Hailing from Malaysia, Ayisha Rahman is an intermedia artist and designer with a background in Digital Media (Media Arts) and e-Learning Technologies from Multimedia University, Malaysia. In 2015, she became an independent MDEC’s Creative Lifelong Learning Programme (CILL) grant recipient and did 3-months solo residency at Mixed Reality Lab, City University London. During the stint, she learnt DIY Raspberry Pi hacking and went on to work on PINAURAL, a quasi-therapy experimental installation art, under supervision of Prof. Adrian Cheok. She now teaches as a Cultural Officer / Lecturer at the Faculty of Animation and Multimedia, National Academy of Arts, Culture & Heritage (ASWARA).
John is an educator committed to bringing meaningful learning experiences to students. He spent his childhood exploring the forests near Seattle in the Pacific Northwest where his curiosity grew into a fascination with the way the natural world functions. As a junior high science teacher, he supported students as they learned to use models to understand the world around them. He also worked with teachers to develop and implement equitable and ambitious curriculum and instructional practices. While he’s not teaching, you will most likely catch him on a run, stumble upon him reading in a cafe, or meet up with him after a backpacking trip. He is currently in China sharing his love of nature while learning with students as he joins them on journeys of outdoor adventure, team building, and personal growth.
Nhasala Joshi is a techie and a tinkerer. She currently works as a Hardware Engineer at Kazi Studios on product development. Prior to it, she interned in R&D at Karkhana Pvt. Ltd. for 18 months, creating products and assisting their education curriculum. She was involved in ‘Yantra’-an annual art-tech showcase-on its previous editions. She collaborated with artists on creating interactive art installations which used technology as a tool for arts and medium for expression. She has since been interested in designing and developing human centric products and finding interdisciplinary approaches on combining technology with arts and design. She has been active towards inspiring young women in technology with her involvement in Women Leaders in Technology, which she founded in 2015, and Women LEAD Nepal, where she is an alumna. She is working to promote traditional artisans and makers, and advance them into local entrepreneurship through her civic engagement project as US Embassy Youth Council Member – 2016/17.
Dr. Marc R. Dusseiller
Dr. Marc R. Dusseiller is a transdisciplinary scholar, lecturer for micro and nanotechnology, cultural facilitator and an artist. He performs DIY workshops in lo-fi electronics and synths, hardware hacking for citizen science and DIY microscopy. He has worked as a guest faculty and mentor at various schools, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IN), UCSB (USA) and in Switzerland, FHNW, HEAD, ETHZ. In collaboration with Kapelica Gallery, he started the BioTehna Lab in Ljubljana (2012 – 2013), an open platform for interdisciplinary and artistic research on life sciences. Currently, he is developing means to perform bio- and nanotechnology research and dissemination, Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art, in a DIY / DIWO fashion in kitchens, ateliers and in the Majority World. He was the co-organizer of the different editions of Hackteria Lab (2010 – 2014) in Zürich, Romainmotier, Bangalore and Yogyakarta.
Milan KC went to Birendra Sainik army school for his schooling and has bachelor degree in Criminal Justice with minor in Computer Science and masters in Political Science from Dallas, Texas. He has worked as a system administrator at JPmorgan Chase Bank in Deleware, Edmunds.com in Santa Monica and Veritis.com in Texas. In 2010, he returned to Nepal and began working in Gurukul, located at the outskirts of Pokhara valley, as a principal. His goal in life is to help students become responsible global citizens and to spark the love of technology in their mind. Milan is a traveler at heart and loves to play flute. He has a beautiful wife and even more beautiful two-year-old daughter and three dogs.
Leo is a designer and educational robotics specialist based in Phnom Penh. His formal education was in physics and complex systems simulation but his passion lies in creating educational robots with local context that allow students to explore STE(A)M subjects at many levels.
Shams Jaber is the founder of The Tech Academy, a social enterprise which provides electronics and programming education to children from both upper middle class and underprivileged backgrounds. The underlying purpose behind this is to develop critical, analytical and problem solving skills among children. Besides teaching children in Dhaka, he also provides the same form of education to Mro Tribal children in the Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. Recently, his organization formed a partnership with AvishkaarBox (New Delhi, India) to provide AvishkaarBox’s Robotics education to some of the school children in Dhaka. He is also a Global Shaper at the Dhaka Hub, which is a project under the World Economic Forum.
Greg Camacho is from one of the 7,107 islands of the Philippines. Having graduated with a business degree and having previously worked as an investment banker, he has a strong background in business and finance. He is currently completing his MBA at the Said Business School at the University of Oxford in the UK. His long term goal is to be able to develop sustainable and profitable businesses and projects in his country and the Southeast Asian region in the fields of education, innovation, environmental preservation, agriculture, energy, and space.
In a past life, Priya Joshi was a wildlife researcher and the catalyst in introducing wildlife genetic research in Nepal. She is now actively working to spark a maker culture among nepali women. “Astronomy has always been my eternal subject of fascination and curiosity”, she says.