MuidLatif from Digital Malaya, Juan from Clean Paper Cut, YoonKit from Royal Selangor