A GROUP of Bruneian youth organised a ‘TEDxYouth@Gadong’ conference last Sunday at iCentre, Bandar Seri Begawan. With the theme ‘Youth Empowerment’, the half-day conference involved student speakers and student volunteers aged between 13-22 years. The conference saw eight youth speakers take centre stage to present their respective ideas.
The eight speakers were Sidharth Raj from Jerudong International School (JIS), Osama Tariq and Seyrence Lee from Chung Hwa Middle School, Brandon Chin and Ruby Lim from Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah (MDPMAMB), Heng Sang Hong from Seri Mulia Sarjana School, Eric Ngu from International School Brunei (ISB), and Awangku Naim from Meragang Sixth Form Centre (PTEM). The topics they presented touched on the themes that relate to environment, technology, leadership, motivation, and education.
When asked about the motivation to set up TEDx, Abdul Malik Omar, the chairman of the conference replied, “Through TEDx, I can inspire the youth to venture into entrepreneurship. With local unemployment rising to record levels, I find it important to show how students should look at entrepreneurship as a potential career path. TEDx can hopefully do that.
“Furthermore, I want to help project a positive image of Brunei. I find no better way than to do this through a global platform like TEDx. Through the youth, which represents the best what the nation has to offer, we can help achieve this mission.”
Attending the conference were well-known local personalities such as Delwin Keasberry of Brunei Tweet, Rano Iskandar of Ranoadidas and Iswandy Ahmad of Brunei AIDS council. Edward Findlay, Public Affairs Officer from the US Embassy also came to support the conference.
TEDxGadong is a Brunei-based enterprise aimed at producing TED-like experiences. Its last event was held in August 2014 and saw two students from Universiti Brunei Darusalam (UBD) and a student from Universiti Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) become TEDx speakers. ‘TEDxYouth@Gadong’conference was supported by Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB), British High Commission, US Embassy, Brunei Enterprise, and iCentre.