This is a recap of the TEDxBeijing year-end event that took place yesterday. It was my first time to attend a TEDx event in China and it was superbly organised. The venue was at Mee Park Cafe inside Universal Creative Park, Beijing.
The 300 RMB tickets were almost sold out by the time I purchased my ticket on the evening before the event. Luckly I took the proactive step of contacting the organisers and asking them to reserve a ticket for a fellow TEDx organiser from South Africa.
The venue was packed and that is always a good.
TEDx SPEAKERS HIGHLIGHTS:
- Ching Tien: Maybe the best speaker, certainly for emotional impact. She runs a charity: Educating Girls of Rural China. During the Cultural revolution she was sent to Gansu province, in rural Western parts of China. She eventually moved to Canada under great difficulty. It was a little ironic when she quoted Chairman Mao, “Women can hold up half of heaven.”
- Greg Smith: He delivered an interesting plea on the pro’s and con’s of building highways. He is the Asia-Pacific lead for the
- Hu Weiwei (MoBike): A crowd pleaser for sure. This female entrepreneur shared her story passion for encouring more young people to use bicyles in Beijing and other big cities around China. Ironically it reminded me the Katie Melua song, “there are 9 million bicyles in Beijing…”
- Saki Chen: This was supposed to be much more exciting as a TEDx Talk. She showed some video clips of her around-the-world trip as the first female-Chinese solo flight. There’s an expression, dynamite comes in small packages, that best describes this yougn lady.
- Qichao Hu: An applied physicist graduate from Harvard. This was the most interesting topic discussed by all the speakers. This is hardcore geek business i.e. improving battery performance while reducing the size. The application for providing high altitude wireless Internet through drone technology is astounding. What most impressed me was their ability to reduce the batter size while doubling the capacity compared the batteries used in the iPhone 6.
- Hu Yihan: Another impressive topic, using big data for medical problems in China and worldwide. There was no mention of privacy concerns during this talk. However, the benefits of the medical advances made in this field may outweigh everything else in the short term.
- Yuan Chen: This lady spoke with a lot of confidence about her work. I did not access the interpretation provided, so I did not get the gyst of the topic, except that she has an impressive track record with a Ph.D. and experience in Nigeria and India.
- Mario Zaccagnini: What a delightful treat. This food entrepreneur delivered a presentation I’m sure Ellen DeGeneres or Oprah would have enjoyed. Since moving to Beijning he started several successful restaurant ventues: Eatalia Group (La Dolce Vita, Carpe Diem, Unique), Galleria and Feel Bar
- Chen Xu: the Director of Greater China Observatory Group and is responsible for the business development and public relations in the Greater China Region.
- Hao Zhou: is the founder and CEO of QuantGroup, a web-based credit scoring and data mining system that assesses risk for large institutions, including the Federal Reserve, totaling hundreds of billions of dollars.