Idea seekers can get their thing on this June at the upcoming TEDxHanoi conference. The event will feature a diverse lineup of inspirational talks and workshops under the theme, Towards a Global Community.
The event will be split into three sessions throughout the day, with breaks in the middle for entertainment and networking. Last year’s TEDxBadinh event featured comedy, music, and even a zumba workshop.
The event’s curators, still wise enough to recognise that all budding intellectuals secretly love zumba, are back this year with even more ideas on how to get you to do exercise while at a conference.
You Talk, I’ll Listen
This year’s event will be held in the 400-person capacity auditorium of the United Nations International School in Ciputra, Hanoi.
“We’ve selected 16 speakers from various fields including business, tech, education, and the arts,” says Thanh Nguyen, one of the organizing committee.
“We have some high-profile speakers that we’re confident will gather a lot of interest,” she says. “TEDx events are all about sharing new ideas, so all the speakers we choose have to be experts in their field, but they also have to be bringing something original to the table.”
Last year’s conference hosted 18 speakers from Vietnam and abroad, including Jordan Vogt-Roberts, director of Kong: Skull Island, alongside entrepreneurs, educators and artists.
“This year we’ve contacted speakers from as far afield as France and the US, as well as many based in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City,” says Thanh. “From that, we’ve taken ideas from each potential speaker, and narrowed the list of talks down to 16.”
“The event will last for a full day, so between speakers we’ve arranged entertainment such as live music and comedy, alongside workshops like yoga,” she says.
“Each attendee will also receive a gift bag full of vouchers and treats,” says Thanh, “Last year we had Marou chocolate in every bag, and vouchers for different things around town.
“We want attendees to have a range of activities to choose from throughout the day, and we also want to foster an environment whereby they feel comfortable networking with each other.”
TEDx events are predominantly about sharing new ideas, but they’re also an unprecedented networking opportunity. “Attendees have the chance to mingle with the speakers, as well as with other attendees,” says Thanh. “The main demographic pattern at these events is young and middle-aged professionals and intellectuals, so opportunities for discussion and networking are abundant.”
Vietnam has hosted several TEDx events in the past, and this latest one demonstrates how the country is becoming open to more than just new ideas, but also to facilitating the kind of dialogue that breeds innovation.
Previous TEDx talks in the capital have addressed everything from preserving traditions, advancing education, protecting the environment, sex, and more.
“Everyone knows the TED name, so it’s not too difficult to get people excited,” says Long Le, another of the event’s curators. “People already know what to expect because they’ve seen TED talks before and been inspired by them, or learned something new, so people definitely like to see what their own community has to teach them.”
TEDxHanoi will be held on Jun. 2 at the United Nations International School, Orange Road, Ciputra, Tay Ho, Hanoi. Tickets are available until May 26 from tedxhanoi.org for VND1,080,000 per person.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY LONG LE