First TEDxUniversitiBruneiDarussalam Held in UBD

TEDxUniversitiBruneiDarussalam officially hosted the first TEDx event on 4th March 2023 at the Pro Chancellor Arts Centre, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).

TEDxUniversitiBruneiDarussalam debuted with the theme “Sustainability” featuring eight speakers consisting of UBD staff, students and local speakers. The speakers for the inaugural event were: Dr James McLellan, Dr F Merlin Franco, Dr Pooja Shivanand, Yong Teck Nyek, Zubaidah Haji Nor Hisham, Wafaa Hamzah, Asyaf Zulkipli, Shaun Hoon and Professor Rolf Müller.

The event catered for about 100 people and was open to students, UBD staff and members of the public.

For those unfamiliar with TED, it started as a small nonprofit, in 1984, bringing people together to share “Ideas Worth Spreading” from three disciplines – Technology, Entertainment and Design. These ideas are shared in the form of a story or “TED Talk”, which lasts a maximum of 18 minutes. Since its inception, TED conferences have included speakers like Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, and Quincy Jones who have spoken alongside athletes and grass root musicians.

For updates on TEDxUniversitiBruneiDarussalam events, members of the public can follow the official Instagram account @tedxuniversitibruneidarussalam or email at

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a programme of local, self-organised 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 events are branded TEDx, where “x” meant that they are independently organised TED events. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx programme, but while individual TEDx events are self-organised, they are still subject to certain rules and regulations.

TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organised TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on and other platforms. Audio versions of TED Talks are published on TED Talks Daily, available on all podcast platforms.

 TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organised TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows programme, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; The Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TED Translators, which crowdsources the subtitling of TED Talks so that big ideas can spread across languages and borders; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also offers TED@Work, a programme that reimagines TED Talks for workplace learning. TED also has a growing library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, WorkLife with Adam Grant, Far Flung with Saleem Reshamwala and How to Be a Better Human.

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