2016 has been an incredible start. As I end my month long journey in Japan, I'm appreciating everything that coming here has taught me. Besides roaming around with fellow friends and colleagues (my Japan project team from TransD) up mountains, in onsens, to contemporary islands, and endless train rides, we got a great opportunity to work with Chiba University students for 2 weeks. As a social designer who tends to stay away from tech-focused work, Japan has a been a challenge that stretched my horizons. The project brief we received in Japan was focused on internet of things and virtual intelligence. And seeing the amount of technology integrated into daily life in Tokyo was mind-blowing. In the end, I've found a new perspective to approach tech-focused work, and found a new curiosity for the internet of things and virtual reality. To see the work we presented for Toshiba and the Chiba University panel, see And You.
As part of our work there, we also collaborated on a week long workshop with Chiba students and Glasgow School of Art students. Again, it was exploring the internet of things, but this time through the lens of food. My group created Haconnecto: a central point to exchange food with other local, small-scale producers in an easy and convenient way. Inspired by the ubiquitous Japanese vending machines found all over the city (and the forests!), we conceptualized an exchange system that stands on a system of points. See some images from our presentation below: