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Join us for the "Smart" Community Talk Event, where experts from around the world will share their ideas for the key question, "How might we become a better informed and ultimately more resilient “smart” community?”

Sat, May 21, 2022  UTC+09:00

15:00 – 18:00 A Zoom URL will be sent on the day

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Following the “Smart” Community Talk Event is the “Smart” Community Mini Jam on May 22nd.
Registration is open now!

Every new technology goes through a phase of euphoria, followed by a phase of retrenchment. Automobiles were a fantastic replacement for horses, but as their numbers increased it became clear that they had their own health and cleanliness issues. The same is true of the internet .
-Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google
How human connect with each other and the environment has been revolutionized by technology. The growing pool of personal data has contributed to a rapidly developing internet. These changes also influence the physical infrastructure where we live at a rate faster than most people can adequately judge.
Starting from the Internet of Things, now we are slowly switching the focus to the Internet of People. At this Talk Event and Mini Jam, we want to explore the possibility of creating cyber and physical systems that are human-centric and serve the good of a “smart” community that takes into account not only humans but wildlife and the environment?
The “Smart” Community Talk Event is online webinar where practitioners from around the world will gather to address key question, “How might we become a better informed, sustainable and ultimately resilient “smart” community?” What is a “smart” community anyway?  We hope to question what is “smart” while considering how we as humans can be conscious and intentional about how we use our intelligence and technology to sustain the environment and biological ecosystem of this world.
  • Kalaya Kovidvisith

    FabCafe Bangkok Co-founder

    Kalaya Kovidvisith is Co-founder of FabCafe Bangkok and Managing Director of FABLAB Thailand. She holds Master degree in Design and Computation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research interests focus on how digital fabrication and biotechnology reinforce the changing relationship in industry and create the new business model for the next design generation. Kalaya is Global Entrepreneur Summit Delegate of 2015 and Asia Pacific Weeks Berlin 2016.

    Kalaya Kovidvisith is Co-founder of FabCafe Bangkok and Managing Director of FABLAB Thailand. She holds Master degree in Design and Computation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research interests focus on how digital fabrication and biotechnology reinforce the changing relationship in industry and create the new business model for the next design generation. Kalaya is Global Entrepreneur Summit Delegate of 2015 and Asia Pacific Weeks Berlin 2016.

  • Keiko Ono

    Strategic Consultant

    Keiko is a Japanese-Papua New Guinean strategic consultant with a decade of experience working in the nonprofit, public and private sectors across +10 countries. Based in Tokyo, she works with Japanese and global brands, creating prototypes toward net positive futures. Alongside building communities focused on social impact across the Asia Pacific region (Social Innovation Japan, Pacific Island Society) her career has included growing teams at Google, developing trade for governments and researching security in civil society organisations. When she’s not being the CEO of side hustles, she can be found hunting rotenburo (outdoor hot springs) or pottering about forests.

    Keiko is a Japanese-Papua New Guinean strategic consultant with a decade of experience working in the nonprofit, public and private sectors across +10 countries. Based in Tokyo, she works with Japanese and global brands, creating prototypes toward net positive futures. Alongside building communities focused on social impact across the Asia Pacific region (Social Innovation Japan, Pacific Island Society) her career has included growing teams at Google, developing trade for governments and researching security in civil society organisations. When she’s not being the CEO of side hustles, she can be found hunting rotenburo (outdoor hot springs) or pottering about forests.

  • Chris ‘Akiba’ Wang

    Founder of FreakLabs, Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Technology

    Akiba is the Founder of FreakLabs, Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Technology. Freaklabs develops Arduino-based hardware for wildlife research, environmental conservation and basic infrastructure in rural and remote areas. Akiba has a background in electronics and product design and has been designing circuits for the past 25 years. His experience spans IC and FPGA, firmware, and hardware design to manufacturing. His specialty is in outdoor wireless sensor networks and has been working on it since 2002. His work has gravitated towards technology for environmental monitoring and is now working on wildlife conservation. 

    Akiba is the Founder of FreakLabs, Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Technology. Freaklabs develops Arduino-based hardware for wildlife research, environmental conservation and basic infrastructure in rural and remote areas. Akiba has a background in electronics and product design and has been designing circuits for the past 25 years. His experience spans IC and FPGA, firmware, and hardware design to manufacturing. His specialty is in outdoor wireless sensor networks and has been working on it since 2002. His work has gravitated towards technology for environmental monitoring and is now working on wildlife conservation. 

  • Jacinta Plucinski

    Co-Founder of FreakLabs, Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Technology

    Jacinta is a content and software developer specializing in web technologies. She’s also a published author, runs her own book and games publishing company, and has started her own magazine. She’s worked for Google, SCMP, Discovery Channel, Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) and Special Broadcasting Services (SBS). She’s studying ecology and when not working on technology or publishing projects, plays the harp or DnD, and goes hiking or diving.

    Jacinta is a content and software developer specializing in web technologies. She’s also a published author, runs her own book and games publishing company, and has started her own magazine. She’s worked for Google, SCMP, Discovery Channel, Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) and Special Broadcasting Services (SBS). She’s studying ecology and when not working on technology or publishing projects, plays the harp or DnD, and goes hiking or diving.

  • Azby Brown

    Writer, Safecast researcher, leading authority on Japanese architecture, design, and environmentalism

    AZBY BROWN is a native of New Orleans, and has lived in Japan since 1985. He is a leading authority on Japanese architecture, design, and environmentalism, and the author of The Very Small Home (2005), Just Enough: Lessons in living green from traditional Japan (2010), and The Genius of Japanese Carpentry (2014). Since the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster in March 2011, Azby has been lead researcher for Safecast, a highly successful global volunteer-based citizen-science organization devoted to developing new technology platforms for crowdsourced environmental monitoring which promote open-source and open data principles. In his writing and media appearances, Azby offers a credible, critical, and independent voice to counter partisan talking points.

    AZBY BROWN is a native of New Orleans, and has lived in Japan since 1985. He is a leading authority on Japanese architecture, design, and environmentalism, and the author of The Very Small Home (2005), Just Enough: Lessons in living green from traditional Japan (2010), and The Genius of Japanese Carpentry (2014). Since the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster in March 2011, Azby has been lead researcher for Safecast, a highly successful global volunteer-based citizen-science organization devoted to developing new technology platforms for crowdsourced environmental monitoring which promote open-source and open data principles. In his writing and media appearances, Azby offers a credible, critical, and independent voice to counter partisan talking points.

Timetable

15:00 – 15:10

Welcome and Introduction

15:10 – 15:30

"Smart" Community Talk ① by Keiko Ono, Co-founder of Social Innovation Japan

15:30 – 15:50

"Smart" Community Talk ② by Kalaya Kovidvisith, Co-founder of FabCafe Bangkok

15:50 – 16:10

"Smart" Community Talk ③ by Azby Brown, Lead Researcher of Safecast

16:10 – 16:30

"Smart" Community Talk ④ by Chris ‘Akiba’ Wang and Jacinta Plucinski, Co-Founders of FreakLabs, Hardware for Conservation

16:30 – 17:00

Cross talk session

17:00 – 17:25

Q&A Break out room, Round 1

17:25 – 17:50

Q&A Break out room, Round 2

17:50 – 18:00

Closing

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Date & Time

Sat, May 21, 2022 15:00 – 18:00 A Zoom URL will be sent on the day UTC+09:00

Venue

Online Session

Fee

Free

Capacity

100

Organizers & Sponsors

Organized by: FabCafe Global, Loftwork, Inc., Global Goals Jam
Supported by: National Cheng Kung University, Atelier Future

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