The moonshot TEDxUTP Journey

By Didy - 10/22/2017

September 9th 2017, The moonshot TEDxUTP will always be one of the most amazing day of my life. I flight from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur just to attend this event. I have never found my self  join in the a hall th at really full of a positive atmosphere even actually I have ever attended another TEDx event in Indonesia but this is one of great TEDx that I’ve ever come. You can imagine how lucky I’m, Immerse my self in this event make my energy completely full of positive mind. You can imagine this scenario, you are in the hall filled with over 200 people, and you have over 15 amazing and inspiring people walking up the stage and giving their speech of life inspiring you.

I felt positive thoughts came to my mind and energy resonating around that room. Everyone was so pumped up, motivated and ready to face the world. Well that was what exactly going on Themoonshot TEDxUTP.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 2 years ago, TED has grown to support those world changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Bronson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Stark, etc. Two major of TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TED summer is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

And about x = independently organized event. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-Like experience. At TEDx event, TEDTalks video and life speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (subject to certain and regulations).

And this event took place in Universiti Teknologi of PETRONAS (UTP) which is The UTP is a Malaysian private university. It was established on 10 January 17. The campus is built on 400 hectares at Seri Iskandar, Perak, Malaysia. The university is a wholly owned subsidiary of PETRONAS, the national oil company of Malaysia. I like the environment of this college even though When I was there, I didn’t find a lot of student maybe it because of still holiday. And I felt grateful when    I got this campus because I need a lot of effort to get there, I thought before that this campus was near by KL Center but at the end I realized that Seri Iskandar is quite far like Jakarta to Bandung, but I have unforgettable moment when I try to find this campus, actually I just try to follow the direction to get this college from my friend who has invited me into this event, even I have been Malaysia for several time but I’m still confused when Malaysian talks to me with Malay language even we are Serumpun in the fact sometimes I found that our language is completely different so I decided to speak English entire this journey but there were a lot of Malaysian didn’t believe that I couldn’t speak Malay at that time I just said sorry I couldn’t speak Malay, I’m an Indonesian, ok, for instance I was there but it was not exactly in front of UTP because the bus driver just stopped in the front a gasoline station and he said that the college is near here and I said ok, after I found my self so confused because this is the  night and the way is quite quiet and then  I just stopped by into a minimarket the I bought some water and snack then I asked to a shop man where’s the UTP exactly and he said that actually the campus is not so far from here but it will be far when you walk hahhaha. When I was talking with the man suddenly there was a man who was asking me with Malay and suddenly he offered me to join with his car because he also part of this event without thinking any further I said yes and I’m heading to the college with him and in the there were 3 another guys and he said that they were a speaker for TEDxUTP in my heart I say there will always kind people everywhere to help thank you God.

What is moonshot thinking ?, the combination of a huge problem, a radical solution of that problem, and the breakthrough technology that just might make that solution possible, is the essence of a moonshot. The term “Moonshot” derives from the Apollo 11 spaceflight project, which landed “Moonshot” may also reference the earlier phrase “shoot for the moon” meaning aim for a lofty target.

The speaker in this event was so amazing they brought positive vibes to me such as Jerryson Abraham Doss, Gautam Khetrapal, Zaim Mohzani, Lu Xanne Boon, Aziph Mustapha, David Amuthesan,  Rene F Bernard, Jeff McDonald, Dr Mahaletchumy Arujunan, Chris Lau, Dr Hartini Zainudin, Mohd SirHajwan, Aleu Mazok etc. They are such an inspiring speaker at this event from many prophecy one of my favorite talk of the day was done by Chris Lau actually he is a free-lance journalist who believes that dreams can make this contradicting world a better place, after his first backpacking in the age of 19, he ventured into long term news reporting on war zone, human rights and social issues. Many times of near-death experiences happened in war torn countries give him a contemplation to appreciate having a peaceful life in Malaysia. “If you have never experienced war and conflict, it is hardly to know how precious it is to live in peace” he said. While his travelling to Syria and Afghanistan to cover on the conflicts news reporting three times respectively. He spoke to us about his journey and he enlightened our views about his experience and made us travelled into his journey which showed us how he communicated to the local and talked about war. He brought us close that life and made us realize why is it so important to have experience and heard with heart. It was such a strong and powerful talk. And this is what we need more in universities even I’m not college student anymore. We need to know about a lot of global issue and have experience with it. It’s actually not only enough we talk about being successful but it is equally important for students.

Lu Xanne Boon Was Giving Her Talks in TEDxUTP
As I left the hall that day, there was only one thing running through my mind. I want to be a successful people who will always help another people and be a useful in this universe especially for my country Indonesia. And I hope I can join any other TEDx over the world and also I can hold TEDxSerang as my town.

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