About TED, TEDx, and TEDxBeijing

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About TEDxBeijing, x = independently organized event

TEDxBeijing is a local program that brings the people of Beijing together to share a TED-like experience. Our first TEDxBeijing event in 2010 helped expand the culture of exploring new ideas in Beijing. Over the last 6 years, TEDxBeijing has continued to be a credible platform for finding and showing innovative ideas and bringing local communities together.

TEDxBeijing’s vision is to be the nexus for new ideas between China and the world. TEDxBeijing aims to highlight new ideas from China and the world, while bringing them to a stage for China and the world. We believe that great ideas will improve Beijing’s and China’s development, and in helping new Chinese ideas reach the rest of the world.

TEDxBeijing’s mission is simple: to become an accessible and reliable platform for exchanging ideas in Beijing. Through its mission, TEDxBeijing will connect people and create a better environment for everyone to share and develop new ideas.

For information about TEDxBeijing’s upcoming events, sign up to our mailing list here: http://www.tedxbeijing.org/attend-our-events/
Follow TEDxBeijing on weibo at http://weibo.com/tedxbeijing,
or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TEDxBeijing/

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED 

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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James is the producer of TEDxBeijing. He thinks at the intersection of media and technology. He’s French and American, has lived in Beijing for 10 years, and was raised in Singapore. He is active in developing communities in tech, media, and social impact in and around Asia. He’s also active within the World Economic Forum, and in the development of the US-China relationship.
Katharina works in the media and PR industry and has been part of the TEDxBeijing team since summer 2014. She cares about city development, society changes and intercultural communication. When she is not at work, she takes pictures and researches about cities, food and people. Her favorite part about working at TEDxBeijing is inspiring and exciting brainstormings with the team.
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Li Vien is a senior undergraduate student from Malaysia majoring in translation and interpreting at Beijing Language and Culture University. She has a passion for language and music. When she’s not at school, she is translating TEDxBeijing talks or searching for good music online. Her favorite part about TEDxBeijing is working on fun projects and meeting interesting people.
Xiaodi is always curious and up for new challenges. She loves traveling, swing dancing, and visiting all types of art galleries. She has always wanted to fully express herself in an artsy way. Xiaodi is interested in people, women’s rights, art, technology, creativity, and innovation. Her favorite part about TEDxBeijing is meeting people with cutting edge ideas who can create positive changes in the world.
Deenie is an adventurer at heart from Singapore and joined TEDxBeijing in 2016. She has been captivated by China's rich history and culture ever since moving to the country in 2006. Deenie enjoys various sports such as going for runs in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. Her favorite part about TEDxBeijing is working with young and fun people.
Chen Guo volunteers at TEDxBeijing and updates our social media. If you see something new on TEDxBeijing’s WeChat, it’s probably by her! Chen Guo likes to keep a positive & fresh outlook on life. She is a huge fan of extreme sports and loves creating things. Her favorite part about TEDxBeijing is working in an environment filled with enthusiastic and passionate people.
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Grace is an undergraduate student from California majoring in Economics. She joined TEDxBeijing as an intern in March while studying abroad in Beijing. When she’s not at school, Grace is updating TEDxBeijing’s social media or watching baking tutorials on YouTube. Her favorite part about working at TEDxBeijing is meeting passionate people who challenge her to aim higher.
Mike is a positive and optimistic volunteer who is enthusiastic about life. He works in a PR agency and joined TEDxBeijing in 2016. Mike loves science and fiction movies; his favorite sci-fi scene is the end of Avatar when the Na’vi are performing their ritual at the Tree of Souls! His favorite part about TEDxBeijing is writing articles for the WeChat and Weibo accounts.
Miao is a full-time environmental analyst based in Beijing, who believes in the big potential of China’s green transition. She lived in Germany and Sweden for 3 years, so healthy food, exercise, and ability to resist cold weather are part of the heritage. She joined TEDxBeijing as a volunteer in December 2015, and is constantly inspired by what it's doing.
Winnie has a background in business and joined TEDxBeijing in 2016. She is intrigued by the unlimited opportunities between diverse cultures. Aside from working and volunteering, she loves to travel and read. Her favorite part about TEDxBeijing is working on innovative projects with a great team.
Born & raised in South India and California, Dhela joined TEDxBeijing in 2015. She holds a BA in International Relations from UC Davis & a Master's in IR from Harvard & a Legal Studies Diploma from NYU. Dhela’s is currently studying Chinese at Tsinghua & wants to pursue PhD in Negotiation. Her favorite part about TEDxBeijing is meeting new colleagues.
Francesca is a research specialist in Beijing, but her dream is to open her own restaurant in China. Francesca joined TEDxBeijing in 2015 to get more involved with TED’s mission. She is passionate about China and has been studying Mandarin and Chinese culture since high school. Her favorite part about TEDxBeijing is working with the inspiring and diverse team.
Tian Cai is a senior undergraduate student at Peking University majoring in journalism and communications. She loves watching comics and anime, reading history, and stargazing. Tian Cai loves trying new things, exploring new fields of life, and meeting new friends.
Mary is a third year undergraduate at UC San Diego, majoring in Political Science and Chinese Studies. She joined TEDxBeijing while studying abroad in 2015. In her free time, Mary enjoys skateboarding and helping out with the TEDxBeijing Content team. Her favorite part about TEDxBeijing is meeting new speakers and being exposed to all the new ideas.
Pili first joined TEDxBeijing as an intern in 2014. Now as a member of director team, she is in charge of video productions. Pili will soon have a BA in advertising, and in her free time loves pottery, American TV series and organizing events. Her favorite part of TEDxBejing is feeling the sense of accomplishment she gets when the audience is clapping at end of an event.
Eke is a graduate student studying International Development at Tsinghua University. He enjoys reading, thinking, writing, and exchanging ideas with peers. His long-term goal is to reach a point in consciousness where he only says what he truly believes and can support with evidence. His favorite part about TEDxBeijing is having team lunches and eating malatang together.
Fiona is a Senior Assistant at the Canadian Embassy and joined TEDxBeijing as a volunteer in 2016. Fiona loves travelling and meeting with people from different cultures. Her work with TEDxBeijing includes researching Chinese content. Her favorite part of TEDxBeijing is working with positive, creative, and innovative-minded people.
Jasmine is a 3rd year undergraduate student from South Korea studying Journalism and International studies. Her dream is to be a journalist working across borders who can give positive influences to others. Her favorite part about TEDxBeijing is interacting with people who are passionate and positive, which makes her feel happy when working here.
Haley graduated with a Psychology degree from UCLA and is enjoying her teaching career at a language-training corporation in Beijing. She joined TEDxBeijing in 2016 and is deeply passionate about helping other develop their public-speaking skills. Her favorite part about TEDxBeijing is meeting interesting people and discovering new things about herself.
Rena is a 2nd year undergraduate student from Univeristy of California, Irvine, majoring in International Studies. Rena has a very diverse education background - from China to Singapore, then the United States, and now back to China. Her favorite part about working at TEDxBeijing is getting to meet and personally know our inspiring speakers before events.