MIT Media Lab Southeast Asia Forum Zipevent

MIT Media Lab Southeast Asia Forum

19 - 20 Dec 2022
08:00 - 18:00 (UTC+7)
True Digital Park

Event Information


MIT Media Lab Southeast Asia Forum co-hosted by KBTG and Bangkok Bank

This year, the MIT Media Lab, the institution’s interdisciplinary research lab, is bringing the latest research and insights to Bangkok at the “MIT Media Lab Southeast Asia Forum” from 19 – 21 December 2022. This 3-day event will be co-hosted by KBTG and Bangkok Bank in collaboration with True and the MIT Alumni Association.


With its mission to create a space to share transformative technologies, state-of-the-art research, and the use of emerging technologies to invent a better and more just future, the event will focus on co-creating new possibilities in Southeast Asia. The knowledge-packed event will offer deep and immersive learning opportunities to inspire new generations of forward thinkers, open innovations, and spark creative thinking amongst people under the theme “Beyond the Elephant in the Room”.


Addressing ‘the Elephant’, or humanity's greatest challenges that are often ignored, the event will focus on contemporary technology and the envisioned future that can bring about emerging technologies like Extended Intelligence (AI), Hybrid Realities (Xverse), Augmented Creativity, Cyborg Health, Smart Materials, Digital Currency, Space Exploration, and Sustainability.


A dozen leading experts from the MIT Media Lab, including its students and alumni, will join the event to cover several key topics.


Key Speakers


  • Dava Newman - Director of the MIT Media Lab, former NASA Associate (2015-2017), Head of Aerospace Engineering and the faculty leader in Aeronautics and Astronautics and MIT’s School of Engineering for 28 years. Dr. Newman has played a key role in NASA’s human exploration, especially developing and connecting human journey to Mars.


  • Pattie Maes - Professor at the MIT Media Lab. Maes leads the lab’s Fluid Interfaces research group, researching at the intersection of Human Computer Interaction and Artificial Intelligence, with a focus on applications in health, wellbeing, and learning. 


  • Hiroshi Ishii - Professor at the MIT Media Lab. Ishii is recognized as a founder of “Tangible User Interfaces” (TUI) and the founder of the “Tangible Media Group”. His mission is to make digital tangible, by giving physical form to digital information and computation.


  • Joe Paradiso - Professor at the MIT Media Lab. Paradiso is the leader of the MIT’s Responsive Environments Group, which explores how sensor networks augment and mediate human experience, interaction, and perception.


  • Mitchel Resnick - LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab.  Resnick develops new technologies and activities to engage people (particularly children) in creative learning experiences.


  • Deblina Sarkar - Assistant Professor at the MIT Media Lab and Head of Nano-Cybernetic Biotrek research group. Sakar and her group carry out trans-disciplinary research fusing engineering, applied physics, and biology, aiming to develop technology for nanoelectronics devices and to create new paradigms for the human-machine symbiosis.

  • Danielle Wood - Assistant Professor at the MIT Media Lab and Head of the Space Enabled research group. Wood is a specialist in aerospace engineering systems. She  seeks to advance justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space.


  • David Kong - Director of the MIT Media Lab’s Community Biotech Initiative (CBI). As a synthetic biologist, Kong leads the CBI, whose mission is to empower society with biotechnology.


MIT’s Students and Alumni


  • Pat Pataranutaporn - PhD Candidate - MIT Media Lab & KBTG Fellow
    Pataranutaporn is the first Thai PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces at the MIT Media Lab and is an author of research on Human-AI Interaction, Bio-Digital Interfaces, and Personalized Education. Pataranutaporn explores the intersection of synthetic virtual humans and synthetic biology, specifically at the interface between biological and digital systems.


  • Irmandy Wicaksono - PhD Candidate, MIT Media Lab
    Exploring the creative interplay between art, design, science, and engineering, Wicaksono has been working closely with textile and flexible electronics factories, making a strong connection between research and manufacturing. 


  • Guy Zyskind - PhD Candidate, MIT Media Lab
    Zyskind’s research in the Media Lab’s Human Dynamics group focuses on data, privacy, and Bitcoin He brings experience in co-developing multiple start-ups, along with being an instructor at MIT in engineering subjects covering Bitcoin/Blockchain and cryptocurrencies. 


  • Ziv Epstein - PhD Candidate, MIT Media Lab
    With interests in Computational Social Science, Epstein focuses on new challenges and opportunities that emerge from a digital society, particularly in the domains of social media and artificial intelligence.


This is an opportunity not to be missed, whether you are an engineer, designer, student, tech-enthusiast, or work in the business world. You are cordially invited to attend the “MIT Media Lab Southeast Asia Forum” to envision the future together with leading experts. 

The event will be held from 19 - 21 December 2022.

From December 19 - 20, the event will be held at True Digital Park.

On December 21, 2022, the Executive Forum will take place at K+ Building by KBTG (Invitation Only)


How to join the forum

  1. Register by filling out the form and answering the questions
  2. MIT will evaluate your eligibility based on the answers you’ve given
  3. If you’re selected, you will receive a confirmation email by Friday of said week* with a channel to purchase the ticket
  4. Complete the payment

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General Pass 2 days (19-20 Dec)

5,000.00 THB

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Sales until: 20 Dec 2022 23:59

Student Pass 2 days (19-20 Dec)

1,500.00 THB

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Location Details

True Digital Park


101 Sukhumvit Road 101/1, Bang Chak Subdistrict, Phra Khanong District Bangkok, 10260 Thailand


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MIT Media Lab

Founded in 1985, the MIT Media Lab is one of the world’s leading research and academic organizations. Unconstrained by traditional disciplines, Media Lab designers, engineers, artists, and scientists strive to create technologies and experiences that enable people to understand and transform their lives, communities, and environments.

The MIT Media Lab promotes an interdisciplinary research culture that brings together diverse areas of interest and inquiry. Unique among other laboratories at MIT, the Media Lab comprises both a broad research agenda and a graduate degree program in Media Arts and Sciences. Faculty, students, and researchers work together on hundreds of projects across disciplines as diverse as social robotics, physical and cognitive prostheses, new models and tools for learning, community bioengineering, and models for sustainable cities. Art, science, design, and technology build and play off one another in an environment designed for collaboration and inspiration. The Lab and MAS program originated in and report to MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) with which they share an emphasis on design, hands-on learning, collaborative research, and critique and reflection.

Media Lab alumni and researchers go on to careers in research and academia; to become entrepreneurs; to bring their unique skills and insights to industry; or to become independent designers, artists, inventors, and consultants. Research and projects developed at the Media Lab frequently grow and evolve out of the Lab as spinoff companies, as exhibitions and performances, as tech transfer to member companies, and, perhaps most importantly, as the basis for continued research and exploration for others, both within Lab and all over the world.