Greg’s talk about how to ride a bike in Bangkok from the Pechakucha Night.

Btw if you are lazy like me and need those type of audio bits processed (normalized, filtered, noise reduced, etc) i can recommend to use Auphonic.

ISB’s underwater rover competition and Bangkok’s first FabLab

On saturday i was guest and judge at ISB’s underwater rover competition. 10 students in four teams have competed against each other. This was the first time the students have build an underwater rover. It was remarkable to see how the students have approached this engineering challenge with their rovers ranging from very conventional designs to more advanced and experimental concepts. This event was meant to be the first step in a process that should one day let the students compete in inter-school challenges on international level. As so often, the most conventional (or you might say most tested) did perform best underwater.

I also learned that the ISB has already budgeted and is starting to build a facilities for a full featured Hackerspace for the students. “Makerspace” or “FabLab” is probably the better word for this in an education environment. Read this very interesting blogpost of the Head of the School, Bill Gerritz, who is planing this for a few years now. Having learned about what budget the school has earmarked for this i can say they are VERY serious about this and i’m sure the equipment of this space will be quite impressive. 

Here are some pictures and videos from the event:

A boat powered by bicycle via @AlexMcAllister @elgrodo

A boat powered by bicycle via @AlexMcAllister @elgrodo

Another raised bicycle via @EricSirote @elgrodo

Another raised bicycle via @EricSirote @elgrodo

My parents’ dog can’t swim, so we made this makeshift doggie life jacket for him.

My parents’ dog can’t swim, so we made this makeshift doggie life jacket for him.

A Better Picture of the Shopping Cart Walkway (Credit AFP | Getty Images)

A Better Picture of the Shopping Cart Walkway (Credit AFP | Getty Images)

Another Improvised Boat made of Plastic Tubs via Message/Facebook submitted by Siriwat

Another Improvised Boat made of Plastic Tubs via Message/Facebook submitted by Siriwat

Another Buoyancy Help Variation for Kids via Message/Facebook submitted by Siriwat

Another Buoyancy Help Variation for Kids via Message/Facebook submitted by Siriwat

Motorbike Parking in the Tree via Message/Facebook submitted by Siriwat

Motorbike Parking in the Tree via Message/Facebook submitted by Siriwat

Water Bottle Swimming Vest for Cats via Message/Facebook submitted by Siriwat

Water Bottle Swimming Vest for Cats via Message/Facebook submitted by Siriwat

Flood platform shoes is not in Thailand, it’s Vietnam.

Flood platform shoes is not in Thailand, it’s Vietnam - probably one of the semi-regular short flash floods that happen in Hanoi.  You can see from the advertising in the background “Tuyen Sinh” - “Seeking students”.

A man pulls a makeshift raft carrying his friends and with a Thai national flag attached as they make their way through a newly flooded neighborhood in Bangkok’s suburbs, on November 11, 2011 (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) via @MarcusBurtBKK

A man pulls a makeshift raft carrying his friends and with a Thai national flag attached as they make their way through a newly flooded neighborhood in Bangkok’s suburbs, on November 11, 2011 (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) via @MarcusBurtBKK

Employees using an improvised float carry a car to a safer place as part of their shop’s service at Bangkok Yai district in Bangkok, on November 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) via @MarcusBurtBKK

Employees using an improvised float carry a car to a safer place as part of their shop’s service at Bangkok Yai district in Bangkok, on November 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) via @MarcusBurtBKK

A man uses stilts to walk through floodwaters in Bangkok, on November 9, 2011. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images) via @MarcusBurtBKK

A man uses stilts to walk through floodwaters in Bangkok, on November 9, 2011. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images) via @MarcusBurtBKK

UAV Flight Video over Don Muang Area on 9/11/11 via @jfxberns and @elgrodo