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Action through inspiration


TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences have been at the forefront of innovation since 1984. TED looks at the ways in which the three fields are converging and evolving, and it presents ideas in the format of 18-minute talks by experts in these fields.


TEDx is its independently organized sibling, not quite on the scale of TED conferences, but with the same idea and a similar format. On Sunday, Apr. 16 Hanoi will host TEDxBadinh with over 350 attendees and up to 20 speakers. The event is themed IDEAS (Inspiration, Direction, Execution, Appreciation) and brings some of the brightest minds in Hanoi together for a full-day conference.


Diverse Interests


Head organizer Long Le has already organized three successful TEDx events in Hanoi over the last three years. Long was inspired by a TED talk into quitting his job in a town 800km out of Hanoi and moving to the city to follow his passions and organize TEDx events. TED in the US took notice of Le after his last successful TEDx event in 2016, and invited him to attend a TED conference and workshop in San Francisco. Long is a TED success story, and his team of volunteer organisers are working hard to make this event grander than its predecessors.


According to Le, TEDxBadinh will be influenced by his experience attending the conference in the US. The event will include speakers who have all done innovative work in their fields ranging from architecture to entrepreneurship and philosophy. According to co-organizer Brian Nathan, the choice of speakers aims to cater to a diverse range of interests.


“There are a lot of people who are doing something interesting but not necessarily unique. We prioritised ideas over interesting speakers,” says Brian.


But TEDxBadinh is not just about speakers. The all-day event will also be a space for networking, workshops, yoga and art exhibitions. Attendees of TEDxBadinh will have the opportunity to network with speakers over a two-hour lunch included in the ticket price. Brian emphasized the importance of the real TEDx experience and how it differs from watching the talks online.


“I think being there in person and watching it online gives you a different feeling. You’re able to not only connect with the speaker more but you connect with the room,” he says. “You can share your thoughts with other people around you and actually have a discussion.”


Brian adds that attending TEDx events allows for the execution and growth of ideas through collaboration with like-minded people.


Tickets cost VND1.2 million but Brian and Long believe that the conference will be well worth it. “We’ve learnt from experience that to have a good event you have to have a good venue and good equipment. It isn’t a lot of money to spend if you’re passionate about one of the topics,” says Brian. There will also be an online competition for people to submit videos telling the organisers why they want to attend, with the best submission receiving a free ticket.


“It’s going to be big, it’s going to be unique and it’s more than just a conference. It’s more of a day of community interaction, growth and inspiration,” says Brian.


Vietnam is on a path of growth and innovation, and TEDxBadinh will ride that wave as the largest TEDx event the country has seen to date.


Get your tickets at and prepare for an inspiring Sunday of IDEAS

Last modified on Monday, 10 July 2017 14:26
Alex Maggs

Alex is a South African writer and designer with a degree in journalism. She is currently teaching English in Hanoi and her hobbies include sketching, embroidery, staying in the house, and posting bad Instagram photos of cats. She doesn't know what she is doing or where she is going, but she likes writing about what's happening on the way. 

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