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Theme: Interdependence

This event occurred on
July 14, 2012
1:00pm - 7:30pm MYT
(UTC +8hrs)
Kuala Lumpur, 14

Like all great things, it started with an idea. During her talk at TEDxWomen last year, filmmaker Tiffany Shlain delved into the issue of connectivity, of how people have the capability to extend and connect to ideas all around the world.

“We are in the beginning of a participatory revolution, where people’s ideas can interact, cross-pollinate and reproduce on a global scale,” she commented. “Innovation happens when people from different perspectives come together around problems. And now we have this global framework for them to come around the biggest problems of our day.”

It is precisely this idea that forms the basis for TEDxKL 2012’s theme “Interdependence”, where we seek to explore how every single entity, no matter how distinct or conflicted they may be, plays a role in each other’s survival, development, progress or change.

This year we will be featuring a cast of 12 presenters from all around the world including two presenters who have spoke at TED.

Temple of Fine Arts
116 Jalan Berhala
Kuala Lumpur, 14, 47500
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Derek Sivers

Derek founded CD Baby in 1998, which went on to become the largest seller of independent music online, generating $100mill in sales for 150,000 musicians. In 2008, Derek sold the company for $22mill, giving the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education. He is a frequent speaker at TED Conferences, with his videos attracting more than 5 million views.

Myshkin Ingawale

Co-Founder of Biosense Technologies and TED Fellow: A TED 2012 Fellow, Myshkin is co-founder of Biosense Technologies, a medical device venture focusing on point-of-care non-invasive diagnostics. In the past, he has worked at McKinsey & Company as a business consultant and a researcher affiliated to MIT’s Senseable City Lab.

Ille Gebeshuber

A Professor of Physics from Austria, she is an expert in Nanotechnology, Biomimetics and Tribology. Unlike most of her peers, her approach to science is wide and holistic, bridging over to biology, the arts and the social sciences. She is currently seconded from her permanent post at the Vienna University of Technology to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), and serves on various international strategy boards, expert panels, editorial boards, scientific advisory boards. She published two monographs on biomimetics and nanotechnology.

Jo Kukathas

Artistic Director, Instant Café Theatre and CHAI: Jo is one of the grand dames of the local performing arts scene. She has played the roles of writer, actor and director, sometimes all at the same time, in countless award-winning theatre productions. She is currently the Artistic Director at the Instant Café Theatre and CHAI.

Zann Huang

Photographer, TIME Magazine & Asian Geographic: A largely self-taught photographer, Zann began her first serious foray into photojournalism after the tsunami in January 2005. She has since covered humanitarian and socio-political issues in restricted areas. Her works have been published in various publications, honoured with prestigious awards and exhibited at exhibitions worldwide.

Zurairi AR

Founder of Unscientific Malaysia: Zurairi is the founder of Unscientific Malaysia, a Malaysian community that aims to gather as many rationalists, humanists, freethinkers and secularists to advocate science, scepticism and free thought. Zurairi is also a news researcher at The Malaysian Insider.

Siew Te Wong

Known as the Sun Bear Man in some circles, Siew Te is in the midst of setting up the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) in Sabah. The project aims to save the oft-overlooked animals through research, education, rehabilitation and habitat conservation. His efforts are backed by the Wildlife Conservation Network, an innovative group that uses a venture capital model to protect some of the world’s most endangered species.

Kevin Mark Low

Drawing from ten years of experience at a firm in Kuala Lumpur, Kevin left corporate practice to reclaim old dreams and established smallprojects in 2002. He has since lectured internationally and has conducted critiques and workshops at universities in Asia and Oceania. His work and articles have been published in architectural journals regionally as well as in the United States, Japan and Europe. His recent book, smallprojects, is currently being distributed in specialist bookstores across the world.

Michelle Lee

Michelle Lee, or more popularly known to her fans as Froya, is a singer with a repertoire that one can only describes as eclectic. Covering a range of genres from folk and electronica to pop, this talented lass discovered her calling out of a simple songwriting venture that turned into a career. When she is not busy working on her new EP due for release in mid-2012, she composes jingles in an industry she has been involved in for 5 years.

Kavin J

Starting from his maiden standup comedy performance at The Actor’s Studio in 2006, Kavin has now become a familiar face at various underground comedy shows and open mic sessions. His brand of humour is an eclectic mix of slapstick, edginess and political incorrectness. He recently founded Young Comedians Of Malaysia (YCOM), which aims to promote new names in the industry.

Khairil Yusof

Khairil leads a team of dedicated developers at the non-profit and non-partisan Sinar Project, which uses open source technology and ideas to track and measure corruption. Sinar Project is a collection of related open source projects that comprises open data providers and applications that make information accessible to Malaysian citizens.

Sze Ying Goh

Sze Ying is the custodian of #BetterKL, a campaign that calls upon urbanites to generate, innovate and participate in the social development of this city they call home. The film and animation major believes in combining multiple disciplines in practice, projects and processes, carrying this faith throughout her previous tenures as a visual and UI designer. Sze Ying was also responsible for Box Of Ideas, a crowdsourced creative art initiative in 2009 and 2010.

Organizing team


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Jason Ng
  • Michael Teoh
    Marketing Lead
  • Yin Li Toh
    Logistic Coordinator
  • Terri Chan
    Speaker Management
  • Shobana Nair
    Volunteers Coordinator
  • Wei Jie Lim
    Assistant Logistic Coordinator
  • Regina Goh
    PR Lead
  • Ching Yen Thoo
    Stage Designer
  • Aidan Chew
    Online Email Specialist