TEDxTinHauWomen – launched in 2017 and the only annual women-dedicated TEDx community in Hong Kong – is back on 10 December with a thought-provoking theme that asks “What Matters Now?”
Focused on self-care, purpose and perspective, the audience will be inspired by talks on diverse topics from Hong Kong speakers who are passionate about big ideas and impact.
With new changes all around, this year’s event is set to be another afternoon of unforgettable experiences both in and outside the theatre and, of course, more incredible speakers with ideas worth spreading.
TEDxWomen events are TEDx events hosted around the live webcast of TEDWomen, and also feature local speakers. This event is one of many TEDx events happening around the globe from 2 to 12 December 2021 that will expand on the ideas brought up at TEDWomen.
The name, TEDxTinHauWomen, pays homage to Tin Hau – the Chinese Goddess of the Sea – and recognises Hong Kong’s unique coastal and spiritual history.
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Arcadia Kim is a recovering game-maker, mom of three tech-loving kids, and the founder of Infinite Screentime. In her own words, ‘technology is a language for our kids and screen-time is the medium’. She, therefore, is on a mission to dispel negative connotations and bad publicity attached to ‘screen- time’. Putting forth a new perspective on this issue, Arcadia is building a community of coaches, educators, and child advocates that help raise screen-smart kids.
Chankalun is a visual storyteller who pushes boundaries with her artistry. Having apprenticed with a 70-year-old local neon master in Hong Kong, and subsequently with other neon artists around the world, she became Hong Kong’s only active female neon practitioner in a male-dominant industry.
She is adamant about giving a new lease of life to this dying art form, which was once a strong part of Hong Kong’s culture and was immortalised in many movies like Blade Runner. Chankalun wants to find ways to preserve this visual language and be the bridge that connects this traditional craft with the new generation of artists.
Her mission – keep the neon legacy alive and kicking.
Cynthia is a writer, lawyer and a keen storyteller. She is passionate about sharing heart-warming stories of people all around us, but who are often overlooked or taken for granted. She co-founded a social impact storytelling platform, Hong Kong Shifts, to showcase these stories through words and visuals as a way to foster meaningful connections and create a positive impact in our community.
She interviews and narrates captivating accounts of, shift workers – street cleaners, taxi drivers, janitors etc. – and brings to light the silent contributions made by them to keep this city moving like a well-oiled machine.
Through these compelling stories, Cynthia hopes to bridge the social gap, build empathy and shift perspectives, one story at a time.
Louisa Awolaja is a Diversity & Inclusion specialist, and co-creator of the podcast HomeGrown, which explores the lives and experiences of Black people in Hong Kong and across Asia. She is passionate about building connection through storytelling, and draws from her own experiences as a British-Nigerian in Hong Kong.
Maitreyi Karanth is an actor, producer, writer, humanitarian and stand up comedian. This multi-talented performer who has been a part of various TV series and movies, embarked on her artistic journey at the age of 44. She continues to break all stereotypes, pushing boundaries especially in Comedy in Hong Kong and lives by the adage that ‘true passion has no expiry date’.
Maitreyi not only impresses audiences through her artistic pursuits, she also impacts lives through her acts of kindness. She is actively involved in feeding the homeless in Hong Kong and provides help to build homes in the Philippines and Thailand.
Mashiat Lamisa, a socially conscious product & design engineer, wants to make tech accessible to all. She loves to harness her innovative thinking and design acumen to find solutions for the most pressing societal challenges. She co-founded Asia’s first electronic device repair community, which only a true fixer-upper can do. And those that cannot be repaired or fixed? She turns them into jewellery. Imagine wearing a chipset pendant and earring from your old phone or laptop.
This changemaker awardee wants to create a big impact in the realm of electronic waste upcycling.
Puja juggles many hats, including Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and Convenor of the Women’s Studies Research Centre at the University of Hong Kong. This adept professional is passionate about advancing human rights and advocating for marginalised communities, including women, children and ethnic minorities.
She has presented her work before the United Nations, LegCo and to government officials and her research and advocacy have influenced significant policy changes to address racial inequality and violence against women.
Puja feels that the pandemic has put a spotlight on the workings of entrenched racial and gender inequality. She strongly believes this crisis provides an opportunity for us to create a more equal society – to rebuild a future that is truly inclusive.
Puju is the winner of:
International Women of Courage Award 2015
HKU Knowledge Exchange Award 2017
AmCham Professional Woman of the Year Award 2019
Rachel is a performer and fitness consultant in the wellness arena who wants to make a mark in this industry. Leveraging a career producing and performing in theatrical shows worldwide, her work blends performance mindset with positive psychology.
After successfully establishing herself professionally, Rachel was keen to move onto the next chapter of her personal life – motherhood. But her fertility journey was so full of physical and emotional ups and downs, that it provoked her to bring the issues surrounding ‘infertility’ out of the shadows.
She wants to share her fertility story – fears, tears and all – hoping to lower the taboos shrouding the modern fertility journey, inspire candid, open conversations around it and lend support to those going through it.
Rachel lives by ‘strength through adversity’, and believes that it’s your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determines how your life’s story will develop.
Shanty, Indonesian pop star, actor, entrepreneur, and VJ is a mother of two boys in Hong Kong. She lives for the outdoors, from wake surfing and canyoning, to coastering and motocross. Shanty lives hard, performs hard, and loves hard. She has 5 albums, 10 feature films, 3 singles, and never misses her children’s events. Between the stage and playground she gives it her all.
Viv Kan, a mindfulness & wellness coach gently guides individuals to be more conscious & appreciative of their surroundings as well as perform at their highest potential by focussing on areas like sleep, stress and thoughts. She is passionate about helping busy individuals transform their intimate relationships by connecting the mind, body, breath and yoni (the female organs of generation in Sanskrit) thereby living a more fulfilling life.
She aspires to normalise the practice of ‘mindful intimacy’ & cultivate deeper connections by staying fully present. Viv truly believes that our relationships determine our life satisfaction.