TED began in California, US in1984 as a conference for innovators and leaders in the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design. Almost 30 years later, TED has become a nexus for a global community of individuals who believe in the power of Ideas Worth Spreading.
TED.com currently showcases a library of over 1400 talks by preeminent thought leaders & social influencers who are shaping global discourse on a wide range of topics. TED and a TEDx presentation is a talk of 18 minutes or less that conveys some of the most innovative ideas on the planet with a passion. Speakers tackle humanity's toughest questions, attempting to answer them with innovation, enterprise and enduring optimism.
The site has become the platinum standard for innovation in digital storytelling. As of November 2012, TED Talks have been viewed more than one billion times with renowned speakers ranging from business & global leaders such as Bill Gates & Bono to educators, Nobel laureates & visionaries such as Ken Robinson, Jody Williams, and Al Gore.
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 called TEDxWanChai, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDx 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.
In an ever increasingly complex world, the challenges facing civil society, the private sector and government have become ever more interconnected and necessitate the integrated efforts and engagement across all sectors in order to build viable solutions for the future. Now in its 3rd year, TEDxWanChai is an independent & locally organized event that inspires people to change their lives, their futures and ultimately their world. The event will feature an exceptional line-up of speakers who are focused on ambitious initiatives to engage a wide range of stakeholders around a critical agenda for change. This year’s event links these stories together around the theme of “Ideas Empowered”