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Vision for a better community is only as valuable as it is actionable. Global Youth Leaders Summit is one of its kind annual international youth leader conference which gather youth leaders around the world to present their community projects, share their vision and action plans, and discuss how to join hands to act on the world’s pressing challenges through undertaking cross-border initiatives together.  The Summit, packed with global leader lectures, workshops and training sessions, themes on how youth leaders can translate their vision into action, bringing positive change in society, aligns the Global Youth Leaders Seed Project Fund that gives participants the opportunities to actualise their visions and ideas into action and projects.

 

Global Youth Leaders Summit 2019: Transforming VISION into ACTION through SOCIAL INNOVATION

“Global Youth Leaders Summit 2019: Transforming VISION into ACTION through SOCIAL INNOVATION” was held at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong (13-18 July 2019).

Vision for a better community is only as valuable as it is actionable and innovative. The Summit aims to provide a unique platform for youth leaders around the world to exchange experience and ideas, and empower them to realise their vision for a better community. Last year, the Summit attracted over 120 youth leaders from 30 countries and regions. Through inspiring keynotes from world-renowned speakers, workshops, and training sessions, the youth leaders generated cross-border projects during the Summit and actualising them through international partnerships, and transforming their VISION into ACTION.

Entering its third year, the Summit focused on inspiring and facilitating youth leaders around the world to come up with innovative and collaborative ways to meet societal needs in a global context. Participants participated in a series of keynote lectures, workshops and training sessions, discussions, and site visits, where they interacted and collaborated with other youth leaders from around the world, and generated ideas and proposals to resolve current global and social challenges. Participants presented their proposals in a final presentation competition; where outstanding proposals will have the opportunity to showcase their ideas after the Summit. 

 

Distinguishing Features of the Summit:

  • Global Connection and Ideas
    The Summit had gathered over 100 youth leaders who are committed to the betterment of the global community from all over the world to share their experience and ideas for addressing social challenges.
  • Global Leader Lectures
    Youth leaders had heard eminent global leaders’ keynote lectures and youth social innovators on how to realise their vision.
  • Social Innovation Training Sessions and Workshops
    The Summit invited experienced community leaders, practitioners, and social innovators to guide and lead youth leaders in transforming their vision into action in a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary setting.

 

Sub-themes:

  • Poverty alleviation
  • Quality education for all
  • Sustainable community

 

Keynote Speakers: 

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Professor Po Chung, SBS, OBE, JP.
Co-founder
DHL International

Mr. Bunker Roy
Founder and Director
The Barefoot College

Dato Dr. Kim Tan
Founder Chairman
SpringHill Management Ltd (UK)

Young Social Innovators: 

Yuha Jin r2 Adepeju r2 Lawrence Lui LDH protrait image r1

Ms Yuha Jin
Founder and CEO, Tella

Ms Adepeju Jaiyeoba
Founder, Brown Button Foundation and Mothers Delivery Kit

Mr Lawrence Lui
Founder and CEO, Longevity Design House

Programme Rundown (Hong Kong Session) 

13th July 2019 @ V322, Jockey Club Innovation Tower, HKPolyU 

Time Event
09:00 Registration
09:30 Opening Ceremony
10:00 Keynote Speech I
How Do Young People Transform the World?
Professor Po Chung, SBS, OBE, JP.
Co-founder, DHL International
11:30 Keynote Speech II
Sustainable Communities and Our World (tentative)
Dato Dr Kim Tan
Founder and Chairman, SpringHill Management
12:45 Welcome Lunch (For Invited Participants Only)
14:00 Keynote Speech III
Demystifying Professionalism - The Gandhian Approach
Mr Bunker Roy
Founder, The Barefoot College
15:30 Young Social Innovators’ Open Forum
Ms Yuha Jin
Founder and CEO, Tella
Ms Adepeju Jaiyeoba 
Founder, Brown Button Foundation and Mothers Delivery Kit
Mr Lawrence Lui
Founder and CEO, Longevity Design House
17:00 Mentoring Session (For Invited Participants Only)
Getting to Know Your Global Friends

 

14th July 2019 @ Jockey Club Innovation Tower, HKPolyU (For Invited Participants Only)

Time Event
09:30 GEAR UP! Parallel Thematic Workshops on Creative Design Thinking
Track 1: Poverty Alleviation
Track 2: Sustainable Communities
Track 3: Quality Education for All
12:30 Lunch
14:00 BE INSPIRED TO ACT! Parallel Thematic Workshops on Social Innovation and Community Engagement along Silk Road
Track 1: Poverty Alleviation and Energy Poverty
Track 2: Sustainable Communities
Track 3: Quality Education for All
17:00 Mentoring Session
Synergise All You’ve Got: Inspiration, Vision, Skills, and Network

 

15th and 16th July 2019 (For Invited Participants Only)

Date Event
15th SEE IT IN HONG KONG!
Community Engagement Projects and Parallel Thematic Site Studies
16th Presentation / Prototype and Competition Preparation

 

17th July 2019 @ Jockey Club Innovation Tower, HKPolyU

Time Event
09:30 Registration
10:00 Global Youth Leaders Competition
Track 1: Poverty Alleviation and Energy Proverty
Track 2: Sustainable Communities
Track 3: Quality Education for All
12:45 Lunch (For Invited Participants Only)
14:30 Leaders’ Dialogue: The Way Ahead to ACTION
Professor Ben Young
Vice-President (Student Affairs), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Mr Howard Ling Ho Wan
Chief Consultant, Social Enterprise Business Centre, HSBC
Mr Joseph Lin Ho Man
General Partner, Nogle Limited
Ms. Rachel Wolff
Response Director for Bangladesh Refugees, World Vision International
16:00 Global Youth Leaders Competition Awards Ceremony
17:00 Closing Dinner (For Invited Participants Only)

 

18th July 2019 (For Invited Participants Only)

Time Event
Morning Cultural Visit 
                                                                

Global Youth Leaders Summit 2018: Transforming VISION into ACTION

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“Global Youth Leaders Summit 2018: Transforming VISION into ACTION” was organised by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Global Youth Leadership Institute, Peking University, Bureau of Beijing Municipal Leading Group of Human Resources, and Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform and co-organised by Shougang Group Ltd. The event was being held in Hong Kong (13-15 July 2018) and Beijing (16-21 July 2018).

 

Check out the Summit's Photos Here!

 

Aims of the Summit:

  • To provide a unique platform for youth leaders around the world to exchange experience and ideas, and empower them to possess the tools needed to realize their vision for a better community
  • To foster a global network for the youth leaders to pursue cross-border community projects with actionable roadmaps to address some of the world’s pressing issues

 

Sub-themes:

  • Poverty alleviation
  • Quality education for all
  • Sustainable community

 

Distinguishing Features of the Summit

  • Global Connection and Ideas: This event will gather youth leaders from over 30 countries on seven continents to present and share their action plans and projects for addressing social challenges
  • Global Leader Lectures: Youth leaders will be greatly inspired by our eminent global leaders’ keynote lectures
  • Workshops and Trainings: The Summit invites experienced community leaders and practitioners to guide and lead youth leaders in realizing their vision
  • Global Youth Leaders Network: A network will be launched and serve as the platform for the youth leaders to continue their discussion and community engagement after the Summit, including looking for project teams and partners, and securing resources and funding. Mentorship and resources will be provided after the Summit for selected cross-border proposals
  • Student Presentations at the Summit: Student leaders from across the world will present their community projects focusing on the three sub-themes

 

Summit's Speakers

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Mrs Vicky Colbert
Founder and Director, Fundacion Escuela Nueva
Yidan Prize for Education Development Inaugural Laureate

Professor Mohammed Yunus
2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Founder, Grameen Bank Dhaka, Bangladesh
Chairman, Yunus Centre

Professor John Thwaites
Professorial Fellow, Monash University
Co-chair, Leadership Council, United Nation's Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN)
Chairman, Monash Sustainability Institute and ClimateWorks Australia

Programme Rundown (Hong Kong Session)

13th July 2018 @ Senate Room M1603, Core M, Li Ka Shing Tower, HKPolyU

Time Event
10:00 Registration
10:30 Opening Speech
The Economic and Social Perspectives of the Belt and Road Initiative
The Hon. Peter M.K. Wong BBS, JP
Deputy, The 13th National People’s Congress, PRC
Chairman, M. K. Corporation Ltd.
Chairman, North West Development Ltd.
Vice Chairman, Hong Kong Pei Hua Education Association
10:55 Souvenir Presentation & Photo-taking
11:00 Keynotes
Transforming VISION into ACTION
Dr Angelina Yuen-Tsang Woon Ki
Senior Advisor to the President, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; and
Mr Gene Corbin
Former Assistant Dean of Harvard College for Public Service, Harvard University
12:00 Welcome Lunch
14:00 Panel Session
Inspired to Act – Local Transformative Projects
Mrs. CHEUNG-ANG Siew Mei JP
Executive Director, Christian Action Hong Kong;
Mrs Stella Lau Kun Lai-kuen, SBS, JP
Headmistress, Diocesan Girls' School; and
Dr Ku Hok Bun, Ben
Associate Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
15:30 Souvenir Presentation & Photo-taking
15:30 Closing, Campus Tour and Group Interactions
15:45 Dinner

 

14th July 2018 @ See It in Hong Kong: Local Community Engagement Activities and Cultural Visits 

Time Event
9:00 Registration and Set off
9:30 Group A Group B
9:00 Sham Shui Po Thematic Tour on Poverty alleviation
Interaction with ethnic groups in Hong Kong
Wan Chai Thematic Tour on Sustainable Community
Interaction with ethnic groups in Hong Kong
12:45 Lunch at a Local Social Entreprise and Introduction
14:00 On-bus Tour
Statue Square and the area with Introduction and
Briefing of the history of Hong Kong
The Peak and Hong Kong
PMQ / Tai Kwun: Introduction on Local Modern Youth Arts and Culture

 

 

Programme Rundown (Beijing Session)

16 July 2018 @ Shougang Park

Time Event
09:00 Registration
09:30 Opening Ceremony
10:30 Keynote Speech I "Opening Cooperation: Transformation and Upgrade"
Mr Hong Jiyuan, Vice Director, Beijing Municipal Development and Reform Comission
11:00 Keynote Speech II "Quality Education for All"
Mrs Vicky Colbert, Founder and Director, Fundacion Escuela Nueva and Yidan Prize for Education Development Inaugural Laureate
14:00 Keynote Speech III "Building Sustaibable Communities"
Professor John Thwaites, Professorial Fellow, Monash University; Co-chair, Leadership Council, United Nation's Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN) and Chairman, Monash Sustainability Institute and ClimateWorks Australia
15:50 Panel Discussion "Journey from VISION to ACTION"
Mrs Vicky Colbert
Professor John Thwaites
Professor Zhai Kun, Professor, School of International Studies, Peking University
Mr Gene Corbin, Former Assistant Dean of Harvard Collage for Public Service, Harvard University
19:00 Mentoring Session "Get to Know Your Global Friends"

 

17 July 2018 @ Shougang Park

Time Event
09:00 Registration
09:30 Gear Up! Parallel Thematic Workshops
14:00 Share Your Experience "Students' Project Presentations"
 Poverty Alleviation Quality Education for All Sustainable Communities
Tech4D: Sustainable Engineering Solutions
Ka Hei Ho and Man Hon Cheung, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
QingYan Fellowship
Junying Shang, Peking University, Mainland China
Bugisu Project: Coffee, Uganda, and Australia
Brody Smith, The University of New South Wales, Australia
Love For The Streets
Jack Houghton, The University of Manchester, U.K.
E-libraries for Post- Earthquake Ecuador
Cristina Yvette Da Gama Henriquez, Tufts University, USA
BrightBuilding Project for Sichuan, Mainland China
Yinan Li and Yingying Peng, The Hong Kong Polytechnic, University, Hong Kong
Bandeira Científica: USP Outreach Programme
Gabriel Rodrigues Mardegan, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
The Warm Home for Teenage Girls at Risk in East Jerusalem
Muna Haj-Yahia, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Social Innovation Creators' Academia
Hyunggee Choi, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea
COP UBD: Putting Theory into Practice in a Global Context
Ummi Nazzimah Abd Latif and Khairunnisa Abd Rahman, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei
Beyond Nationality and Social Status: Helping Immigrant Children
Polina Kuchma and Nina Ivanishko, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia
Sustainable Society through Educational
Enlightenment (SSEE)
Amina Eman Shorish and Muhammad Ahsan Fahim, National University of Sciences and Technology,  Pakistan
PolyUnio: Campus Harmony and Inclusion
Minju Kim, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong 
The Gatwekera Preschool Project: Everyone Deserves Education
Natalie Martinsson, Lund University, Sweden 
Developing a Sustainable Ecovillage
Anuar Bazargeldi and Assilkhan Amankhan, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
Mpepu Rural Youth Encouragement
Mellon Ncube, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Be a Role Model, Lead a Change! : Co-curricular Education for Primary School Children
İpek Efe and İrem Efe, Sabancı University, Turkey
Walk Slowly: Interaction between Old- and New generations
So-yeong Na and Jun-hyeok Hwang, Mokpo National University, Republic of Korea
International Students’ Cooperation to Provide Sustainable Education
Ildana Khaibullina, Nabira Kabiyeva, and
Symbat Samat, Al-Farabi Kazakh National
University, Kazakhstan
Immadream
Salanchana Supphasuk and Sasikan Phiphatwuthithon, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Organizing Community Residents to Develop a Communal Open Area
Hodaya Mor Moyal, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Mentoring Students Platform Projects
Sokry Zahron and Theara Seng, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Project I.L.M.U.
Aida Amalin, Muhammad Aimanuddin, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei
Here for You
Keren Grinberger, University of Haifa, Israel
Fun Fueng Camp
Wiriya Thienthanukit, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
GenEqualize: Opportunities Have No Gender
Sarah Lam and Ann Hung, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Go the Distance Programme of SCU Selfimprovement Society
Yuan Hu, Sichuan University, Mainland China
The Happy Bus for Children in Rural Area
Nhi Minh To Phan and Chau Thi My Thai, An Giang University, Vietnam
Helping LGBT Population with Mental Disabilities
Netanel Biton The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Project “Mizuiku – I Love Clean Water” in Southern Vietnam
Van Tinh Vo and Nguyen Thai Thanh Tran, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Vietnam
Career Forum in the Royal University of Phnom Pheh
Sary Sann and Reasey Roeurn, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Battling Gender Inequality and Poverty in India through Education
Patricha Jeppe Ottsen, Lund University, Sweden
Project East Jerusalem
Rebecah Kostyn, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Game for All
Yaprak Balci, Koç University, Turkey
Healing Students Inside Out
Ahmet Onat, Koç University, Turkey
Friend for Friendship with the City - Peeyade's Project
Masha Haji Rahimi and Mahdokht Tarabi, School of International Relations, Iran
Back to Job
Utkarsh Brajbhushan Singh, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
   
19:00 Mentoring Session "SYNERGIZE ALL YOU’VE GOT: PASSION, VISION, SKILLS, AND NETWORK"

 

18th July 2018 @ See It in Beijing: Community Engagement Projects

Time Event
9:00 Registration and Set off
9:15 Group A Group B
9:00 Shougang Park Tour and Exchange Discussion
Visit Peking University
Thematic Community Engagement Project Visits
14:00 Thematic Community Engagement Project Visits Shougang Park Tour and Exchange Discussion
Visit Peking University
19:30 Mentoring Session "PLAN YOUR CROSS-BORDER PROPOSAL"

 

19th July 2018 @ Shougang Park

Time Event
09:00 Registration
09:30 Keynote Speech IV "Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, Zero Carbon Emission"
Professor Mohammed Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Founder, Grameen Bank Dhaka, Bangladesh; Chairman, Yunus Centre
11:30 Souvenir Presentation & Photo-taking
14:00 Cross-border Proposal Preparation

 

20th July 2018 @ Shougang Park

Time Event
09:00 Registration
09:30 Get Ready to Act "Parallel Students' Presentation Sessions: Cross-border Proposals from the Summit"
14:00 Leaders' Dialogue "The Way Ahead: From VISION to ACTION"
Professor Daniel Shek, Associate Vice-President (Undergraduate Programme) and Director of Global Youth Leadership and Service-Learning Institute, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Mr Wang Shengdi, Founder and CEO, Daddy's Choice; Alumni, Peking University
Dr Angelina Yuen-Tsang Woon Ki, Senior Advisor to the President, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Ms Gina Wu, CEO, May Foundation
15:30 Closing Ceremony
17:30 Cultural Dinner

Global Youth Leaders Summit 2017: Let’s Make the World a Better Place

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“Global Youth Leaders Summit 2017: Let's Make the World a Better Place” is one of its kind international youth leader conference held on 28-29 June 2017, organised by the Global Youth Leadership Institute of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Under the theme of “Let’s Make the World a Better Place”, the Summit featured an insightful lecture on “Creating IN and OUT Values Through Entrepreneurial Innovations” by Professor Hau L. Lee, the Thoma Professor of Operations, Information, and Technology of Stanford Graduate School of Business. As a leading expert in global supply chains, Professor Lee expounded in the lecture on how values created through entrepreneurial innovations can be a powerful means to support economic development in developing economies.

The Summit is a ground-breaking student leader international conference, bringing together student leaders worldwide to debate and discuss how our young leaders, inspired by the spirit of social entrepreneurship, can make a difference in the world. The diversity of student presenters from 22 universities in 13 countries made the event truly mind-opening for all student leaders with exciting ideas and projects of community engagement for addressing some of the world’s grand challenges. The event covered 350 audience on 28 June 2017.

The organization of the Summit is emblematic of the efforts of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in nurturing student leadership and the value placed by PolyU on global youth leadership education. Rooted in the value, the Global Youth Leadership Institute (GYLI), the organizer of the Summit, has been established at PolyU. The Institute is underpinned by a SERVE model of leadership philosophy, comprised of five elements: Social responsibility, Excellence, Reflection, Vision, and Ethics.

 

Click Here for the Summit's Photos!

 

The Summit featured:

  • Social Entrepreneurship Keynote Lecture by Professor Hau Lee, the Thoma Professor of Operations, Information, and Technology of Stanford Graduate School of Business. A leading expert in global supply chains, Professor Lee will expound in the lecture on how values created through entrepreneurial innovations can be a powerful means to support economic development in developing economies.
  • Student Leader Presentations on social entrepreneurship, poverty alleviation, and sustainable cities and communities.
  • Visit to Social Enterprises to gain hands-on insights on social entrepreneurship.
  • Roundtable Discussion to chart the future of young leaders from across the world coming together to make positive social change.

 

Summit Booklet

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 Morning Session (Hotel ICON, Hunghom)

Time Programme Video
09:00 Opening Speech
Prof Angelina Yuen, Vice-President (Student and Global Affairs) 
and Director of Global Youth Leadership Institute,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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09:10 Creating IN and OUT Values Through Entrepreneurial Innovations
Prof Hau Lee, the Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology
Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
 
10:50 Launch Ceremony of the Global Youth Leadership Institute 
  • Congratulatory Speech by Prof Timothy W. Tong
    President, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Remarks by Prof Daniel Shek, Associate Vice-President and
    Associate Director of Global Youth Leadership Institute,
    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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  Students' Presentation Session I  
11:20 WEDO Global
Eva Wong (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
 
11:50 Restart Network - The World's First Crowdsourced Technology School
Frederick Rustler and Adam Shpilt 
(Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands)
 
12:05 Closing the Gap: Exposing Young Academic to Social Entrepreneurship
Louis Wouters (KU Leuven, Belgium) and 
Julie Desmet (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)
 

 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 Afternoon Session (3/F JC Innovation Tower, PolyU)

Students' Presentation (Parallel) Session II: Poverty Alleviation

Time Programme Video
14:00 -- 
14:50
From Children to Older People: 
Promotion of Social Sustainability across Generations

Shoshi Shiran Tzur (Haifa Uniersity, Israel)
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An Educational Blog in Albania
Sara Shiku (University of Westminster, UK)
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Building Workforce to Spread STEM & 
Health Education in Low Income Communities

Ayush Kumar (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
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Spendennavi - "Navigation System for Donations"
Sven Opgenorth (University of Mannheim, Germany)
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Make A Change Africa Scholarship Initiative
Lucy Huang and Jenny Li (University of Calgary, Canada)
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The Urban Refuge
Jessica Heron and Alana O’Neill (Monash University, Australia)
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Connect Beyond Dream
Faith Lau (The Hong Kong Polytechnic Uniersity, Hong Kong)
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16:10 -- 
17:00
PKU - NTU - YNU Social Service Project
Ang Li and Asilayi Bahetibieke (Peking University, China)
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Social Programs in the University of São Paulo: 
Students' View Point

Felipe Yukio Tomanari (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
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Education and Poverty Alleviation
Chenjie Huang and Guanshi Wang (Sichuan University, China)
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Students' Presentation (Parallel) Session III: Sustainable Community

Time Programme Video
14:00 -- 
14:50
A sustainable energy strategy for rural communities in Tanzania
Emma Bewley and Jessica Quigley (Imperial College London, UK)
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Project Nepal
Haeyang Kim and Sanghoon Lee (Imperial College London, UK)
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Project Sisonke
Fanelesbonge Khuzwayo (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
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1450 -- 
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Metronome - Reducing Food Wastage through Innovation
Ronan Hand and Shane Brennan (Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland)
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The Urban Yield
Dylan Sheppard and David Chapman 
(Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
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WindChill: A Food Preservation Unit
Jorge Zapote Castilla and Vanorio Victor (University of Calgary, Canada)
16:10 -- 
17:00
Community Innovation Hub - Mamelodi Arts & Culture Forum
Sonwabile Sigenu (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Innovation for Sustainability in Rural SMEs 
Allan Ssembajjwe and Emily Carris (University of Manchester, UK)
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My Hikari | Japan Tourism
Vera Paola Reyes and Hikaru Shoda (Kyoto University, Japan)
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