MeshMinds at the Hitachi Young Leaders Initative 2019
Last week, MeshMinds was proud to have Chief Connecting Officer, Kay Vasey, as a panelist for the Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI). The HYLI is a biennial community relations program that helps build future generations, through innovation education. It seeks to identify and nurture potential Asian leaders among the best and brightest students in Asia, bringing them together to discuss regional and global issues with influential government officials, prominent business leaders, academics, and NGO representatives.
The theme for this year’s program was Digital Transformation for a Sustainable Future. Youth representatives from Asia came together to work on ideas focused around 4 key topics: Youth Opportunities, Well-being, Living Environment, and Mobility. Some of the youth leaders’ ideas included: an education app for those in rural communities to prepare them for higher learning; a portable, cheap test for malaria and dengue diagnosis activated by a single drop of blood; a water resource monitoring platform to drive access to clean, affordable water for all; and a public transport and personal scheduler platform that optimises travel to tackle urban congestion.
At the program, Kay provided insights on the human-centered design approach to the solutions presented by the various teams. She was impressed by the inspiring ideas presented to the panelists by the excellent youth teams that came from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Japan. MeshMinds is excited to see more of these youth leaders in action in time to come!