Albert Ching

Biography Albert Ching

Albert Ching is co-founder of Urban Launchpad. Urban Launchpad aims at developing Smart Cities for Everyone, starting with Dhaka. He is currently experimenting with open mobile data collection surveys, live transit tracking applications and increasing transparency in how textiles from afar are made. Next to  Urban Launchpad, he is Global Product Lead for Retail/Shopping Products, as well as volunteer teacher of 19 6th graders in how to design and build a mobile app with MIT App Inventor. Albert has a Bachelor of Arts, Economics at Harvard University and a Masters in City Planning, Urban Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. More info can be found on his website.

Engaging Encounter

The encounter took place on Friday January 23, 2015 on the balcony at his house in San Francisco, where also his company Urban Launchpad is situated.

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Slowly but certainly moving towards 100

Continuing this project next to my regular work (since my sabbatical ended almost a year ago) is quite a challenge, and especially updating the website. Since the summer holidays started, I now have a bit more time to address my adventures the last half year. In 2016, I had 12 encounters up till now. in 2016.

12 new encounters 2016

At the top row, you see three encounters I had with designers in practice (from left to right: Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken, Less or More and Onmi) about their approaches and visions on design and design research. Moreover, I had the opportunity to have five inspiring encounters with researchers who were visiting the Computer Human Interaction conference in San Jose, CA, USA (from the 2nd row on the left to the right and downwards: George Khut, Dag Svaenas, Gerrit van der Veer, John Zimmerman and Marko Teras) about the direction HCI and design research is taking, and how this relates to social, cultural, philosophical, technological and economical developments in our society. Moreover, Pierre Lévy and I had the pleasure to have an encounter with Veronique Hillen, Dean of Paris d.school, on design thinking and design education (3rd row on the right). I met Gbolagade Ayoola, professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics and Policy and founder and president of Farm & Infrastructure Foundation, in Eindhoven and we discussed amongst other things  the differences between Nigeria and Europe e.g. regarding the role of policy and technology to offer people equal rights. In August, I had a meeting with Maarten Konigs & Hans Robertus from the Holland Branding Group (4th row in the middle) to discuss participatory processes to explore the identity and branding of groups and neighbourhoods to offer people a frame and source of inspiration to act upon. Finally, I explored with Roel Freeke, the director of Necker van Naem, about the role of data, tools and social interaction to support governance and democracy processes. So the counter has reached 79.

 

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