The initial launch of TEDx SYSU at the Whites Hall on June 14 has witnessed great success. Huge number of people turned up on the auditorium, excited about this special treat of brain spa brought about by a selection of talented speakers.
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!
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Since TEDtoChina was launched six months ago, many friends asked us a question when TED would come to China. We couldn’t give an answer at the time. Now it is finally happening! The news seems to be getting brighter, lighter.
Last week we heard the first Mainland China TEDx event TEDxShanghai would be held in June 15. And TEDxBeijing is also coming.
This post introduced the background of TEDx program. We highlighted innovation of TED brand management with three cases including TED licenses TED talks under Creative Commons, TED Prize, and TED fellows program.
A short introductory video in which TED Curator Chris Anderson explains the TEDx program also is embedded in the post.
Tony Yet organized the first TED fans Guangzhou meetup last Sunday at Sun Yat-sen University (中山大学). The participants watched three TED talks together and had a conversation on how to promote TED through TEDx program.
This is the first offline event TEDtoChina organized. It seems to be a test of TEDx style event.
The third is about meetup-focused TEDx events. We introduced TEDxNewYork, TEDxNWC, and TEDxTC. We recommended this format to our readers because it’s easy to make things happen.
Last is on live speech-focused TEDx events. We introduced TEDxSF, TEDxAmsterdam, TEDxTO, TEDxParis, and TEDxRussian which aims to build local TED community through hosting TEDxMoscow and translation project.
We hope these Chinese introductions could help those who want to apply for a TEDx event in mainland China. If you are hosting a TEDx event whether in or out of China, please contact us at email@example.com and we can report your local TEDx events in Chinese site of TEDtoChina.com.
This time we leave you with TED Curator Chris Anderson’s TEDx program introductory video.
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