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Okayama Living Lab Problem-solving program Living Needs Matching Special session for international students - Inclusive design program aimed at globalizing the city of Okayama from the perspective of international students in Okayama

【Date 】Tuesday-February 9, 2021

【Time】17:00 - 20:30

【Program contents】
The Okayama Living Lab will conduct the "Living Needs Matching" program, which aims to uncover issues (living needs) in local communities, such as those faced by medical professionals and patients, and to create business ideas that will lead to solutions to such issues.
This time, as a program for international students living in Okayama, we will hold a workshop to identify issues in the daily lives of international students (issues with shopping, eating & drinking, medical care, education, going out & traveling, community building, etc.) and discuss ways to solve these issues.
Based on the concept of "inclusive design," which refers to thinking about planning and coming up with new solutions together with people with living needs, such as international students, the elderly, patients with intractable diseases, and people with disabilities.

This program will create business ideas for services and products that will lead to overseas expansion of existing services and acquisition of overseas customers. Please note that the program will be conducted in English (simultaneous interpretation in Japanese will not be provided). We look forward to your participation.

【Platform】Online (ZOOM)

【Participants】
・ Foreign students from Okayama University and other universities in Okayama
・ Those interested in improving the lives of international students
・ Those interested in creating a business based on the ideas of foreign students
* Do note that only English speaking participants will be selected. Acceptance is limited to the first 100 registered participants. No entry fee required.

【Programme】
① 17:00 - 17:10 Orientation (Okayama University and VCJ)
② 17:10 - 17:40 Participants identify issues in the lives of international students (group
discussion)
③ 17:40 - 18:00 Presentation on the issues identified by the groups (whole group)
④ 18:00 - 18:20 Organizing and selecting issues for consideration (whole group)
⑤ 18:20 - 19:40 Formation of study groups, discussion of solutions to issues (group
discussion)
⑥ 19:40 - 20:25 Presentation and evaluating the solutions (business ideas) as discussed by the groups (whole group)
⑦ 20:25 - 20:30 Closing (VCJ)

【Organizer】
Okayama Living Lab (Graduate School of Integrated Health Systems, Okayama University)
Okayama Startup Support Center Steering Committee (MomoSTA)

【Co-Organizer】
Vivid Creations Japan Co., Ltd.

【Facilitator】
Haruyuki Ono, CEO of Vivid Creations Japan Co., Ltd.

【Registration】 
Please access the following Okayama University website link and apply accordingly
(Application deadline: February 8, 2021, 12:00).
URL: https://forms.gle/S9j4xRHe2WJ1pVcb8

Contact information

Takeshi Shimizu, Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Graduate School of Integrated Health Systems, Okayama University
E-mail: shimizu.takeshi◎okayama-u.ac.jp
For inquiries, please contact us by replacing (◎) with the @ mark.

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