( by Tim Cheung and Marcus Sun, Intern of Good Lab)
Asian Changemakers Jam (date:22/7/2017) ( a programme of International Assembly @ MaD Festival 2017 )is an event that gathers innovators around the globe to share social innovations delivered in their communities. This year, there were 6 Mandarin-speaking teams and 7 English-speaking teams participating in the event at the Good Lab. The teams were separated based on the language they would present in.
國際交流 相遇碰撞 擦出更多火花
近年香港學生壓力問題嚴重，其中壓力是源自香港學生對未來感到不安，為就業感到憂慮。隊伍 Ifiwere有見及此，打算透過VR技術，模擬不同種類的工作環境。他們在Changemakers Jam上向觀眾展示了一段VR模擬護士工作情況的短片，片中用家飾演一名護士，可以在虛擬世界中模擬護士的日常工作。片中病房場景設計非常細緻，用家的任務不只是扶助病人，更包括選擇藥物和器材等高專業性的工作。Ifiwere的特點在於為每一間需要此服務的公司度身設計一套VR系統。這樣的系統給予學生機會去了解有興趣行業的真正工作環境，從而幫助他們選擇學科或工作；同時，也能為企業和公司提供途徑去聘請合適的員工。
香港隊伍還有Dark Alley Poems，他們以記錄街頭塗鴉來分享集體回憶，希望藉此加強港人的本土意識﹑歸屬感和香港人的身份認同；以及Unsign，他們以石頭為原料的手機附件，包括Iphone充電器和手機座，盼為可持續發展出一分力。
當晚，還有6隊來自鄰近國家的隊伍分享他們的創新企業。例如來自韓國7Pictures，它是一個為藝術家提供展示作品和籌集資金的平台；同樣來自韓國的Cornsox以協助非洲貧困家庭為目標，他們的CORN DONATION PROJECT以「粟米」循環的概念，希望能夠使有需要的人士在買賣交易中受惠；泰國的The Bonding Box希望以分享食物盒來改善辦公室關係和工作效率；印尼的One share a day則造了一個鼓勵用家日行一善的手機應用程式。來自雲耕一族的徐伽當天以過來人的身份為評論員，為不同的隊伍提供意見。他看到年青隊伍的熱心也感到相當興奮。而到來的MaDees身分不單是旁聽，也會提出意見相互交流。活動聚集了亞洲區關心社區的朋友彼此學習；當中交流相當豐盛，讓大家廣角思考。
Empowering through exchange of ideas
In recent years, stress level of local students rocketed. The major source of pressure comes from the insecurity towards the city’s future and their own career development. Noticing such phenomenon, Ifiwere decided to provide workplace simulation to students through the technology of Virtual Reality (VR). At the night of the Changemakers Jam, they brought us to the workplace of a nurse and demonstrated her daily tasks. In the VR simulations, not only do users have to provide assistance to virtual patients, they would also be given opportunities to conduct professional trainings such as giving prescriptions and operations.
Dark Alley Poems is another local team joining the Jam this year. Aiming at raising the sense of belongings and local awareness among Hong Kong people, they share collective memories through recording Graffiti on street. The last local English speaking team of the night was UNsign. They strive to achieve sustainability through creating phone accessories such as iPhone charger and stand with rocks.
On this peaceful evening, a total of 6 Asia-pacific teams shared social innovations to our participants. 7Pictures from South Korea is a fundraising platform designated for Artists to share and raise support for their artworks. Cornsox, also from South Korea aims at providing assistance to underprivileged families in Africa through selling socks made from corn. Under their Corn Donation Project, the needy ones will be benefited from the concept of corn circulation. The Bonding Box from Thailand works on improving workplace relationship and efficiency through sharing lunch boxes. One Share A Day from Indonesia also gained inspiration to create a mobile application which encourages users to achieve one good deed per day.
Andrew Tsui from Rooftop Republic was the commentator of the day to provide feedbacks to our passionate innovators. He was impressed by the commitment of innovators to their community. This event has successfully provided a channel for MaDees to gain inspirations from one another while exchanging ideas.
探討限制 共同構想 成就可能
「Good2 Studio 孵化工作室」分享了他們為不同創業團隊整理項目，評估風險和環境趨勢的經驗，希望能提升營運效率及延續經營壽命。而「小鷹計劃」的<社區花園>則凝聚街坊力量，美化社區園圃，減少公共開支並提高中國內地公民意識。細心追蹤各群體消費習慣的「人類社會觀察院」希望能透過分享雪櫃、分類捐獻及有償替換等方法迎合市場需求和降低生產。「創客永續」則以擔起企業社會責任與可持續發展為目標，為企業制訂項目方向，協助企業定位和轉型。
Understanding the limitations to shape a better future
In another hub at Good Lab, Mandarin-speaking teams also demonstrated their impressive innovations to other participants. While listeners benefited from the new insights, presenters also found the feedbacks rewarding to further improve their projects. During the event, a large variety of themes were covered, including non-profit incubator, Corporate Social Responsibility Consultation, Seaglass Branding Culture, SHOKUZiNE Careers advisory, Non-profit Consultancy Training, Smart Donation Platform, Community Kitchen, etc.
Good2 Studio shared their experience of providing advisory service to different start-ups. Their services include risk and trending management to lengthen the lifespan of start-ups through increasing operational efficiency. The Community Garden project enhances neighborhood cohesion and reduces public expenditure through raising civic awareness. Beautifying community gardens is one of the approach to implement their ideas. Observateurs de société de l’homme shares refrigerators, collect expense spending data from different walks of life and conduct reward substitution to reduce production while fulfilling market needs. Maker Sustainability Consulting targets to promote Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development through their services. In terms of contributions to the environment, Seaglass adopts the concept of upcycling, to collect marine waste and transform them into jewelries, art pieces and even daily groceries. SHOKUZiNE is an initiative that redefines society’s understanding towards different occupations. Through learning short stories about workmen of different sectors, high school or college students can explore their desired careers. After the sharing from each team, the commentator from LaunchPilots, Jah Ying Chung shared her own insight to the participants. Although the development cycle of different team varied, they were all innovative and creative.
Overall, the event achieved great success as participants were given a platform to voice out their opinions. As most of the innovators were unlikely to be full time social entrepreneurs, the majority number of participants attempted to tackle social problems from a business perspective. Asian Changemakers Jam was not only an eye-opening experience for innovators, but also a valuable chance for them to expand their professional network. Collaborations between projects could also be one of the future directions, allowing innovators to work hand in hand for a better future.
“It has been the most fulfilling moment ever! Thank you to the commentators and MaDees for appreciating my project and giving me precious feedbacks! You all brought me energy and gave me hope to bring my project to an international level.”
The Bonding Box | Thirapongphaiboon Nantaporn 张文静 (Thailand)
“The event was very inspiring!”
UNsign | Joseph Wan (Hong Kong)
“Thank you for all the efforts of the organizing committee! Changemakers Jam is truly a precious gathering for all Ma
Dees. With the interactions between participants and commentators, a relaxing and encouraging atmosphere is shaped. People’s willingness to know about sustainability and neighborhood relationship was particularly impressive.
社區花園 Community Garden | 謝威(成都)
“This MaD experience is really rewarding. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the organizing committee for their effort. The time, venue, and event were all well-planned. Asian Changemakers Jam provided me with opportunities to communicate with different innovators. We share common values wishing to bring changes to the society. Starting from personal act, I hope to spread my influence and raise public awareness towards environmental aspects.”
「這趟MaD之行收穫很多。首先最想要感謝你們的傾力付出，無論場地，時間，計劃都安排的非常棒。Asian Changemakers Jam有讓我認識到在做各種社會創新的小伙伴。我們希望通過自身行動，感染，鼓舞身邊的每一個人在環保公益方面更勇敢的踏出第一步。最後，衷心感謝全體MaD成員的努力付出」
海玻璃Seaglass| 李抒童 (大連)
“Thank you for the excellent preparation work, I believe each and every participant enjoyed the rewarding night. Despite the differences, innovators encounter similar challenges at the beginning stage. Suggestions from fellow participants and commentators were enriching. It also gave me a chance to re-think the progress of my project.
咕咕斯丢丢Good² Studio | 舒揚Shuyang(Beijing)
“Asian Changemakers Jam is an insightful event for innovators!”
If I Were | Ling （Hong Kong）
MSC（Maker Sustainability Consulting）