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This event occurred on
May 21, 2015
4:30pm - 8:30pm +08
(UTC +8hrs)
Singapore, North East

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Singapore American School
40 Woodlands Street 41
Singapore, North East, 738547
Event type:
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Bart Millar

Bart Millar is a generalist who is fascinated with history, science and psychology, and the results when they intersect. On many occasions, especially while watching the news, Bart has wondered “How can people be so dumb?” Being a teacher for psychology, economics and robotics at SAS has afforded him unique insight into this topic.

Fred Crawford

Fred Crawford has been teaching physics for the past thirty years, having taught in India, Thailand and Singapore. Although an American citizen, Fred was born and raised outside of the US. When not pondering physics, Fred likes to cook.

Justin Peterson

Justin Peterson is a senior at the Singapore American School and is part of the Cornell University Class of 2019. He has lived overseas for most of his life and has observed many interesting behaviors regarding internationalism. Additionally , Justin has taken note of the cultural components serving as the framework for thriving diversity at the Singapore American School.

Kartikye Mittal

Kartikye Mittal found his passion for STEM through Singapore American School robotics and realized the possibilities for innovation were endless. After watching Interstellar, he was inspired to embark on his own mission of building a satellite. Kartikye has been fortunate to participate in multiple international robotics competitions, serving both as team captain and a mentor to the less experienced. He has led the team bronze in Taipei and Hong Kong regional competitions.

Paige Freeman

Paige moved from Brooklyn to Singapore in 2006, where she has attended the Singapore American School for the past nine years. She has not yet uncovered her ultimate goal in life, and is just fine with that. However, she does have some problems she’d like to fix along the way. She enjoys writing, making art, and singing -- in 2013, she sang a solo at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Paige is partial to rainy afternoons and listening to good music.

Samantha Daynes

Samantha Daynes is a storyteller, and so is everyone else she has met. Her knowledge of this topic comes from years pursuing her passion for books as a voracious reader and from telling stories throughout her teenage years in the forms of theatre, writing, and music. She loves musicals and is avid writer who just finished her second novel in May 2015.

Shreya Shankar

Shreya is a graduate of the Singapore American School. An avid artist, Shreya Shankar has noted the areas where art overlaps with math and science in her own life and imagines the possibilities that may arise if this correlation is more commonly used as an advantage. Because she has wanted to be an architect since she was young, she has constantly seen where the clearly defined barrier lies, and she believes that this barrier must come down to achieve greater success in our quickly changing world. Shankar is part of the Duke University Class of 2019 and is planning to major in architecture.

Tanvi Dutta Gupta

Aside from writing about birds on her nature blog, Somewhere Up a Tree, she is regularly found in the depths of MacRitchie Reservoir examining wildlife and chasing after butterflies. Tanvi, although only fourteen, has had photographs featured on National Geographic and Project Noah, as well as receiving recognition from NParks and BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Thomas Morgan

Thomas is a Central Michigan University graduate who worked as real estate developer and investment banker before leaving the corporate world to become a documentary filmmaker and activist. Two of Thomas’s most notable films include Storied Streets, about homelessness in America, and Waiting for Mamu, about the CNN Hero Pushpa Basnet. Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon and Thomas started REFRAMED PICTURES, a production company that produces and supports films with a message of social justice and human rights. In addition, he and Mary Fisher started Thomas also brought these pressing social injustices to the forefront by speaking twice before the U.S. Congress, at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, in 2013 at the United Nations, in 2014 at the Today show, and though his TEDx Talk, Put On Your Underoos It’s Time To Save The World. He has also been a guest writer for POV magazine in the UK and various other publications in the United States.

Vanessa Smiley

Vanessa Smiley is a sophomore at the Singapore American School. As someone who has grown up going to international schools, Smiley has had the opportunity to gain insight into different cultures around the world. Constantly questioning things around her, Smiley enjoys studying psychology and philosophy in her free time. Aside from psychology and philosophy, Vanessa likes reading books about Area 51 and running.

Organizing team


Singapore, Singapore


Singapore, Singapore
  • Shivani Rao
    Executive Producer
  • Natalie Weinrauch
  • Micaela Tam
  • Nadia Kim
    Head Designer
  • Bianca Antonio
    Assistant Designer
  • Mark Schoen
    Event Manager
  • Sophia Law
    Event Manager
  • Kiersten Potter
    Assistant Event Manager
  • Jaclyn Chan
    Assistant Event Manager
  • Janvi Kalra
    Delegates Coordinator
  • Alex Cuozzo
    Delegates Coordinator
  • Roopal Kondepudi
    Delegates Coordinator
  • Keshav Jagannath
    Finance & Sponsorship Coordinator
  • Annie Kim
    Finance & Sponsorship Coordinator
  • Jennifer Osborne
    Website Manager
  • Erika Angell
    Website Manager
  • Jeane Khang
    Event Host
  • Michael Chu
    Event Host
  • Meera Navlakha
    Communication & Marketing Director
  • Sunita Srivatsan
    Communication & Marketing Director
  • Danielle Wait
    Communication & Marketing Director
  • Christopher Chan
    Photographer & Videographer
  • Chloe Shin-Gay
    Photographer & Videographer
  • Kelly Chung
    Photographer & Videographer
  • Karisa Poedjirahardjo
    Set & Technology Specialist
  • Chris Zhu
    Assistant Designer