TED is here in Kuala Lumpur!!

TED?? Who is TED you might wonder.. Well, TED is not a celebrity, not a politician, not my family members nor my friends! I have just across to TED a few months back, and after knowing “him” for a short while, “he” has manage to inspire me tremendously!! I keep diving into it and eager to know “him” more!

So what is TED exactly?! Haha.. Let me try my best to explain it to you.

It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader to include Education, Videography, Psychology, Humanity and so much more! They bring together many different disciplines of speakers to share cutting edge ideology on the topics mentioned above.

I have started out my journey with TED with the TOP 20 Most Watched TEDtalks!! Check them out here! From the likes of Sir Ken Robinson, Hans Rosling to Stephen Hawking! You will certainly regret if you did not check them out! The doze of inspiration that i got from those talks literally overwhelmed me and it was such an uplifting experience!!

Here are some of the Very Inspiring and Most Popular TED Talks:

1) Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (2006): 8,660,010 views

2) Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense (2009): 6,731,153

3) Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen (2006): 3,954,776

4) Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing your genius (2009): 2,978,288

5) Stephen Hawking asks big questions about the universe (2008): 2,629,230

Want to have a taste of how TED experience looks like?? This video will help to give you a glimpse of it.

Had goosebumps watching the videos?! You have always wanted to experience something similar? Want to be profoundly inspired and expand the horizon of your wisdom??

Then look no further anymore!! As TED will be here in Malaysia! YES! In the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur and it is called TEDxKL! The local version of TED! There is a list of World Class Speakers waiting to meet you there and blow your mind off!

TEDxKL is happening on 14th of July 2012. The theme is inspired by TED Speaker Tiffany Shlain’s talk in last years TED Women. TEDxKL 2012’s theme “Interdependence” seek to explore how every single entity, no matter how distinct or conflicted they may be, plays a role in each other’s survival, development, progress or change.

Let me introduce one of the keynote speaker that you will be meeting in this coming TEDxKLDerek Sivers. Derek founded CD Baby in 1998, which went on to become the largest seller of independent music online, generating $100mill in sales for 150,000 musicians. In 2008, Derek sold the company for $22mill, giving the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education. He is a frequent speaker at TED Conferences, with his videos attracting more than 5 million views.

Here’s another one from our Local Legend – Yasmind Ahmad! This is her speech way back in 2009. I have been a Huge Fan of her works! Her film has always been controversial and provocative as well. Unfortunately, she has now left us and her Legacy behind.

Yasmin Ahmad (July 1, 1958 – July 25, 2009) was a critically-acclaimed multi-award winning film director, writer and scriptwriter from Malaysia and was also the executive creative director at Leo Burnett Kuala Lumpur. Her television commercials and films are well-known in Malaysia for their humour, heart and love that crosses cross-cultural barriers, in particular her ads for Petronas, the national oil and gas company. Her works have won multiple awards both within Malaysia and internationally.

I strongly encourage anyone who has an urge to learn and gain more knowledge to NOT miss this conference! Regardless whether you are a student, educator, CEO, manager, executive, housewife, retiree or just about anybody! This conference is definitely for you!

Below is all the other Awesome Speakers that you will be meeting this 14th July!

Myshkin Ingawale

Co-Founder of Biosense Technologies and TED Fellow: A TED 2012 Fellow, Myshkin is co-founder of Biosense Technologies, a medical device venture focusing on point-of-care non-invasive diagnostics. In the past, he has worked at McKinsey & Company as a business consultant and a researcher affiliated to MIT’s Senseable City Lab.

Professor Dr. Ille Gebeshuber

Professor of Physics and Expert in Nanotechnology, Biomimetics & Tribology: A Professor of Physics from Austria, she is an expert in Nanotechnology, Biomimetics and Tribology. Unlike most of her peers, her approach to science is wide and holistic, bridging over to biology, the arts and the social sciences.

Jo Kukathas

Artistic Director, Instant Café Theatre and CHAI: Jo is one of the grand dames of the local performing arts scene. She has played the roles of writer, actor and director, sometimes all at the same time, in countless award-winning theatre productions.

Zann Huang

Photographer, TIME Magazine & Asian Geographic: A largely self-taught photographer, Zann began her first serious foray into photojournalism after the tsunami in January 2005. She has since covered humanitarian and socio-political issues in restricted areas.

Wong Siew Te

Sun Bear Conservationist: Known as the Sun Bear Man in some circles, Siew Te is in the midst of setting up the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) in Sabah. The project aims to save the oft-overlooked animals through research, education, rehabilitation and habitat conservation.

Zurairi AR

News researcher at The Malaysian Insider. Founder of Unscientific Malaysia: Zurairi is the founder of Unscientific Malaysia, a Malaysian community that aims to gather as many rationalists, humanists, freethinkers and secularists to advocate science, scepticism and free thought.

Kevin Mark Low

Architect, smallprojects: Drawing from ten years of experience at a firm in Kuala Lumpur, Kevin left corporate practice to reclaim old dreams and established smallprojects in 2002. He has since lectured internationally and has conducted critiques and workshops at universities in Asia and Oceania.


Singer, song writer: Michelle Lee, or more popularly known to her fans as Froya, is a singer with a repertoire that one can only describes as eclectic. Covering a range of genres from folk and electronica to pop, this talented lass discovered her calling out of a simple songwriting venture that turned into a career.

Kavin Jayaram

Comedian:  Starting from his maiden standup comedy performance at The Actor’s Studio in 2006, Kavin has now become a familiar face at various underground comedy shows and open mic sessions. His brand of humour is an eclectic mix of slapstick, edginess and political incorrectness. He recently founded Young Comedians Of Malaysia (YCOM).

Khairil Yusof

Co-founder of Sinar Project: Khairil leads a team of dedicated developers at the non-profit and non-partisan Sinar Project, which uses open source technology and ideas to track and measure corruption.


TIME: 14 July 2012 (12:30pm to 7.30pm) 

TICKET: Online Ticket: RM100 | Walk-in Ticket: RM130 (Register HERE!)

*(After event DINNER with the presenters & participants INCLUDED!)

Cilck here to find out more information on the official TEDxKL website! See you guys on 14th July 2012!!

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