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Jordan
Nguyen

Thought leader on the intersection between technology and humanity.

Let's stop dreaming of a better world, and make one.
Profile

Dr Jordan Nguyen, is one of Australia’s most innovative engineers, who is committed to improving the lives of as many people as possible, and to help become a driving force behind both human and technological evolution as we move into the future.

An internationally renowned engineer for humanity, Jordan designs life-changing technologies to transform the lives of people with disabilities and the elderly through his role as founder of Psykinetic, a social business committed to bringing positive, sustainable and life-altering change, and shares his adventures through documentaries across the world. Inspired by human endeavour, Jordan has big ambitions to see our world step consciously and creatively into a better future.

Current Work

Jordan is Founder and CEO of Psykinetic, a start-up social business aimed at creating futuristic, inclusive and empowering technologies to improve independence and quality of life. Currently focussing on disability and aged care, Jordan and his team have successfully created a mind-controlled wheelchair, Virtual and Augmented reality rehabilitation and inclusive gaming, an instrument that enabled a friend with cerebral palsy to play music with her eyes and blinks, and devices that make it possible to control household appliances or even drive cars using only the tiny electrical signals created from eye movements.

Jordan is an award-winning documentary maker and presenter. In 2016 he collaborated with the Australian based production company, The Feds, and the ABC Catalyst to create and present his first TV documentary Becoming Superhuman, which went on to win many prestigious awards both locally and internationally. His work is regularly featured in the media and he has since gone on to present a second ABC Catalyst documentary Meet The Avatars exploring the impacts of Virtual Reality, including creating virtual interactive avatars to preserve memories of loved ones. He has also worked with National Geographic on China 2049 and so far presented four Discovery Channel documentaries - Smart China, Time of Xi, Vietnam: Connecting East Africa, and Tibet: Living On The Roof Of The World. He recently founded his own media company, Time-Captain Productions and aims to continue creating world-changing content on the intersection between technology and humanity.

Jordan is a passionate ambassador for STEAM education, adaptable mindsets and big-picture thinking and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, First-Class Honours, Diploma in Engineering Practice, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (Chancellor’s List) from the University of Technology Sydney. He has taught university engineering master’s students in Artificial Intelligence design and Biomedical instrumentation, and has supervised many research students. He believes our young generations are the change-makers of tomorrow and have the potential to create solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.

The past few years alone have been significant for Jordan. In 2017 he was a finalist for the NSW Australian of the Year. He made the list of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers by Create Magazine 2016, was named in Onalytica’s Top 100 Global Influencers on Virtual Reality in both 2016 and 2017, travelled on tour with Think Inc and Steve Wozniak in 2016, won the Australian Computer Society’s (ACS) ‘ICT Professional of the Year’ Digital Disruptors Award in 2017, and had the honour of being MC in 2018 for An Evening With President Barack Obama on his recent visit to Sydney.

Film awards and achievements include:
• Winner ATOM Award Best Factual Television Series Australia 2016
• Winner ROCKIE Award Best Science and Technology, BANFF World Media Festival, Canada 2017
• Winner Gold award for NSW ACS awards Australia 2016
• Winner Best Documentary Picture This International Disability Film Festival, Canada 2016
• Winner Gold REMI Award 50th Annual International Independent Film Festival, WorldFest, USA 2016
• Winner The Australian Museum Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for Science Journalism 2017
• Official Selection SUPER GEEK Film Festival Florida Supercon USA 2017
• Official Selection SCINEMA International Science Festival, Austria 2016
• Official Selection ASSIM VIVEMOS International Disability Film Festival, Brazil 2016

Media
Expertise
Talking Points

Beyond Superhuman - Technology for Humanity

With today’s staggering advances in technology, many new possibilities are emerging which almost seem to have come straight out of the realms of sci-fi fantasy. When we connect some of the dots between various cutting-edge fields, the innovations become even more intriguing.

In this presentation, Biomedical engineer Dr Jordan Nguyen will raise an incredibly interesting and perhaps confronting conversation around links drawn between the fields of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, new techniques in 3D human scanning, neuroscience, and the ideas of human consciousness.

This topic raises a number of questions about what it is to be human and what is a moral approach to the incredible things we can achieve today with the latest advancements in technology - advancements that are increasingly blurring the lines between the virtual world and the real world.

One Life. Persist To Improve Many

Dr Jordan Nguyen certainly didn’t plan almost to break his neck diving into a swimming pool. The experience did, however, change his life forever, and drove him to want to understand and support those people dealing with the challenges of people living with a disability. As a result, he invented a mind-controlled smart wheelchair, for high-level physical disability that has changed the lives of hundreds of people.

In this presentation, Jordan shares his incredible journey from university student to world changer. He shares insights from his journey and provides the audience with the tools enabling them to identify a problem, innovate and activate a solution.

Audiences will walk away feeling inspired and on purpose. They will also gain insights into the innovation and design thinking process. This will further enhance their ability to problem solve, and find creative solutions.

Superhuman Generationz

What does the 'future human' look like? How do future humans act, what do they value and fundamentally how will the future human mould politics, business and education. Children of the new era (Gen Z and beyond) are living in a vastly different place to the world we grew up in. They are digital natives, collaboration natives and are adept at existing in two realities. The real world and the virtual one.

In this presentation, audiences will explore case studies highlighting the extraordinary intelligence and design capability of the future human. They will gain insights into the shifting values and expectations of this new generation, exploring specifically how the future human will redesign that manner in which we live and work. Whilst change is inevitable; never before has there been a generation that will completely remould the world as we know it.
Topics

Business

  • Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurs

Innovation

  • Creativity
  • Futurists
  • Science & Technology
  • Aged Care Technology
  • Health Technology
  • Robotics
  • Data Science

Motivational

  • Inspiring Stories
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Disability
Feedback
Jordan is one of the most unique, empathetic and hardworking people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He has spoken at 2 Wired for Wonder events (and counting) and several CommBank leadership events and the feedback is always nothing short of outstanding. Jordan takes time to understand what we want the audience to take away and always dreams up the most inspiring and original keynotes with so much goodness packed in the audience walks away with a mix of personal insights, technology learnings and so much brain food to munch through. Jordan can speak to a variety of topics and is extremely creative and original so my advice is that you simply don't hesitate in booking him for your next event! Wired for Wonder
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