The third annual TEDx event in Myanmar, TEDxYangon, took place today, 8 October 2018, at The Strand Ballroom from 9am to 6pm. The event brought together more than 800 attendees, over 50 volunteers and 21 sponsors who heard talks shared by 28 speakers. TEDxYangon has been held annually since 2016 and this year’s event theme of “Today’s Future”, focused on action – what people and organisations are doing today to impact the future. TEDxYangon provided a positive platform to the speakers who shared their ideas to benefit the community and society, and to open minds and thinking about the future of Myanmar.
The independently-organized TEDxYangon event is a not-for-profit initiative licensed by TED. This year’s event, which drew 200 more attendees compared to last year, was supported by sponsors which included InHouse Furniture Group, Skynet, MNTV, KBZ Bank, Dulwich College Yangon, The DeBoer Fellowship, Coca-Cola, Media Spike, among others.
TEDx events are held in communities all over the world to bring people together to share ideas. Videos of the talks from TEDxYangon 2018 will be available for viewing on YouTube in three weeks. Members of the public are encouraged to follow updates about the event at www.facebook.com/TEDxYGN.
What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized event bringing people together to share a TED-like experience. The Myanmar event is called TEDxYangon where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxYangon, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark conversation, connection and community. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including TEDxYangon, are self-organized.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Connect with TEDxYangon at www.tedxyangon.org or www.facebook.com/TEDxYGN.