TEDxKualaLumpur

I’m now at TEDxKL, and live blogging from now……… finally got my connection. ๐Ÿ˜› I will update with photos a little later.

*ok, the above was what I said when I was at TEDxKL doing Live Blogging. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s morning the day after, and I’ve added photos to the article.

What is TEDxKualaLumpur?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Our event is call TEDxKualaLumpur, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxKualaLumpur event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

For the very first TEDxKualaLumpur, we have invited a list of interesting speakers to share their ideas and experience with the crowd.

TEDxKL Details

The Event

Arrived at The Gardens just before 3pm, thinking finding the venue would be a piece of cake – WRONG!!! By the time I found the place, arrgggh it’s already almost 3:30pm and I missed Yasmin Ahmad’s session!

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Kid Chan shared about “on the ins and outs of mentorship” among many other things, sharing his experience on how he started. Sorry Kid, I didn’t quite pay FULL attention due to the difficulty getting an Internet connection, correct me if the title is wrong. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Then we had a video of Brian Greene, topic about space and spring theory and all……….

Roshan Thiran from Leaderonomics is talking about leadership now. ๐Ÿ™‚ – “Leaderhip in the 21st century”. – Awesomely fast speaker, # of words per minute was amazing and still very informative!

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Dhakshinamoorthy รขโ‚ฌล“Dashรขโ‚ฌย Balakrishnan of Warisan Global – Unreasonable Dreams, Unreasonable Goals, Unreasonable Mission. – Probably the most boring talk so far.

Video presentation, something about “brain” and all, it’s from Jill Taylor – a brain scientist who had a stroke and ‘researched’ her own reaction and recovery. I thought the presentation was very inspiring. ๐Ÿ˜€

Self-Organized Criticality by Dr Bernard Leong who is the founder of SgEntrepreneurs.com.

Krishnakant Mane, and Open-Source advocate all the way from India to present to us a topic on something on the “Using the 3rd Brain”. Basically technology, as our third brain. He’s blind but his presentation was not only funny (as in full of jokes) but informative, and even shown us how a blind person could use Ubuntu and even use office productivity application! Technology is an extension of our body.

Arief Aziz of TEDxJakarta, something about “Stories Work” (thanks Collin) – I think most of us have no idea what it’s exactly about. LOL. oh well…………

Devan, on a the topic “Unreason”. Here’s the link for more details.

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The above was my last sitting spot, it was during Devan’s presentation.

Daniel Cerventus says organizing TEDxKualaLumpur was the scariest experience of his life. ๐Ÿ˜›

By the way, the event has just ended. 6.19pm. All is well, I look forward for to more TEDxKL. ๐Ÿ˜€ Is there going to be a TEDxJB or TEDxPG? I think Daniel will be damn stressed!

While the event is over, come back from time to time or follow me on Twitter as I’ll update it with more info should there be any!

*so sorry for the category screw-up that made the URL wrong! ๐Ÿ™ sometimes this happens with WP, I have no idea why.

My Thoughts

It was the first time TEDx was organized in KL and it was alright actually. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think we need more seats, and perhaps more WiFi spots? Cos I had problem getting my signal, the guys on Macbooks were connecting fine! Damn, was the Eee PC that weak? Nevertheless I got better signal just by walking about 5 meters away from our “notebook kiosk”. ๐Ÿ˜›

And here’s what our NOTEBOOK KIOSK looked like. ๐Ÿ˜€ No seats.

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That’s Alvin (center) and Lim (right).

Other than that – I have a few things to say to the organizers……

1. the ‘T’ in TED refers to TECHNOLOGY, so please – let’s use Google Maps or Wikimapia, and give clear directions on how to get to the venue! Not everyone knows where is “Plug and Play Technology Garden” nor “South Tower” – are ……… fine, my fault for not finding out the venue earlier but the MAP and directions should be clear enough for everyone – that even a last minute browse would suffice.

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Look at the map. See what’s wrong with it? Maroon colored cylinder and maroon colored text ISETAN. It’s as if you’re saying it’s Isetan block of The Gardens when it’s actually not. ๐Ÿ™ I reached at 2:50+ PM and I couldn’t find the place until like almost 30 minutes later, missing Yasmin’s talk. Even that also I had SpicyGuy giving me hint on twitter and Tekong giving me directions – “Go ground floor, around Isetan. You’ll see a pastry place. Walk through Isetan. You’ll see a bunch of bags and all, just go on until you see and entrance / exit, not exit and look to your right and you’ll see that building. It’s there”. Now that wasn’t hard, was it?

Not being a Midvalley regular, I thought South Tower was where Isetan was (yes, the maroon thing) – anyway, pardon my lack of knowledge of the geographical setting around there but I believe that a little effort here would be helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚ We should know straightaway where it is and how to get there, or at least be really close to getting there.

2. Try to prepare some buntings / banners, place it at key locations so we know where’ heading the right direction.

3. If possible, let us know the topics before hand! If not, at least prepare a handout or something AT the venue so we could all know about it when we arrive. Seriously, twitting about it wasn’t easy when you have to go like “x is presenting something about ____” , for example after Arief Aziz ended his presentation, 2 guys near me didn’t even know exactly that the topic was. I think this was a problem for topics without slides, perhaps the organizer could have a laptop that does impromptu TITLE as a 1 page slide.

I think it’s ideal to have the topics and description out much earlier, this will help garner arouse the interest for the better of the event.

4. I think it’s best you have the lights on for those who are presenting without slides. At least we have a good view of our speaker, no?

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Anyway, regardless of what I commented – whether inaccurate or harsh – I applaud the efforts done by Daniel and the crew, BarCamp was great and this one too! And I do look forward to attend more of such events and I would gladly recommend others to attend as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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9 Comments

  1. Thanks for documenting all of this in great detail! I see I got 2 seconds of fame (for the back of my head) while I was on the video camera. Great photos too. Could I kindly use your photos on my blog (since I couldn’t take photos and video at the same time), with full credit to you, of course.

    I think your constructive comments on improving the TEDxKL talks were great, and I hope the organisers will take that into consideration for the next one. I’ve got some comments too, which I’ll blog about later.

    Wish we could have chatted longer over there. Next time, perhaps.

  2. Author

    Nice meeting you Alex!

    Feel free to use those photos. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a good event and worthy to be made known to more people.

    Yes, we’ll chat again next time.

  3. hey dude, i stumble on yer site from lowyat.

    holy tokers, didn’t know TED even held an event for KL.
    it’s a shock! (well at least to me)

    good work & nice site ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Author

    thanks, yeah keep an eye out la on the organizers’ site. Who knows there’s more. ๐Ÿ™‚ They have many things up their sleeves.

  5. Thanks for the feedback man. We do not have any permission to put up banners in MidValley or the Gardens.

    Will work on a more accessible venue next time around.

    Thanks again.


  6. Hi, Congratulations to the site owner for this marvelous work you’ve done. It has lots of useful and interesting data.

  7. I think your constructive comments on improving the TEDxKL talks were great, and I hope the organisers will take that into consideration for the next one. Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขve got some comments too, which Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขll blog about later.

  8. Author

    @daniel – yeah that part i understand, actually if maps and directions are clear then it shouldn’t be a problem. Even a quick photo of the said venue would help a lot. ๐Ÿ˜€

    @the rest – great! thanks!

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