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TEDxHongKong – “The Future of Fun”

10AM – 6PM, Saturday November 24, 2012 1F and 2F, 633 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

For Immediate Release November 9, 2012 (Hong Kong)

TEDxHongKong is pleased to announce its third annual conference. “The Future of Fun” will feature speakers with diverse and innovative ideas and experiences on how fun, recreation and happiness are developing and changing in lives, careers and communities globally.

TEDxHongKong 2012 will include leaders from fields such as digital entertainment, extreme sports, media, artificial intelligence and community service such as:

  • Tim Willits, co-owner of id Software and lead designer on the legendary first person shooter video game “DOOM”;
  • Shintaro Fukagawa of Nexon, developers of many of the world’s most-played MMORPGs including Dungeon and Fighter, Counter-Strike Online, and Maple Story;
  • David Sutherland, CFO of Morgan Stanley Asia and Chairman of International Care Ministries which has been serving the ultrapoor in the Philippines for 20 years; and
  • Extreme sports athlete, Annabelle Bond, the fastest woman to climb the Seven Summits.

The one-day independently organized event will be held on November 24, 2012 at 633 King’s Road, Quarry Bay from 10AM to 6PM.

Tickets for the event are available at the TEDxHongKong Eventbrite page at


Date and Time: Saturday, November 24, 2012; 10AM to 5PM (Registration at 9AM)

Venue: 1F and 2F, 633 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

Speakers: For a full list of confirmed speakers and additional information about the conference, please visit the conference website:

Tickets for the event are available at the TEDxHongKong Eventbrite page at

Confirmed Speakers

  • Tim Willits – Studio Director of id Software and co-creator of DOOM
  • Shintaro Fukagawa – Corporate Executive at Nexon Games
  • Dave Sutherland – CFO of Morgan Stanley Asia and Chairman of ICM Board
  • Erik Bethke – former General Manager at Zynga of the popular Mafia Wars 2 title
  • Annabelle Bond – fastest woman to climb the Seven Summits
  • Ted Lai – Executive Vice President of BBC in Asia
  • Grace Chen – Founder of Charis Entertainment
  • Susan Bird – Author of I is for Intercourse: The ABC’s of Conversation
  • Alan Tien – General Manager, PayPal China
  • Lisa Crosswhite – Founder of
  • Giorgio Sardo – Director of Windows Evangelism Group at Microsoft
  • David Williams – Founder and CEO of AsiaDigitalMojo
  • Cole Sirucek – CEO of EpicMMA
  • Mark Tilden – Creator of the WowWee Robosapien
  • David Hanson – Founder of Hanson Robotics
  • Jason Chiu – CEO of The Cherrypicks Group
  • Alan Lo – Leading educator

Sponsors & Supporters

This event is made possible by the generosity and support many groups and organizations including:

  • Zenimax Media
  • Nexon
  • Hong Kong Commons
  • RGL Holdings
  • AsiaDigitalMojo
  • Bonham Strand
  • StartupsHK
  • The SME Creativity Center
  • California Vintage Wan Chai


Please contact us at [email protected]. Gino Yu is the official license holder and spokesperson for TEDxHongKong Please note that the TEDx event organizers are not able to speak for the TED Conference. Any inquiry regarding TED should be sent to:

Melody Serafino TEDx Media Liason [email protected]

While we appreciate any coverage, we kindly ask that all journalists and/or bloggers be respectful of the difference between the TED and TEDx brands.

The ‘x’ in ‘TEDx’ stands for “independently organized events.” Any headline or text which implies “TED” is coming to Hong Kong is misleading.

For more information on TEDx, visit

About TEDx, 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 a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live 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 rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 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 Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major 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 TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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