Dr Jordan Nguyen

Jordan Nguyen

Dr Jordan Nguyen’s mission in life is to improve the lives of as many people as possible and to be a driving force behind positive human and technological evolution into the future. He designs life-changing technologies focusing on intelligent, futuristic and inclusive technology for the disability sector. He believes the relationship between humanity and technology is constantly changing and its role in our lives is becoming more integrated, leading us to a future that is ‘Beyond Superhuman’. A passionate advocate for social change Jordan follows the mantra “One Life, Persist to Improve Many”; he believes each life has the capacity to improve many others, and that this simple idea can change the world.

It was diving into a pool on a hot sunny day, like he and millions of other Australians do all throughout Summer, that changed Jordan’s life course forever. In a dive gone wrong he hit his head on the bottom of the pool which left him confined to bed, unable to move and fearing permanent damage. Suddenly he found himself having to consider life without independence in mobility. Regaining the ability to get out of bed a walk after a whole day of not even being able to roll over, Jordan considered himself incredibly lucky to have escaped without serious damage. As such, this experience prompted him to educate himself about disability and the challenges associated with accessing necessary equipment and resources for independence. Ever since the recovery Jordan has met many people who have continued fuelling his inspiration to create new inclusive technologies in an effort to improve quality of life and independence for people with disability.

Jordan completed a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in 2012, landing in the Chancellor’s List for the top theses across the university. For this Jordan developed a mind-controlled smart wheelchair for people with high-level physical disability. This smart wheelchair uses cameras to view its environment and provides autonomous navigation assistance to the operator whilst they control it purely by thought. This amazing work has led to Jordan being a hot topic of discussion in the media. He has been featured in a range of TV, radio, magazine and newspaper interviews, most notably ABC’s Catalyst and Channel TEN’s The Project. Jordan believes we must be proactive rather than reactive in the face of the rapidly changing landscape of the modern world, and believes that the more people understand the immense potential for technological developments in the near future the easier that becomes. One way he has applied this thinking is through founding Psykinetic, a social business that creates futuristic inclusive technology in order to improve independence and quality of life for people with disability. Psykinetic designs automated systems, robotics, smart interaction technology and medical devices, and the vision is to see many new levels of accessibility and inclusivity facilitated by these innovations.

Another way he achieves this is through his inspirational communication ability. Jordan is a TEDx speaker, and has keynoted at prestigious events such as Think Inc. and Wired for Wonder, among many others. He has shared the stage with a number of influential people, including Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and the one person the late Steve Jobs ever worked for. As a speaker Jordan has the ability to translate highly technical concepts and future trends into clear and concise content, relevant to any organisation looking to proactively embrace and adapt to technological change. He has on several occasions presented internationally at the world’s largest annual biomedical conference, the Engineering for Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC), on advances in intelligent assistive robotics and controlling technology with the power of the mind.

Jordan is on the board of directors for Object: The Australian Design Centre, is a member of the board for the NSW Medical Technology Knowledge Hub, and is a casual academic, all whilst continuing to develop advancement in technology for disability. He is currently working on a TV documentary for the ABC called Becoming Superhuman. Set to air in May 2016 it will showcase some of his latest creations and discuss how our brains are wired to allow us to augment and improve ourselves towards the future of the human race.

Dr Jordan Nguyen is a leader many look to for inspiring others on the future of technology for humanity, purpose, and sustainability, with a core focus on driving positive global impact.

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