We had a small salon last night in the beautiful city of Zhuhai. Initially, we had plans for translate@thon in mind. But the majority of the audience – all of them students – didn’t bring in their laptops, or to be more exact, they do not own a laptop. Thus the translate@thon event could not get started.
But things were far better than we thought.
There were roughly twenty students coming to this event. Most of them English majors in the university. They were mostly intrigued and inspired by the TED idea and would like to get to know more.
Thus we talked in an informal fashion on the topic of TED for quite a while and then dived into a live screening of TEDTalk by Nicholas Negroponte on the idea of One Laptop per Child and the progress they’ve made so far. Watching such an inspirational talk by a visionary like Nicholas was a truly first-time ever experience for most of the students. They were anxious to know more, and I tried my best to give a detailed background introduction to the whole project.
Though we didn’t embark upon any serious translation projects in our first-ever meetup, we did make a commitment to give the translate@thon idea a try in the following weekend. Date for the first REAL translate@thon is May 24 in the Zhuhai campus of Sun Yat-sen University, starting from 10 in the morning and will last until 5 in the afternoon. Feel free to join us and let’s get the ball rolling!