The importance of realizing ideas worth spreading
On 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.

The program:

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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
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Attendees share their thoughts:
The guests, including long-time TEDsters, enjoyed the night:
  • This is one of the most engaging and stimulating events that I've had a chance to attend in Singapore. There was a great cross-section of speakers and attendees, a fertile ground for creative ideas. It was a wonderful opportunity to hear about different fields. 
  • I'm very inspired to initiate the next TEDx [in Singapore].
  • The speakers combined innovation, challenge, and courage which made their talks particularly uplifting. 

What attendees tweeted

Although the organizers did not set up Internet access at the venue this time round, some attendees still tweeted the event:
  • DanielGoh: Craft brewers love to experiment with beers. There had been requests for mushroom and durian beers!
  • bleongcw: Ascertaining value to things depends on the context, i.e. the situation where one is placed - Tong Yee
  • Mahesh427: Adrian's is a classic TED story : an actual normal person's (but constrained by societal pressure) extraordinary achievements. Fantastic.
More tweets

Selected Facebook status updates
  • Just attended an AMAZING TEDx MIT Club Singapore
  • Inspiring night at TEDxMITClubSingapore.  Exceptional people, thinkers and doers.
TED is an annual event where some of the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. "TED" stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. And in fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it "the ultimate brain spa" and "a four-day journey into the future." The diverse audience — CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists — is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono  http://www.ted.com

About TEDx
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 

About TEDxMITClubSingapore
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.