COMPETITION

We are taking applications for our "Undiscovered Values Project".

SHIBUYA QWS will open for business in November, 2019.

The "QWS Challenge" is a program to promote the "Undiscovered Values Project".

Once every three months we will make a call for entries, and the selected team will be allowed to use the project space directly connected to Shibuya Station for free.

As long as the project asks an original [question] based on the applicant's own sensibilities and can be carried out while involving various players, there will be no restrictions on the field or scale of the project. Works-in-progress are also welcome.

People who want to start a project with a [question].

People looking for a base of activities for their project team.

People who want to explore the possibilities of their project in Shibuya, where a diverse range of people gather.

This program is for you!

ENTRY

Please check the application guidelines before applying. Submitting an entry means that you have agreed to the application guidelines. When your application is complete, you will receive an email.

Application theme: Crossing borders with [questions]


"Why does the needle of a compass point north?"

"How can you speak to someone with hearing difficulties?"

A variety of [questions] that arise in everyday life,

not only in academic or political circles.

The ideas that will shape the future that no-one knows yet

are always born from the asking of [questions].

And so it is those [questions] that have the potential

to transcend all positions and domains.

The facility name of SHIBUYA QWS comes from the acronym "Question with Sensibility".

QWS believes that the curiosity that interests people in things they do not understand and the uncomfortable feeling of dissatisfaction with the current situation are important "questions with sensibility" that will shape the future.

Your question with sensibility will inspire the players gathered at QWS and mix with various other perspectives.

The fact that it is a [question] which has not yet been answered is exactly what allows a collaboration that transcends positions and domains to occur.

Just what exactly will be born at that time?

What kind of future will the border-crossing [question] create?

The "QWS Challenge" is taking applications for our "Undiscovered Values Project".

Support Outline

  • 01

    Provision of project space (3 months) - November 1st, 2019 to January 31st, 2020

    Project spaces directly connected to Shibuya Station, such as "PROJECT BASE" and "CROSS PARK" with movable tables, whiteboards, and FAB rooms, will be made available to use for free. It can be used not only as a base for activities but also as a prototyping facility, and as a place to refine projects while tackling [questions].

    *The details of the facilities are summarized in theFAQ.

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  • 02

    Diverse network of the Scramble Society

    SHIBUYA QWS brings together a diverse range of people of different age groups and areas of expertise in a way that is unique to Shibuya. If you have a session with the Scramble Society players, the kind of people you can't usually meet in day-to-day life, you may encounter unexpected [questions] and find new opportunities for your project.

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  • 03

    Announcement at "QWS Stage" - Scheduled for end of January 2020

    After 3 months of activity, you can participate in "QWS Stage" and present the content you challenged at QWS. We will aim for the possibility of continuing the project by presenting your [question] in a setting where various professionals are gathered.

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Selection committee members

Projects will be selected by these leading players who are active across various fields, including members from partnering universities.

Yoshie Kurisu - Para-Creative Producer/Director. Director of SLOW LABEL.

Widely developed a project that creates new value by connecting people and regions from different fields and cultures under the theme of “the extraordinary in the ordinary”. In 2010, she completely loses function in her right limb due to osteosarcoma. She encounters the world of disability welfare. In 2011, she establishes “SLOW LABEL”. In 2014, she launches "Yokohama Paratriennale", an international contemporary art exhibition by people with disabilities and professionals from various fields, and serves as the general director. In the performance project, “SLOW MOVEMENT”, while leading the creative work as the general director, she worked to develop an environment and train support staff for people with disabilities to participate in artistic activities. Received the "Culture and Art Encouragement Award" at the 65th Yokohama Cultural Award. Creative director of the general planning team for the four parts of the opening and closing ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Masamichi Toyama - President, Smiles Co., Ltd.

Born in Tokyo. Joined Mitsubishi Corporation after graduating from Keio University School of Commerce. Established Smiles Co., Ltd. in 2000 and assumed the position of President. Currently operating "Soup Stock Tokyo", "giraffe", "PASS THE BATON", "100 spoons" and others. With the corporate philosophy of "enhancing the values of daily life", he proposes a new way of life in the modern world without being restricted by existing concepts and industry boundaries. Recent publications include "I Decided To Succeed" (Shincho Bunko) and "Doing What I Want To Do Is My Business Model - The Trajectory of PASS THE BATON" (Koubundou).

Ai Hasegawa - Artist, Designer

I use art and design to present a solution to the challenges encountered in our daily lives. At the same time, the solution itself questions our perception of living in this world. Having studied computer graphic animation and interactive media art at IAMAS, Japan. After moving to London, I began working as an animator, character designer and illustrator. At the same time, I worked as a designer for audience participatory interactive public art at Haque Design and Research. In 2012, I graduated with an MA in Interactions Design at The Royal College of Art. Recent works are “The Extreme Environment Love Hotel” series and “I wanna deliver a shark…” series. Assistant researcher at MIT Media Lab, from 2014 Sep until 2016 Sep. From 2017 April, become a special researcher at The University of Tokyo.

Gomi Hayakawa - President, Utsuwa, Inc.

Born in Tokyo in 1995, graduated from Tama Art University. President of Utsuwa, Inc., which operates a problem-solving apparel brand. She launched her lingerie brand "feast" after entering university, and a line of dresses "Double Chaca" in 2017, selling mainly through e-commerce. In 2018, she opened a directly-managed store "LAVISHOP" in Laforet Harajuku. In 2019, she opened a select shop "illuminate" for sanitary products.

Chiaki Hayashi - Representative Director, Loftwork Inc.

Established Loftwork in 2000. Involved in various projects such as web design, business design, community design, and space design. The company operates a global digital manufacturing café "FabCafe", a creative lounge "MTRL" that focuses on materials, and a platform "AWRD" that promotes collaboration between creators. Deputy Director of MIT Media Lab and President of "Dancing Bears in Hida Forest" which aims to create local industries through reforestation and manufacturing.

Kouta Minamizawa - Professor, Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University

Graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Quantitative Engineering in 2005, Graduated from the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Department of System Informatics, Ph.D in 2010. In the same year, he joined the Graduate School of Media Design at Keio University, where he researched tactile and physical media that convey physical experiences using tactile sensations. Promotes social implementation of physical media in collaboration with industry and academia through research presentations such as SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies, and works towards the dissemination and human resource development of such technologies through TECHTILE and HAPTIC DESIGN Project activities. Received the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Information Science and Technology Award, the Virtual Reality Society Paper Award/Academic Encouragement Award, the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers Technical Achievement Award, Good Design Award (2012/2016/2017), CODE AWARD and other awards.

Haruo Miyagi - Representative of the Board of Directors, NPO ETIC.

Has been working with the younger generation since 1993 to develop entrepreneurial leaders who work with society and create jobs, supporting more than 800 entrepreneurs. Commercialized a long-term practical internship program in 1997. Established ETIC. Social Venture Center in 2001, started support for social entrepreneur development, and worked on the Social Entrepreneurship School Initiative. In 2004, started challenges, communities and projects to support human resource development in regional areas. Has been focusing on disaster recovery support since 2011. Selected by the World Economic Forum as one of their Young Global Leaders.

Tomonari Yashiro - Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo

Born in Tokyo in 1957. Specializes in architecture and conducts research on sustainable architecture and innovation management. In 2001, he became a professor at the Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo. In the past, he served as director of the University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science and vice president of the University of Tokyo. One of his main publications was "Innovation Management: Thinking from the Structure of Processes and Organizations".

Selection criteria

❶Possibility

Does your [question] have the potential to lead to the emergence of undiscovered values?

❷Originality

Is it an original [question] based on your own sensibilities?

❸Specificity

Does your suggested project specifically respond to your [question]?

Process following selection

  • 01

     SHIBUYA QWS move in/project start

    Refine the project by cycling through [question] and output over the course of 3 months.

  • 02

     Participation in "Scramble Meeting"

    Report on the progress of the project at the "Scramble Meeting" held at a fixed time each month. Get direct advice from a variety of professionals at the Scramble Society.

  • 03

     Announcement at "QWS Stage"

    Announce the "undiscovered values" born from your [question]. There is no limitation on the format of the output, which may include exhibitions, talk events, performances, presentations, and study groups.

Schedule

Application period

August 1st, 2019 (Thursday) 12:00 to September 30th, 2019 (Monday) 12:00 (Noon, Japan time)

Selection period

Scheduled for early October 2019

Announcement of selection results

Scheduled for mid-October 2019

[Attendance required] Moving-in information session

Scheduled for late October 2019

Free activity period

From November 1st, 2019 to January 31st, 2020 (3 months) *After this period, you will be able to continue your activities at SHIBUYA QWS at a discounted price. (Registration required)

[Attendance required] QWS stage (presentation)

Scheduled for end of January 2020

OUTLINE

Requirements

1) Be able to use SHIBUYA QWS as a main base during the project period

2) Be a group of 3 or more people (applications can be made by 1 representative member of the group)

Application target

We are looking for a wide range of project teams that challenge undiscovered values.

As long as the project asks an original [question] based on the applicant's own sensibilities and can be carried out while involving various players, there will be no restrictions on the field or scale of the project. Works-in-progress are also welcome.

Application theme

Crossing borders with [questions]

Selection criteria

1) Potential

Does your [question] have the potential to lead to the emergence of undiscovered values?

2) Originality

Is it an original [question] based on your own sensibilities?

3) Specificity

Does your suggested project specifically respond to your [question]?

What you need to apply

Purpose of the project:

"What do you want to challenge?" "Why do you want to challenge it?" "How do you challenge it?" Please describe the contents of the project and your [question].

Project schedule:

Please describe your plan for how to proceed with the project and the period required for project execution.

Project members:

Please include the name and role of each team member involved in the project.

Application Guidelines

Please be sure to check the application guidelines before applying.



ENTRY

Please check the application guidelines before applying. Submitting an entry means that you have agreed to the application guidelines. When your application is complete, you will receive an email.

Organization

Planning and operation

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