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TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a non-proﬁt organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes.
For the third year running, the team at TEDx Ubud are bringing together a curated group of 300 change makers, innovators, & social pioneers who will be part of a full day schedule of talks, performances, and interaction. Smashing eh?
As many of you know, Ubud is special to me and if I had the opportunity, I’d move and work there for the rest of my life. Well, until the humidity melts my brain anyway. Aside from the place stupidly cheap, it offers a beautiful paradise that has attracted artists, creators and big thinkers from around the world. To have a TED set in this lush greenery would be amazing and seats are filling up fast.
Tickets are Rp. 400,000 each and Rp. 90,000 for Indonesian Citizens to encourage the locals to get involved.
Thinking about booking a trip and don’t know where to start? Well, let me help you – firstly, click on the below link to start searching for the cheapest flight to Denpasar, or Bali Airport (also known as Ngurah Rai) which is located in Indonesia (don’t laugh, I’ve had people telling me that Bali is a country, not an island). The link not only helps me, but you generally won’t be able to find cheaper flights elsewhere.
Return flights start at around $100 from Malaysia, $120 from Singapore, $250 from Brunei, $260 from Australia, $400 from Japan, $800 from New Zealand, $1000 from Europe and $1400 from the USA.
The 2013 TEDxUbud is on June 1, which is a Saturday, making it the perfect time in the week to have a conference. You’ll be able to find cheaper flights in and out of Bali mid-week, so book a few days either side of the event. It will be held at the Fivelements Puri Ahimsa which can be on the pricier side but after a quick search on wgopn’s hotel booking site, I’ve seen rooms starting at $379 which is almost $100 cheaper than their website’s advertised price.
There are a whole bunch of hotels in the area as well as your usual assortment of AirBnB places (including my personal favourite at Lodtunduh Sari). You’ll be able to get a bed in the area for as little as $15 a night (even less if you shop around).
To those unfamiliar to the area, the venue seems to be a bit of a distance to the Ubud city centre, but keep it mind that it is only a couple of bucks to get around the place and private drivers are available everywhere. Ask your accommodation about drivers or harass the team at TEDxUbud as I’m sure they’d be able to help too :)
For more information, head on over to http://tedxubud.com.
On the topic of Bali, the crew at Startup Hostel are in the process or organising their inaugural hostel and it looks like its gonna happen very soon!
BTW, if you do sign up to either TEDx or Startup Hostel, tell em’ grum sent ya ;)
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