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blinkBL-NK #17

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, November 16
Time: Doors at 7:00 PM, first speaker at 7:30 PM
Place: Blu Jaz, 11 Bali Lane (Entrance on Ophir Road)
Cost: $5 donation

Talk Summaries

Talk 1: The Art of “Traveling Lost”
by Preetam Rai

Description: We spend a lot of time planning our travels, often down to the last detail. But why not consider instead a style of travel that embraces chaos? This is “Traveling Lost”. From taking random trains in China to spending nights in jungle wilderness in the Philippines, there is plenty of fun to be had in getting lost. So drop your planning and follow Preetam Rai’s simple guide for loosing your way effectively and discovering the often un-encountered.

Speaker: Preetam is always on the move, usually on his way to help with another peer-learning event. He has gotten lost in places such as Inner Mongolia and Tonga and thrives on random encounters.

Talk 2: How To Build a Spaceship in Only 100 Years
by Tan Huei Ming and Eddie Choo

Description: Held in October, 2011, the 100 Year Starship Study Symposium was an unprecedented effort to simulate cross-domain thinking on the question of how to achieve long distance space travel. Among the invitees to the Symposium were Tan Huei Ming and Eddie Choo, who together submitted an outline for an organization that could build a working starship in only one hundred years. In this talk, Eddie and Huei Ming, will discuss their proposal and address such question as: Why do we want to build a spaceship? What are the considerations involved in building one? How do we even begin? In the process, they will prove that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to do things related to space.

Speakers: Huei Ming is currently a teaching assistant at the Department of Electrical Engineering at NUS. Eddie is a final-year student reading sociology, also at NUS. Among other things, they are both extremely interested in space, the final frontier.

Talk 3: In Search of Booking Nirvana: New Trends in the Online Travel Space
by Florian Cornu

Description: Just as video killed the radio star, so too has the internet killed the overpriced travel agent. But though our flights may be cheaper now, there is still work to be done. After all, despite all the online booking agencies available, searching for flights is still a mess, and finding where to go for the best price is a time consuming, frustrating experience. Can technology solve these new problems as it did the old ones? Florian Cornu thinks it can. In this talk he will demo some of the new ways to search for flights and plan trips that might just take us a few steps closer to online travel nirvana.

Speaker: Florian has been travelling in over 30 countries over the past 5 years, and wasted so much time searching flights on travel website that he started his own, to make the searches more efficient.

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