Hong Kong, 12 May 2013 ————– Bumbling Traveller Adventure Series creator Tom Schmidt was featured as a key speaker at TEDx Victoria Harbour yesterday at the historic Sunbeam Theatre in North Point. Created in the spirit of TED Talks mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the independently organized TEDx Victoria Harbour featured individuals sharing ideas to help shape the future of travel and tourism. As one of 11 speakers addressing a sold-out crowd, Schmidt’s talk entitled, “Travel Perspectives & Travel Perspectives,” revolved around his personal perspectives on backpacking during which he presented his visual notes and in-situ “perspective” sketches of the built environment which ultimately culminated in the creation of the award-winning Bumbling Traveller Adventure Series. Schmidt’s most recent release, Bumbling Through Hong Kong, was recently awarded a bronze medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Other speakers at TEDx Victoria Harbour included world traveler Andrea Oschetti, eco-entrepreneur Bobsy Gaia, world chef Chris Hora, and filmmaker Dean Head. A stunning and emotive violin performance by Erica Ye Byeol Lee punctuated additional talks by hotel designer Jim Spear, writer Nury Vittachi, photographer Simon Wan, tourism promoter Tony Verb and Instagram-fan Tyson Wheatley.
Thomas Schmidt is an architect offering creative design solutions for the hospitality industry, as well as a writer, illustrator, musician, and stand-up comedian. His wanderlust has carried him through various bumbling adventures in over 70 countries around the world, where sketches of his travel experiences culminated in an award-winning travel book series that seeks to promote environmental and cultural awareness through entertaining mysteries and adventures. He is a licensed US architect, a LEED® Accredited Professional, a founding member of the Hong Kong Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and a member of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI). Born in the U.S., Tom has resided in Hong Kong since 1997 and is the founder of Sepia Design Consultants Limited, an architectural consultancy specializing in sustainable hospitality design.