Meeting HRH Prince Charles
Posted on November 28, 2017
It was such an honour to be invited to meet Prince Charles at Eden Hall, the residence of His Excellency Scott Wightman CMG, British High Commissioner to Singapore. I was very fortunate to be one of the few who were able to share details of their current projects or positions. Nervously practising in the taxi on the way there paid off somewhat. I surprised myself by not ‘fluffing my lines’ and managed to remember to start the conversation with “Good Evening, Your Royal Highness” before launching into my ‘elevator pitch’ of: “MeshMinds is connecting artists and technologists to drive social and environmental change. We are teaching artists Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D printing and Internet of Things and we have an eight day showcase at ArtScience Museum in January.” He wanted to know if I was ever going back to live in Britain but I said that I was rather enjoying life here at the moment.
Prince Charles was thoroughly charming and made me feel really special by showing genuine interest in what I am working on. It was a wonderful experience to meet the other guests, including the CEO of SGInnovate, the MD of British Telecom, and the founders of Impact Hub and CXA Group. To be honest, some really good things have happened for MeshMinds since that fateful day on 1 November:
:: The Tech Museum of Innovation have agreed to facilitate the exchange of touring exhibits, which means one or more of our artists’ work will travel to the Silicon Valley to be shown as part of Reboot Reality, their permanent VR/AR/MR exhibition;
:: We are giving Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, the Minister for Communication and Information his first live VR painting experience powered by HTC Vive and Google Tilt Brush at the annual Singapore Media Festival Party;
:: We are in talks with Google Cultural Institute and Adobe Systems to bring art & technology exhibits and prototypes to an Asian audience; and
:: We are exploring a deeper engagement between HTC Vive and MeshMinds on VIVE Arts.
I am very thankful to SGInnovate and the British High Commission for inviting me to meet Prince Charles. Onward!