Boma ECU is an example of how young people are a significant force in enacting change. Echoing Moderator, Kookai Chaimahawong:
All the projects here come from passion. We're seeing how students’ passions can translate into impact.
Boma ECU has shown us how strong a role art and design can play in different economies, something broadly overlooked. Host, Scott Mallory states:
We’re seeing a new art-historical context - how modern arts can integrate with policy, industry, community, and society in this era.
Lastly, Boma ECU has shown us how educational institutions can stimulate sustainability, scalability, and impact on campus, by cultivating student creativity through cross-disciplinary projects. Scott Mallory states:
The convergence of expertise and passion from different stakeholder groups can spark the launch of important innovations in a variety of disciplines, including some disciplines not commonly heard of (i.e. industrial design, communication design, social media-driven filmmaking, meta-design).
The event opened with a four-person panel discussion on sustainable innovation, moderated by leaders in social impact, environmental science and design. The salon-style panel centred around Mara Mennicken's social enterprise, The GOOD Chocolatier. Four student-led pitch presentations followed the panel discussion. Three panelists (featured to address three themes: design, community, business) were selected to speak on each individual student pitch. You can find the videos to the individual pitches below:
The winner of the competition was Moni El Batrik, who pitched the "Om" project, a gravity-based nanotech ceramic filter that turns rain water into potable drinking water and can serve as personal decorative pieces or large scale public art. Moni has since designed interior lighting that extends the life of plastics (showcased at IDS consumer/trade show) and got Designer of the Year for Western Living Magazine.
The goal of Boma ECU is to highlight actionable human-centered design and innovation in the student community and research centres at the intersection of technology, ethics, science, wellness and art. Gathering like-minded creatives, thought leaders and change-makers in a pitch format, candidates access global exposure, collaborative networks, and strategic and financial support to create and scale their solutions.
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