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TEDxUoNMalaysia, first TEDx event at the University of Nottingham Malaysia

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The University of Nottingham Malaysia hosted its inaugural TEDx event held at the University of Nottingham Malaysia on Saturday, 20th October. This student-led event attracted about 100 students. It was the brainchild of a group of students who wanted to give new ideas a platform to be heard and provide a fresh perspective on existing ideas.

The theme "The Actual Beginning", explores the stories and origins of artists, engineers and entrepreneurs who have always inspired others. Eight talented speakers and one wonderful performer told the tale of their beginnings to provide advice, hope and lessons to anyone looking to kick-start themselves into a whole new venture.

According to the University of Nottingham Malaysia Provost and CEO Professor Graham Kendall: We are really proud of the success of our students who have managed to pull off a successful TEDx Talk event. It is obvious that working on an event of this scale with a reputable international brand name has been extremely gratifying for them. I am certain that they are just as proud of their achievement as we are.

“I wish to congratulate Yehya and his organising team for placing us within the TEDx world. We were told that they were working on the next event and we are looking forward to it,” Professor Kendall said.

The speakers were Abdelrahman El-far, certified professional coach and founder of the University’s Present2Represent, who spoke on how his company became the first professional development body at the University of Nottingham Malaysia within 15 years; Calvin Chan, founder of Food+ spoke on food waste being a social crisis; Soraya, a travel blogger, shared her journey of self-discovery; Liew Kah Hoong, alumni of the University and consultant, spoke on gamifying education; Gil Carmo, founder and CEO of, talked about the promising future of electric motorbikes in Southeast Asia; Abdelrahman Harfoosh, graphic designer, shared his ideas on stories and story-telling; and Saqib Sheikh, Project Director of the Rohingya Project shared about activism. Lastly, Chloe Ling, spoken word performer, spoke on the nature of time. Nicole Sian, current Nottingham student and singer, performed two of her favourite songs.

Organiser Yehya Eldeeb who is also a student from Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering said, "The hardest struggle is always the beginning. Our organising team aimed to foster conversation about the newest innovations on the market and to discuss topics philosophically, hoping to inspire learning as well as personal growth and using it as a platform to give back to our local community and society.”

“Their hope is to provide an enriching experience by attracting like-minded people who enjoyed the talk and the discussion and provided some good feedback thereafter. It seemed like really worth the effort,” Yehya added.


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Posted on 30th November 2018

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