This event was very centered around China, its culture, its heritage and views and opinions about the country (all positive obviously). It was small, daily life stories, all very admirable of course, but in all honesty did not qualify for a TED event at all. Some of the 'high-tech' topics that have become so characteristic for TED felt like they just as easily could have been presented ten years ago (internet for all, a topic that has been discussed ad nauseam, and the movements of a computer mouse in correlation to user friendliness, really?). Many of the other topics were just something that could fit in a shallow talk show with the purpose of killing time (poverty, volunteerism, charity, fashion Western jazz with Chinese characteristics and omg the a cappella group...)
The lack of vision was however the biggest disappointment. Common for all TED talks is the clear vision of where this idea is headed, what the creator wants to achieve. That is what is most interesting, to see this passion and will power, the belief in something that isn't even close to being done yet. None of the speakers expressed any kind of vision in this way, which took away the core of what TED stands for.
The promotional parts of it I almost don't even want to mention again. Kraft Foods, APC, it was all about advertising and product promotion. A big no no in these circumstances if you ask me.
All in all I was very disappointed, as you might have guessed by now. I had looked forward to this a lot, to the inspiration it would bring, to the interesting discussions that would arise, to the fantastic people that were gonna speak. Nothing really came through and I left feeling like I had wasted my time...