Since it began as a four-day conference 25 years ago, TED – the non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting “ideas worth spreading” – has inspired millions of people worldwide, including the hundreds of young Malaysians who have attended TEDxYouth@KL.

One of TED’s main platforms is TED Talks, a series of talks by inspiring individuals. Today, independently organised TED Talks (known as TEDx talks) take place across the globe; and TEDxYouth@KL – organised completely by young Malaysian volunteers – is one of them.

The third annual TEDxYouth@KL will be happening this Saturday at the Temple of Fine Arts in Kuala Lumpur, and the theme will be “Worlds Imagined: No Fear No Boundaries”.

The speakers will include some truly inspiring young people.

Here’s what some of them have to say ahead of the event:

Cynthia Lam

Cynthia Lam, 17
Inventor of H2PRO, a portable photocatalytic electricity generation and water purification unit that uses sunlight to produce both clean energy and fresh water at the same time.

“TEDxYouth@KL is a good chance for me to share my little science experiment with other teenagers who are passionate about science. The message I want to deliver is that you’re never too young to start doing research – it can be a highly rewarding

Rhonwyn Hagedorn

Rhonwyn Hagedorn, 20
Founder of Project WHEE!, a social enterprise that seeks to provide English lessons to the homestay hosts and tour guides of Bario, Sarawak.

“I want to tell young people it’s important to have perseverance and faith in what you do. If you don’t believe in what you do, what’s the point? Why bother pushing boundaries?

“Project WHEE! started with almost no help. No one believed in us, but we managed to bridge the huge gap between young urban kids
and older Kelabit women from Bario, Sarawak.”

Cody Foo, 22
Beatboxer, radio deejay and one of the founders of beatbox collective BeatNation.

“Beatboxing teaches you discipline and fine-tunes your willpower. You learn creativity and verbal articulation – skills that could help you go far in life.

“Every art form teaches that in one way or another, but beatboxing does it in a completely different way.”

Khai Aziz

Khai Aziz, 36
Founder of the Drug Free Youth Association of Malaysia, lead singer of the band Second Combat and a proponent of “straight-edge” culture.

“I’m dedicating my story to the youth at risk, the ones struggling with low self-esteem and depression. These are the peole who are lost and still finding direction in their lives. There’s always a way out – you just need to believe in it.”

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