What can Beijingers do to secure a better future? At TEDxFactory798, 5 locals pitch their ideas


This Saturday, five excited Beijingers took the stage at TEDxFactory798's Action Pitch Session to share with TEDx’ers their vision for the City 2.0.

During this Session, each participant was given only two minutes to get the crowd excited about their idea, creating a rapid-fire chain of proposals for the audience to think over.

At the end of the Session, audience members were asked to vote for the “pitcher” with the most compelling idea—pledging to have this project adopted and realized by the community.

Prior to the event, the team at TEDxFactory798 sifted through dozens of applications—all submitted by people anxious to share their ideas for a future China with the TEDx community. Somehow, they narrowed it down to just five, but surely it wasn’t easy.

Below, the five Beijingers selected to share their ideas at TEDxFactory798 on TEDxCity2.0 day, including the generator of the winning project:

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October 13’s day of urban inspiration is not without its visual inspiration. As evidence, we’ve put together this list of six TEDxCity2.0 graphics not to be missed. Below, six amazing graphics celebrating cities across the globe:


First up, TEDxSantoDomingo in the Dominican Republic, whose City 2.0 poster certainly wins for cutest design: whoever knew urban architecture could be so adorable?

After the jump, 5 more favorites!

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TEDxFactory798 is one of many TEDxCity2.0 events making sure that ideas about cities of the future don’t stop at a theater stage or in a speaker’s slides. One of the many events holding an Action Pitch Session for actions creating the City 2.0, the team at TEDxFactory798 says “everyday citizens” make a city, and are the cornerstones of its future.
By inviting 5 Beijingers to pitch their ideas for a happier, healthier, improved Beijing, TEDxFactory798’s team are making efforts to make sure the citizen has a voice that is heard.
As part of the lead-up to their event, organizer Ellen Cheng told TEDx, the team traveled throughout the city’s neighborhoods to speak with local residents about their dreams for the city of tomorrow. “Some of them are life-long residents in the central old-town Hutong areas,” said Ellen, “some of them are newly [emigrated] living near downtown outside 5th Ring Road. Some of them are innocent kids filled with dreams of the future; some of them are witnesses of the constant changes of the urban landscape. We are mixing the perspectives of insiders and outsiders,” she said. Team members asked locals to wear T-shirts that said, “I am the City 2.0,” to show that whoever makes up the city today is a vital piece of the city tomorrow. Life-sized photographs of the participants will be hung on the walls of the event on City 2.0 day, said Ellen. TEDxFactory798 has also created an interactive online forum, where Beijing residents can ask questions about the City2.0. “The top question so far is ‘What’s your wish of City2.0? What will you do for City2.0?’” said Ellen. “We will provide 10 free tickets to the users who provide the best questions and answers,” she said.All of this will culminate in TEDxFactory798’s Action Pitch Session, where 5 innovative Beijingers will pitch their ideas for a better, healthier, future-ready Beijing, and  audience members will vote on which idea they would like to make a reality.
Photo: Beijing residents wear T-shirts that read, “I am City 2.0.” (Courtesy Ellen Cheng)

TEDxFactory798 is one of many TEDxCity2.0 events making sure that ideas about cities of the future don’t stop at a theater stage or in a speaker’s slides. One of the many events holding an Action Pitch Session for actions creating the City 2.0, the team at TEDxFactory798 says “everyday citizens” make a city, and are the cornerstones of its future.

By inviting 5 Beijingers to pitch their ideas for a happier, healthier, improved Beijing, TEDxFactory798’s team are making efforts to make sure the citizen has a voice that is heard.

As part of the lead-up to their event, organizer Ellen Cheng told TEDx, the team traveled throughout the city’s neighborhoods to speak with local residents about their dreams for the city of tomorrow. “Some of them are life-long residents in the central old-town Hutong areas,” said Ellen, “some of them are newly [emigrated] living near downtown outside 5th Ring Road. Some of them are innocent kids filled with dreams of the future; some of them are witnesses of the constant changes of the urban landscape. We are mixing the perspectives of insiders and outsiders,” she said.

Team members asked locals to wear T-shirts that said, “I am the City 2.0,” to show that whoever makes up the city today is a vital piece of the city tomorrow. Life-sized photographs of the participants will be hung on the walls of the event on City 2.0 day, said Ellen.

TEDxFactory798 has also created an interactive online forum, where Beijing residents can ask questions about the City2.0. “The top question so far is ‘What’s your wish of City2.0? What will you do for City2.0?’” said Ellen. “We will provide 10 free tickets to the users who provide the best questions and answers,” she said.

All of this will culminate in TEDxFactory798’s Action Pitch Session, where 5 innovative Beijingers will pitch their ideas for a better, healthier, future-ready Beijing, and  audience members will vote on which idea they would like to make a reality.

Photo: Beijing residents wear T-shirts that read, “I am City 2.0.” (Courtesy Ellen Cheng)

TEDx organizer question: What does City 2.0 mean to you and your community?

  • TEDxTheBund: ...In my opinion, Web 2.0 really changed the world and leads us into a new age. A professor from Tongji University drew a picture that described the changes and differences between agricultural age, industrial age, and what we call the "cloud age" (today). These days the "cloud" connects us on a global level--services, goods, information, people--and enhances the exchange between these--by expanding access. The new network system has made society structure, social relations, and people's mind and behavior different. Right now, the City 2.0 concept is relevant.
  • City 2.0, especially because it allows an action pitch session, will be a powerful force to drive positive changes for our local community. I hope our event can explore these kind of changes, and encourage action. We are inviting many professionals with different background to attend the event. Hopefully, they can contribute more ideas and useful suggestions for our city's future.