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AN EVENING OF THOUGHT-PROVOKING CONVERSATIONS
AND IDEAS WORTH SPREADING

7:00PM
13.11.2020

THEME: THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

'The Butterfly Effect' is the idea that our actions, no matter how small, can result in a bigger impact one day.

How can we enable youths to believe in the value of their actions today?

MEET THE SPEAKERS: 2020

CHERYL TAN

Executive Director, Singapore Mental Health Film Festival

Cheryl is an imperfect human with an infectious laugh. She has dedicated her life to uncover the dark and light within herself, constantly expanding her inner awareness to observe the intricate stories that surface with each layer. She came from the advertising world where she was driven by educating the masses on brand stories. Now, she has switched her focus to use raw human stories to inspire courage and love in the people around her.

Cheryl is the Executive Director of the Singapore Mental Health Film Festival, a non-profit organisation that uses film as a catalyst to advocate and promote conversations about mental health. She is also the founder of The Breathe Movement. Cheryl is a 2019 Obama Leader: Asia-Pacific.

DR. CRYSTAL ABIDIN

Anthropologist and Ethnographer of Internet Cultures

Dr Crystal Abidin is an anthropologist of vernacular internet cultures, especially influencer cultures, internet celebrity, online visibility, and social media pop cultures.

She is Senior Research Fellow & ARC DECRA Fellow in Internet Studies at Curtin University. Crystal has published over 60 articles and chapters on various aspects of influencer cultures, and her books include: Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online (2018, Emerald), Microcelebrity Around the Globe: Approaches to Cultures of Internet Fame (co-edited with Megan Lindsay Brown, 2018, Emerald), Instagram: Visual Social Media Cultures (co-authored with Tama Leaver & Tim Highfield, 2020, Polity), and Mediated Interfaces: The Body on Social Media (co-edited with Katie Warfield & Carolina Cambre, 2020, Bloomsbury). Crystal works closely with industry, and her internationally-acclaimed research has been recognized by Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia, Pacific Standard Top 30 Thinkers Under 30, ABC Top 5 Humanities Fellowship, and the ICA Pop Comm Early Career Scholar Prize.
Reach her at wishcrys.com.

GARY LIM & JORDIE

Visually Impaired Guide/Facilitator, Dialogue In The Dark

Gary is a facilitator with social enterprise Dialogue In The Dark. He began losing his sight in his thirties when he was diagnosed with glaucoma. Despite several operations, he became fully blind in 2017.

Despite his easy-going nature, he is not one to surrender during tough times. A free spirit, Gary expresses himself through songwriting along with the guitar. One can always find him with his Guide Dog, Jordie, on one arm navigating around Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

JASPER YAP

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) & Co-Founder, Eezee

Jasper Yap is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Co-Founder at Eezee, Singapore’s largest B2B marketplace. An academic scholar and entrepreneur, Jasper was recognized as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 young entrepreneurs and game changers in Retail & Ecommerce.

Jasper heads the Technology Division in Eezee, where he and his team develop new business technologies, data management strategies and platform integrations.

LAVINIA THANAPTHY

Founding Chair, Inspiring Girls Singapore
Co-Author & Editor "Unleash Your Voice, Powerful Public Speaking for Every Woman"

Lavinia is the Founding Chair of Inspiring Girls Singapore and a former Vice President at the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO). She is committed to creating an equal future through the empowerment of women & girls. A lawyer by training and a branding expert by profession, Lavinia is the editor and co-author of the Amazon bestseller “Unleash Your Voice: Powerful Public Speaking for Every Woman.”

Lavinia is a sought-after speaker and media commentator on diversity, change and leadership. She was a three-term President at PrimeTime Business & Professional Women’s Association and has served as Honorary Secretary at HCA Hospice Care. Her board roles have led to her addressing a diverse range of Organisations including the World Intellectual Property Organisation, OCBC, DHL and Google. Currently based in Berlin, Germany, Lavinia is a Singaporean married to a German diplomat, and together they have 5 children ranging in ages from 9 to 29.

MORGAN YEO

Co-Founder, Roger&Sons

Roger&Sons is a team of ethical makers and mavericks who craft fine furniture and thoughtful objects. Their work is driven by inquiry and spans disciplines: furniture, industrial, and product design, as well as woodworking. Over the years, the cultivation of sustainability and social responsibility has become core beliefs that drive the team. Morgan Yeo, the eldest of the co-founders, leads the company in the pursuit of sustainable methods and processes.

A visionary, he is driven and most importantly, a compassionate person. The theme of “family”, runs deep in his values; a value that Morgan holds as utmost importance, is his bond with his employees.

SCHEDULE: 13 NOVEMBER 2020

  • Opening Address
    7:00PM
  • Performance by NP Voices
    7:05PM
  • Lavinia Thanapathy on Embracing Change
    7:15PM
  • Morgan Yeo on Singapore’s Forgotten Trees
    7:35PM
  • Crystal Abidin on Internet Culture and Social Media
    7:55PM
  • Performance by NP Amplify
    8:15PM
  • Gary Lim on Being Positive
    8:20PM
  • Cheryl Tan on Mental Wellness
    8:40PM
  • Jasper Yap on Entrepreneurship
    9:00PM
  • Closing Address
    9:20PM

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ABOUT

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ABOUT THE SANDBOX

As the drivers and nurturers of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E), The Sandbox is the place for Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s students and alumni to realise the potential within themselves.

Launched in 2015, The Sandbox believes, supports and spreads the I&E spirit through our repertoire of funding, events, workshops & programmes and incubator spaces. Their programmes and initiatives aim to provide mentorship, guidance and resources for students, alumni, adult learners and entrepreneurs-in-the-making.

ABOUT THE SANDBOX ADVOCATES

The Sandbox Advocates is a student interest group supporting Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s mission to be the definitive polytechnic for budding entrepreneurs. The Advocates also act as the marketing arm of The Sandbox, the institute’s Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E).

Comprising a group of impassioned students, their mission is to promote and flourish the Innovation & Entrepreneurship culture all around Singapore. With their goal to instil a world-ready attitude within themselves, the Advocates initiate, plan and implement I&E events and activities as part of their journey to be entrepreneurs in their own right.

Meet Our 2020 Organising Team

CHIA CHIONG LUN

Lead Organiser and Logistics Director

SHERMAINE TAY

Lead Organiser and Marketing Director

DANIEL FOO

Event Manager (LOGISTICS)

JOEL CHUE

Event Manager (LOGISTICS)

MOSES SAW

Event Manager (LOGISTICS)

MELISSA LOW

Executive Producer and Designer (MARKETING)

JEWEL KHOO

Designer (MARKETING)

DORCAS KOO

Designer (MARKETING)

ALLEN LEE

Assistant Programme Manager, Innovation & The Sandbox Advocates Staff Advisor

ABOUT TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

ABOUT TEDX

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)