The first TEDx STIUHuaHin was a virtual event on 22nd January 2021. Initially intended to be held before an invited audience, COVID-19 restrictions necessitated the event to be held virtually.
The second TEDx event was presented to an invited audience with six student speakers plus a mature-aged ‘student of life’, Surf 102.5 FM’s Richard Buckle.
In preparation for the event, over 500 students from all over Thailand created an audition video with 25 students the invited to a 4-week workshop on public speaking skills before the event speakers were chosen.
Presented by Stamford Executive Director Ajarn Cell Dillon, the speakers were preceded by a performance of the Stamford Dance Club before being recorded for worldwide distribution on the TED YouTube channel. Speakers spoke of their experiences and insights as young ‘philosophers of life’ as confident and thoughtful commentators.
From Ryzzelle Snow, one of the presenters “You’re too loud; you’re too radical; you’re too opinionated. Whatever you say, you’ll never silence me. I love to talk since I was a kid; the annoying one who would ask questions about something I don’t know or is curious about, the one who always raises her hand in class & would challenge people whenever they are being unfair. Growing up, I never had the chance to be trained or to showcase my public speaking skills so when I started university I challenged myself & grabbed every opportunity. May it be debate, speech contests, hosting events, etc. Was it scary? DEFINITELY. Did I regret it? NEVER”.
TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. It really is a worldwide phenomenon with an audience of millions.
TEDx is a grassroots initiative (x=independently organised), created in the spirit of TED’s overall mission to research and discover “ideas worth spreading.” TEDx brings the spirit of TED to local communities around the globe through TEDx events. These events are organised by passionate individuals who seek to uncover new ideas and to share the latest research in their local areas that spark conversations in their communities.
TEDx events are organised independently under a free license granted by TED. Event organisers agree to abide by an established format, and are offered guidelines to ensure the success of the event. More than 3,000 events are now held annually driven by this goal: ‘How can we best spread great ideas?’