TEDxChiangMai is back in stride for 2021, as organizers look to inspire change in the wake of the pandemic crisis. Held under this year’s theme, “RE-Together,” TEDxChiangMai asks event-goers to “re-imagine, reset, and realign to build a better and sustainable future together.”
As 2021 marks the event series’ decennial anniversary, TEDxChiangMai is promoting this year’s event with preliminary events and activities throughout the three months leading up to the main event in November.
Major event milestones include:
- September 25th: TEDxChiangMai LIVE Virtual Event “The Case for Optimism”
- October 30th: TEDxChiangMai Countdown Virtual Event “To a Better Future”
- November 27th: Main TEDxChiangMai 2021 “RE-Together”
Early bird tickets are available from August 30th to October 20th, 2021. Regular tickets are available from October 21st, 2021 onwards. For more information, including ticket prices, speakers, and updates, visit the TEDxChiangMai official website.
The main RE-Together event gathers speakers from Chiang Mai and the rest of Thailand, as well as overseas, with expertise in the fields of technology, science, innovation, urban development, economy, and the environment. This year’s topics encompass the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aiming to solve global issues such as poverty, inequality, climate change, and peace, pledging that “no one will be left behind.”
Aimed at igniting change in Thailand, the event features discussions on virtual reality by Cyrus James Khan, the generational gap by Parit Wacharasindhu, sustainable development by Assistant Professor Chol Bunnag, and anti-corruption efforts by Dr. Torplus Yomnak.
In accordance with the guidelines for controlling the spread of the coronavirus established by Thailand’s Department of Disease Control, TEDxChiangMai has decided to host a hybrid event for 2021. Event-goers have the choice of either attending the physical venue at Princess Sirindhorn Astropark in Chiang Mai with a “Full Access” ticket or attending online through the applications Whova and Miro with an “Online Only” ticket.
According to its website, the Whova platform streamlines event management for in-person, online, and hybrid events, with features that help to engage online participants and help them network with fellow audience members.
Miro is a whiteboard application that is predominantly used to organize online workshops. Holding workshops and meetings via Miro will allow organizers and participants to take advantage of an “infinite canvas” for all of their ideas, as the virtual whiteboard never runs out of room.
What is TEDxChiangMai?
TEDxChiangMai is a non-profit event organized by volunteers who aim to inspire people to create change by inviting speakers to give talks about “ideas worth spreading.” Although under license from TED, the event is organized independently, using revenue from ticket sales and with support from partners.