IDE 2018: Think Big Act Small Symposium
Symposium: Think Big Act Small
We bring interesting people from around the world to inspire creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Think Big Act Small Symposium (24 February 2018, 12.30 PM – 5 PM, IMAX Paragon)
Alexander Rendell is widely known as an actor, however, not many people know his strong passion for the environment. Alex is the co-founder of the Environmental Education Center Thailand (EEC Thailand), which hosts educational camps on environmental conservation for young people. EEC camps aim to educate and influence participants to recognize their involvement in the conservation of natural resources around the world with the hope that through the camp activities that everyone will see the true value of nature.
Chef Mai Thitiwat Tantragarn
Chef Mai Thitiwat Tantragarn is the executive chef at Insects in the Backyard, Thailand’s first fine dining insect restaurant. Chef Mai challenges perceptions, aesthetics and cultural expectations by creating finger-licking delicious dishes incorporating humble insects. Environmentally and for their super food attributes he believes that bugs represent the future of food and is dedicated to spreading the edible insect culture. Chef Mai has numerous accolades to his name and has worked as a former chef at Sirocco Le Bua, Michelin star restaurant chain D’Sens and celebrity chef, Todd English’s Mohgan Sun in the United States
Mattie Do is the first and only female Laotian film director. Born to refugee parents who fled Laos’s 1975 communist revolution, Mattie is an alumni of the Cannes’ Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde, the Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab, and the Bucheon International Film Festival’s Fantastic Film School. Mattie has directed two groundbreaking films Chanthaly (2012) and Dearest Sister, which was screened at dozens of film festivals around the world and was the first Oscar submission from Laos to The Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Mattie has also produced Jamie Dagg’s River (2014), which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards, and co-produced Katsuya Tomita’s Bangkok Nites which won the Junior Jury Prize at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival.
Solveiga Pakštaitė is an inventor and entrepreneur with an industrial design background, which dedicated to creating small things that solve bigger issues. She specializes in user-centered and sustainable design and is passionate about creating elegant, intuitive and beautiful products that improve the quality of our everyday lives. She is the inventor of Mimica Touch, a biologically accurate food spoilage indicator that reduces food waste and improved food safety. The product has a granted patent and has been awarded numerous prizes – most recently she was named MIT Technology Review’s Inventor of the Year.
Yun Phannapast Taychamaythakool
Yun Phannapast Taychamaythakool, is a designer, fashion brand consultant and former Creative Director of Kloset. Her artwork is inspired by her surroundings in which she likes to replace human behavior with animal behaviour in a form of self expression. Yun’s ultimate goal is for her artwork to be memorable and create emotions. She has many ongoing projects with well-known brands such as Gucci, Jim Thompson, Instagram Inc., and Sangsom.
Human Instruments was founded by London based father and son team, composer and inventor Rolf Gehlhaar and designer and musician Vahakn Matossian-Gehlhaar. Human Instruments makes high quality musical instruments for people with physical disabilities. Society has created barriers for disabled people to receive an education or build a profession in music. We create opportunities for this community by designing and building beautifully crafted musical devices to revive traditional orchestral instruments. We are committed to bringing about a shift in music culture as powerful as the Paralympic games phenomenon. We have been a part of truly innovative and inspirational musical spectacles and it is our vision to bring talented disabled musicians, performers and composers to the world stage. Human Instruments is actively seeking collaborative projects, financial support and welcoming new players and team members.
Panu Sukitpaneenit is a Senior Membrane Scientist at Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. in Boston. Panu’s research centers on designing novel and high separation membrane materials and technologies for clean water and energy, healthy dairy foods & beverages and affordable healthcare to build a better future for all. Panu holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Singapore, where he was a recipient of the NUS President’s Graduate Fellowship. His many awards include the World Future Foundation PhD Prize in Environmental and Sustainability Research and IES Prestigious Engineering Achievements Award from The Institution of Engineering in Singapore. He was named as one of MIT Technology Review’s Top Innovators under 35 in the Asia Pacific region in 2015.
Alicia Noel believes that everyone in the world should have access to safe, quality food. She lived in Beijing from 2008 through 2014, where she saw a string of food safety scandals cause illness and concern about the food supply chain. This led her to research and speak publicly about sustainable agriculture and food safety. It also started her thinking about how we can improve traceability and transparency. As she learned more about blockchain technology she realized that the documentation and immutable record which blockchains provide give us the tools to do that. Alicia founded her consultancy firm Cultivati Inc. to help organizations understand how blockchain is being used around the world to address a range of challenges in food supply chains. Since returning to the US, she has consulted with a range of organizations on food safety issues in China including operations, governance, communications and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Alicia is also a mentor with food business accelerator Food-X and an advisor and judge for Fish 2.0, a sustainable seafood business competition. She can often be found discussing Chinese teas, learning about the space industry or planning her next meal.
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