From zero to hero | by Incitement - 7:30pm, February 24th, 2017
It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up - Babe Ruth.
Everyone has goals and dreams, but not all of us are capable of achieving them for different kinds of reasons. Economical difficulties, family pressure, society, no free time, responsibilities - all of these can stand in the way of you and your goals.
And if it weren’t difficult enough already, there’s society reminding you all the time how you must just get a decent job, buy a house, and provide for your family. And that’s how, often without realizing it, you leave behind your ambitions and dreams.
But some people are determined to their goals no matter how difficult they are, no matter how much time they need, no matter how many sacrifices they have to make...
During this Incitement you will learn that it is possible to achieve your goals. With hard work and determination - no matter how hard the circumstances are. Meet speakers who will inspire you with their stories and challenges they had to overcome to get where they are today - they will restore your faith that it is possible to do anything you want.
Izmir Yamin is the founder and Chief Executive of two technology-based companies, Independence-X Aerospace and Pulsar UAV.
Independence-X is the first Malaysian and only Southeast Asian team — out of 16 teams worldwide that made it into the finals of the Google Lunar XPRIZE — with the mission to launch a rover to the moon by 2017.
He was also a project engineer at a British aerospace firm based in Malaysia working on Airbus engineering projects. Izmir holds a BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree and a Diploma in Aerospace Engineering from the MARA University of Technology in Shah Alam, Malaysia. Business Administration studies in Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, USA and Masters of Engineering studies at University Malaya.
Izmir was also a nominee at the New York World Technology Awards, among other tech luminaries such as Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX.
Kugan had aspired to become a pilot since he was eight but when he finished school, he couldn't study to become a pilot as the courses were too expensive for his middle-class family. He ended up studying in the hospitality management field and worked in various hotels in Penang for several years.
One day, a friend who worked with AirAsia told him to join the company. He said it gave opportunities to its staff to move between departments and he decided to apply for a job with the airline and was offered the position of despatch boy.
Throughout the next seven years, even after numerous failures, Kugan never gave up and applied 11 times and sat for 4 qualification examinations.
Then in 2013, Kugan successfully passed all the required exams and was accepted into Asia Pacific Flight Training (APFT). He completed his training at APFT to become a co-pilot in June last year.
Melvin is an entrepreneur, visionary and risk-taker. Over the years, Melvin has involved himself in a wide range of businesses but his passion is now into cars and charity work, especially in his cause in raising awareness for the abused children. Now Melvin is focusing most of his time in his automotive business dealing with new and reconditioned imported cars. Melvin’s company focused mainly on importing supercars like Aston Martin, Lamborghini, and Porsche from UK.
Melvin Tong is one of the Top 50 most influential disabled people in 2016 as announced by Powerful Media and Shaw Trust. The most important lesson he learned in business and life is – If you put your heart and soul as well as your time, effort and love in doing something, nothing is impossible to you.
How much is the ticket to this event?
10RM that will go to the Ngo or organization of your choice.
This is how it's going to work:
- When you register in Peatix you will pay 10RM.
- When you arrive at Impact Hub, our amazing volunteers will give you a token worth it 10RM.
- You will have 3-4 booth where you can donate your token. You can talk, ask questions and check them out and decide which one fits your more
- After the event, we will give the money you paid to each organizations, depending on how many coins they have.
100% of the 10RM will go to the different organzations. Incitement guarantees that will not keep commission or fee.
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