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Innovation Practice 2021 course starting 10/6 features Saijo Sake District 2021/9/29

Call for students!
Innovation Practice 2021 (Common Graduate Course)
Reviving Saijo’s Sake District with Bicycle Sharing Innovation

This year’s Innovation Practice course will focus on Saijo’s Sake District, a tourist destination near Hiroshima University that attracts as many as 200,000 people during the annual Sake Festival. Sake or nihon-shu is Japanese rice wine. Saijo has been described as “a mecca of sorts for Japanese sake connoisseurs” with eight breweries clustered around the area. However, Sakagura Dori (“Avenue of Sake Breweries”) is not a place that the 12,000+ students who study at Hiroshima University frequently visit, despite ongoing efforts to revitalize the area.

We will be working with a nascent university startup which has developed an innovative app-based bicycle sharing service. Students of the course will work in teams to consider how might a peer-to-peer bicycle sharing service bring more students to Saijo’s Sakagura Dori.

Due to COVID-related limitations, the course will be offered fully online. We will conduct “virtual” fieldwork and stakeholder interviews. The primary language will be English with some Japanese assistance. If you are interested in getting some hands-on practice in developing innovations combining business with social issues, this is the course for you. It is also a great way for international students to experience the local Japanese culture and business community in East Hiroshima. As part of the course, we will work with a no-code programming platform called MIT App Inventor. The platform is currently used by thousands of people worldwide to develop and deploy smartphone apps without having to write code.

For doctoral students, this is a credit-bearing course that counts as a Common Graduate Course. Doctoral students should register via Momiji. If you are a master’s or bachelor student and would like to audit the course, please email the main instructor, Emi Makino (Associate Professor, Startup Initiatives Division) by email (emakino@hiroshima-u.ac.jp)
Course Schedule (subject to revision)
10/6 Wed 14:35 17:50 Orientation / Individual and Groupwork
10/13 Wed 14:35 17:50 Team building / Project work / Rapid prototyping
10/20 Wed 14:35 17:50 Project work / Virtual fieldwork
10/27 Wed 14:35 17:50 Project work / Stakeholder interview / Prototyping
11/1 Mon 14:35 17:50 Project work / Stakeholder interview / Prototyping
11/10 Wed 14:35 17:50 Project work / Stakeholder interview / Prototyping
11/17 Wed 14:35 17:50 Project work / Presentation Prep
11/24 Wed 14:35 17:50 Final Presentation and Reflection

We look forward to your participation!