x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Here’s to the Gamechangers!

This event occurred on
October 7, 2017
Singapore, North West

A great change comes with the price of a greater uprooting of the norms. It took an Uber to change the game for the car-deprived. An AirBnB for the room-deprived, an eBay for the shop-deprived and a Netflix for the Friday night plans-deprived.
It took a disruption for the change-deprived, to change the way we live today.

Can we predict the disruption of technologies, economies, social and status quo, the understanding of universe?
Do we know their potential?
Do we want to know how this will affect us?
Do we have an idea of what comes next?

There have been people working on these questions. People who see the world differently from us - as one in need of radical shifts, not as one that’s just good enough. They are the visionaries, the doers, the go-getters, the implementers, the ones who can change, alter or reform the rules of the game. These disrupters go beyond the mould of the current state that defines the way we live our lives.

Come join us at TEDxNTU 2017, as we look at the world through the eyes of our disrupters, innovators, scientists, philosophers, designers, economists, social workers, and how their disruptive ideas are changing the world we live in.

Nanyang Auditorium
50 Nanyang Avenue
Singapore, North West, 639798
Event type:
University (What is this?)
See more ­T­E­Dx­N­T­U events


Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Anchit Malhotra

Recruitment Consultant
An NTU alumnus (B.A. in Product Design with minors in Entrepreneurship and Business), Anchit has 7 years of expertise in the recruitment consulting space and runs his own business with over half a million dollars in revenue. He is also building a platform for career planning, pet business, and a clothing line. Apart from being a brand consultant, he volunteers to bring people with special needs to the workforce.

Brandon Koh


Elim Chew

Social Entrepreneur
Elim Chew is the Founder of 77th Street, a streetwear retail brand, and FastFast, an instant delivery service app. She sits on more than 20 boards and committees of public service, youth and community organizations. As a mentor and friend to many youths and aspiring entrepreneurs/ social entrepreneurs, Elim hopes to raise a generation of changemakers and be the change they want to see.

Federico Lauro

The Associate Chair of Asian School of Environment at NTU, Dr Lauro is an authority in marine microbiology. A recepient of Lowell Thomas Award, champion sailor and a fellow of Explorer’s club, he cofounded Indigo V Expeditions in 2013. The organisation crowdsourced the largest repository of planktonic genomic information in the world at a fraction of research vessel costs. His research projects include microbially induced corrosion, and physical and biogeochecmical effects of sediment transport on coral reefs.

Irm Haleem

Scholar of Violence Studies
She is an assistant professor and manager of research and publications at ICPVTR-RSIS NTU(Singapore). Her research encompasses a conceptual analysis of violence with a stint on Islamic extremism. Her work on "The Essence of Islamist Extremism" has been critical. Recognising this the USAF, Asian office of Research and Development awarded her a one-year research grant towards the completion of her book "Death as Existence".

Jenny Tay

Funeral Director
Jenny Tay is the managing director of Direct Funeral Services and the co-founder of Direct Life Foundation, a non-profit organization that cares for elderly people living alone. The recipient of the 'Her World Young Woman Achiever of 2016' award, she is currently the Assistant Secretary for the Association of Funeral Directors of Singapore and believes that changing the public notion will help take this industry to better heights.

Mary Gomez Camba

Photographer and Business Coach
“Stories are what inspire humans to move outside their comfort zone and accomplish great things”. Driven by a zeal to merge her passions, visual story-telling and business strategy, Mary founded ‘The Think Visual Project’ to teach founders of small businesses to flame their ideas. While following her dreams, a serendipitous event persuaded her to redirect her efforts. Mary will share her life-changing experience and perhaps inspire us – as she was once inspired.

Wong Choon Yue

Dr Wong Choon Yue is currently a Research Fellow with the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His work deals with interface design and human-robot interaction. His passion lies with the design and implementation of innovative as well as aesthetic robotic systems. Recently, he developed a humanoid called EDGAR which was one of the hosts on the National Day Parade 2017

Organizing team




Singapore, Singapore
  • Amanda Yeo
  • dalm0001@e.ntu.edu.sg Dalmia
  • Ezequiel Santillan
  • Kalpesh Chaudhari
  • Mustafa Khairallah
  • Oindrila Dutta (Jhilik)
  • Pallavi Mohan
  • Rahul Nambiar
  • Ramesh Ramasamy Pandi
  • Shuddhodana Shuddhodana
  • Sivasankara Rao Yemineni
  • Solange E. Astorga
  • Vivek Damodar Ranjan
  • Vivian Lim