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6 Reasons Why You Should Attend TEDxTinHauWomen’s “Showing Up Now!” on November 30

Summary: Never heard of TED or TEDx events? Or you need to convince your friend to attend TEDxTinHauWomen with you? Here are 6 reasons WHY you should consider “showing up” on November 30th for a life-changing afternoon!

Did you know that each day there are an average of 8 TEDx events happening around the globe? Maybe you’ve never heard of TEDx events, or maybe you’ve heard of them but don’t understand why you should attend. Here are 6 reasons WHY you should consider “showing up” on November 30th for a life-changing afternoon!

1. Showing up for… the amazing speakers!

Every TED and TEDx event boasts a uniquely curated line-up of speakers. The TEDxTinHauWomen organizing committee put in hours in selecting and interviewing the potential candidates, and the selected speakers put in months of effort to fine-tune their inspiring stories. We are proud to present a mix of influential speakers who are active drivers of social, cultural, industrial and personal innovation in the Hong Kong community.

Don’t believe me? Here’s the some of mind-blowing speakers from last year’s event: Liza Avelino – Filipino domestic worker in Hong Kong who followed her dreams to climb the highest mountain in Africa, Tricia Yap – former MMA Fighter turned coach and entrepreneur, Hillary Yip – a 12-year old CEO of an education startup sharing her perspectives of schooling in Hong Kong alongside her mother, just to name a few. Check out their talks from last year here!

Reason 1

2. Showing up for… the audiences

Who doesn’t like to be surrounded by other intellectually-curious people? Each year, 400 people from all walks of life join the TEDxTinHauWomen event, and I assure you that they will enthrall you with their enthusiasm and inspirations.

We purposefully include breaks in between talks so you will rub shoulders with the speakers and diverse audience members. The venue is also designed to encourage movement and conversation. Luckily, everyone is keen on sharing their ideas so you are encouraged to start up a conversation with the person sitting beside you!

Reason 2

3. Showing up to… be challenged intellectually and emotionally

TED stands for “Technology, Entertainment and Design” – and it is a must for every TED and TEDx Talk to cover one of those areas. However, there is so much more you’ll hear and experience during the event than just that. Be prepared to be surprised, break a laugh, feel moved and perhaps even shed a tear!

4. Showing up for… a meaningful cause

TEDxTinHauWomen is a self-organized and non-profit event. All our proceeds and sponsorship go towards holding the annual event itself and to 3 charities we support each year. You will have a chance to interact with these charities at our event and further understand their causes and how you may help.

The whole event is run by a team of passionate volunteers who have dedicated months of their free time to making this incredible event possible. Each believes in the power of creating a sustainable platform for women around the world.

Reason 5

5. Showing up for… possibilities!

TEDxTinHauWomen is not an ordinary seminar where everyone sits for a few hours and listens to a panel of speakers. We strive to create new experiences throughout the event – be it watching a live-stream from Palm Springs, learning about a new cause through the specialized booths, or connecting with a new friend in the lovely space. No matter what, you will to take away “something” that will not be available after the event!

6. Showing up for WOMEN IN HONG KONG!

TEDxTinHauWomen is the only women-dedicated TEDx community in Hong Kong. By attending the event, you’re making a personal statement to show up for women in Hong Kong.

We hope to draw attention towards and spark actions addressing the lesser-known (or purposefully covered-up) topics surrounding this community. By attending, you’re demonstrating to those around you that “Showing Up for Women” matters and you are part of that change.

Are you ready to join us for mind-opening journey?  Get your Tickets today at pelago.me/TEDxTinHauWomen!

#TEDxTinHauWomen  #Showingupnow

Written by: Yvonne on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

Introducing 2018 TedXTinHauWomen venue – the sky is not the limit!

With an amazing line up this year, the TedxTinHauWomen committee knew we had to find a venue that was just as incredible as our speakers who are Showing Up Now…! with ideas worth spreading.

We’re pleased to say that we’ve found somewhere up to the task – Sky100.

Sitting at the top of ICC, Hong Kong’s tallest building, Sky100 gives sweeping 360° views and offers a dynamic and unique space.  And what better way to pay homage to our namesake Tin Hau, Goddess and Protector of the sea, than with a breathtaking view of Victoria Harbor.

We chose “Tin Hau” – an indigenous goddess of the sea (and deity icon in Hong Kong) meant to protect fishermen and sailors.”  In Hong Kong, there are approximately 100 Tin Hau temples spread throughout the city. TEDx events are community-driven and must be named after a local area such as the name of a city, neighborhood, street.

Be ready to be inspired not just by the iconic HK skyline, but by the powerful stories and ideas that will be shared on the stage.  From this high up, you can’t help but see the city from a new perspective, which is what TedXTinHauWomen is all about – appreciating ideas and approaching issues from another point of view.

Early Bird Tickets on SALE now – looking forward to seeing you all there!

#TEDxTinHauWomen #ShowingUpNow 

Author: Fi on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

Showing Up Now: Our Theme for 2018 TEDxTinHauWomen Event

TEDxTinHauWomen will be hosting its second annual event on November 30, bringing another round of exciting talks to our Hong Kong audience. As preparations go into full swing, we are excited to announce the theme of our event this year, “Showing Up Now,” which will inform each and every aspect of our programming.

What Does Showing Up Now Mean?

This year’s theme puts the spotlight on how women worldwide are taking matters into their own hands, showing up for themselves and others to catalyse change in their communities. We will look at ways in which women stand up and make a real difference. In our fast-paced world, it is becoming vital that we respond in real-time, thus the emphasis on “Showing Up Now”. This theme underscores the urgency for women to make an impact.

How Will This Year’s Event Explore Showing Up?

The theme has endless possibilities for interpretation and discussion. It provokes questions like: Are we truly present when we show up for others?

Do we show up on time?

Are we showing up genuinely?

Why do we show up?


Our talks this year should prompt you to consider:

What matters to you?

What do you care about?

And more importantly, are you showing up for it?

Whether you are showing up to an equal rights march, to help your mom out at home, or to take some time out for yourself – these are all ways you can create a positive impact and achieve a sense of purpose. The speakers this year will be showing up on stage for an idea that they truly care about and think is worth spreading, which should inspire you to take action yourself. For all of you that want to be motivated by fresh perspectives, mark your calendars for this year’s TEDxTinHauWomen event on November 30th. Take our word for it, it will be worth it to show up!

Early bird tickets are on sale NOW! Hurry up and book your tickets at pelago.me/tedxtinhauwomen 

Author: Nikita Agrawal on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

Highlights from Last Year’s Event: Lucy Choi on Bridging Modern Society and Opera


As our November event inches closer, let’s throwback to last year’s event to give you a taste of what TEDxTinHauWomen has to offer. Our previous event, “Bridges: Two Become One” brought together a diverse cohort of Hong Kong women to bridge  different ideas and people. One of those women was Lucy Choi, who has uplifted  Opera in Hong Kong. Here’s a brief recap of her talk:

Lucy Choi is the founder of More Than Musical, a company that delivers modern adaptations of classical opera for audiences today. In her TEDx talk, she recalled her unexpected segway into the world of the opera, and how she turned her passion into a transformative career.

Gifted in music from a young age, Lucy pursued a degree in music at the Hong Kong University, with piano as her instrument. It was only when she suffered from an arm condition, preventing her from playing instruments, that she had to pivot into singing and opera. She was amazed by opera’s potential for emotional expression – how its songs could tell stories of love, sorrow, drama and pain. “Opera is a shared moment of joy and an escape from the world,” she said, “where can you get emotional, connected to strangers and be a part of something that’s bigger than yourself.”

Keen to further develop her interest in opera, Lucy moved to London where she often frequented shows in the West End. She noticed many of her fellow attendees were silver-haired, prompting her to ask – is opera just for old people? Historically, opera was known for challenging taboos and social norms, a spirit that Lucy was keen to bring back.

That’s when she founded More Than Musical, breaking down barriers between classical opera and contemporary audiences by producing shorter adaptations of classical opera to make the viewing experience easier and more intimate for audiences.

If there’s one thing to take away from Lucy’s talk, it’s this: “Open up our mind, and channel yourself into the arts, or whatever you may find transformational.”

Watch Lucy’s full talk here, and look out for more inspirational speakers at this year’s event!

A Letter from the Co-Chairs

Hello amazing attendees!

We are delighted to have you join us for our inaugural event. As you will learn from our bios, we have been doing this for some time. This, however, is our first year in Hong Kong and the response from the organising committee, speakers, sponsors, community partners and participants has been incredibly positive. What does that tell us? In bustling Hong Kong, so many of us want to support one another, want to inspire one another, want to learn from one another and want to live the best life possible. There is a genuine desire for connection, community and positive stories of women and girls making change in our city.

We are thrilled to be here with you. Our committee, speakers, sponsors and community partners are more than anything we could have asked for. Please take the time to meet them, say hello and thank them for making this all possible.

We would also like to make a special mention to our Head of Marketing and Communications, Daniella Lopez, who we were so fortunate to have join us from Shanghai and Emma Burton, our Chief Operations Officer, who made us look good, and kept us organized to make today possible.

So, welcome to the TEDxTinHauWomen family. You attendance, support, and willingness to join in the conversation are why we are here and do this. Today is about exploring, laughing, crying, connecting and welcoming this new community. In the spirit of ideas worth sharing, please enjoy TEDxTinHauWomen “Bridges: Two Become One”.

Jen Flowers
Co-Chair TEDxTinHauWomen
Head of Operations, TEDx Licensee

Jen Flowers

Stefanie Myers
Co-Chair TEDxTinHauWomen
Head of Curation and Community

Bio_Pics _0010_Stefanie Myers

See you tomorrow! Registration starts at 1pm, PMQ

Hello everyone!

After four months of meetings, planning and rehearsals, we are ready to go!

We cannot wait to see you all tomorrow and welcome you to the TEDxTinHauWomen community. We wanted to share some important information if you did not get the email last week…

Friday, 3 November 2017

We will start on time, so please come early (and make sure you get a good seat!)

1:00 – 1:45 Registration and light refreshments
1:45 – 3:15 Session One
3:15 – 4:00 Coffee Break & Networking
4:00 – 6:00 Session two
6:00 – 7:00 Cocktail Reception

PMQ – both the Qube and the marketplace/courtyard.
Lots of stairs between the 2 to help you keep fit (!) but also an elevator and wheelchair access.
Please let us know if you need additional support. We’re here to help.

First come, first seated. There are no assigned seats, although there is a VIP section and regular seating. As such, we cannot guarantee the same seats for Session One and Session Two.

Your ticket has been emailed to you. Print it out, have it open on your device in any format – we don’t mind, but make sure you bring it. No ticket, no entry.
Look for an email that says: Pelago Event Registration: TEDxTinHauWomen
We’ll scan the QR code for entry
You’ll then receive a bracelet that you need to wear all day to enter the different areas and retrieve your amazing gift bag.

NOTE: These tickets are transferable so you can send on to someone else if you can no longer attend. Once scanned, however, the QR code is no longer active so it cannot be duplicated. Also, if you bought this ticket under your email or passed along – please make sure to forward this so they have the latest details.



6 reasons to attend the inaugural TEDxTinHauWomen event in Hong Kong on 3 November 2017

  1. You may never climb Kilimanjaro yourself; you may never even have contemplated doing so.  But when you hear of how a Filipino domestic worker in Hong Kong followed her dreams all the way to the top of some very big mountains, you may re-examine your priorities. You may even get off the couch and start hiking this city’s many incredible trails. Ma On Shan, anyone?
  2. She has a high-powered job at a global investment bank. She is a full-time working mother of two. She has worked across two continents, travelled the world, is a dedicated yoga practitioner and a few years ago lost a leg. She is the walking embodiment of the fact that people cannot be broken.
  3. Opera is not everyone’s cup of cha. One of our speakers disagrees – she thinks everyone can learn to appreciate and enjoy it (hopefully even love it) if they know how – if it’s accessible; if it’s pared back; if it is modernized; if it is fun; even if it is accompanied by your favourite tipple if that’s what makes you hum.
  4. An 11 year old CEO driving cross cultural learning. Need we say more?
  5. It’s not about giving anything up, it’s about trading up. This is not retirement planning advice or about buying your next car. From this speaker, it’s about turning your life around, one mouthful at a time.  
  6. It is said that nothing binds a group of women together than mass loathing of their personal trainer. This speaker took that inner rage and turned it into one of HK’s most successful fitness groups, while starting a women-only health and wellness community.  


Oh yes, and if that isn’t enough, we’re also live streaming direct from TEDWomen in New Orleans. You’ll see it here first. (See the speaker line up here).  

Find us on Facebook: @TedxTinHauWomen

Tickets available here.

Written by: Nicola Apostolis