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January 25, 2023

Meeting the needs of local farmers in a situation both dire and desperate through design architecture, ecological empathy, and cultural respect. Thet Wai leads the Product Management team at Proximity Designs, a social enterprise working to improve the incomes and resilience of smallholder farmers in Myanmar. Thet Wai and his team oversee the design, development and life cycle of climate-smart farm technology products and agronomy services. Earlier in Thet Wai’s career, he was the lead designer for Proximity’s best-selling irrigation system, the multi-angle mister. This product has since been widely replicated in the market, making precise, impactful irrigation more accessible to farm families. Thet Wai’s interest in building products for low-income communities started at a young age, as he graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from University of Technology, Sydney. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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