An Innovative Success!
On November 29th and 30th 250 of the brightest senior students from Thailand’s leading international schools came together for the first time at the prestigious Royal Orchid Sheraton to take part in a series of engaging workshops.
The focus for the workshops was to propose innovative solutions to real-world21st Century issues affecting Thailand.
Everybody is familiar with the challenges faced by the nation, such as income inequality, a creaking transport and communication infrastructure and environmental sustainability, but as yet they remain unsolved.
Graeme Malcolm, Head of Sixth Form at Traill School and the organiser of Innovate said,
“We wanted to bring together the academic elite of Thailand’s international schools to see just how innovative they could be when faced with the issues that will define their generation. Innovate is very much a forward thinking concept as the things we addressed in the workshops are directly relevant to the students themselves, and as these students are destined to become the leaders of tomorrow it made for a fascinating conundrum!”
The first day of Innovate began with a keynote addresses from industry executive Mr. Vivek Dhawan. This provided the stimulus for students to engage in a carousel of workshops led by teachers from all of the participating schools such as Harrow, Shrewsbury, Bangkok Patana, NIST and Traill.
Mr. Vivek Dhawan.
Thailand has grand aspirations to become the regional leader within ASEAN and the current government is determined to make this a reality. The binding theme for the workshops at Innovate, therefore, was Thailand’s position within ASEAN and the pending ASEAN Economic Community. Students were challenged to think about ‘old problems’ such as traffic, but from a new and forward-thinking perspective.
Head Girl at Traill School, Maria Zhang, took part in Innovate and explained how the workshops had been particularly interesting as they addressed real-world issues. She added,
| “It was great to get the opportunity to work with senior students from other schools. It’s not always easy to see the relevance of what you’re studying in school so I enjoyed getting out of the classroom, especially to such a nice venue, to talk about things that really matter to us.”
After completing the workshops the teams all presented their innovative solutions to a guest judging panel and awards were made to the most innovative individual, leader and speaker. The showpiece of the awards, however, was the inaugural Anthony Murray Traill award for Innovation which was presented to the most innovative group.
The standard of all the presentations was exceptional but the winners were ‘Leakage.’ Led by the charismatic and passionate Tharm Smuthranond from Bangkok Prep International School, Leakage ably demonstrated that Thailand can look forward to a bright future as a leading member of the ASEAN community.
Afterwards Mr. Robert Traill, Chairman of Traill International School, enthused
" It has been a fantastic two days and Innovate will become a cornerstone of the academic calendar in Thailand for years to come. We are already looking ahead to next year’s event which will see the invite extended to leading schools across Southeast Asia.”
Finally, a word of sincere thanks to our very generous sponsors, without whom the event would simply not have been possible. Italian Thai, MBK and Royal Orchid Sheraton have all shown a true commitment to education and to the future of Thailand which is fantastic to see!