Program Launch + Fireside Chat October 14, 2021
From braille to wheelchair-friendly infrastructure, creative minds have innovated to help build livable communities and surroundings for people with disabilities. If you’re a designer or innovator with an imaginative concept that promotes inclusive design, then this is your chance to turn those ideas into actual solutions. The We Project Innovative and Inclusive Design Challenge offers mentorship, prototyping support, and more, including the possibility of seed funding courtesy of the Japan Foundation, Manila.
WE PROJECT is a collaboration between the Japan Foundation, Manila and UPSCALE Innovation Hub to showcase and develop inclusive design for people with disabilities in the Philippines and Japan through an innovation and design thinking program among Filipino students and young professional innovators.
The project will commence with a call for participation and a fireside chat with inclusive innovators and beneficiaries in both countries including Ms. Ito Asa, Director of Future of Humanity Research Center, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology. This event will be held online on Oct. 14, 1:00 pm and will be broadcasted live through the Japan Foundation, Manila Facebook page.
This will be followed by a series of innovation and design thinking workshops for selected teams, culminating with a demo day pitch to potential industry partners and investors. The teams may receive seed funding from the Japan Foundation, Manila for prototype development. Top performing teams will be eligible to participate in the incubation program of UPSCALE Innovation Hub and will have the chance to receive a total of P250,000.00 as seed fund for their project.
For more information about the project, including instructions on how to join the design challenge, and to register for the kick-off event, please follow link below:
This project is supported by JTI and Young Star.