On 3 November 2017,  a group of students from UWCSEA Dover Campus went on a visit to REAPRA, an investment company on Tomlinson Road (Singapore) that works to establish large-scale ventures that can transform business fields and start new industries. The visit was co-organsied by Reactor Training and the IDEAS Hub

It was amazing to see how informal a company could be: no specific seating plan, no rows of desks and chairs, bean bags on the side, sofas for people to sit in. And the best bit was that it was in two blocks of a condo, the entire workspace of a startup! Some people who worked there where trying to start companies like 'Flying Uber', and a 'Tripadvisor' for the education sector.

 

 

It was great to feel the atmosphere and meet the people. We then went to their other floor where they were running a gaming company called SPOUT360 - an e-sports content platform that aims to reach the core gaming audience in Southeast Asia by providing multimedia content around the top e-sports games. The biggest surprise was when we entered to find the workers working hard....on playing their games! It was a really fun atmosphere and they even had a green screen room where they had been recording videos for their YouTube channel. We also went to their meeting room, 'the sumo room', and learned about what they did and why the are doing what they do. 

The last company, SchoolViews wanted to be known TripAdvisor or Glassdoor for education. As a new start up that will launch in November, they aim to become the most trusted global brand in education research. It was interesting to see how their personal experience with schools spurred them to start a company that helps parents choose the best school for their children.

It was a great experience and if you have a chance ever to go to a startup workspace, or any other office, I would really recommend it just for the experience and exposure.

 

-Vedant Bahadur, Dover Campus

During the summer I made a decision to take on an internship at the Global Education and Leadership Foundation in Delhi. I was given this opportunity through the LIFE Challenge@UWCSEA a competition held in our school in order to promote the sustainable development goals. After putting hard work into the project me and my team focused on I was offered the opportunity to take on a new challenge to expand my boundaries. I was initially skeptical of going because I would not be with any family and was going to live and work with people I had never met before. After much consideration, I decided that it would be in my best interest to go to Delhi by myself and spend a month with the foundation.

During my time there I worked on the planning for the annual flagship conference LIFE (leadership innovative for excellence). I spent my time there working on an event that displayed a multitude of different social enterprises working to better society. I also helped with the creation of the LIFE Challenge@Delhi in which young leaders came together to take on a project with the intention of creating a market proposal.

 

On reflection, upon coming home it was truly an experience of a life time. People that I had never met became friends that I will never forget. Although it is a lot and lots of work and very late hours every second of it was worth it. To work at tGELF mean you have to always give it your 110%. Often times it means you will have to work till well into the night sometimes past midnight. If you are willing to put in the work the reward will be the experience of a lifetime. I cannot express how grateful I am to the amazing people I was able to work with during my time there.

If you are ever presented with this opportunity you should take it because the amount that you will learn is truly remarkable and the friends you will make are some of the best people in the world. I consider myself to have been truly privileged to have received this opportunity.    

- Ian Noronha, 9KaL

Welcome to the third meeting of the Culture Club@IDEAS Hub! It is a group of enthusiasts who love food and experimenting with different cooking techniques. The first 2 meetings were all about kefirs. Easy and yummy stuff.  Somehow it always turned into a breakfast club as sour bread dough was passed around. Mr Geoff Leeming does make a mean creme fraiche that goes well with the bread. 

The third one on the 19th of August was slightly more adventurous! It really started out with the question of "How can we make salmon even tastier?" Also, prior to this one of the volunteers shared many pictures of his cured pork belly which led to an easy peasy 10 min demo on salmon curing!


 

2 parts sugar, 1 part kosher salt, lots of dill and szechuan pepper for that kick. cool Be very generous with your seasoning! Then wrap it tightly in 2 layers of plastic wrap. Leave it in the fridge for 2 days then wash it off. Ta-da! It'll be ready to eat with your bagels or on your salads. 

A huge shoutout to Mr Jens Zietz for sharing his recipe with us! Looking forward to more sessions with different types of foods and fermentation techiques. 

The Culture Club meets once every 3rd week of the month. If you are keen on sharing or being part of the group, write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

When you think of what a Smart City is, the natural inclination would be to imagine driverless cars whizzing through streets, bike sharing schemes, talking fridges, and the use of Big Data as big brother. Such a utopian (or dystopian) vision is largely based on technology - specifically information and communication technology (ICT) and the Internet of Things (IoT), and imagines a future where lives are made easier and more productive – thanks to technology.

However, amongst all the talk of technological innovations in Smart Cities, it is easy to overlook the important roles governance, culture and community engagement plays in enabling smart practices to take place. Furthermore, as the needs of city dwellers around the world vary, so too do definitions of what makes a Smart City.

In his sharing on the 18th of March, Prof Pomeroy considered different case studies from his TV series, Smart Cities 2.0, from around the World. He shared with participants how he investigated their unique characteristics, and ultimately ask whether such environments really enhance our daily lives.

Prof Pomeroy was candid and passionate about cities. As a trained architect, he showed us sketches of urban environments around the world. Sustainability plays a huge part of the lives of the UWCSEA community. His talk was well attended by many staff, students and parents alike.

If you would like to watch his documentary, you can visit his website or at Toggle.

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