What makes Cahya Abisatya Innovation Lab today?
Cahya Abisatya Innovation Lab (CAIL) was founded in October 2018 by two Indonesians and a Cambodian. They are Yohanis Lamere “Ais” and Dita Anggraini from Indonesia and Chhayly Sreng “LY” from Cambodia. How did these folks meet?
Dita and Ais met in 2017 through YSEALI Green School Internship program. They have known each other quite sometimes and went to several YSEALI events together until finally they’re both selected for the YSEALI Academic Fellowship Fall 2018 on environmental issues and natural resources management. At first, Dita was placed at the University of Montana (UM) and Ais was in East-West Center, Hawai’i (EWC). Because of Dita’s conflicting schedule, she cannot go to Montana and ended up going to Hawai’i with Ais.
As part of the pre-departure task, all EWC participants have to form an innovation laboratory as part of the leadership program. An innovation lab is a place where we have to fall in love with the problems and looking for solutions driven by the beneficiaries or community. The laboratory will be the place to experiment, co-working and co-learning within everybody who is involved.
A week before the departure, Dita and Ais received an email from Lance (EWC Mentor) that remind both of them that they’re both have to found their own innovation lab since they’re both live in Bali. Long story short, they’re both decide to establish renewable energy lab because Dita has the specialty in the energy sector and because Ais wants to learn something outside of communication, haha. First days in Washington DC, Dita and Ais met Ly. He almost could not make it to the program due to visa process but Thanks God, he made it.. Ly was part of another lab but with his strong talent in electrical engineering, he decided to join Ais and Dita.
Before the end of the program, the team named of their lab as Cahya Abisatya from the Sanskrit language. Cahya means light and Abisatya means a good friend. The ground philosophy is how the lab exists to become good and close friends with beneficiaries or the community and not stand as an outsider, so together become a strong team to find the best solution for the problems. However, after exploring and scrutinizing many sites and inspirations from California and Hawaii, it turned out that renewable energy approaching alone is only the solution but not the right answer. Then, CAIL was born with one solid purpose, to raise awareness of Water-Energy-Food nexus by three main programs with Community driven, design Challenge and startup accelerator.
How do they meet Anggit?
Anggit is basically going to the same YSEALI Green School internship program in the same year as Dita and Ais. He went to YSEALI Academic Fellowship program fall 2018, on social entrepreneurship and economic development hosted by Brown University. Anggit and Ais actually housemates, and he decided to join CAIL because their house was often used as a meeting place to work on the grant proposal. His technical expertise in energy and chemistry and strong entrepreneurial thinking brought a new color for CAIL. (CS)