Some of the speakers who got my attention were:
- Michael Engemann and Damien Tonkin
Damien and Michael are year 12 students from Dickson College in Canberra. They are designing, building and flying UAVs to deliver life-saving rescue supplies to lost tourists stranded in the outback.
- Annette Zou and Richard Dear
Richard and Annette founded ANU XSA, the ANU Cross-disciplinary Students Academy in February 2011, and are developing a Global Cross-disciplinary Tournament to the held for the first time this September. They hope to spread the idea of the ‘cross-disciplinary attitude’ to all universities around the world.
- Thomas Pogge
By reforming harmful supranational regulations, Thomas Pogge is developing a complement to the patent system to stimulate pharmaceutical innovations that would be accessible, without delay, to poor and affluent patients alike around the world. A philosopher at Yale and the ANU, Pogge works with a stellar interdisciplinary and international team on piloting the HIF idea and getting governments to collaborate toward its implementation.