Green Drinks: Lai Hock & Ibnur Rashad – Sustainable Living Lab & Kampung Culture

This month, two of the most sought after eco-innovators will be speaking on sustainable living at Green Drinks. Tay Lai Hock, founder of Ground Up Initiative and M. Ibnur Rashad, founder of Sustainable Living Lab will bring their rich experience and insights into living the kampung spirit against our urban landscape.

Join us for this inspiring talk on:

Date: 29 November 2012 (Thursday)

Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm (talk will be followed by Q&A, then mingling)

Venue: The Hub, 113 Somerset Rd (National Youth Council Academy building)

RSVP: olivia@greendrinkssingapore.com

We hope to see you there!

About Tay Lai Hock
Tay Lai Hock is the Founder and President of Ground-Up Initiative (GUI pronounced as Gee-U-Aye) – and he is best known as the Kampung Chief as he grows GUI from her humble beginning in 2008 and in Apr 2009, started building the SL Kampung at Bottle Tree Park (Yishun) with a small space of 100sqm to 1200+sqm. Without any land and funding from any source in the beginning, GUI is now ever growing with more space and more people (local and foreign) – volunteers, schools and corporations – are coming together to create greater good for humanity and care for the Earth.

Lai Hock aspires to bring more SOUL to Singapore with the community he created nearly 5 years ago, working creatively and passionately on the Hardware, Software and Heartware to inspire more to come on board and making this vision a reality.

About Ibnur M. Rashad
A community-oriented ground-up innovator at the Sustainable Living Lab (SL2), Ibnur believes in governance, innovation and learning from Nature. He has worked on biochip nanofabrication and ‘invisibility cloaks’. He has also developed prototypes such as a tap sensor, antennas, filters, fruit dryers and a very cool water roller. At HDB, he worked on vertical greening and rainwater harvesting.

In 2009, Ibnur expanded his wings to Silicon Valley, where he worked at Zong, studying mobile payments, social networks and multiplayer games. He then came back to help refine innovation at Ministry of Home Affairs in Singapore. His teams have won the Daimler-UNESCO Mondialogo Engineering Award for appropriate solutions in rural India, Challenge:Future for an innovation platform prototype, and EDB-BETA for designing a health platform for 2030. He also represented Singapore at the ASEAN Youth Forum on Innovation and Creativity (AYFIC).

About Sustainable Living Lab
The Sustainable Living Lab (SL2) is a social enterprise that aims to nurture the Kampung Spirit of innovation. Striving to be the world’s most effective network of community labs in solving the sustainability challenges we face, SL2 now operates a semi-outdoor community lab and prototyping facility to help local innovators, organisations and students to serve their communities and the bottom-of-the-pyramid better. SL2 also designs and makes products using sustainable materials and closely follow fair share principles in the production of our items. Together with disadvantaged makers and craftsmen in Southeast Asia, SL2 created the iBam 2 – the world’s first electricity-free bamboo speaker for your smartphone. Featured on popular sites like CNET and TechCrunch, the iBam 2 serves to build up local capabilities in disadvantaged communities and a fair trade ecosystem strongly linked to wildlife conservation.

Photo Courtesy of Sustainable Living Lab

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  • About Green Drinks Singapore

    Founded in November 2007, Green Drinks Singapore is one of more than 800 cities with a Green Drinks presence.

  • We are a non-profit environmental movement that connects academia, green businesses, activists, community and government, for knowledge sharing and collaboration opportunities. We do this by organising informal talks every last Thursday of the month, over drinks! Once in a while, we hold discussions, documentary screenings and workshops to further engage the public and participants.
  • Started in 1989 in London, the Green Drinks movement is a self-organising network that is meant to be simple and unstructured. The global site can be found at www.greendrinks.org.
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