September 12, 2019
On October 19 (Sat.) and 20 (Sun.), 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Kyoto City will jointly hold an ideathon* in Kyoto, an event involving new mobility-related services. They have already opened the call for applicants for the event. If you are interested in the event, please do not hesitate to send an application form.
*Note: The term “ideathon,” a portmanteau of idea and marathon, refers to an event where people from a variety of fields get together and hold discussions on certain themes by offering their ideas.
In April 2019, METI has started a new project titled “Smart Mobility Challenge,” aiming to support regions and companies in taking on solving challenges in mobility and vitalizing regions by implementing new mobility services in society.
As part of the project, METI, jointly with Kyoto City and private companies developing businesses in the city, both of which are facing a variety of social challenges, will hold an ideathon, aiming to create new mobility-related services that contribute to solving such challenges in parallel with placing eyes on the coming era of MaaS (Mobility as a Service).
The ideathon will bring together participants having a variety of backgrounds and provide them with an opportunity to hold discussions on new ideas toward: realization of removal of traffic jams, utilization of traffic and other data, and provision of satisfactory mobility means for local residents and tourists. Through this approach, the event aims to help the burgeoning of next-generation services that meet social demand. METI and Kyoto City will provide successful participants that have proposed outstanding ideas with support measures for helping them implement their ideas in society by dispatching advisers expertized in fields related to these ideas.
2. Details of the event
Date: October 19 (Sat.) and 20 (Sun.), 2019
Venue: Kyoto Keizai Center (Address: 78 Kankobokocho, Higashiiru, Muromachi, Shijodori, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
Capacity: Approximately 40
Note: Please note that for the purpose of effective operation of the event, participants will be selected by lottery if the number of applicants exceeds the maximum capacity of the venue.
Admission: Free (Please pay any costs concerning accommodations, food, transportation, the networking event and other occasions by yourself.)
3. Period of the call and how to apply
- Closing date of the first round of the call: September 27 (Fri.), 2019
Note: If the number of applicants does not reach the capacity as a result of the first round of the call, the second round will be held (closing date: October 11 (Fri.), 2019).
- If you wish to apply for the call, please fill out the application form with the required information below and send the completed form by email to the address below before the closing date.
Information required to be filled out in an application form
For workers and persons in general:
Name with hiragana for pronunciation; gender; age bracket, e.g., 20s or 30s; business industry or sector; company name; section and position of the company; reason for filing an application (free-style description); and yes or no to participate in the networking event.
Name with hiragana for pronunciation; gender; age bracket, e.g., 20s or 30s; name of college; school and faculty of the college; reason for filing an application (free-style description); and yes or no to participate in the networking event.
Reception counter for applications:
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reception counter: Japan Research Institute, Limited
Note: For inquiries on the operation, program and other details of the event, contact the following company.
Research and Consulting Department, Japan Research Institute, Limited
Links to Related Information
Division in Charge
Project Team on Mobility and Future Communities and Cities, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI