Entrepreneur Daniel Lim is living the life he has always dreamed off. He has met American R&B and soul singer-songwriter Macy Gray, actress Jodie Foster and Sun Microsystems founder Bill Joy, who is his “childhood hero”.
Lim is one of the founding curators of TEDxKL, an event that really is a celebration of ideas from relatively unknown presenters from different industries. It is back for the fifth year in Malaysia and this time, it aims to host a total of 3,000 attendees. It will be held on Aug 9 at the Calvary Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
For those still in the dark, TEDx events are not to be mistaken for motivational conferences. The x in TEDx stands for independent events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, TED is devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short and impactful talks under the slogan “Ideas Worth Spreading”.
TED was initially conceived by architect and graphic designer Richard Saul Wurman. Held in 1984, the first conference was where the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, hence the acronym. However, today the conference has widened its scope to cover almost every topic, from science to business to global issues in more than 100 languages.
The number of fans of the conference exploded when videos of the presentations were uploaded onto the Internet. Fans in different parts of the world began organising informal gatherings just to watch the new videos that came out.
That’s when the organiser for TED realised the need to nurture these sub-community events and introduced the TEDx licence. Malaysia was among the first batch to receive this licence, thanks to Lim.
“I have been a big fan of TED ever since I could remember. Six years ago, my friend who used to work for TED asked if I would be interested to apply for a TEDx licence. I jumped at the opportunity. That’s how Malaysia became one of the first of 36 TEDx licence recipients. If I’m not mistaken, we are also the second TEDx licence in Asia and the first in Southeast Asia. Just recently, we celebrated the issuance of our 10,000th TEDx licence around the world,” he says with pride.
Discover more about TEDxKL and its activities on page 30 of Heat+ Issue 35.