The Singaporean Toymaker Who Kickstarted to the Global TED Conference, Michael Sng

Michael Sng is the principal designer of Machination Studio.

He is the creator of the Codename Colossus – a Walking War Machine with 435 individually 3D-printed parts.

Michael is the first Singaporean who spoke on the main stage at the TED Conference (2016) in Vancouver.

He holds a Bachelor of Graphic Design (Advertising) from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (2000).

In this conversation, we spoke about:

  • Tools and skills to design and build a 3D printed & moving toy
  • Hacking Kickstarter to conclude a 442% funded Campaign
  • Michael’s experience preparing for TED
  • and much more!

If you’ve only got 2 minutes, here’s a short video on (The Designer Snobs From Central Saint Martins)

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Claire Chiang – The Woman Behind the Banyan Tree Resort Group


“If you allow all these barriers and challenges around you to impact you, you’ll never walk out of the house and have terrible mental health. So, get over it.”
– Claire Chiang

Claire Chiang is the co-founder of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts.

She was the Singapore’s Woman of the Year (1999).

She was the first of two women who to break the long-standing tradition of an all-male member of Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI).

Claire is the chairperson of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund, the Shirin Fozdar Program and the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS).

She occasionally contributes to and leads various committees in the Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, National Arts Council and Raffles Girls’ Secondary School.

In this conversation, we spoke about

  • How to deal with the “glass ceiling”
  • How to be a mum while running a business
  • What Claire learnt from the study of Sociology
  • and much more!

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I do.

If you’ve only got 2 minutes, here’s a short video on (The Truth About Shattering The “Glass Ceiling”)


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    ShiGGa Shay – The Hip Hop Artist From Singapore Who Made It

    Pek Jin Shen, 25, better known by his stage name ShiGGa Shay is a Singaporean hip-hop artist, songwriter, director, and music producer.

    In 2012, ShiGGa was named the “Unsigned Talent of The Week” by WorldStarHipHop.

    He was the first Singaporean hip-hop Artist that made it to iTunes top chart with his song, LimPeh.

    In 2016, ShiGGa Shay was invited by the US Ambassador to perform at the White House State Dinner after-party.

    ShiGGa is also a founder member of hip hop group Grizzle Grind Crew, as well as production company Grizzle Films.

    He films and art-directs most of his music videos.

    In this conversation, we spoke about

    • ShiGGa Shay’s vision for his career
    • How ShiGGa Shay dealt with the passing of his father
    • ShiGGa’s advice for young budding artists
    • and much more!

    If you’ve only got 2 minutes, here’s a short video on (Dealing With the Death of His Father)

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    The Architect Behind the Iconic People’s Park Complex, Tay Kheng Soon

    Tay Kheng Soon is the founder and principal partner of the architect firm, Akitek Tenggara.

    In the span of his career, he was responsible for many iconic buildings around Singapore. Some of these include (but not limited to) People’s park Complex, Golden Mile Complex and KK Woman’s and Children hospital.

    He was president of the Singapore Institute of Architects (1991-1993); the founding member and chairman of the Singapore Planning and Urban Research Group (1970-1971); chairman of The Substation and founding member of DP Architects (1967-1974).

    On the side, he is an adjunct architecture professor at the National University of Singapore.

    In this conversation, we spoke about

    • Kheng Soon’s backpacking experience in the 1960s
    • Kheng Soon’s encounter with our late PM Lee Kuan Yew
    • The relationship between architecture and politics

    If you’ve only got 2 minutes, here’s a short video on (The “Funny” Generation of Architects)

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    The Head Writer of Esquire SG, Wayne Cheong

    “Ownself check ownself”
    – Wayne Cheong

    Wayne Cheong is the head writer for Esquire Singapore. He is a two-time recipient of the MPAS (Media Publishers Association of Singapore) “Journalist of The Year”, for both 2014 and 2015.

    He has interviewed numerous iconic personalities, including Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Dev Patel, Colin Schooling, “The SMRT Vigilanteh” and Eric Bana, amongst others.

    On the side, Wayne performs standup comedy regularly. He has performed at Singapore Comedy Fringe Festival, Talk Cock Comedy 2015 as well as regular improv nights together with other comedians.

    In this episode, we talked about

    • Wayne’s interview process: from crafting questions to writing the article
    • Esquire’s hiring process
    • Recommendations for Japan
    • and much much more…

    If you’ve only got 2 minutes, here’s a short video on (How to ‘Not” to get a job at Esquire)

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