FOUNDER FOCUS: Meet the Visionary Cultivating the Next Generation of India's Space Innovators

In this interview, The Hungry Lab founder Bian "B" Li talks to Dr. Srimathy Kesan, founder of Space Kidz India based in Chennai. She is on a mission to educate, inspire and launch the next generation of talent for India's space exploration aspirations. B met Dr. Srimathy when they both spoke at TEDx Dharavi in Mumbai.

"Mein aapke saath hoon". Yesterday, the whole nation of India, where The Hungry Lab works across the country, watched with anticipation for the final landing of the moon rover. Kudos to the scientists at ISRO - Indian Space Research Organisation for their hard work and passion. They're inspiring a whole new generation to reach for the moon.

And speaking of moonshots and the next generation, check out my interview with my friend Dr. Srimathy Kesan, founder of Space Kidz India. I got a chance to pay her a visit a couple weeks ago in Chennai. She is on a mission to create not only better innovators, but better human beings, through space education, science and reaching for the stars. From a humble start, Space Kidz is now receiving national and international recognition for their accomplishments, including being a finalist in the Google Lunar XPrize.

Dr. Srimathy invited me to the office, which was buzzing with commotion. Not only was a National Geographic documentary film crew on set, but the students - some as young as 10 - were busy preparing for a satellite launch the next day. I got to spend time with the students and was so impressed with their enthusiasm and professionalism. The future is so bright with these young people!

Check out her talk at @TEDxDharavi 

The Hungry Lab founder Bian Li named 40 Under 40 for Orange County, California

We are so thrilled and thankful to have received the news that Bian Li has been named to this list, to be awarded on Oct 3.

Per the The Greater Irvine Chamber, the 40 Under 40 list is made to recognize members “of the next generation of business leaders and advocates who are making strides in their industries and the business community in Orange County.”

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all of the people who nominated Bian for this prestigious recognition. We are so grateful to have such a supportive community.

The Hungry Lab founder Bian Li speaks at IN_Pact Asia 2019 at Asian Development Bank

We were delighted to have Bian Li moderate two plenary panels at the Innovation for Inclusive Impact (IN_PACT) Asia 2019 on 28 May at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters in Manila, Philippines.

Bian moderated two panels on Corporate and Startup Collaboration and Cultivating the Next Generation of Changemakers. Many thanks to the organizers - ASSIST Asia, Hifi and Benilde College and Asian Development Bank.

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After the event’s success in 2018, IN_PACT Asia has returned to bring together key actors from different sectors to continue the conversation on collective impact and to achieve social and sustainable impact. Watch this video and relive IN_PACT Asia 2019!

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The Hungry Lab Founder Bian Li to give seminar at MS Swaminathan Research Foundation

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ABOUT THE TALK

Today’s young people face significant challenges in the face of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Moreover, today’s young social innovators, particularly agricultural entrepreneurs, face growing pressure to both do well and do good. How can we retool education to prepare them with the lifelong skills to navigate and thrive in an uncertain future? How do we help them create their own opportunities to create a better livelihood? How can we create market-based ecosystems that benefit all stakeholders? How do we build an inclusive, self-sustaining economic foundation to create jobs, stimulate entrepreneurship and spur investment?

The lecture by Bian Li will address the above topics as she shares her expertise, insight and lessons learned in empowering the next generation of young innovators and building ecosystems around the world and in India.

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