Let's stop dreaming of a better world, and make one.
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.
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 focusing 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
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.
Beyond Superhuman - Technology for Humanity
Beyond Superhuman - Technology for Humanity
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.
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.
One Life. Persist To Improve Many.
One Life. Persist To Improve Many.
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.
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.
Technology Is Reinventing Humanity | Jordan Nguyen | TEDxSydneyAs advances in augmented and virtual technology reinvent our relationship with ‘reality’, we are continually confronted with ever-more complex ethical and philosophical dilemmas. Making virtual interactive copies of human beings is now more than just a possibility. But once we open that door, how do we deal with the quandaries that lie inside? Dr Jordan Nguyen’s mission in life is to improve the lives of as many people as possible and to be a driving force behind positive human and technological evolution into the future. He believes the relationship between humanity and technology is constantly changing and its role in our lives is becoming more integrated, leading us to a future that is ‘Beyond Superhuman’.
Dr Jordan Nguyen Showreel HDDr. Jordan Nguyen is a young man on a mission to change the world. At a moment of the most extraordinary breakthroughs in our understanding of the human brain, Jordan has a magical combination of technical brilliance with the unique ability to inspire people.
TEDxSydney Adventures - Jordan Nguyen on TechnologyThroughout 2016 and 2017, we're taking a field trip with some of our 2016 alumni speakers as part of the new TEDxSydney Adventures series, presented by Toyota Prius. 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.
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 le ... keep readingadership 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
Dr Jordan Nguyen was an opening keynote speaker at the Women in Focus conference, and completely wowed the audience with his warmth, wisdom and humour. Jordan doesn’t just impart knowledge on the scientific advances and trends in artificial intelligence, he brings humanity to our understanding of science and engineering and the important role it plays in enabling a life of freedom of movement and mindset for those with physical disabilities. His personal stories are both moving and wondrous as the audience is taken on a journey of the marvels of modern technology and its application for humane purpose. A theme of our conference was collaboration and conversation in a disruptive world, and the importance of bringing purpose to life, business and community; and I couldn’t think of a better speaker to help set this scene than Jordan.
Jordan was excellent. He is a very engaging speaker. Both the content and delivery were outstanding. We would love to have him back.
Jordan's presentation was absolutely brilliant. He had the audience in the palm of his hand and left them wanting to hear more. Not only does Jordan have the intelligence and creativity to solve current problems and needs using current technologies, his focus on helping people and placing humanity at the centre is truly remarkable and inspiring. Students need to hear from him!
Dr Jordan was so engaging, he was friendly and was very knowledgeable. There was not a dry eye in the room when Jordan spoke about his stories and background. We found him to be well worth our time and money. We can't wait to invite him back to one of our conferences again.