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Theme: Life Hacking

This event occurred on
August 3, 2013
10:30am - 7:20pm MYT
(UTC +8hrs)
Kuala Lumpur, 14

This is the 5th TEDxKL

Midvalley Exhibition Center
Kuala Lumpur, 14, 59200
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Peter Sage

Peter Sage, Principal, is a visionary founder and Chairman of Space Energy. A serial entrepreneur, having launched, operated and brought to success multiple companies, six of which were large enough to qualify for the Entrepreneur Organization membership. Peter Sage brings to Space Energy twenty years of experience in growing fast-paced enterprises; typically by identifying and creating value propositions to leverage relationships and access required resources. As a frequent public speaker on business topics, Peter Sage is well placed to effectively communicate the vision and developments of Space Energy to the rest of the world.

Antony Evans

Antony Evans has an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, an MA in Maths from the University of Cambridge and is a graduate of Singularity University’s GSP program. Antony Evans is both a Louis Frank and Oppidan scholar and worked for six years as a management consultant and project manager at Oliver Wyman and Bain & Company. Prior to this project Antony Evans co-founded the world’s first pure mobile microfinance bank in the Philippines and launched a mobile app in partnership with Harvard Medical School. In what they call the “first step in creating sustainable natural lighting,” a group of innovators coming out of Singularity University have launched a Kickstarter campaign to create glowing plants. Admittedly the idea of replacing street lamps with glowing foliage will seem far-fetched to many. But after just three days the campaign has gone viral, already having surpassed its goal of $65,000.

Hong Yi Red

Hong Yi’s grandparents and father left Shanghai in the ’60s during the start of the Cultural Revolution and moved to Sabah, Malaysia where she was born and raised. Growing up, Hong Yi heard stories about how life was like for them and her relatives in China, but never thought much about it. After graduating with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Melbourne, she took up an offer to work for Australian architecture firm HASSELL in their Shanghai office, and was completely taken with the city, with its special structures and tensions, its unique history and culture. This inspired Hong Yi to start on creating art using local everyday materials she found in China as her medium. It was an outlet for her to express how much she felt for a place her grandparents once fled from. Hong Yi documents these projects and shares it on her social media platforms. Known as the artist who ‘loves to paint, but not with a paintbrush’, her works have been featured by media around the world including Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, ABC, CNN, NBC and the Daily Mail. She has worked with clients such as Hewlett Packard, Unilever, Nespresso, Esquire and Astro, was invited as a presenter at the 6th and 7th EG Conference in Monterey, California, and lectured in design universities Domus Academy and NABA in Milan, and traveled to USA, Italy, Germany, China, Malaysia, Australia and Hong Kong to present her work. Hong Yi was named Esquire magazine’s 12 Brilliant Malaysians and given Perspective Global’s 40 Under 40 Designers award. She currently lives and works between Shanghai and Malaysia.

Soon Wei Ee

A grandson of Ee Lay Swee, the family patriarch of the Royal Press, a printing company founded in 1938, Soon Wei is on a mission to revive and enliven this beautiful dusty printing haven. He wants to pass on the traditions of this amazing method, as well as preserve an extremely special family history. Soon Wei is working on creating new letterpress products and organizing guided tours by collaborating with local and international designers, artists, writers and community organizers whilst preparing a Revival Plan to restore the press to a living museum, one in which artists can work and live in residency for a couple years at a time, where tourists to the beautiful and artistic UNESCO city of Malacca can visit the space and learn about this ancient printmaking method, and where the heritage and story of the space is celebrated. The Discovery Channel even filmed a documentary of the Royal Press. Soon Wei also ventured to Taiwan to view the world’s only complete set of traditional Chinese character molds made out of lead. The travels and ongoing conversations with members of the Ee family sparked off something within Soon Wei’s heart. He was deeply moved by his unlettered grandmother’s entrepreneurial spirit. Soon Wei hopes that their collaborative efforts will one day transform the Royal Press into a must-visit place in Malacca and an educational hub for rejuvenating the craft of letterpress.

Jonathan Buford

Being the driver behind the business, handling strategy and core development management, in 2011, Jonathan Buford along with Felix Lam founded Makible which enables digital manufacturing by developing 3D printing and related technology for people to create, design and build products. Based in Hong Kong with a dedicated 3000 square foot facility for both development and production, Makible is able to deliver digital manufacturing machines and supplies with a streamlined process. They foresee providing print on demand and digital content in the future as well as applications for creating relevant content.

Organizing team


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Jason Ng
  • Michael Teoh
    Community Manager
  • Yin Li Toh
    Logistic Head
  • Chloe Yap
    Co-logistic Head
  • Chon Giap Teoh
    Marketing Lead
  • Maddie Teh
    Design Co-lead
  • Chi Chen Yap
    Design co-lead
  • Aaron Hee
    Sponsors management
  • Regina Goh
    Public Relations
  • Seema Nair
    Public Relationship
  • Shobana Nair
    Volunteer Lead
  • John Ng
    Volunteers management
  • Simon Lim
    Digital Marketing Lead