‘Ni Hao Ma’ , ‘你好吗’，is a very common Chinese greeting phrase carrying simple but deep meaning.
When one asks oneself ‘ni hao ma’，one starts to realize that there’s endless excitement in exploring the unknown; that one can look forward to personal serenity and happiness.
By walking out of our self, one can also greet others softly with “ni hao ma” which expresses concerns that potentially cross distances between human hearts.
Further, going beyond the individual, the concern for others can even extend to all things in the universe. For instance, with the advent of technology, people will inevitably pose the question ‘ni hao ma’ to new technologies.
We choose this intimate greeting as our theme which is ordinary but may lead us to explore, question and embrace affairs and things ranging from individuals to the great universe.
Corresponding to the lovely theme, we tried to hunt for speakers from various realms. Finally, we got seven guests who had their eyes on different fields for a long time and possessed some worthy ideas to share. We managed to have speakers expert at diverse fields and made sure that the conference was interdisciplinary and multicultural rather than only focusing on certain subject. Also, this TEDx university event wonderfully demonstrated local youth’s power and amazement. For example, we invited Changran Hu, a bachelor student from Tsinghua University who created a stunning AI model to make music, to share his insights into AI music and his inspiring story of conquering the problem with the audience.
During the process of training guests, not only did we successfully work with all the guests to help them deliver an impressing 18-minute talk, but also we managed to make them understand and endorse the core value of TEDx, ideas worth spreading. Many of them told us later that thanks to our event, they learnt how to express what they think and impress others better than before. For us curators, instructing speakers to prepare their talk also brought us lots of valuable experience and made us become more professional TEDx curators.
After submitting our request to our school committee and landing the venue, we started promoting out event by posting advertisement on we-chat platform and posters all around campus. Our event got huge popularity and there were more than 200 hundred people applying to attend the event. Since this event is not allowed to have more than 100 attendees, we designed application form so that we were able to select people who were really into TEDx event and passionate about ideas worth spreading.
On June 3rd, 2018, TEDxTHU Spring Conference was successfully held in Mengmingwei Building, Tsinghua University with 7 guests presenting talks to spark deep thoughts and 90 attendees staying together to benefit from these brilliant ideas and spread them later in their lives.
Ni Hao Ma? While this question is simple and ordinary, starting with it, we can surmount distance between people, affairs and things. With an open mindset, we can go on to question our truer selves, experience a vaster world and explore even greater gripping changes.
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