TEDxUbud returns to Bali on Saturday, September 6th, 2014. The fourth edition will feature another amazing lineup of Indonesian and international entrepreneurs, designers, storytellers, and performers sharing their ideas with a curated audience of 300 at Fivelements. TEDxUbud and Ubud Now and Then will be showcasing the 2014 speakers over the next month with a sneak peek at what they will sharing on the TEDxUbud stage.

Our speaker and performers in this third edition are ‘homegrown’ here in Bali. From engineering students to Balinese pop idols, EMONI will bring their beautiful melodies to TEDxUbud 2014. Elora Hardy grew up in Ubud and has created some of the most most amazing buildings that Bali has ever seen. She will be exploring the design process and the challenges of creating a new design vocabulary.


EMONI started as a group of Balinese musicians and dancers called Sekaa Kesenian Parasu Geni who rocked their engineering faculty at Udayana with an original piece combining contemporary dance and music called POLENG. Inspired by the great response, EMONI was formed in 2011, melding Balinese music with pop harmonies. Using rindik, Balinese flute (suling) and Balinese drums (kendang), EMONI experiments with different genres such as jazz, blues, pop and rock. The members of EMONI are Anak Agung Gde Raka Gunawarman (singer,guitarist),  Agus Anwar Eka Wayudi (guitarist), I.B. Yogi Pratama (bass), I.G.N.A. Gde Parama S. (percussion), Made Dony Swiyoga Putra (Balinese flute, rindik), Wayan Deny Yoga Pratama (Balinese flute), Anak Agung Ngr Aritama  (Balinese flute), and Anak Agung Ngr Edy Prayoga (Balinese flute). Their motto is “Creation and Innovation” in honor of art that brings peace and harmony.



Featured in the New York Times, declared an Architectural Digest Innovator, and watched by millions on CBS, we are pleased to have Elora Hardy on the 2014 TEDxUbud stage.

Raised in Ubud, Elora spent 14 years of her young adult life in the United States, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University and went on to become sole textile and print designer for Donna Karan Intl. In 2010, Elora returned to Bali to carry on the incredible work of the design-build team that created the world-renowned Green School in Bali, founded by her father John Hardy. The first structure at Green School was a bridge, connecting the two sides of the river valley campus. It stands as an outstanding example of what is possible when architects, engineers, designers, and craftsmen come together to build in a new way. The construction of Green School led to many innovations in bamboo architecture and engineering.

When Elora returned to Bali, she founded Ibuku and reconnected with the culture and landscape that she loves. Today she continues to cultivate Balinese artisans alongside innovative designers and architects with the goal of making Bali a global center for sustainable design and bringing those designs to the rest of the world.  The core Ibuku design team is an inspired group of Indonesian architects, designers, and master craftsmen. Working closely with the construction teams to implement each design, they take a bold stand to innovate in unconventional ways with natural materials. Ibuku’s intention is that over the next 5 years, bamboo will become highly desirable internationally, and be recognized as a valuable and versatile resource for all people in the world. Elora and her team have built forty new bamboo structures in Bali. Many of these buildings now make up Green Village, a community of luxurious private homes neighboring Green School. Ibuku continues to expand the potential of building exceptional bamboo structures.


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.)

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About TED 

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.