Today we pry into the thoughts of James on his recent trip to Indianapolis!
1. Thoughts on Long haul flights?
James: I dread long haul flight because using economy flights would result in neck and back pains, and I always hope to be allocated to the emergency role seats for more leg space. I still enjoy the food (Not sure if we’re all on the same note for plane food) that is served on board, the in-flight entertainment is one of the ways for me to catch up with the not so latest movies now that work and family has been priority.
2. What are some of the interesting learnings from the Autism Society National Conference?
James: The scale of the conference is really big and there is very much grass root involvement. There is a huge involvement from not only family members and parents, but also from individuals with ASD attending the conference, resulting in a very huge sense of inclusiveness. Different speakers shared a wide variety of perspectives and experiences, and the participants in the conference try to look for what works for them and find their own personal solutions.
There were lots of emphasis on the importance to involve the whole community.
3. Thoughts on the encounter with Temple Grandin
James: She is a very funny, amazing and inspirational person. I did not expect her to be so funny, cracking jokes in her speech for the conference, and she talks really fast as well. When I interact with her, it felt like I am interacting with someone who have achieved great things in life and give huge inspiration to others, not interacting someone who has Autism.
4. The conference participants' thoughts on T.Jacket
James: The founder of the Autism Society in America- Ruth Sullivan, commented to Temple Grandin that T.Jacket was “just like her squeeze machine!” We think that it is Temple Grandin’s squeeze machine just that it is more mobile and easier to use.
It is also fashionable, and kids will take to it. A parent who had a squeeze machine upon seeing T.jacket was so excited she brought her daughter back to buy the jacket. The daughter had a positive response immediately and was hesitant to take it off after the demo! Temple Grandin herself tried it and felt that the T.jacket was giving sufficient pressure too.
We at T.Ware are really humbled by the experience to share with the US community, and have found this to be a very enriching Journey!
Temple Grandin invented the squeeze machine at the age of 18 that delivers deep touch pressure to help her learn to tolerate touching and to reduce anxiety and nervousness. The squeeze machine is the inspiration behind the T.Jacket!
Dr. Grandin controlled the T.Jacket using the app without difficulty and adjusted it to a pressure she desired. She liked the pressure, which she said is good and strong enough.
It feels incredibly awesome yet humbling to meet with the highly respected Dr. Grandin, our inspiration!
Hello everyone! T.Ware won the first prize at the Asian Entrepreneurship Awards 2014 held in Japan over 13 - 15 July! We wanted to share our thoughts and plans about what's next for us, so we thought we'd do it here. Thanks again to everyone who has supported us and believed in us in our journey thus far - you too are a part of this success - thank you!!
The Asian Entrepreneurship Awards 2014 program was held in Kashiwanoha City, 30 minutes by train from Tokyo. It was the perfect setting for the competition as the city is built on the concept of a Smart City – a model next-generation city that promotes healthy living and the creation of new industries by incorporating the latest technologies, services, and systems, combined with a participatory social experience for residents.
T.Ware presented in the semi-final round, together with participants from Korea, Japan and India, and qualified for the finals. The top 6 teams, besides T.Ware from Singapore, were from Malaysia, India, Thailand, China and Philippines.
In these few days of sharing and presentations, several key learnings emerged:
We were confident that we would make it to the finals, but did not expect to win as other teams were really impressive – in both their business models and experiences, as well as in their presentations. We are humbled by the many passionate and successful entrepreneurs in the Asian community, and are proud to be part of this community. It’s great that the T.Ware team’s hard work is being recognized internationally, and we feel really happy that we have been able to make Singapore and NUS proud with this achievement. It will spur us to continue our work to 'bring touch to life'. We’re not yet over the euphoria, but it’s now back to the grind!
Moving forward, it will be exciting for T.Ware as we will be:
And most importantly, all of this would not have been possible without the support from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and NUS Enterprise. We’re extremely grateful to Prof Wong Poh Kam for his nomination – your nomination and belief in us has cemented our commitment to ‘bringing touch to life’. We also want to thank Dr Gary Rubin, Mr Wong Sang Wouh and Mr Kristav Childress for their time, and for their generosity in imparting the knowledge and skills they have from their years of experience in business and presentations – these have been invaluable, not just for AEA2014, but also for what lies beyond for T.Ware.
T.Jacket Travelogue: Tokyo, Japan
When: August 2013
Last August, T.Ware gave a talk about T.Jacket at Google's Tokyo office! Glad to be part of the movement to use technology in ways that help and touch people's lives. Like Google, we're definitely looking forward to doing more for people, so stay tuned! :)
T.Jacket Travelogue: Ipoh, Malaysia
Location: National Early Childhood Intervention Conference
When: June 2014
It was great speaking with everyone who came down during the conference - thanks for dropping by and trying T.Jacket! We hope it will be able to help in some way, and we're really encouraged by the comments we received!
We had a really fruitful time sharing T.Jacket at the National Early Childhood Intervention Conference and even managed to accomplish some shopping!
We bought several items (keychain, soap, coin pouch and a t-shirt) from Asia Community Services (ACS). ACS manages the Stepping Stone Centre, a work place for individuals with intellectual disabilities which provides a platform for them to explore and develop their talents in hand-crafts. Collectively, these items are called Special HandS items, and they even have a catalogue.
We also added to our library shelf with a book written by parents chronicling the family's journey with a daughter who was born deaf. After an operation at a very young age, she now she can hear with the help of a hearing aid. We got the autograph of the little girl (now 8) who bought the book.
Well, that wraps up our time in Ipoh! We'll be heading to the Annual Autism Society National Conference in Indianapolis next from 23-26 July, so if you'll be there too, do pop by! Looking forward to seeing you! :)