Pecha Kucha Mamak @ MIT

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An evening of informal fun and educational/professional development in the art of concise and on-the-feet presentation skills using the Pecha Kucha 20×20 presentation format. Pecha Kucha 20×20 is a presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and speakers present along with the images. We will have five to six speakers per session where MIT and non-MIT graduate and undergraduate students get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, background, holiday snaps — anything, really — in the Pecha Kucha 20×20 format.

While the speakers are presenting items they love and feel passionately about, the audience will be served with typical “Mamak” snacks/drinks to reflect the laid-back late-night supper atmosphere typical of a multi-ethnic Malaysian community. At the end of the event, we plan to have informal, constructive feedback to the speakers using data analytics for them to further improve based on techniques learnt in 15.822 and 15.280.

When: February 23 ,2014 (Sunday) : NOTE DATE CHANGE!

Time: 3:45-5:15 pm DOORS SHUT at 4:00 pm sharp so as not to interrupt the speakers.

Where: E51-325 

Who: Anyone interested in the Malaysian culture and the art of concise presentation

Cost: Free (and free Mamak drinks/snacks)

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Coyin Oh (MIT Biological Engineering) 

Title: Hope in Flight: Turning an idea into reality with many, many, MANY failures

Bio: Coyin is a senior at MIT who loves bioengineering and adores international development. When she is not writing Python codes to analyze breast cancer data, she is likely to be found working on getting fly larvae to digest waste, and then feeding the fly pupae to chickens. Sometimes you can also find her teaching MIT freshmen differential equations at Building 24. Coyin loves weird flies.

Abstract: I would like to share my journey of bringing an ‘international development’ project to life. Since coming to MIT, I have been actively involved in several international development projects. The project ‘Hope inFlight’ has been my main focus, for which we won the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge in 2013 that enabled me to travel to Ghana last summer. In this talk, I would share with you the challenges we faced since the conception of Hope in Flight three years ago, and how we overcame all these challenges to make Hopein Flight a reality in Ghana.

Han Hsien (Harvard – History and Middle Eastern Studies) 

Title: The Early Muslim Polity and the World Around It

Bio: Han Hsien is a 2nd-year Ph.D. student in History and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. He is interested in medieval Islamic political thought, focusing on the idea of the caliphate between the 11th and 13th centuries. He studies Muslim political theology from the perspective of legal and theological writings, poetry, historical writings, and Qur’anic exegetical literature. Han Hsien is also interested in the culture of learning and scholarship in the Middle East and Western Europe during the pre-modern period.

Abstract: This talk will focus on particular artworks, works of architecture, and coins as manifestations of the intersection of ideas between Muslim and non-Muslim societies in the Muslim empire. Overall, I aim to demonstrate that the early medieval Middle East was a region where ideas were fluid and religious identities were constantly changing and being shaped by others

David Feliciano (LGO – MIT Sloan MBA and MIT ESD)

Title: Faith and Science

Bio: Puerto Rican heritage. Born in Massachusetts. Moved to South FL. Attended Princeton and studied ChE. Worked as an energy consultant for 4 years. Very active lifestyle. Love to run, bike, climb, hike, snowboard, surf, sail, and play squash.

Abstract: I want to explore the role my Christian faith has had on my personal and professional development. Specifically I want to explain how it has influenced my personal beliefs and values, guided my scientific understanding of the world, and influenced my career/vocational choices. I want to explain how my faith and belief in science and engineering are in harmony rather than at odds with one another.

Nick Sazdanoff (LGO – MIT Sloan MBA and MIT Mechanical Eng.)

Title: Breaking Rock

Bio: Nick is a Leaders for Global Operation Fellow at MIT Sloan, where he is pursuing an MBA and an S.M. in mechanical engineering. Prior to MIT, he worked with three cleantech startups developing hydrogen, algae biofuels, and geothermal energy technologies. Most recently, he was a project engineer at Potter Drilling where he led the research and development of a novel hydrothermal spallation drill for geothermal energy. Nick received his B.S. in mechanical engineering with distinction from Ohio State University.

Abstract: Since the stone age humans have been breaking rock through mechanical force. In this talk I will introduce the audience to a better way – spallation.

Yong Wei Chong Gabriel (Wellesley College)

Title: Ecoefficient Rocket Stoves in Tanzania

Bio: Philosophy major. Prospective member of the unemployed population in about four months. Laconic with self-descriptions.

Abstract: In my presentation, I will talk about a pioneer project which I carried out in Tanzania as part of my summer 2013 Raleigh-Tanzania expedition, which concerns the construction of 61 ecoefficient rocket stoves to reduce wood consumption and carbon emissions, as well as improve overall quality of living for a village of about 1000 people.

Kelvin Chong (Harvard Business School)

Title: Shear Fear – The Story of Shrek

Bio: I’m Kelvin, an MBA student at Harvard Business School. During my free time, I enjoy meeting people from all walks of life, trying out new random experiences and watching sheep getting sheared in an ultimate act of man’s triumph over sheep.

Abstract: This is the story of Shrek, a sheep in New Zealand who had such a deep fear of being sheared. He managed to evade capture for 6 years and became a nationwide celebrity in the end.

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Fun Facts:

The Pecha Kucha presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. The first Pecha Kucha Night was held in Tokyo in February, 2003. To find out more about Pecha Kucha, click here.

The culture of Malaysia is best experienced through its vast array of culinary delights. “Mamak”, in this regard, refers to Mamak stalls’ affordable food and laid-back atmosphere to create a late night dining atmosphere amongst students, working professionals, and party-goers. Mamak stalls, which are usually run by the Tamil Muslims of Malaysian nationality, usually offer different varieties of roti canai to eat and teh tarik, coffee, and Milo. Newer Mamak stalls are outfitted with large flat screen televisions and projectors, so that patrons can watch the latest drama (Chinese, Malay, Indian, etc.) and catch the latest live soccer matches as they dine.

We hope that you will join us for an evening of ideas and food!

For more information, contact Weng Hong Teh, wenghong[at]mit[dot]edu

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