TEDx Jakarta 2012

Five minutes.

Have you ever wondered what can you accomplished in five minutes ?  As of now there is a bowl of cereal next to my laptop, i couldnt pictured myself finished that (while still look civilized) in 5 . TEDx Jakarta on the other hand, sold 400 of its seat in, insert a dramatic pause here , less than five minutes.

Faster-than-a-motherfucker ticket sold out stirred the emotion of the twitterland twitizens, adding the hype of this annual event. Wailing, rants, amazement of the disappointed ticket hunters colored Indonesian timeline so much its near impossible (if you have twitter) to not wonder what is this TEDx Jakarta all about (if you didnt know it before).

This year TEDxJakarta has became too big for its own good.

Andreas Prasadja on Healthy Sleep

This year i wasnt coming as a visitor. After few discussion, TEDx Jakarta agreed to give Kelas Inspirasi promotion booth in the venue.  For you who havent been to this event , it is a pilgrimage for Jakarta’s most creative minds. The audience is a part of the show, you’ll meet start up founders, NGO’s evangelist, high-spirited volunteers. In short, its full with passionate people with unordinary jobs and interest. Thats the kind of people we want to participate in #kelasinspirasi and its also a crucial place to spread awareness.

My big thank you for TEDx Jakarta volunteers, Kelas Inspirasi owe you guys one.

Agung and Fira, just finished preparing the booth


The show started with performance of 57kustik, group of incredibly talented street musician under tutelage of Rumah Musik Harry Roesly. They shared a stage with Dave Koz at the latest JavaJazz, check below video.

If you didnt experience chills down to your spine, something wrong with your soul. Yes, they are that good.

When i entered the venue, 57kustik was doing collaboration of Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror with familiar guy on the piano. After few glimpse i realize, the man was Gita Wirjawan our current Minister of Trade. A friggin minister on piano playing MJ, coolest statesman ever. The next session, he spoke about our current state of nation’s economy and why we should choose hope over fear.

Gita Wirjawan on Hope for our nation


Connie Bakrie, come up next. Not related to Bakrie family in case you’re wondering. She is a military defense analyst. Remember the movie Peacemaker with George Clooney and Nicole Kidman? She’s like Nicole Kidman role as an expert there, the difference is shes for real. Connie talked about how this country is currently under resourced in terms of defense. One Indonesian navy port she visited didnt have any boat. If there was any pirate ship coming, navy will chase them using no other than prayer she jokingly said.

I missed the whole after lunch session. Our booth was overwhelmed by waves of curious TEDsters (i made this up just now). Rene Suhardono, Salsabeela from NulisBukuDhira Narayana from LGN, thats just some of awesome people who i had discussion there. By the time next session started, me and Agung were starving and exhausted. We called it a break and use it to catch a breath before the next session.

Third session started with F Widayanto, an internationally recognized ceramic artist. He shared his experience finding passion, not an easy ride. Alienated because of his learning difficulty in school, he found his life calling on ceramic.

Noor Huda Ismail on Life Journey Of A Terrorist


Last speaker to come up on stage was Noor Huda Ismail, a writer of a book called My Friend is a terrorist. Noor and his close friend, Mubarok were grown up together in an islamic boarding school. Not one predicted that one day both of them will cross path again in an opposite role, Noor as a Washington Journal reporter covering Bali Bombing and Mubarok as a terrorism suspect. Noor Huda shares his research on how someone become terrorist.

Most people are drawn to terrorism not because of a set of ideas or lectures; they are driven by a sense of injustice. It is more often an emotional decision than an intellectual one

Noor also founded Institute for International Peace Building, an NGO which helps former terrorist and combatant to assimilate back to society. For me, this was the best talk of the day, eye opening and chilling.

Thats a wrap for a day full brainfreshing experience which still hasnt fail for me so far. Good venue, great speakers and mostly inspiring audience, TEDx Jakarta prove itself worth queuing for.

Thank you TEDx Jakarta volunteers and all the speakers


One thing still hang in my mind. TEDxJakarta 2011, sold out in less than 30 minutes then this one less than 5 minutes. If the trends going on next year, i guess we need to move the next TEDx Jakarta venue to Gelora Bung Karno.

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5 thoughts on “TEDx Jakarta 2012

  1. awesome … keep rolling and inspiring ki

    good luck with your #kelasInspirasi, I think I can see a better future of Indonesia now.

    anyway you already inspire some of us, me including. keep up the great job bro .. make us proud 🙂

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