The First ARC Hub PNH Centre Opens With MOD Events

It has been awhile since we last caught up with the brothers behind ARC Hub PNH, the homegrown moniker with a growing 3D printing presence; and this time they are back — bigger and better. The launch event for their first 3D printing centre will be hosted by Design Phnom Penh this coming weekend, so get ready for two days worth of design-related activities!

Photo Credit: Design Phnom Penh

Photo Credit: Design Phnom Penh

MOD, Design Phnom Penh’s first event, intends to promote the skill and practice of the design process without requiring participants to have previous experience or skills. Starting off with the MOD Jam on Saturday, the event will gather groups of locals to learn and play with the design process where they come up with ideas and create something new out of something familiar. This will lead to the MOD Slam on Sunday, where it will showcase various people and groups who have created something new in Phnom Penh, including entrepreneurs, artists, designers, makers, and community builders. Just in case you were wondering, MOD aptly doubles as the group’s objectives for the community: to modify, modulate and modernised design collectively.

The duo behind the centre, Ki Chong and Ki How Tran, are just a few of the growing group that came together under the flag that unites startup entrepreneurship, community building, and creative expressions: design. Specifically, design thinking. Akira Morita, one of the founders of Design Phnom Penh, explained that it was all about “openness, empathy — or listening, and exploration, the willingness of learning from trial and error.” He met with Rithy Thul from SmallWorld, and together they hatched the plan to “do something more interesting than just a few workshops”. The current group is a joint venture between twenty odd members from a variety of fields and backgrounds: design, entrepreneurship, art, data visualization, health, animation, youth development, coworking, street sports. What unites them all is a curiosity to others’ perspectives and expertise, and a passion for well-thought-out, well-made solutions.

Photo Credit: Arc Hub PNH

Photo Credit: ARC Hub PNH

This certainly reflects in the exciting promise of the weekend’s events as four to five teams of MOD teams will first engage with the design process for a day to come up with a plan for a product, service or a combination thereof using what’s familiar, available and underused. Selected plans will then be 3D printed overnight and showcased, along other makers, entrepreneurs and creative professionals who will present their work in an open science fair setting the next day!

On Sunday, ARC Hub PNH will also be hosting guest speakers throughout the day for the crowd to learn more about the different organisations behind the nation’s development. Starting from 10.30am with Leo Jofeh from CoLab, the sessions will continue with Bunchhat Yim from ArrowDot at 11am, Rachel from Tonle at 2pm, Lance Thomas from Kombucha Brewing Company at 3pm, and the last session at 4pm with Building Trust International‘s representative David Cole.

The Launch of the ARC Hub PNH Centre with MOD Jam event is free and will take place from 10am to 2pm, 9 August 2014, at the ARC Hub PNH Centre. The MOD Slam event will take place from 10am to 5pm, 10 August 2014, at the same venue. You can RSVP your attendance here for the events!

ARC Hub PNH Centre is located at #8, St. 118, Sangkat Phsar Kandal 1, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 12200.