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Talent Success Story | Mikhael Geordie Amadeus

Into the future – with a sustainable drone and an iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD

Every year, we honor outstanding designs created by students from all over the world with the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD. We strongly believe in the potential of young designers to change and innovate in our future world. We want to find out which ways our young winners have gone.

This time, we talked to Mikhael Geordie Amadeus from Sydney. In 2018, he was honored together with his co-student Priscillia Sanjaya, both from the University of Technology in Sydney.


Design Confidence Boost - Interview with Mikhael Geordie Amadeus


iF: When you applied back then, were your hopes high or did you just think “let’s give it a try”?

I was quite confident with my team and came with a mindset to try our best. Rather than focusing on the result, we tried to focus on the process itself and how we can do our best; trying to iterate and gather as much feedback as possible.  Yes, as a tech enthusiast I’ve come by some products with iF label before. I was always satisfied with the products that come with those labels. I’ve also seen iF Design award book from my university library before.

“The award really boosted my confidence as a designer and I think it will really give me an edge next time I apply for a job.”


iF:  What happened right after being awarded and how did it influence your further path?

We were happy and surprised that our designs actually got awarded, and I let my family know. We celebrated and had quite a bit of fun! My current boss did not actually know about it actually, but it really helped my portfolio. I think it will really make a difference next time I apply for a new job.

Talent Success Story | SWARM Drone | Mikhael Geordie Amadeus

SWARM is a system of drones which analyses, sort, and relocate different types of waste to be recycled further. SWARM aims to provide a beneficial system for private / government customers that can increase the recycling rate of landfills. A plethora of sensors (infrared/heat, camera, humidity, and sonar) attached to SWARM drones help them to analyse the type of trash. This data then gets relayed into a network of drones capable of machine learning; deciding the most efficient way to sort and move them so that it can be recycled easier.

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iF: What are your plans for the future?

I’m currently working as an industrial designer for a family shopfitting company, serving clients all across Australia. I also help Research Projects at the University of Technology Sydney. My plans for the future include to keep learning and to become a better designer. The award really boosted my confidence as a designer and I think it will really give me an edge next time I apply for a job.