#discoverHEart – A Celebration of Humanitarian Engineering

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In late November 2015, Engineering Good held its second annual keynote event. Titled #discoverHEart, we wanted it to really be an open platform for everyone, engineers and non-engineers alike, to engage in an interactive discourse on what is at the heart of humanitarian engineering (HE), as well as to explore the art of this field. Empowered by a bold vision towards the promotion of HE and supported by our fast growth over the past year as an organisation, this event was a lot more ambitious than any other we’d organized before. It included many different components that, when pieced together, formed a comprehensive set of activities meant to showcase different aspects of the art and the heart of HE: who are the core people in HE, what skills and attributes do they possess, what is the role of technology in international development and social justice, what can we all do locally to promote and embody the values of HE, and more.

The November activities were preceded by a competition that ran from August all the way to the end of October 2015. In some way, this competition was a warm up before the main activities – we wanted people to start reflecting on what HE meant to them, before we could all gather together and share our respective visions. Open to all, it offered participants a unique opportunity to critically reflect on what HE is all about, and then tell us through an artistic media of their choice (be it a video, an animation, a poster, a drawing, an essay, anything really).

From 24 to 29 November 2015, we then organized a number of activities to let people learn more about HE and share with us and with others about it.


Clockwise from main photo: 1. The Engineering Good team with Guest-of-Honour, Mr Desmond Lee, Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National Development 2. Prize-giving ceremony for the winners of our #discoverHEart competition 3 & 4. Exhibition showcase on different facets of humanitarian engineering 5. Superheores visit our photobooth! 6. Members of the public participating in the Universal Design Challenge

An exhibition showcasing the different facets of humanitarian engineering was set up and made accessible to the general public, at the Bugis+ Civic Plaza. On top of informative panels (some of which can be found here and here), we set up a number of interactive exhibits and activities to let people experience first-hand some of the aspects being discussed. People got to test some apps specifically designed to help people with disabilities, play with toys purposely designed for children with special needs, try their hand at designing an accessible bathroom (thanks to our friends at Dignitas SG for facilitating the activity!), and more. Photos can be found in our Facebook album.


We also organized a documentary screening of ‘The Humanitarian Engineer’, which is the brainchild of EWB Australia’s Sheena Ong and discusses the role that engineers can – and do – play in humanitarian efforts. It was followed by a panel discussion, with panelists Mr Mano Karan from Dignitas SG, Mr Teo Kian Lip from Lien Aid, and Dr Rajnish Gupta from IEEE, moderated by Ms Farheen Mukri, in which we had an interactive discussion about some of the issues raised within the documentary.

RC workshop

Finally, we organized two hands-on workshops in which the goal was to re-engineer remote control cars so that they can be used by children with disabilities. Participants moved from station to station in groups, working together dismantling, wiring, soldering and assembling the controls as they went along. By the end of the workshop, all groups had built their own modified RC car, which was then donated to our partner schools for kids with special needs. Participants had a great time, as can be seen from the pictures!

All in all, it was a very fun and successful week for us! We had dozens of interesting and insightful conversations with people from varied backgrounds and managed to get the word out about HE to people that would not otherwise have been exposed to it.

In closing, we would like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to all of our volunteers who made this event possible, as well as to each and every person who participated in it, one way or another. We hope to see you in one of our events again this year, so that together we can grow the humanitarian engineering movement in Singapore!

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Engineers Without Borders Asia - Worley Parsons

WorleyParsons is a global provider of professional services to the energy, resource, and complex process industries.

WorleyParsons shares the conviction that each individual has the ability to make a positive impact in the world, which is reflected in WorleyParsons’ internal key organisational value of leadership which strives to empower individuals and encourages them to take responsibility. WorleyParsons envisages a global support scheme of humanitarian engineering organisations in each of our Regions to further develop our internal commitment to Corporate Responsibility.

WorleyParsons Singapore is Engineering Good’s founding corporate partner. Through their Corporate Responsibility Team, WorleyParsons Singapore incubated Engineering Good (formerly known as Engineers Without Borders Asia) in Singapore. A dedicated staff was heavily involved in the inception journey of the organisation, seeing it through successful registration. WorleyParsons also provided seed-funds and office facilities to support the initial operations of the organisation.

For more information on WorleyParsons, please visit their corporate responsibility page.


Engineers Without Borders Asia - NYC

The National Youth Council (NYC) was set up by the Singapore Government on 1 November 1989 as the national co-ordinating body for youth affairs in Singapore and the focal point of international youth affairs.

At NYC, we believe in a world where young people are respected and heard, and have the ability to influence and make a difference to the world. Together with our partners, we develop a dynamic and engaging environment where young people are inspired to dream and committed to action. 

We hear youth >>> Here for youth


We would like to thank the following donors for their contributions to our crowdfunding campaign:

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Alan Forshaw Eric Wong Jean-Philippe Fontaine Low Zhi Ni Phua Huijia Tan Angeline
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Special thanks to Teo Keng Pheng for sponsoring the 4% admin fee for this crowdfunding campaign ♥


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The first half of Envelope consisted of a series of talks by our invited guest speakers, where they introduced Humanitarian Engineering as it is done in its many different forms, showcasing the many possibilities for students to engage in Humanitarian Engineering as it best suits them. In the second half of Envelope, students could chose to more directly engage with speakers they were more interested in by joining their respective short workshops.

Check out Envelope 2015’s Facebook page for more photos of the event!


Project Make-Possible with IES-NUS

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The Makerthon was made possible through collaboration with Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) Labs and the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD). Over a week, 10 teams of 4 participants went to SPD to learn more about the problems faced by the physically disabled and develop prototypes to tackle problems identified for a mini-competition. The winners were awarded a total seed funding of $3000 with the option of continuing their work with SPD.

Read more about the event at SPD’s publication on Project Make-Possible and check out more photos at Project Make-Possible’s Facebook page!