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TEDxPhnomPenh announces speakers

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TEDxPhnomPenh has used Khmer language advertising to encourage young Cambodians to participate in the June 9 event. Photograph: supplied

TEDxPhnomPenh is back on June 9 for its third all-day programme of talks dedicated to “ideas worth sharing”.

Tickets go on sale today and their release coincides with news of the line-up of experts who will be presenting their ideas worth sharing and sparking deep debate among their audience.

Standing for Technology, Entertainment and Design, TED started in California in 1984 and has since grown into a global organisation supporting conferences and conversations across the world.

Under the theme of “Inspirations, Aspirations, Generations”, each of the 11 talks at the Phnom Penh event will explore how Cambodia’s youthful population can help to shape the country’s future.

Six of the 10 speakers who have so far been announced are Cambodian and the day’s focus is squarely on appealing to a young Khmer audience, according to organisers.

Among the list of announced speakers are Saing Darareaksmey, a law student and one-time participant in the International Mathematical Olympiad, speaking on the importance of sharing knowledge, and Livina Tep, an academic coach and two-time chairman of the Institute of Foreign Languages’ Debate Club, on empowering youth through education.

Other talks will cover topics ranging from “Generational Gravity – the improbable potential of the trauma of the past” and “Revitalising Phnom Penh as the Pearl of Asia”, to a presentation on “ARTrepreneurship” by Loven Ramos, owner of ARTillery Art Cafe in Phnom Penh.

Organiser Allie Hoffman says that TEDxPhnomPenh’s big goal is to build a movement for ideas in Cambodia.

“We want to give Khmer kids a platform for sharing and receiving ideas,” she says.

The organisation is taking steps to reach out to young, educated, urban Cambodians; much of the advertising has been in Khmer and for the first time, all the talks will be simultaneously translated from English to Khmer and vice versa, so that all attendees can fully engage in the discussions that take place.

There are 500 tickets on sale and organisers are promising that this year’s event will be not only bigger, but also better than ever.

Tickets and more information can be found at www.tedxphnompenh.com.

To contact the reporter on this story: Anna Brown at ppp.lifestyle@gmail.com

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