TEDxPetalingStreet hosted its 7th annual event here at the San Choon Hall in Wisma MCA on Octorber 5, 2019.

The event has seen attendance of 1,600 audience turning up to experience the creativity of ideas being shared by presenters from both locally and overseas.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- This year's annual event is themed "Unlearn | Relearn". The organizers hoped that both the speakers and the audience will be able to equip themselves with brand-new knowledge and help them in achieving self-enrichment.

TEDxPetalingStreet 2019 Unlearn|Relearn speakers, performers and committee
TEDxPetalingStreet 2019 Unlearn|Relearn speakers, performers and committee

TEDxPetalingStreet has invited a total of 18 elite speakers from Malaysia, Singapore, and all the way from Taiwan. In hoping that apart from learning what is happening locally, the audiences could also explore ideas that are being disseminated overseas and to gain enlightenment from the speakers. This year's lineup includes: community pharmacist, Sam Wong; music director of U-Theatre, Huang Chih-chun; co-founder & CEO of SmartPeep, Dr Lim Meng Hui; 3-time winner of the Hua Zong literary reportage award, Hoo Joo Chuan; Special Officer (Youth Development) of the Office of Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Zoel Ng; member of the APEC SME Business Presidium Forum, Neil Foo Seck Chyn; leader of Langur Project Penang (LPP), Jo Leen Yap; founder of ProjectEd, Nelson Ng Jia Jun; café curator and cyclist-explorer, Choong Zi En; Shanghai-based fashion stylist, Allien Gan; managing director of Spring Pool Glass and founder of W Glass Project Taiwan, T.A. Wu; Executive Creative Director of Motiofixo Visuals (Digital Mapping), Fariz Hanapiah; dancer and choreographer, Anthony Meh; placemaking partner, Low Tuck Chuan; university professor and architect from Singapore, Dr Lai Chee Kien; indie singer and songwriter, Anna Chong; professional dance group, Dua Space Dance Theatre, and Malaysian Hip-hop group, SRP Project (Silk Road Pirates).

Earlier in June, TEDxPetalingStreet has also organized an "Open Mic" session where youth below 30 years old were given an opportunity to share their thoughts for 6 minutes. Among the contestants, ProjectEd's founder, Nelson Ng Jia Jun and café curator, Choong Zi En's stories caught the judges' attention, thus earning them their spot as two of the speakers for TEDxPetalingStreet 2019.

Unlearn | Relearn's main visual concept is based on the word 'Learn' in the traditional Mandarin character. The design team conceived the word 'Learn' into different dynamic visual configurations to best express the meaning of "Learn". Learning is not the mere absorption of what was seen and heard, but also to contemplate, adjust and respond. Therefore, the traditional Mandarin character of "Learn" becomes the focus and inspired the layout of the overall event. The word "Learn" can be seen on display everywhere in the event hall.

Representatives from TEDxBangsar, TEDxJonkerStreet, TEDxHeriotWattUMalaysia and other curatorial teams were also invited to be part of the audience this year, signalling the growth of more TEDx events in Malaysia.

  • This annual event was sponsored by more than 90 brands, businesses and institutions from all walks of life. Among them are GMBB and Xiao En Group as a major partners for the event.
  • Apart from the main talk in the hall, there were also several booths outside the hall that were selling merchandise from our partners and local producers.

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About TED

TED is: Technology-Entertainment-Design

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at 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.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection.

These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TEDxPetalingStreet

TEDxPetalingStreet is the first Chinese spoken event in Malaysia; it was first established in 2013. This platform was organised by a group of volunteers who have affection towards their homeland - Malaysia. With the core value of creating an inspiring, influencing, creative and idea sharing platform, we gathered innovators, leaders, reformists, and idealists in Malaysia to share their visions to change for a better world. These visions are shared by those who believed that the art of storytelling is further refined if conveyed in native mother tongue. We encourage the speakers to share their ideas and concepts to narrate the positivity, passion and creative ideas that transformed the speaker's life, in order for their story to spread and touch the world. We believe, TEDxPetalingStreet could gather participants from various backgrounds and expertise to encourage and brainstorm together for better ideas and great thoughts for sharing and shaping the world.

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