TEDxChiangMai 2014

Creating Connections

27 September 2014

@ Le Meridien

TEDxChiangMai 2014 is our next main event. Under the theme of “Creating Connections”, we are connecting you with a mix of economists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, social innovators, researchers, policy makers, technologists, artists, and designers and will share their ideas. We will also launch a new initiative for schools and universities at TEDxChiangMai. This event will be in Thai and English with simultaneous translation available via headsets.

TEDxChiangMAi 2014 would not be complete without a whole range of activities including the interactive booths, the slackline, head and shoulder massage, painting elephants, constructing and experimenting things, and music. AND networking, networking, networking: meeting new people, connecting with each other, sharing experiences, great conversations that lead to action… + free coffee, refreshments, great food (lots of it), and a post-event party…

All videos have been uploaded to youtube. Link


In alphabetical order

Boom Bean

Boom is the Director of the Hug Project. HUG is a northern Thai word meaning 'love'. The Hug Project focusses on protecting children from violence and exploitation. Boom was nominated for the US Secretary of State’s Award for International Women of Courage 2014 in Combatting trafficking-in-persons in northern Thailand.

Human Trafficking in Northern Thailand and the Big Brother Project

Christina Jordan

Christina is a social innovator with 25 years’ experience in international development. She has guided disadvantaged communities in places like Uganda and the Thai Myanmar border in developing project plans and finding resources from global supporters through co-creative online campaigns. She is a Partner at Ci2i Global and currently resides in Chiang Mai.

Co-creating a Post-war Community

Haresh Khoobchandani

Haresh is the CEO of Microsoft Thailand. Haresh’s career journey began as a flight steward, an entrepreneur and educator before he joined Microsoft more than 16 years ago and since then has taken on various leadership roles in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the company’s Asia Pacific Regional Headquarters.

Connecting Education and Social Responsibility

Hossein Farmani

Hossein is the CEO of the Farmani Group. A born Iranian, he relocated to Los Angeles where he immersed himself in the art community and became a successful publisher, collector and gallerist. Now based in Bangkok, he also supports artists and the art community in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Creating a standard for keeping track of editioned artworks

Joe Sidek

Joe Sidek is the Founder of the George Town Festival (GTF) in Penang. Now in its 5th year, the GTF has grown into an internationally recognized arts and culture festival.

Disconnecting from fear: the story behind the creation of GTF

Kitikong Tilokwattanotai

Kitikong Tilokwattanotai is the founder Chiang Mai Art on Paper (C.A.P.), an experimental printmaking studio gallery that he developed into a small community for artists to exchange and share their ideas and help them to be able to make a living.

Happy Accidents?

Luke Cassady-Dorion

In addition to being a Co-Founder and Director of A Single Production (Company) Luke is a born storyteller. The software developer, author, yoga practitioner turned filmmaker is perhaps best known for the multiple award-winning documentary feature, The Cheer Ambassadors.

Engaging Audiences with Universal Themes

Ooi Geok Ling

Ooi Geok is the Managing Director of Penang Global Tourism; the Penang tourism bureau set up to work with key tourism players inside and outside of Penang; to promote Penang. She has focused on turning Penang into an international destination for art, culture and creative tourism.

Discover … indulge … explore

Patai Padungtin

Patai is a trained construction engineer and startup evangelist. His company BUILK aims to transform the construction industry in Southeast Asia through with use of information technology. Involved in various initiatives, he was also one of the founders of the Thailand Startup Association.

Construction United: Changing Brick & Mortar to Bit & Data

Philip Jablon

Documentary photographer and researcher Philip Jablon has been creating a photographic archive of stand-alone movie theaters across Southeast Asia since 2009 as part of his Southeast Asia Movie Theater Project. A journey back in time and an idea on how to bring some of them back in the future.

The Southeast Asia Theater Project

Pirada Techavijit

Mink Pirada Techavijit will be Thailand’s first astronaut. The satellite control engineer won the free trip after winning a competition organized last year by AXE Apollo and Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) – now XCOR. She will explore space for six minutes and view earth from a distance of 100km.

Journey to space in ’Axe Apollo Space Academy’ (AASA) Program


Pitupong Chaowakul

Pitupong Chaowakul is lead architect at Supermachine Studio, a small but very creative interior design studio in Bangkok. For Pitupong, architecture and design are about critical mindset, communication, making a statement and making things fun.

The Beauty of Banality

Piyapat Thanyakij

Piyapat is an inventor and the founder of Vibrato Saxophones. Vibrato produces and sells polycarbonate alto saxophones. The award-winning saxophone is lighter than any brass saxophones, is waterproof, easier to maintain, has a good sound, and is less costly than many well-known brands.

The harmony of innovation and music

Ploypan Theerachai

Ploypan is an industrial designer that brings playfulness to her designs. She founded the design studio Thinkk together with Decha Archjananun and together they won several awards and recognitions and participated in international exhibitions such Maison & Objet.

Design with Play

Pok Kobkongsanti

Perhaps Thailand’s leading landscape architect, Kobkongsanti heads up a team of designers and construction supervisors that coalesce to form TROP. A Harvard Graduate School of Design student, Pok has an affinity for natural materials, favoring stone, wood, water, light and sound.

Be water

Dr. Puey Ounjai

Puey is an experimental biophysicist and lecturer at Mahidol University. He specializes in molecular and cellular imaging. His works were featured as covers of various magazines and journals. Outside the lab, Puey is also an artist, designer and poet whose creations are inspired by the beauty of scientific discovery.

An Artistic View of Practicing Science

Dr. Rungsrit Kanjanavanit

Dr. Rungsrit is a heart specialist, activist, nature conservationist and bird lover. In the lab he performs advanced coronary research, outside he pursues his love in nature. He believes that we need to reconnect with nature and creates opportunities through citizen science projects.

Re-connecting with Nature

Dr. Sakarindr Bhumiratana

Dr. Sakarindr is the President of King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) and the former President of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA). Dr. Sakarindr has a keen interest in fostering linkages between research centers and industry and proponent of the triple helix to strengthen national competiveness.

KX: Triple Helix Model for Thai National Competitiveness

Saowakhon Muangkruan

Yui is a Thai cello performer. Yui uses cello performances for storytelling (performing art act and music). She has performed at various festivals and the Bangkok Art & Culture Center (BACC). She was semi-finalist in Season 3 Thailand Got Talent and is a member of The Band Thailand.

From the Wound to Song

Somsak Boonkam

Pai focuses on sustainable development and social innovation. He is the founder of Local Alike, a community-based tourism platform dedicated to connecting local communities with travelers who look for meaningful and authentic experiences. He also owns the Sticky Rice Café in Chiang Mai.

Meaningful value for tourists and locals alike

Suthat Ronglong

Suthat is a modern application developer, innovator, lecturer and the founder of Do in Thai. An IT enthusiast, he focuses on R&D to develop information technologies based social innovation and solutions to connect and help human lives.

Journey is the essential part of innovation

Dr. Winita Punyodom

Dr. Winita is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University. She heads up the Materials Science Research Center and specializes in biodegradable polymers for use in biomedical applications and bioplastics. Her research is of national and international interest.

Chiang Mai University's Bioplastics Innovation: From Lab to Market
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