114 TEDx’ers from 65 events, 20 countries and 49 cities share ideas at TEDxWeekendSingapore

TEDx'ers pose for a group photo at TEDxWeekendSingapore

TEDx’ers pose for a group photo at TEDxWeekendSingapore

Just a month after the first TEDxWeekend (held in Vienna, Austria), 114 TEDx’ers gathered in Singapore for the second edition of these worldwide gatherings designed for knowledge sharing, cultural activities and fun. TEDx’ers sampled local cuisine, toured museums, made friends, visited local businesses, started discussions and participated in a day-long workshop covering everything from curation to leading a volunteer team.

TEDxWeekendSingapore took place over the weekend of July 3 to July 5, and was organized by a group of organizers from the area, headed by Dave Lim, senior TEDx ambassador to Asia.

Before the action even started on Friday, a small group of hungry TEDx’ers held an impromptu “Breakfast Worth Eating,” at the famous Maxwell Road Hawker Center in Singapore’s Chinatown, sampling cuisine from the Center’s many food stalls.

TEDx'ers have breakfast from the stalls at Maxwell Road Hawker Center

TEDx’ers have breakfast from the stalls at Maxwell Road Hawker Center

The main program kicked off with a tour of the Singapore City Gallery, where attendees grabbed their registration gear and pursued exhibits detailing decades of Singaporean design.

Registration at  Singapore City Gallery

Preparing for registration at Singapore City Gallery

Registration begins at the Singapore City Gallery

Registration begins at the Singapore City Gallery

After registration, attendees had the choice of four different city tours — the North Track: Sibeh Exciting; the Central Track: Eco Kaki; the West Track: Super Zai; and the East Track: Lobang.

Each track covered a different element of Singaporean culture and enterprise. Sibeh Exciting attendees toured a mangrove forest, an aircraft engine manufacturer and local social good organizations; Eco Kaki toured the Singapore Maritime Gallery, the Botanic Gardens as well as the National Design Centre; Super Zai stopped at the Economic Development Board, a startup accelerator and an organization dedicated to sustainability in the city; and Lobang attendees visited the Economic Development Board, NEWater — a plant dedicated to making reclaimed water drinkable and the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

Eco Kaki tour members pose at the National Design Centre

Eco Kaki tour members pose at the National Design Centre

Sibeh tour members pose at the Rolls Royce aircraft plant

Sibeh tour members pose at the Rolls Royce aircraft plant

Sibeh tour members listen for cicadas at the Sungei Buloh mangrove forest

Sibeh tour members listen for cicadas at the Sungei Buloh mangrove forest

Lobang tour members at Singapore University of Technology and Design

Lobang tour members at Singapore University of Technology and Design

Eco Kaki tour members at the Botanic Gardens

Eco Kaki members at the Botanic Gardens

Super Zai tour members at the Ground Up Initiative

Super Zai tour members at the Ground Up Initiative

The day ended with a group dinner in the Empire Lounge on the 45th floor of the Singapore Land Tower overlooking the city and Singapore River.

Attendees gather at the Empire Lounge for welcome drinks and dinner

Attendees gather at the Empire Lounge for welcome drinks and dinner

Those who weren’t worn out by the long day of excitement, tours and bonding headed over to Lau Pa Sat, a food market and historical building that is iconic in the city. At Lau Pa Sat, gathering organizer Lim and friends ate local food and readied themselves for the day to come.

Saturday consisted of a full day of presentations and workshops — from TEDx’ers and TED staff — held in the city’s ArtsScience Museum. Organizers talked TEDx growth, knowledge sharing, budget planning, events in schools and more. A graphic recorder turned the presentation into drawings and during lunch attendees explored the museum’s exhibitions.

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After the workshop, TEDx’ers walked through Singapore’s giant urban garden complex, Gardens By The Bay, to enjoy an authentic Singapore-style al fresco dinner by the waterfront. After dinner, attendees enjoyed the gardens by night, taking in the complex’s many attractions — flora, water, art installations and more.

The Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay

The Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay

Attendees have a late-night snack on top of a Gardens on the Bay "Supertree"

Attendees have a late-night snack on top of a Gardens on the Bay “Supertree”

On Sunday, attendees and organizers hosted unofficial outings and activities as part of the TEDx UnconFUNrence, including a traditional Singaporean breakfast, a trip to Google and YouTube’s Singapore offices, the Singapore Art Museum, a local design firm and more.

UnconFUNrence activities

UnconFUNrence activities

UnconFUNrence activities

UnconFUNrence activities

UnconFUNrence activities

UnconFUNrence activities

UnconFUNrence activities

UnconFUNrence activities

After the UnconFUNrence, all headed to the East Coast Park and beach for a farewell barbecue, allowing for fun, food and interactions with new friends before heading home.

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3 Comments

  1. phil klein

    thank you Dave!

  2. Great pleasure to attend this. Thanks very much to the TEDxWeekend team (Dave Lim and a cast of many) for hosting us. We felt welcome and well looked after. Extra events and fUNconference activities were amazing. I spoke to a few Singaporeans and they were very impressed with what we had seen in depth and breadth in the short time we were there. The TEDx’ers created many opportunities that would not normally be open to public, for which we are grateful.

    Makes it realise why we do our TEDx work. Paid in love:)

  3. I met Dave Lim at TEDSummit 2016, and he suggested that I include this group in my search for people to host one of our student-built cosmic ray detectors as part of the ERGO Energetic Ray Global Observatory. ERGO is a student-based science project (that got started with Jill Tarter’s TEDPrize talk in ’09) to put cosmic-ray detectors all around the world. We currently have over thirty instruments online. You can see the active ERGO “pixels” at: http://data.ergotelescope.org/map/google_maps

    If you’re interested in astronomy, cosmic rays, or just participating in a fun global science project with a bunch of students, contact me at tom@ergotelescope.org. We have lots of instruments ready to send out, free of charge. All you have to do is plug them in and connect them to the internet. We’re especially interested in getting some placed in Asia, Oceania, and Africa.

    Check out http://www.ergotelescope.org and fb: ERGO Energetic Ray Global Observatory.

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