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Satellite Applications Catapult

James Johnson Innovation

There’s a place between a brilliant idea and a finished marketable product called the “valley of death.” It’s a treacherous place where fresh, visionary thoughts confront the harshness of real world implementation. When new ways of thinking confront this infamous valley, they need either the resolve and resources to weather the challenges ahead or to form an alliance with those …

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Creative Engineering at SUTD

James Johnson Innovation

Nearly five months into our year-long journey around the globe and we were preparing to once again meet with those pioneering new ways to explore space. After witnessing the inspiring innovation of Gilmour Space Technologies on Australia’s Gold Coast, we thought a follow-up visit with the company’s founder and CEO, Adam Gilmour, might be in order. That next visit would take us …

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GISTDA: Visiting Thailand’s Space Agency

James Johnson Innovation

While Thailand draws people from all over the world to experience its intricate temples, dazzling beaches, and mouthwatering food, few may realize that this country also hosts its own space agency. Nearly 75 miles southeast of the bustling metropolis of Bangkok, amid the industrial setting of the Chonburi district, one can find a place of collaborative efforts, inspirational exhibits, and …

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Makerspace Thailand: Enabling Simple Innovation

James Johnson Innovation

Among all of our discoveries in Southeast Asia, one has been consistent: this is a region of simple, hands-on innovation. From using one engine to propel everything from a boat to a tractor, to repurposing everything from old tires to fallen bombshells, the people of Southeast Asia find simple solutions to real world problems. It was this culture that inspired …

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Coworking in Vietnam

James Johnson Innovation

How we work is undergoing transformative change. Rapid technological advances and increased connectivity have enabled businesses to shrink their physical footprints while satisfying their employees’ wanderlust through the prospect of remote work. More and more, people are “working from anywhere” which has seen the rise of coworking spaces globally. Such spaces usually provide the amenities you may find in a …

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Gilmour Space Technologies: Journey to the Stars

Simple Discoveries Innovation

Australia’s ticket to space may be nestled on the country’s eastern coast between the cities of Brisbane and Gold Coast. In the town of Pimpama, brothers Adam and James Gilmour have turned an unsuspecting strawberry farm into the headquarters for Gilmour Space Technologies – a company dedicated to advancing humankind’s exploration of space. Intermixed with the baying of a few hungry …

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Lessons from a Kiwi Entrepreneur: A Discussion with Pic Picot

Simple Discoveries Innovation

We didn’t realize we were about to meet an innovative Kiwi entrepreneur, but that’s exactly what happened after we stopped by a New Zealand i-SITE center in Motueka. We were nearing the end of our New Zealand roadtrip around the South Island and inquired about reasonably priced (a.k.a. “free”) activities available to us in the…

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Christchurch Rebirth through Creativity & Innovation

James Johnson Innovation

On February 22, 2011, a 6.3 magnitude aftershock from a series of previous earthquakes hit the Canterbury region of New Zealand toppling buildings, compromising structures, injuring over 1,500 individuals, and claiming 185 lives. We saw the stories of the devastating earthquake unfold from a TV screen in Melbourne, Australia as we were about to catch…