TED Idea Search: Southeast Asia 2022 winners selected

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TED curators Cloe Shasha Brooks and Whitney Pennington Rodgers host the TED Idea Search: Southeast Asia 2022 to discover new voices.

From July through September, the TED Idea Search: Southeast Asia 2022 applications were open to anyone living in or descended from Southeast Asia. Applicants were required to create a two-minute video as a part of their submission.

After sorting through hundreds of applications, the TED team selected nine finalists to participate in two virtual TED Membership events, where the finalists talked more about their ideas and participated in a Q&A with TED Members. After each Q&A, TED Members had the opportunity to vote on each finalist’s idea and speaking style.

Thanks to those ratings, the TED team selected three winners who will be invited to give a TED Talk, either virtually or in person. Those winners are:

Hong Hoang, climate activist, based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Hoang finds creative ways to conduct climate activism in politically challenging contexts.

Piyachart Phiromswad, economist, based in Bangkok, Thailand

Phiromswad studies the technological, social and economic ways we can unleash the true power of a globally aging population.

Wan Faridah Akmal Jusoh, entomologist, based in Subang Jaya, Malaysia

Jusoh studies the wonders of fireflies — and even discovered a new species of firefly.

Each winner will be paired with a TED curator to develop their idea in the lead-up to their moment onstage or direct-to-camera talk. Stay tuned for those published talks on!

Past TED Idea Search winners

Check out a selection of speakers who were discovered during past TED Idea Searches:

Adie DelaneyAn aerialist on listening to your body’s signals

Adeola FayehunAfrica is a sleeping giant — I’m trying to wake it up

Andrea BerchowitzThe link between menopause and gender inequity at work

Ariel WaldmanThe invisible life hidden beneath Antarctica’s ice

Elizabeth “Zibi” TurtleWhat Saturn’s most mysterious moon could teach us about the origins of life

Leo Lanna and Lvcas FiatThe colorful, shapeshifting wonder of the Amazon’s praying mantises

Miguel Antonio ModestinoHow to transform the chemical industry — one reaction at a time

Tamekia MizLadi SmithHow to train employees to have difficult conversations

Zak EbrahimI am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace

Richard TurereMy invention that made peace with the lions

Robert A. BelleThe emotions behind your money habits

Sophia KianniLanguage shouldn’t be a barrier to climate action