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Innovation in the Age of Biodesign

23 November 2016

Since the dawn of humanity, nature has inspired and ignited curiosity in human, to design and invent solutions that imitate the aesthetics and efficiency of nature. As the age of machine arise, this symbiotic relationship between human and nature has been putting aside. The exponential increase in computational power according to Moore’s law and the Internet in last 50 years have fuel many milestone discoveries from human genomic sequencing to renewable energy. By connecting these knowledge, new paradigm of thinking that re-focus on understanding the genius behind biological processes and applying them to create sustainable solution, such as biomimicry, bioengineering, biofabrication have emerged. In the session, we will discuss how biological design and thinking will reshape the future of innovation, economy, and our life from the perspective of scientist, artist, architect, designer, and entrepreneur.

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Hacks for Humanity

16 November 2016

Imagine 36 hours of techies, programmers, developers, humanitarians, artists, students, educators, community members and creative visionaries gathered in one place to hack for social good and build technology solutions to address pressing issues facing humanity. The mission of Hacks for Humanity is to create technology solutions and initiatives that contribute to the social good and address the needs of humanity through the lens of what Project Humanities at Arizona State University terms Humanity 101: respect, kindness, integrity, forgiveness, empathy, compassion, and self-reflection. In this session, we will discuss the significant roles of humanity in the process of innovating solutions. The panelist’s will share their experience and what they have learned from thrice hosting the multidisciplinary and multigenerational hackathon and will also share their vision for moving forward.

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พัทน์ จากโลกไดโนเสาร์สู่การวาดอนาคต

12 November 2016

น้ำท่วมเมืองหลวง รถติด นักวิทย์หายสาบสูญ นวัตกรรมต้องนำเข้า ประเทศไทยไม่ไปไหน ติดกับดักรายได้ปานกลาง คอร์รัปชันตามหลอกหลอน หลากหลายปัญหาที่ถูกยกเป็นกระทู้ถกเถียงอย่างเมามัน ในไม่ช้าก็เลือนหายไปกับความคิดชวนท้อใจที่ว่า “อีกกี่ปีกี่ปีก็คงไม่มีอะไรเปลี่ยนเเปลงหรอก” เเต่เด็กหนุ่มวัย 20 ในสูตรเบื้องหน้าเราเผยยิ้ม ถอดเเว่นดำออกมาเอียงเข้าให้เราเห็นประโยคนั้น “I am a changemaker”

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7 brilliant nature-inspired designs

4 October 2016

The BioX team from Thailand developed Jube, a bio-inspired chamber for capturing edible insects, a protein-rich food source less impactful on the environment than typical meat products. Inspiration: After studying a range of carnivorous plants, the team decided to base its design on the Genlisea violacea “lobster-pot trap.” This is a Y-shaped modified leaf chamber that is easy to enter, but not to exit due to its inward-pointing hairs, which force the prey to move in a particular direction.

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Hacks for Humanity builds its momentum on creativity, kindness

4 October 2016

Perhaps the most notable innovation to come out of Hacks for Humanity is ARKHumanity’s web program that connects to the interface of Twitter users who have expressed suicidal thoughts through keywords — for example, “I want to die,” “I’m going to kill myself,” or “I hate my life” and other similar phrases. A crisis counselor could then ascertain if he or she should reach out to the person and offer help. Team members — Jordan Bates, Ram Polur, BinHong Lee, Kacie McCollum and Pat Pataranutaporn — created the program at the 2014 hackathon and went on to win the $10,000 grand prize at ASU Changemaker Central’s “Innovation Challenge,” as well as $17,500 from the Pakis Social Entrepreneurship Challenge from the W.P. Carey School of Business. Additionally, this group has now formed the non-profit organization Humanity X, which strives to improve humanity through creative, new technologies. This year some of the members will serve as mentors. Pataranutaporn said he and three others will co-author a scholarly report on this year’s hackathon, analyzing the working process, design experience and best practices for creating innovation. “We’ve learned so far that humanity is an important element in technology creation,” Pataranutaporn said. “It makes human life better.”

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Jube – Biomimicry Design Challenge | Ray of Hope Prize Finalist

29 September 2016

Pat Pataranutaporn of Team BioX in Bankok, Thailand discusses the “Jube” – a project finalist in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. The Jube promotes a more sustainable way to incorporate protein and nutrients into the world’s diet. It captures edible insects, which are high in protein and rich in essential micronutrients, such as iron and zinc. They also don’t need as much space as livestock, emit lower levels of greenhouse gases, and have an extremely high feed conversion rate Team BioX is one of the seven finalists for the $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Prize, to be awarded at the 2016 Bioneers Conference.

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ASU Social Embeddedness 2016: Collaboration as a Driving Force

31 August 2016

After joining forces at the ASU Project Humanities Hacks4Humanity event, three ASU students (Jordan Bates, Pat Pataranutaporn, and Bin Hong Lee) in conjunction with two community members applied social media and big data technologies to develop a software that could prevent suicide.

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It’s full speed ahead for the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Accelerator teams

18 April 2016

Team BioX, who designed the Jube edible insect-catching device, has created its first prototype in Southern Thailand and is working to test the device within a community there. They have also created an edible insects cookbook and developed a partnership with Prince of Songkla University International College to form two organizations (Biomimicry Thailand and The Future Institute Thailand) that focus on biomimicry and educational outreach. Team BioX’s design was covered in National Geographic Hungary and a number of Thai media outlets, including “Deep Fried Culture,” a Thai public broadcasting show.

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Stanford Medicine X Arizona Pop-up

16 April 2016

Stanford Medicine X is the world’s leading program on emerging technology and medicine with a patient-centered perspective. The annual convening on the campus of Stanford University is the world’s most-discussed academic medical conference. Medicine X takes place September 16-18, 2016, and Medicine X | ED (a conference focused on the future of medical education) takes place April 21-23, 2017.

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Take It from Nature

15 April 2016

The science behind nature-inspired inventions is called biomimicry. The term comes from bio, meaning “life,” and mimic, meaning “to imitate.” Biologist Janine Benyus is a longtime champion of this branch of science. Since she cofounded the Biomimicry Institute, in 2006, she has worked with hundreds of companies, including Kraft, Levi’s, Nike, and NASA, to develop products based on nature’s best ideas. “If you want the answer to a tough question, ask nature first,” biologist Benyus told TFK. “You’ll find in the natural world an incredible library of solutions that have already been tested and proved.” The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is an annual competition that invites people around the world to address critical sustainability issues using nature as a guide. The BioX team from Thailand developed Jube, a bio-inspired chamber for capturing edible insects, the food of the future. Learn more about the team’s invention in the video above.

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Biomimicry – ลอกเลียนเพื่อเปลี่ยนชีวิต

23 February 2016

นวัตกรรมที่ทีม BioX ส่งเข้าประกวดคือ Jube อุปกรณ์จับแมลงที่เลียนแบบการทำงานของพืชกินแมลง หน้าที่ของ Jube คือการหาโปรตีนทางเลือก (แมลง) ให้แก่ประชาชนในท้องถิ่นธุรกันดาร โดยมีหลักการใช้ง่ายๆ คือเมื่อนำอาหารที่เหลือในชีวิตประจำวันใส่ลงใน Jube แมลงก็จะเข้ามากินอาหาร และติดกับดัก ไม่สามารถออกไปได้

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Engineering students rake in investments at the Spark Tank Live Pitch event

10 February 2016

Entrepreneurial teams of engineering students brought in a combined $30,000 in seed money in the second annual Spark Tank Live Pitch event Feb. 4, placing among the finalists in the Pakis Social and Sun Devil Igniter Challenges. Three student teams — 33 Buckets, Humanity X Technologies and Dropspot, all with members from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering — each secured a $10,000 investment to develop their entrepreneurial ventures.

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Building businesses to heal the world

3 February 2016

Trying to solve the many problems of the world can seem overwhelming, but three Arizona State University teams are showing that social progress and business can go hand in hand. The three ASU groups are pursuing social entrepreneurship, which uses a business model to improve lives. Success requires a firm familiarity with complex, often intractable problems, and the ability to make enough money for the enterprise to be sustainable. One of the teams, the All Walks Project, won the $20,000 grand prize in the Pakis Social Challenge entrepreneurship contest on Feb. 4, but in a surprise move, the judges awarded money to the other two teams as well. Humanity X and 33 Buckets both received $10,000. The Pakis Family Foundation, which funded the prize, essentially doubled the money it intended to invest in the ASU teams. All three teams also will receive mentoring and acceptance into the Seed Spot business incubator.

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Ignite@ASU: Pat Pataranutaporn – “SCIENCE + ART = ?”

17 December 2015

Ignite @ ASU is a public event for great thinkers and doers to gather, share ideas, connect with others, and create change. It features rapid-fire 5-minute presentations that bring ASU students, faculty, staff, and community members together to build more connected, vibrant communities.

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Seeing science

9 December 2015

Pat’s microscopy picture wins the honorable mention award from ASU Biodesign Institute Seeing Science Competition. “Go Eat Styrofoam” by Pat Pataranutaporn, Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology This picture is taken when I was a high school science project in Thailand. On that time, I came up with the idea to use bacteria to eat styrofoam. It turned out to be that I can identify some of the bacteria (blue) that can utilize styrofoam.

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Inspired by the pitcher plant

National Geographics Hungary : November 2015

A Jube működéséhez a rovarfo – gó növényektől szolgáltak mintául: a kancsóforma edényke aljára tett apró táplálékdarab illata lépre csalja a rovarokat, az edénybelső lefelé álló terelőszőrei pedig nem engedik visszafordulni, kijutni a kárvallott rovart. A Jube a tervek szerint a leg – szegényebbeket is táplálékhoz jut – tathatja: az eresz alá akasztható edényke természetes alapanyagok – ból, kézi szövéssel készül majd, így az éhínségtől sujtott területeken is könnyen előállítható. Így egyrészt javul az élelmezés, másrészt az egyedi, művészi en igényű edények adásvétele révén a lakosság is be – vételhez juthat. Pat Pararanuraporn, a csoport munkatársa lapunknak el – mondta, jelenleg az első prototípu – sok tesztelése folyik. – BV

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Designing a Food System Revolution

17 November 2015

How are emerging innovators applying biomimicry in their work? What can nature teach us about building a better food system? And what does it take to rise to the top in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge? These questions and more will be explored in this panel discussion featuring three finalist teams from the inaugural Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.

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Biomimicry: using nature’s designs to transform agriculture

30 October 2015

Just as natural processes often benefit multiple stakeholders, many competitors in the challenge are seeking to solve multiple problems. BioX, a finalist team from Bangkok, hopes to increase food security while helping users secure a steady source of income. On the outside, BioX’s product, Jube, looks like a decorative hanging vase. Inside, it’s a bug trap that catches protein-rich edible insects. Lined with inward-pointing hairs that move insects downward and keep them from escaping, it mimics the structure of a pitcher plant. “The product is designed to be artistic and crafted so that people in any community can make it and sell it to other people as an alternative source of revenue,” said Pat Pataranutaporn at the SXSW Eco Conference. Each vase is decorated with multicolored patterns designed to copy the plants’ mix of mottled colors. “We believe that we can spread biomimicry through culture and art,” Pataranutaporn said.

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ASU student’s solution to global malnutrition: A belly full of bugs

22 October 2015

As part of a global design challenge, Arizona State University biology major Pat Pataranutaporn and a team of student researchers have used biomimicry to design a way to help combat malnutrition. His team created a nature-inspired device called “Jube” — a simple, bug-catching contraption that could dramatically change how humans obtain food. Pataranutaporn, a sophomore with ASU’s School of Life Sciences, and his research team of high school friends from Thailand won second place for their invention in the 2015 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. The device provides people with an easy way to catch nutrient-rich insects.

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ลุ้นเด็กไทยคว้าแชมป์โลกสร้างนวัตกรรมเลียนแบบสิ่งมีชีวิต | เดลินิวส์

21 October 2015

ทีม BioX เป็นทีมเยาวชนไทยระดับมัธยมและปริญญาตรี เป็นทีมไทยทีมเดียวที่ส่งเข้าแข่งขันโดยเข้ารอบที่สองของการตัดสินและได้รางวัลรองชนะเลิศ ซึ่งนับเป็นทีมที่เด็กที่สุดในการแข่งขันโดยนวัตกรรมที่ส่งเข้าประกวดคือ Jube ซึ่งเป็นอุปกรณ์จับแมลงที่เลียนแบบการทำงานของต้นไม้กินแมลง หน้าที่ของ Jube คือหาโปรตีนทางเลือก(แมลง) ให้กับท้องถิ่นที่ทุรกันดาร โดยถูกออกแบบให้สร้างด้วยเทคนิคการสานของไทยทำให้สามารถสร้างได้ง่ายในหลายๆ พื้นที่ด้วยอุปกรณ์ท้องถิ่น สำหรับทีม Bio X ประกอบด้วย นายพัทน์ ภัทรนุธาพร JSTP รุ่นที่ 12ที่กำลังศึกษาระดับชั้นปริญญาตรี ปีที่ 2 ที่ Arizona State University นายรัชต์ภาคศ์ ตันติแสงหิรัญ JSTP รุ่นที่13 กำลังศึกษาระดับ Preschool ที่The Governor”s Academy นางสาวภูริชญา คุปตะจิต JSTP รุ่นที่13 กำลังศึกษาระดับชั้นปริญญาตรีปีที่ 4คณะวิศวกรรมศาสตร์ จุฬาลงกรณ์มหาวิทยาลัย นายกชกานต์ พรหมนรา JSTP รุ่นที่ 17กำลังศึกษาระดับชั้นมัธยมศึกษาปีที่ 5 โรงเรียนสภาราชินี จ.ตรัง และนางสาวทวิตา กุลศุภกานต์ กำลังศึกษาระดับชั้นปริญญาตรีปีที่ 1 วิทยาลัยนานาชาติมหาวิทยาลัยสงขลานครินทร์

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3 Nature-Inspired Designs To Make Our Food Systems More Sustainable

13 October 2015

Insects like grasshoppers are a great form of nutrition, tasty (apparently), and good for the environment (compared to the way we produce livestock animals). Jube, a concept from Thailand, is a device to capture those insects that follows the shape of a pitcher plant.

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And the winners are….

8 October 2015

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2015 Biomimicry Global Design challenge. Finalist teams from all around the world came to Austin, TX, earlier this week to present their ideas at SXSW Eco, pitch their innovation to a panel of judges, and participate in an awards event at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The judges, including biomimicry pioneer Janine Benyus, chose three teams to receive initial cash prizes.

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Eight Brilliantly Edible Ideas Rise to the Top in New Biomimicry Prize

7 October 2015

BioX Team from Thailand looked to a future in which edible insects play a role in solving the global food crisis and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock. The team looked to a variety of carnivorous plants to develop a “lobster-pot trap” to collect insect food supplies.

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Eight reasons to be hopeful about the future of our food system

30 September 2015

The BioX team from Thailand developed Jube, a bio-inspired chamber for capturing edible insects, the food of the future. After studying a range of carnivorous plants, the team decided to base their design on the Genlisea violacea “lobster-pot trap.” This is a Y-shaped modified leaf chamber that is easy to enter, but not to exit due to its inward-pointing hairs, which force the prey to move in a particular direction. This device promotes a more sustainable way to incorporate protein and nutrients into the world’s diet by offering an insect-capturing device that is unique and beautifully crafted.

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An app to help save lives

21 September 2015

A group of people are developing an app that could prevent suicides by reaching out to those in need.

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ARKHumanity app saves lives one tweet at a time

7 September 2015

The team has been using the prize money for the app’s complicated infrastructure and to present the technology at various conferences, Bates and Pataranutaporn said. “We are focused on making the system more advanced from the one we had before,” Pataranutaporn said. Pataranutaporn is also focused on creating the user interface.

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Changemaker Challenge winners reach out to those expressing thoughts of suicide on social media

27 April 2015

Pat Pataranutaporn is a first-year student majoring in biological sciences at ASU. He is a researcher at the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology and a member of the Gifted Young Scientist Society.

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Behind the Breakthrough: Pat Pataranutaporn

14 April 2015

This week on Behind the Breakthrough, we’re profiling Pat Pataranutaporn. When he’s not creating computer control system software and interactive research interfaces, he studies biological sciences at Arizona State University, where he also serves as a researcher at the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology.

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Self Expression thru Digital Technology

14 April 2015

Self Expression thru Digital Technology : Pat Pataranutaporn is a student at College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and JSTP scholar, the prestigious enrichment programs for gifted and talented Thai students. Pat has won numerous awards in national, and international level.

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Southwest Maker Fest

26 March 2015

3:45-4:45 p.m. Digital Expression with Pat Pataranutaporn (mid/high school and up, limit 20): Pat is a student in the ASU Digital Culture program and will talk to participants about his program, his inspirations and how he designed projects including an Interactive Research Workspace, a DIY motion-tracking system called Tracky, a phytoremediation game called The Green Mission, as well as science comic books and infographics.

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spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity at Mesa Arts Center

18 March 2015

Human + Emotion, by Nora Welthy, Pat Pataranutaporn, Thomas Kirwan, Rowan Burkam, Tom Trauberman and Diana Ishak, Tempe, AZ Interacting with this project interchanges parts of the observer’s visage with the facial features of others in a constantly changing digital tapestry of humans and their emotions.

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The Green Mission: Pat Pataranutaporn’s Quest to Make Biotech Understandable

22 April 2014

Pat, a high school exchange student from Thailand who attended CodeDay Corvallis in January, combined his love of biotech and code to create The Green Mission, a game about detoxifying the world with bioremediation which won “Best Application”. Bioremediation, explains Pat, is using organic compounds to fix the environment. “Like you use bacteria to degrade pollution like styrofoam, or you use plants to absorb cadmium or high toxic metals in the soil.” The idea for the game came from Plants vs. Zombies, “but I wanted to change the zombie to something which is bad for the world — like trash, like plastic bags, or something that is like that. Pollution.” Pat’s interest in bioremediation? That comes from his education in Thailand.

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Meet the South East Asian Bayer Young Environmental Envoys 2012

Enjoying the BYEE buzz

Perhaps the most rewarding part of the trip was hearing about work my fellow envoys are doing in their respective countries. The projects – all inspiring – were incredibly broad in scope: João Paulo Amaral’s development of a bicycling culture in São Paolo, Brazil; Gabriel Gerardo Weitz teaching children to make solar water heaters from used plastic bottles in Argentina; Pat Pataranutaporn’s research into polystyreneeating bacteria in Thailand; Patricio Javier Mora Araya recovering earthquake rubble in Chile to re build a national monument; Zhan Hong Low’s t-shirts made from recycled PET bottles in Singapore; and many others. Having spent a week with young people with so many innova tive ideas, energy and pas sion, I couldn’t help but leave the conference feeling optimistic about our common future.

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Meet the South East Asian Bayer Young Environmental Envoys 2011

24 October 2011

Pat Pataranutaporn of PSU.Wittayanusorn School Pat has studied the degradation of plastics in landfill soil. He searched for a microorganism that biodegrades polystyrene foam in the soil. In his experiment, mineral salt with polystyrene foam was used as the only CO2 source. After 3 months of incubation, the surface of the polystyrene foam was analyzed and compared with the control group. He was able to isolate one bacterium which biodegrades polystyrene foam from landfill soil and could be used for this purpose.

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