My first experience with TED

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If there’s one thing I have to pick on this first TED Monga, that would be the poor technical control and management. No, come to think of it, there are really too many flaws to pick on this seminar that costs me 2,990 NT.

Numerous technical problems within this half-day seminar. The sound effect is poor, the volume was either too high or too low or echoed, the slideshow of each presentation wasn’t synchronized with the speakers most of the time. Generally speaking, I don’t find myself as touched by the virtual TED as the real TED here in Taiwan.


I wonder why?

Maybe it was the hardware. Maybe it was the presentations. Maybe it was just too plain.

I can see their hard work but they apparently need to work better to compliment the price of the admission fee.

Nevertheless, I still learnt a lot from TEDx Monga. Let’s start with the presentation skill.

1. Never rely someone else to handle your slide. You are counting on some stranger to know how you pace your presentation. That doesn’t work usually.

2. It’s a seminar to show off your dream, your concept, your idea. Use the language you’re familiar with and good at. Poor language skill can jeopardize your performance and waste valuable time that could be well used. TED offers translating service so why not just use your first language to do the presentation?

3. A little bit of walking helps to relax the audiences and yourself.

And there’s one thing I really can’t agree with is, videos are supposed to be the highlight of a conference. It should be short and to the point and purposeful to screen in such context. If I can watch the same video clip online why would I want to watch it in a conference? The first video is fine but the second one is way toooo longg.

Of all the speakers I admire the photographer Toby Openshaw most. His documentary of Betelnut Babe really says a lot of unsaid. I love his last remark of this shooting project ‘There are too much information these days but too little conversation……I’m suggesting people to consider the gray area….’

Consider the gray area, isn’t that what we need most here in Taiwan?

I found Kate Hsu’s presentation(孩子動手作,世界大不同) was interesting and inspiring. The case of where primary schools kids helped those digital illiterate elders to play video games is really heart-warming. And I can relate to her a lot since she was a senior high school teacher before.

Herbert Ng from H.k. did a really smooth presentation without fancy tricks and illustrations. His stories alone is interesting enough and he was so easy on the stage. Something I need to work on myself.

All in all, it’s a nice experience but I would probably think twice about participating next TED in Taiwan if the price and quality stays the same…



The theme is ‘MAKE IT REAL’ so this 宅男 and his trainer were up on the stage announcing their weight-lose plan and the current status.

The trainer looks a bit like a crook to me…






This speaker was born in France and raised in Belgium. Quite an interesting background and his animation is pretty cool.





KB0926800762_188122550-5_1200_640_480_SD2 This is the organizer Chris. Wonder why those westerners like that kind of Chinese jacket…