For any beagle lovers residing in Bangkok and the surrounding areas, there is a website dedicated to you. It’s called the Beagle Gang and it’s slogan is “We all love a little monster.” Mainly there are a few blogs and web board for beagle owners to share pictures, thought and stories about their beagle babies. I saw this group’s gathering featured in one of the Thai pet magazines. This website is primarily in Thai though so that might be limiting for some folks. I look at it as another way for me to practice my Thai reading skills. I registered on this website and want to try to go to one of the next events. A gathering of beagle lovers and their beagle babies sounds like a chaotic and crazy time!
There will be nine teams of university students presenting their ideas on three different topics. This event gives teams 15 minutes to present their ideas and judges will ask questions for 10 minutes. The event is run in Thai language and is geared towards the Thai context in terms of it’s problems, participants, judges and audience.
Location: Hotel S31
Partner: change fusion, Ashoka, Magnolia, TCDC, BE magazine, I care
NSTDA to Offer a Place for Potential Investors to Buy Innovations NSTDA will hold the NSTDA Investors’ Day 2010 fair to exhibit research results, bridging “investors” and “inventors” with the idea to commercialize over 20 innovations and bringing them to the marketplace. The exhibition, which will be held on 16 September 2010 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, will be a platform for researchers to showcase their research results and receive votes from investors for their work. Dr. Thaweesak Koanantakool, president of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), said technology-based businesses are a key force behind inventions, and new innovations and technology, help to raise Thailand’s competitiveness against other countries and drive the country’s economic growth. These are the reasons why NSTDA plans to organize the NSTDA Investors’ Day fair to bridge industrial, investment and financial sectors with the science sector, paving the way for investments in technology-based businesses that will contribute to the economic growth and social development of the country. This fair will also provide an opportunity for NSTDA researchers to showcase their inventions to investors and exchange ideas with their peers, as well as to stay informed of the demands of the industrial sector to further their research and development. “There are five inventions by NSTDA researchers that have great potential and are market-ready;
1. The AquaRASD system – a closed water re-circulating system for housing aquatic animals that requires only one freshwater replacement per year
2. G-Rock – lightweight synthetic granules made from industrial waste that can be used to produce lightweight concrete blocks with high impact resistance and great insulation
3. CephSmile V.2 – a computer digital imaging system that generates ‘after’ pictures of patients after receiving orthodontic treatments and helps orthodontists plan treatments. This is an updated version of the software and can be made available as a web service
4. Easy Silk Care – a nano-treated emulsion that helps keep silk fabrics wrinkle-free, soft, smooth and easy to care for without having to dry-clean them.
5. K9 Diagnostic Kit-MDR1 – a diagnostic kit for testing pill allergies in canines.The kit will detect the “allergy gene” in canines in under 90 minutes, which is much faster than sending the tests to labs that normally takes 2 to 3 days at least.
The researchers who came up with these five innovations will be given five minutes each to present their work before allowing investors to cast their votes for the project they want to learn more about. The researcher with the most votes will be given an additional 25 minutes,” said Dr. Thaweesak. Activities at the NSTDA Investors’ Day will include; 1. A keynote address entitled “The Future of Thailand’s Science Sector in the Next 10 Years”, delivered by Dr. Veerachai Veerametheekul, Minister of Science and Technology, and a lecture on the subject of “10 Emerging Technologies to Watch” by Dr. Thaweesak Koanantakool, president of NSTDA 2. An exhibition of innovations, business negotiations and services offered by NSTDA’s partner firms. In addition to showcasing outstanding, ready-for-market innovations, the fair will also exhibit over 20 innovations by the four national research centers, which can be rapidly further developed for commercialization. The displays are presented under the theme “Better Food, Better Living and Better Energy”. Inventions that will be showcased at this fair include Nano Acne Treatment, In-Car Temperature Sensor and Thermal Alarm, Instant Plant Disease Test Kit and Intelligent Film that helps extend the shelf-life of fresh produce.
The 19th Discovery Thailand & Discovery World
Covering Queen Sirikit National Convention Center’s exhibition areas, the events will bring together over 750 leading local and international tour operators as well as fully-integrated tourism services, including hotels, resorts, airlines, domestic and outbound travel agents, national and overseas tourism promotion organizations, car rental companies, boat cruises, travel equipment providers, restaurants and many more. As such, this event is an excellent place to do some holiday planning and get good value for your money. It is expected that over 300,000 visitors will attend this event looking for travel packages and discounts over the weekend.
Dates: September 2-5, 2010
Time: 10 am – 9 pm
On Sunday I entered a crowded exhibit hall at Muang Thong Thani’s Challenger 1-3 to view the cars on display at the 24th annualThailand International Motor Expo 2007. The event had an 80 baht ticket fee for adults, but children were free. Many people got free tickets prior to the event and simply had to exchange a voucher for the ticket. The Motor Expo was open from November 29th to December 10, 2008. It is the end of year equivalent to the Motor Show which comes in March and April at BITEC.
Most of the major car brands were there including: BMW, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Isuzu, Honda, Mini, Subaru, Citron, Ford, Chevy and Mitsubishi. There were a few new names from foreign car makes as well like Ssangyong and Proton. Ssangyong is a Korean car maker which seems to be coming strong in the Thai market, especially with their large vehicle, family-style lineup of vans and SUVs.
Other than the more common car brands like Honda and Toyota, the Motor Expo had a variety of other vehicles for you to see while walking around the Challenger Halls 1-3 at Muang Thong Convention Center. Luxury car brands like Porshe, Ferrari, Maserati and Bently had at least one car on display. You could even see a few racing vehicles like rally cars, F1 boats and competition off-road trucks.
Classic American Car on display
Toyota I-Unit, concept vehicle