TED Talks are a part of culture the way going to a college lecture once was — only these are lectures you want to replay over and over again. That’s why it was big news when TEDx returned to Hanoi with TEDx Ba Dinh for a third time.
Founded by Long Le, who created the first TEDx in Hanoi after quitting his job to produce TEDx conferences, he was invited by the TED organization to attend a conference in the United States after they got news of his successful event.
Building on his experience at the TED conference abroad, Le and co-organizer Brian Nathan, gave the 2017 event the theme IDEA to highlight the “Inspiration, Direction, Execution, and Appreciation” of ideas “bubbling up” in the community. It was the largest TEDx event, to date, in Vietnam.
While last year’s TEDx event included recent U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius, this year’s speaker list brought acclaimed American film and television director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island; The Kings of Summer), as well as others with experience ranging from architecture and entrepreneurship to humanitarianism.
More than just an event
Le and co-organizer Nathan, stress the importance of TEDx Ba Dinh being a living, breathing, entity that lives beyond its online venue after each event. The all-day event created opportunities for networking, as well as a bevy of workshops, yoga and art exhibitions.
To round out the experience, this year’s event also offered a two-hour lunch included in the ticket price, that allowed participants the chance to network with speakers.
What’s up for next year?
Although a date has not been officially set, according to founder Le, a 2018 TEDx is in the works. Until then, people can view previous TEDx events in Hanoi by visiting tedxbadinh.com
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