The importance of realizing ideas worth spreadingOn September 12, 2009 TEDxMITClubSingapore gathered four speakers with their inspiring visions for a better future and 50 guests from diverse backgrounds in an intimate venue to discover and bring into actuality ideas worth spreading.
In the spirit of TED that believes all knowledge is connected, the night witnessed a confluence of thought-provoking presenters and open-minded attendees from various backgrounds, including: computer science professor, beer brewer, cable TV channel founder, weekend busker, designer who represented Singapore at the Venice Biennale and parents of a scientific child prodigy.
TEDxMITClubSingapore was a small-scale event designed to spark and a sustain a much bigger movement in Singapore - using powerful ideas to change attitudes and actions. The theme of "The Craftsman" emphasized presenters who are doers in addition to being thinkers. Guests left the event with connections that empowers them to collaborate across disciplines and create far-reaching impact.
Curious about what happened that night?Our presenters were challenged to dream big and deliver the talk of their lives by sharing their deepest emotions and most passionate ideas. The line-up included (links to videos):
You can view photographs of the event (and other TEDx events in Singapore in the future) on Flickr pool. Main photographers are Goh Jia Yuan, Jeremy Tan and Meng.
Videographers are Terence Chia (who also edited) and Josias Teo.
TEDxMITClubSingapore is part of a bigger movement in Singapore. We know of at least three TEDx events happening in Singapore in 2010 and many other groups keen on hosting. From time-to-time, there will be open meetings for people who are interested.
If you have speakers to suggest, can help TEDx organizers in Singapore secure sponsors, venues or simply have great ideas, please get in touch with us and join our mailing list.
Photos of TEDx events in Singapore
Attendees share their thoughts:
The guests, including long-time TEDsters, enjoyed the night:
Although the organizers did not set up Internet access at the venue this time round, some attendees still tweeted the event:
TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share ideas worth spreading. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. http://www.ted.com/tedx
TEDxMITClubSingapore was planned and executed in less than two months by a small group of volunteers. The three lead volunteers are Fabian Lua (MIT alumnus), Gerard Lim (MIT student) and Elias Teo (not affiliated to MIT). The event was made possible by great support and advice from the Singapore Management University Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Kelvin Quee (Interesthink), Meng (TEDxSentosa) and Shaun Martin (Mindwasabi). Publicity was helped by DUAL, TEDxSingapore and Arts Community Singapore.