TED, the often-YouTubed conference with the slogan “Ideas Worth Spreading,” is by now a household name. You’ve probably watched a video or two online, or have been sent a link to one. Well, now you have the opportunity to catch the conference in person. After a year off, TEDxChiangmai returns on January 30, and the discussions should be as thought-provoking as ever.
Following the success of TEDxDoisuthep in 2011 and TEDxThapaegate in 2012, the conference branched out to incorporate all of Chiang Mai. Now, throughout the year, the organizers (who have obtained the necessary free licence from the larger TED body to operate independently) hold smaller events and activities. But the large annual meet-up of creative minds happens only once.
TEDxChiangmai 2016 arrives under the theme “Dare to…”—dare to be yourself, dare to do, dare to dream, and dare to change perspective. Over 20 speakers and artists from communities around the globe will take the stage at Le Méridien Chiang Mai to share ideas, encouraging audience members to develop their own, as well. Between the talks, the conference offers ample opportunities to meet creative and interesting people, perhaps to partner with, while having a genuinely good time.
Past speakers have included the CEO of Microsoft Thailand, Haresh Khoobchandani; Thailand’s first astronaut, Pirada Techavijit; and the famous architect Duangrit Bunnag. Word isn’t yet out on all of this year’s speakers, but Bangkok 101’s very own writing sage Joe Cummings is scheduled to talk.
The talks will be both in Thai and in English. Tickets are available at tedxchiangmai.com. Bring a valid ID or passport to borrow headsets for simultaneous translation. While you’re there, be sure to get involved with some of the activities, and enjoy great food, too, while you build new connections.