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THEME FOR THIS YEAR
Leadership in a Complex World: Disruptive Change in Everyday Life

Not long ago, food delivery options were limited to fast food from chain establishments such as Macdonald’s and Pizza Hut. In less than five years, disruptive change has transformed the entire food delivery industry and, by extension, our eating habits. Services like UberEats and Foodpanda now connect customers to numerous food establishments, from top restaurants to local hawker stalls, on one integrated online platform.

This transformation has also significantly impacted work in the food delivery industry. With Ubereats, anyone with a car or a motorbike can deliver food to consumers. We see employment opportunities becoming increasingly flexible and open to the layman. In the taxi industry, we see Uber and Grab providing commitment-free employment to drivers, who work on an ad-hoc and contract-less basis.

From the perspective of consumers, the popularisation of taxi-booking applications complements the traditional, flag-a-cab system, significantly altering our consumption patterns. With the introduction of platforms like Carousell and Lazada, online shopping is no longer exclusively limited to large online merchants. Buying and selling online is now an irreplaceable part of our lives.

These are commonplace examples of how our everyday life – the way we eat, consume, work, learn, play and communicate has significantly transformed in the past decade. Today, disruptive change is so prevalent in Asia, the rising centre stage in the global arena, with many Asian countries involved in key transnational socio-economic and political change. But more often than not, millennials are perceived to be passive receivers of change in everyday life, failing to realise the broader implications of disruptive change.

AUS 2017 aims to provide a platform for undergraduates to explore how different aspects of everyday life have been disrupted and situate them in light of broader interrelated trends. The Summit will enable participants to critically assess the implications of disruptive change on specific stakeholders and communities in society.

The incorporation of a Skills Track will equip participants with essential tools to facilitate ideation, guiding them to conceptualise user-centric prototypes of their solutions as deliverables of the summit.
AUS 2017
(i) Overseas Leg: 5th June – 9th June 2017

The first leg of the summit comprises a 5-day programme organized in partnership with our 4 Overseas Host Universities.

Participants are expected to develop a contextual understanding of the aspects of everyday living that has undergone disruptive change, specifically relevant to the Host Country. Participants will also learn about efforts made by key stakeholders in adapting to and managing such disruptive changes in everyday life. The Overseas Leg will entail a unique blend of site-visits, dialogue sessions and panel discussions to provide an educational and immersive experience to all participating undergraduates.

(ii) Singapore Leg: 28th June – 3rd July 2017

In the spirit of intellectual and cultural exchange, the culminating Local Leg of AUS will be hosted at NUS and helmed by the AUS Organizing Committee. NUS students as well as foreign participants will gather in Singapore to further engage with the theme.

The Singapore Leg will also serve as a common platform for undergraduates to engage in discourse and academic exchange about their experiences in the Overseas Host Universities. This will promote dialogue and meaningful interaction pertaining to the issue of Disruptive Change in different contexts. In addition, the Singapore leg will also impart to participants the Design Thinking Framework in the form of rigorous workshops. Equipping them with valuable skills, the Design Thinking Framework effectively guides the participants through a process of ideation to creatively formulate a user-centric deliverable by the end of the Summit. The deliverables of the summit will consist of tangible ideas aimed at maximizing the benefits and minimizing the harms of the disruptive change to a particular group of people in society.

The programme highlights for the Singapore leg are as follows:
• Speaker sessions and focus group discussions to better understand how different aspects of everyday life has been disrupted by changes in the last 10-20 years
• Site visits for participants to gain wide-ranging perspectives of how disruption in everyday life is faced by different groups of people and industries to varying extents in Singapore
• Workshops to introduce participants to the Design Thinking Framework
• Utilizing the content and skills learnt to propose deliverables vital in maximizing the positive impacts of disruptive change
• Sharing sessions with relevant stakeholders on proposals, for potential collaboration through suitable avenues; and
• Networking opportunities with students from other Asian universities

The end of the Singapore Leg will thus see a creative springboard of ideas generated in the course of the 5 days, to be pitched to industry experts and key stakeholders for implementation in both Singapore and respective university partners.
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