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September 19, 2010
8:00am - 8:00am CST
(UTC +8hrs)

On Sunday, September 19, 2010, Ideas • Impact • China, the first TEDxMFZU event from the Melton Foundation, Zhejiang University (MFZU) will be hosted in Zhejiang University National Science Park.

Students, faculties and alumni of the six partner universities of the Melton Foundation, BMS College of Engineering (Banglore, India), Dillard Univeristy (New Orleans, USA), Friedrich Schiller University (Jena, Germany), Universidad de La Frontera (Temuco, Chile), WestmarUniversity (Le Mars, Iowa, USA), and Zhejiang Univeristy (Hangzhou, China) will be invited to Hangzhou. TEDxMFZU will present not only featured live TEDx talks, selected TED videos, but also performance and demos from local community, and an interactive reception.

Ideas Impact China, the first TEDxMFZU event will stay true to the spirit of TED – sharing ideas from some greatest thinkers and doers in the world, who will tell their own “China stories” in 18 minutes.

The speaker will
*Strive to create the best talk.
*Reveal something never seen before.
*Do something the audience will remember forever.
*Share an idea that can change the world.
*Share passions and dreams.
*Speak of failure as well as success.

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Calvin Chin

Calvin Chin is co-founder and CEO of, China’s leading online student loan service and the first Chinese company recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer. He has previously worked in entrepreneurial and leadership roles in education, banking and technology startups in New York, Silicon Valley and Shanghai. He serves as an advisor, lecturer and mentor to students, entrepreneurs and startups on strategy, fundraising and social responsibility, social innovation and social entrepreneurship. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a Social Innovation Park Fellow and was named 2009 Chinese Business Leader of the Year by Horasis and Baker & McKenzie. He has an MBA from TRIUM (NYU, LSE, HEC Paris) and a B.A. from Yale University.

Johanna Stahl

After graduating from Friedrich Schiller University of Jena(Germany) with a MSc in Psychology, She has started working as a teaching assistant in the Department for General Psychology and Cognitive Neurosciences. Over the course of her PhD, her research focused on behavioural and neural correlates of the Own-Race Bias in face perception, a research stream that was also inspired by the experiences she gathered as a Fellow of the Melton Foundation. Humans are generally better when recognizing faces from their own ethnicity as compared to other-race faces, a phenomenon described as Own-Race Bias. Her talk will exemplify that this phenomenon is not only a behavioral effect, but also closely related to differences in the early neural processing of own- and other-race faces, which in turn may be altered by a variety of factors.

Yan Yang

Yang Yan is a graduate from Animation School of Beijing Film Academy. As an Executive Director of Animated series, she brings joy to children with paintbrush and inspiration. She also helps in bringing about social awareness by making short movies to the public through news media. In school, her animated short film, “Kitchen”, won Ada Award, Kuai Rui Award and she was nominated for “Best New Artist Award” in the 17th annual Academy Beijing Film Academy Awards. The video series in memory of Wenchuan earthquake, “Son, we are with you.” won the 2008 class of the third film and television public service ads Competition Silver Award. She will bring some special produced animated videos to the conference, and share with the audiences about the stories behind the scenes.

Haiming Yan

Yan Haiming is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Virginia. He is conducting an in-depth ethnographic study on China’s world heritage sites, investigating how globalization and westernization physically reshape the Chinese heritage and reproduce its symbolic meanings as well as the collective memories of local people. In addition to being a scholar, Haiming could also be characterized as a travel writer. He has visited most world heritage sites in China and the U.S. Consisting of point-of-views through the sociological lens, his writings raised deep questions and concerns about the dialectic relationship between history, modernity, and mass tourism. Haiming is actively engaged in cross-cultural communication. He is the founder of V Ke Magazine, the first Chinese magazine solely run by Chinese students in the United States; and he is the first actor performing Chinese standby comedian – Xiang Sheng at New York’s Lincoln Center.

Carol Chyau

Carol Chyau is the co-founder of Shokay (, a socially responsible lifestyle brand based in China that promotes yak down. Shokay has won numerous distinctions, and through this work, Carol is also an Echoing Green Fellow and an Asian Finalist for the 2009 Cartier Women’s Initiative Award. Carol graduated from Harvard Kennedy School’s Masters in Public Administration/International Development (MPA/ID) program and the University of Pennsylvania’s joint-degree Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business (BS/BA). During the course of her studies at Harvard, Carol worked with the United Nations Development Programme in New York City and Thailand. She completed projects studying Information Communication Technologies in Thailand and Growing Sustainable Business projects in New York. She also studied Internet connectivity in rural areas in Cambodia as a World Resources Institute case writer and worked in microfinance with EDPYME Edyficar in Lima, Peru. Carol loves to travel and is fluent in Chinese, Spanish, and English.

Xuhui Shao

Shao Xuhui earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota. Currently as Chief Technology Officer at Turn, he focuses on the power of optimization, machine learning and advanced analytics solutions in driving new business models, products and services across all industries. He is the lead inventor and co-inventor of three awarded patents in the areas of advanced analytics and optimization. For the last 12 years, Xuhui has practiced research and development in machine learning, statistical theory and computational intelligence for Fortune 100 companies in various industries from banking, finance, online retailing, healthcare, insurance, marketing, and online advertising. In this TEDx conference he will be talking about data-driven thinking, a new analytical mindset in solving social, economic, business, and technology problems.

Xi Cao

Cao Xi earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Central Academy of Drama, majoring in playwriting, followed by a Master of Philosophy degree from Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin in 2008. Since then he has been deeply involved with the Actor/Non-Actor training program for many different institutions. His anthropological and sociological viewpoints toward theatre have made his theatre practice unique. On the first anniversary of Sichuan earthquake, he struck the audiences by putting an inexperienced person who survived from both Tangshan and Sichuan earthquakes onstage to talk about her experiences and relations with Earthquakes. Recently he turned his interests into applying theatre to education, he is serving as both drama teacher and researcher in Drama Rainbow, an organization dedicated to Drama in Education, as well as the trainer and director of Amateur Theatrical Society supervised by Beijing Dramatist Association. His talk will be on “Theatre as Impact”, the possibilities of theatre in education.

Garrison Lu

Garrison Lu is the Co-founder & CEO of Raleigh China, MPA. Raleigh China is the 6th Raleigh International Society in Asia, which is aimed to develop young people who are self-confident, active and passionate global citizens. After his transformational experience with Raleigh 12 years ago as a venturer, Garrison Lu decided it would be meaningful and also his duty to bring Raleigh into China and more young Chinese. After the head office of Raleigh China established in Shanghai in 2008, Garrison and his team has so far covered over 50 college promotions and 16 assessment weekends in 8 cities across China and two national expeditions in the year of 2009 and 2010. With its 38,000 national members, Raleigh is becoming a vital option for young people to develop themselves.

Organizing team


Hangzhou Zhejiang, China
  • Biyun Hong
    Interactive Reception
  • Qifei Zhu
  • Huilan Ying
    Sponsorship & Finance
  • Jiangyang Zhang
  • Wa Yuan
    Logistics & Attendees
  • Li Zhen
    Stage Design
  • Pedro Lasserre
    Webdesign & Tech
  • Rui Li