THEY say youth is wasted on the young but that adage is not applicable to those who spoke during TEDxYouth@KL.
The eight speakers have enthusiasm, passion and forward thinking well beyond their years.
Eighteen-year-old philanthropist Bosilika An is on a mission to get the youths of today interested in doing charity work, while photographer and film maker Puah Sze Ning says modern folk can still learn much from the Orang Asli.
The others, teacher Liew Suet Li and educationist Yeoh Pei Lou, are going full on to improve education for all in the country, instead of “just complaining about it over mugs of teh tarik.”
Yoga practioner Ninie Ahmad and HackerMonthly founder Lim Cheng Soon are telling everyone that the impossible is just a state of mind, and that anything can be achieved through hard work and determination.
Fitness enthusiast Alex Au-Yong is demonstrating that his talent for running long distances is helping to raise funds for underprivileged children, while sisters Su-Zen and Su-Wen Low are pushing a community learning platform where everyone can share knowledge.
Their presentations enthralled the audience during TEDxYouth@KL at the Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Auditorium in Menara SSM at KL Sentral on Saturday.
A team of 35 youths between the ages of 18 and 24 organised and ran the five-hour event. Daniel Cerventus Lim, TEDxKL curator and mentor of the TEDxYouth team, said he was proud of the efforts by the team.
The theme of the event was “Mountains are doable.”
TEDxYouth talks are a series of TEDx events independently organised and licensed out by TED, a US-based non-profit organisation dedicated to the spreading of ideas. It brings together speakers from the technology, entertainment and design segments to achieve its goal.
TEDxYouth@KL was among the 100 TEDxYouth conferences that were streamed live simultaneously on the Internet in 44 countries on Saturday.
Some of these were in Canada, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Qatar.
The Star is official media for TEDxYouth@KL.
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