Innovation

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Screenshot from the homepage of the ELSA website.

ELSA: An English Teacher in Your Pocket

ELSA stands for English Language Speech Assistant. It’s a new app available in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. If you’re learning English as a second language, this is the app for you. It will listen to how you say a word. If you make a pronunciation mistake, ELSA will hear it. Suggestions for improvement will be offered based on how you said the word. In addition to helping you with pronunciation, it […]

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Hackanoi has Landed in Vietnam – A Hacker’s Paradise

Life is filled with amazing possibilities. It’s up to you to find one, grab it and hold on. My friend Tom Tran found one. It’s incredible! His goal is to create a space where people can meet and create awesomeness. He and his friends from Cobri want to make a hackerspace unlike anything Hanoi has ever seen. If the word hacker frightens you, please continue reading. I hope you won’t be afraid when you’re done […]

Playing with Google Cardboard.

Thoughts Become Things: The First AngelHack Hackathon in Vietnam

Thank you Thinh from BlueKoffee for creating this awesome AngelHack Vietnam 2015 video!   Every so often life gives you an opportunity to be part of something amazing. I got this chance when I was one of the organizers of a hackathon. AngelHack has organized more than 300 hackathons all over the world but they have never been to Vietnam. I felt a mixture of excitement and fear as I became the first AngelHack Ambassador […]

Fablab Saigon: Building the maker community in Vietnam

I spoke with Quynh Huong Duong the other day. She’s the co-founder of Fablab Saigon; a makerspace in Ho Chi Minh City. It’s a place where people collaborate to make things, share knowledge, and work on projects. Next month they’ll be opening a coworking space, a coffee shop, and an urban garden (all under one roof!). Contact them if you’d like an invitation to their launch event. What’s a Fablab? From the Fablab Foundation: A fablab is a technical prototyping […]

Volunteering for One Laptop per Child

Many people think that One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is about giving free laptops to kids. It’s not. It’s about education. It empowers kids to learn on their own and increases their opportunities for success. I wholeheartedly agree with their mission. In 2010 I met Nancie Severs and Adam Holt. Nancie had just returned from Vietnam. She went to the floating village of Vung Vieng located in Ha Long Bay with 12 XOs (the name of […]