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Are you wondering who will be taking part in CAMP? Meet some of our leading delegates below! Come back later - we'll be uploading more as we go.

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Adam Brimo (Australia)

What kind of person are you?

My interests include global politics, engineering, business and technology, and I'm passionate about building a more equitable and open society. 

What are your top skill sets?

I've created a number of projects over the years, in particular OpenLearning but also Vodafail, a consumer activist campaign, and a range of software products. In that sense, my main skills are strategic thinking, software engineering and business amongst others.

What attracts you to be apart of CAMP? 

The idea of bringing together entrepreneurs from China and Australia to come up with solutions to real world challenges is very appealing. I've studied China for a number of years and I've visited many times for business and holiday. OpenLearning is now working more closely with organisations in China so we're learning more about the business environment and how to business is done. Through CAMP I'm looking to work with entrepreneurs from China and Australia to gain a different perspective on a number of topics that I've been interested in yet haven't had the time to pursue. 

How do you think you can contribute to CAMP?

I'm hoping to contribute my experience and background in technology, business and societal issues to the discussion around particular topics. As an Australian who has grown up in the United States yet looks towards Asia for the future, I'm hoping to offer different perspectives to the discussion. 

What project are you most proud of that demonstrates your passion? 

I'm really proud of what we have achieved at OpenLearning. Students and teachers worldwide struggle to learn in an environment that focuses on delivering content with little room for community or creativity. Our mission is to give you the freedom and the flexibility to form a community, express your creativity and discover yourself through education.

Danmar (China)

 

What kind of person are you?

If you ask me what kind of person I am, that is who I am right now but to truly understand me I have to talk about my past and things that helped shaped who I am. My name is བརྟན་མ་སྐྱིད (Danmaji) and I grew up on the vast Himalayan plateau under the constraints of a Tibetan woman’s life. When I was a child, my only future seemed to be bearing children, herding livestock, fetching water, and collecting wood and yak dung for fuel. I observed and understood the gender inequality in my community where women took on the most menial and difficult tasks. By pursuing further education at Qinghai Normal University’s “English Training Program” and implementing several development projects in my village, I proved to villagers with actions what my words could not, that educating women is worthwhile. The projects I chose required minimal budget but their impact was profound. I implemented a running water project which brought water directly from the spring to each household for the first time. Women who had once carried 20 kilogram water buckets for one hour each way were free to use their time on other endeavours. This project, funded by the Council of International Education Exchange’s Ping Grant for $AUD24,500, delivered running water to 60 households and a primary school, demonstrated to my fellow villagers that women are capable of being decision-makers in society. More significantly, I demonstrated to myself that I could occupy the role of leader and that my community would listen.

What are your top skill sets?

Over the past few years, have been given the gift of learning to identifying my top skill sets. But, I can say that these lessons have transformed the way I work and the types of work I take on. I worked for a number of International organizations both in Australia and China, l gained practical experience and skills in team work, community service and leadership, management skills in facilitating groups and organizing different-sized internal and external interagency meetings, coordinating community development projects and engaging with diverse groups of people. I have found my passion lies with assisting individuals, groups and communities to cope with their complex socio-economic, psychological problems to achieve social inclusion, peer support and positive change.

What attracts you to be apart of CAMP?

1) This workshop is the perfect place for new innovators to gain practical skills and get advice on relevant policies which may affect the project plan. It is significant to exchange ideas and get advice among successful entrepreneurs to find out how they dealt with the government policies. Furthermore, it is vital to have awareness and strategies to work more thoroughly under both high-level policy and ground level actions in order to seek encouragement of social innovation and entrepreneurship from the government.

2) The workshop can help me to build confidence while working with other delegates and successful entrepreneurs. More importantly, stories and experiences from female entrepreneurs who are working in a situation of great cultural sensitivity would help me to understand the challenges and find solutions to them. The exchange of ideas will bring up useful tools and awareness of avoiding gender issues in order to become a role model for the next Tibetan generations.

3). I believe this workshop will mentor us to gain knowledge in planning and setting up a social enterprise which is durable in Tibetan areas. Additionally, I can develop my skills in managing finance and human resources, and the networks needed to tackle the complex social and economic realities of the communities both at internal and external level. This workshop also represents a big transition picture from Non-governmental organisations becoming social enterprises to ensure their long-term sustainability. I can closely work with entrepreneurs in an engaging, interactive environment filled with useful practices and strategies that I can apply to my project.

How do you think you can contribute to CAMP?

I am eager to participate in this program because, given my background as a woman working in gender and development in Tibetan areas of China, I feel it would be a good environment to share in the knowledge, skills and experiences of the other delegates. Additonally, I will utilize my skills to lead and facilitate my team.

What project are you most proud of that demonstrates your passion? 

My passion is to found a social enterprise in Gansu Province which focuses on empowering minority groups in the North-western part of China, particularly women. For the social welfare aspect of this enterprise, I want to focus on increasing the well-being of people in impoverished communities by providing a variety of trainings relating to make organic beauty products like producing 100% natural handmade yak milk soap and healthy vegan cosmetics. The project aims to encourage women to take an ownership in producing, designing and packaging products. This project not only will provide a platform to help those in need, but also source fresh and safe products can make a positive impact on the environment and community as a whole. I see there is a big market opportunity in China and overseas because nowadays people are more likely to buy non-toxic cosmetics. The business revenue will be used on community development projects such as women’s health trainings, vocational Tibetan oral and textual trainings in those areas where the Tibetan language is disappearing, mental and health wellbeing projects for young people undergo tremendous pressure for preparing university entrance exams. Moreover, adapting a social enterprise model can not only sustain our own financial capability to support community work in light of shrinking donor funds and increasing of political sensitivity in China, but it will also serve as a showcase for other communities, empowering people as they exhibit their creativity and skills, and recognising villagers’ contributions in making a positive social change.

Lloyd Niccol (Australia)

What kind of person are you? 

I could best be described as a creative engineer with a passion for adventure, risk taking and all things outdoors. I have a hunger for learning, discovery and innovation and a passion for sustainable design, environmental equity and environmental protection. I am extremely interested in Asian culture and business which initiated from a university exchange to Korea and many trips to China.

What are your top skill sets?

My primary skills are in sustainable housing and design, sustainability leadership, renewable energy, project management and mechanical engineering. I am also a confident presenter.

What attracts you to be a part of CAMP? 

I am keen to be a part of CAMP as I believe it has the opportunity to be a major contributor in solving some of the world’s wicked and structural problems by harnessing diversity in culture and values and bringing together creative and dynamic youth. The opportunity for cross pollination of ideas with peers from China will provide me with a broadened view and scope, exciting new opportunities and access to global scale and impact not available here in Australia.

I am keen for the opportunity to develop close friendships with both Australian and Chinese innovators who share my passions and to harness these friendships to develop innovative projects that will have a positive impact on humanities environmental footprint. I am also hoping to improve my understanding of Chinese culture and business practice to increase future project and business opportunities and to facilitate a lot more travel to China. I suspect I will be pushed well outside of my comfort zone which I am also looking forward to.

How do you think you can contribute to CAMP?

I think my energy and passion for adventure and my willingness to explore and push boundaries will help to stimulate some exciting and creative solutions to problems. My skills and networks in sustainable design and renewable energy in both Australia and China will be valuable across a range of topics and provide a good base for understanding what is possible both now and in the future. My experience working in and managing project teams will also be useful in creating cohesive functional teams that can deliver.

What project are you most proud of that demonstrates your passion? 

In 2013 I project managed the winning entry into the world’s largest student led sustainable buildings competition, the Solar Decathlon China. The competition required students to design, build and operate a full sized ultra-sustainable net-zero energy home in China. Over a period of 18 months, and with a team of 50 students we developed a unique design concept to demonstrate how to retrofit and upgrade a portion of Australia’s existing and unsustainable building stock. We developed innovative solutions and technologies, raised approximately $500,000 in materials and funding and built the home with our own hands. The house was then shipped to China and rebuilt in 10 days (with full landscaping and fit out) before being displayed to almost 300,000 visitors and competing against 20 other international teams!

This project was an incredible avenue to channel my passion for sustainable design and construction, innovation, and renewable energy. It allowed me to work in China and to experience firsthand the diverse culture and the enormous challenges and opportunities residing over there. I am particularly proud of the ability for a large and diverse group of university students to pull together and work creatively to solve complex problems.

Yi Zhou (China)

 

What kind of person are you?

In general, I am a out going person and always curious about new things. I am willing to learn things that I don’t familiar with. In daily life, some of my friends called me ‘Beijing Sassy Girl’. This may be a little bit over exaggerate, but I take it as a compliment.

What are your top skill sets?

As I am in design field, particularly product design. I am confident about design related skills such as brain storm, design methods, sketch, model making. Due to I have experienced several large scale projects,  team working and communication skills are also gained from that.

What attracts you to be apart of CAMP?

CAMP provide a great opportunity for young people from China and Australia. Every individual may have different backgrounds and perspectives, with this platform they are able to share ideas and exchange information face to face. I am especially interested about the Vivid Sydney Festival part. It would be wonderful if I have the chance to talk with a lighting engineer and getting to know how the projector works. 

How do you think you can contribute to CAMP?

I would consider this CAMP as a container for all kinds of innovators. Each participant have their own profession. What I can do is contribute the knowledge I have in my field and pass that to the person who have interests to know. I believe if everyone is willing to share like this way, each young creator can learn a lot after 5 days.

What project are you most proud of that demonstrates your passion?  

Little E studio have a main project named ‘Body Memory’. It is a hypothesis that the body itself is capable of storing memories, as opposed to only the brain. So the studio provide customized service for people who want to make their small body parts(fingers, nose, mouth and etc..) into necklace or brooch as special gifts. This is not only meaningful for individuals but also for people have special memories associated with particular body parts. Now it has been exhibited several exhibitions such as ‘Get it louder 2014’ and Beijing Design Week 2014. The number of customers is also growing. But Rome was not built in a day. I started from scratch then constantly worked on this project for a year. I guess all project need people dedicate their time and energy into it and sometime the process is slow. But with patient and passion, I believe one day all the hard works will pay off.

Gao Lei (China)

 

What kind of person are you?

Three years ago, I was creative interaction designer,who enjoys getting involved into my own world. Now I am a persistent entrepreneur, favoring to explore and challenge the unknown but amazing things supported by team members and put them into actions. 

What are your top skill sets?

My top skill sets are the ability of finding and analyzing users’ demands, integrated my critical thinking method, together to definite a practical and creative product.

What attracts you to be apart of CAMP?

What attracts me most is CAMP bridges the connection between Chinese young generation like me and other excellent participants with different background. It enables us to communicate, exchange ideas and find solutions from various perspectives. Personally, I am looking for people who are passionate for improving and solving healthy problems with low-cost technology. We will be thrilled if I find a practical and applicable business mode in CAMP.

How do you think you can contribute to CAMP?

With 9 years experience in open source interactive prototype design and three years entrepreneur experience in hardware development and product management, I believe I can help participants bring their ideas into real and mentor them with personal cases.

What project are you most proud of that demonstrates your passion? 

I spent two years with my team members developing a leading wearable device called BeTwine. It is the first simulation game merged with a wearable activity tracker to keep you connected with your beloved ones in a healthy and fun way. It consists of a flexible wristband, which could be worn as an elegant necklace and accompanying with IPhone app. BeTwine was designed to motivate people who live a sedentary lifestyle to become more active under the encouragement from your closest friends and family members. Each user would have an avatar mimics your movements throughout the day and it will begin slacking off due to a lack of activity. Only through sufficient movements will the avatar’s energy level bar be fueled up. Additionally,BeTwine is the only activity tractor that enables you physically poke other users via vibration regardless of the distance. It creates more fun for fitness and cultivate good fitness habits by involving your beloved ones in a step competition game. Both daily movements and competition will be rewarded with virtual coins and they could be used to purchase custom avatars and discount for the iteration in BeTwine store. BeTwine is expected to become the simplest way to improve health with people you care most.

Lucy Jak-Lax (Australia)

 

What kind of person are you?

Sociable, empathic, love learning and working with people to make things happen. I’m also a fast learner and good at finding new ways of doing things.

What are your top skill sets?

Inspiring, communicating, co-ordinating and working as a team-member. I think and work outside the box which is a trait that has led to my developing skills and ending up in places I wouldn’t have thought I would end up in. As a singer/performer and Chinese language learner I have had the opportunity to live and perform in China and learn about many of its aspects.

What attracts you to be a part of CAMP? 

CAMP is about building connections between Australia and China and inspiring innovation and future business and cultural partnerships. I love the team and want to be a part of creating something historic and enlightening. My own interest in Chinese culture and people is a big part of this too. I think Australia and China have so much potential working together, and I want to be part of making this happen.

How do you think you can contribute to CAMP?

I hope to assist to CAMP by contributing the experience and passion I have for networking and communication. By the end of CAMP, I hope we will have succeeded in developing some really interesting collaboration which will continue beyond CAMP and that our participants will have built lasting friendships.

What project are you most proud of that demonstrates your passion?

I am most proud of my growth over years of challenging myself – I am not one to shy from a challenge! As my main experiences have been in music and learning about China, I would say 2014 has been a year of pride for me. I have performed Chinese music in the Hanyu Qiao, A Chinese festival in Town Hall, In Shanghai Jiaotong University and In the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Along the way I have discovered priceless friends and learned many wonderful things. The hard work has been worth really worth every moment and I hope to continue on in a China-filled future!

Yanqing Cai (China)

Founder of BottleDream and Yi-Gather coworking community. One of the 100 Most Creative People in China, 2014. --<FastCompany> MCP100

 What kind of person are you?

I'm the person that can not follow other's way but my heart. I love people and respect all the different attitudes or point of views about the world. I try to understand the world by exploring multiple cultures. I'm the person that looks calm and peace in the surface but passionate and energetic inside.

What are your top skill sets?

My top skill sets I would say it may be user experience design, although it's far from the TOP. I used to work for big cooperate like Tencent as an interaction designer for couple years and now for my own startup. I like observe the behaviors of people when they approaching a specific goal and try to improve the experience for them.

What attracts you to be apart of CAMP? 

CAMP is such an amazing program and I was excited about it when the first time I heard about it. The world is changing by the people who share the same value and have determined belief. It's very meaningful for the 200 talented young people from both countries to connect with each other, to learn and to collaborate. For my expectations, I wish I could know more about the young people from Australia, to understand their perspectives of the world and work with team to design the future solutions for the social challenges we're facing.

How do you think you can contribute to CAMP?

I can contribute the skill of my specialty which is user experience design and help the CAMP to make better experience for all the participants.

What project are you most proud of that demonstrates your passion?

One of the projects that I'm proud of is my documentary about Social Innovation. I quit my job and started my world trip in July 2012, and I travelled all the way from Asia to Europe, from Africa to North America, cover more than 20 countries, interviewing around 100 young changemakers in different places, aiming to inspire and encourage more Chinese young people to get involved to social changes.