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Around the FabCafe World in 180 Days Vol.2 Barcelona “Technology for Wellbeing”

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FabCafes are spreading all over the world, each asking empowering their local community to answer the question, "What do you fab?". In this event series, we will invite the leaders of each location to unravel what issues FabCafes around the world are tackling and what challenges they are planning to take on in the future. In Zamora, the third most aged city in Europe, FabCafe Barcelona is now developing IoT and robots to support the elderly. In a future society where the value of living a more fulfilling life is more important than just convenience and efficiency, what will the relationship between robots, AI, XR, and other technologies, people, and cities look like? Let's find out together with Prof. Junichi Rekimoto, the director of Sony CSL Kyoto Laboratory.

Tue, August 31, 2021  UTC-04:00

06:00 – 07:00

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100 people

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Zamora, a city in western Spain, is the third most aged city in Europe. FabCafe Barcelona is currently developing IoT and robots to support the elderly in Zamora. In the first half of the talk,  FabCafe Barcelona CEO, David Tena Vicente, will introduce this initiative and his ideas about what could be the best balance between technology and well-being.

The second half of the talk, we will invite Junichi Rekimoto, Vice President of Sony Computer Science Laboratories (Sony CSL) and Director of Sony CSL Kyoto Laboratory (2020~). Sony CSL Kyoto aims to reexamine the meaning of the “richness of life” for people and society. Through this, Junichi Rekimoto seeks ways to develop new technologies that will benefit everyone. In a future society where the value of living a more fulfilling life is more important than just convenience and efficiency, what will the relationship between robots, AI, XR, and other technologies, people, and cities look like? 

The discussion between David, who is designing how robotics can assist the elderly to live a full life, and Prof. Rekimoto, who has been developing cutting-edge technologies with human augmentation as his core research theme, will provide hints for the activities of various companies, including those in healthcare and communication design.

FabCafe Barcelona CEO David Tean Vicente speaking to a local community members

FabCafe Barcelona CEO David Tena Vicente has experience in a variety of initiatives. He was one of the first in Spain to work on the mass production of COVID-19 medical devices and crowdfunding for Corona Damages, which was featured in Forbes.

Currently, David is working on developing robots for the elderly in Zamora with the Spanish government. David himself has an engineering background and is involved in the development of two types of robots, one for home use and one for medical use. For the home-use robot in particular, he is designing a system that will enable the elderly, who are often isolated, to be involved in society and lead a more fulfilling life.

Zamora, a city in western Spain, is the third most aged city in Europe. FabCafe Barcelona is currently developing IoT and robots to support the elderly in Zamora.

At the same time, David is working on the up and coming FabCafe Zamora! FabCafes have different personalities and approaches depending on the location, founder, and local communities. Let’s take a look at how David is trying to connect technology and community in Zamora.

 

About Sony CSL and the Kyoto Laboratory (2020~0

Sony CSL, with laboratories in Tokyo and Paris, has aimed to contribute to humanity and society by creating new technologies and businesses through collaborations with research institutions and companies. In 2020, Sony CSL opened the Kyoto Laboratory, which focuses on “contributing to the well-being of humanity,” a value that goes beyond monetary and material fulfillment. What kind of research will be conducted in the historic city of Kyoto in the future?

Loftwork, the parent company of of FabCafe Kyoto, provided support for the chic office design of the Kyoto Laboratory, see more 👉

FabCafe, which was born in Tokyo in 2012, has now spread to cities around the world. Each FabCafe is carrying out creative community activities for society through unique and experimental approaches. In many cases, the Founders of FabCafes around the world had their own career and projects with their own unique backgrounds, skills, savviness in technology and communities before they launched their own FabCafes. They empathized with the spirit of FabCafe and then opened cafes in various places to further expand their activities. One team is developing biomaterials with a research institute, another is organizing a global SDGs educational program, and in response to the corona pandemic, there are also teams that are contributing to the needs of medical professionals by organizing a system to increase production of much needed medical equipment.

With the characteristics of each branch and the scope of their activities ever expanding, we are starting a series of events where the leaders of each branch can introduce their activities in a marathon fashion in order to reconnect and show the diversity and strength of the FabCafe network. This series is called “Around the FabCafe World in 180 Days”, named after the novel “Around the World in Eighty Days”. Join us as we unravel the activities and unique leaders of each location!

  • Those who are looking for ways to connect technology and culture and deploy in society.
  • Those who are interested in FabCafe branches for their PR/marketing of their services or products.
  • Those who want to explore new business opportunity areas.

Presenter

  • David Tena Vicente

    FabCafe Barcelona CEO

    David Tena Vicente is the CEO of FabCafe Barcelona. David graduated from the University of Barcelona with his degree in physics which has provided an extensive knowledge of mathematics, electronics and the practical application of mechanics. Projects at FabCafe Barcelona are viewed analytically, adapting and altering when necessary due to complex and unexpected situations. These skills are combined to provide training to universities and businesses and also guide David his management of the resources and ongoing projects at FabCafe Barcelona. 

    David Tena Vicente is the CEO of FabCafe Barcelona. David graduated from the University of Barcelona with his degree in physics which has provided an extensive knowledge of mathematics, electronics and the practical application of mechanics. Projects at FabCafe Barcelona are viewed analytically, adapting and altering when necessary due to complex and unexpected situations. These skills are combined to provide training to universities and businesses and also guide David his management of the resources and ongoing projects at FabCafe Barcelona. 

Guest

  • Prof. Jun Rekimoto

    Professor, Graduate School of Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, The University of Tokyo; Vice President, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.

    He received his M.S. in Information Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1986. After working at NEC and the University of Alberta, he joined Sony Computer Science Laboratories (Sony CSL) in 1994. Since 2007, he has been a professor at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies (Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies) (and Deputy Director of Sony CSL). His research focuses on human augmentation, which is the expansion of human capabilities through technology, as well as the Internet of Abilities, which is the expansion of human capabilities through networks, and its implementation in society.
    https://www.sonycsl.co.jp/

    He received his M.S. in Information Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1986. After working at NEC and the University of Alberta, he joined Sony Computer Science Laboratories (Sony CSL) in 1994. Since 2007, he has been a professor at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies (Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies) (and Deputy Director of Sony CSL). His research focuses on human augmentation, which is the expansion of human capabilities through technology, as well as the Internet of Abilities, which is the expansion of human capabilities through networks, and its implementation in society.
    https://www.sonycsl.co.jp/

Moderator

  • Kelsie Stewart

    FabCafe CCO

    Kelsie joined Loftwork and FabCafe in 2017 and oversees the FabCafe Global network. In FabCafes across Asia, Europe and America, Kelsie strategizes and aligns Fab synergies to empower everyone to take the initiative to make and share their ideas with local and global communities. Kelsie is also the Tokyo organizer for the Global Goals Jam (GGJ), a two-day designathon and community which aims to create short term solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals. Kelsie has organized sustainability and design thinking workshops in Tokyo, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

    Kelsie joined Loftwork and FabCafe in 2017 and oversees the FabCafe Global network. In FabCafes across Asia, Europe and America, Kelsie strategizes and aligns Fab synergies to empower everyone to take the initiative to make and share their ideas with local and global communities. Kelsie is also the Tokyo organizer for the Global Goals Jam (GGJ), a two-day designathon and community which aims to create short term solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals. Kelsie has organized sustainability and design thinking workshops in Tokyo, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

Organizers

  • Nami Urano

    Loftwork Inc. / FabCafe Kyoto Marketing Div.

    Joined Loftwork after graduating from university and worked in Corporate and Marketing at the Shibuya office. Nami was in charge of planning and managing business events, collaboration events, and industry-academia community management. In 2018, Nami moved to Kyoto with the mission of creating new contacts of activities at the Kyoto branch as well as planning and managing events. Nami is interested in creating chaos in a place, based on her experiences in studying social security, living in an international fork highschool in Denmark, and living in a kibbutz in Israel.

    Joined Loftwork after graduating from university and worked in Corporate and Marketing at the Shibuya office. Nami was in charge of planning and managing business events, collaboration events, and industry-academia community management. In 2018, Nami moved to Kyoto with the mission of creating new contacts of activities at the Kyoto branch as well as planning and managing events. Nami is interested in creating chaos in a place, based on her experiences in studying social security, living in an international fork highschool in Denmark, and living in a kibbutz in Israel.

  • Kosuke Kinoshita

    Loftwork Inc. / MTRL・FabCafe Kyoto Marketing and Produce

    Kosuke Kinoshita has been involved in “MTRL (Material)”, which supports co-creation and innovation of manufacturing companies using materials as a starting point, and “FabCafe Kyoto”, a community base where various creators, researchers, and companies gather with the keywords of technology and creation, since its launch. Through online/offline workshop management and exhibition planning production, he is practising “creating a place where chemical reactions occur” and “designing contexts that connect things from different fields.
    https://loftwork.com/jp/people/kousuke_kinoshita

    Kosuke Kinoshita has been involved in “MTRL (Material)”, which supports co-creation and innovation of manufacturing companies using materials as a starting point, and “FabCafe Kyoto”, a community base where various creators, researchers, and companies gather with the keywords of technology and creation, since its launch. Through online/offline workshop management and exhibition planning production, he is practising “creating a place where chemical reactions occur” and “designing contexts that connect things from different fields.
    https://loftwork.com/jp/people/kousuke_kinoshita

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Timetable

19:00-19:20

Intro to FabCafe Barcelona
- Specialities, talents, and interests
- People and communities they work with
- Characteristics of the area where the cafe is located
- Projects they have worked on

19:20-20:00

Talk session “How to design well-being with technology”
Guest: Jun Rekimoto (Fellow, Deputy Director of Research, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.)

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Date & Time

Tue, August 31, 2021 06:00 – 07:00 UTC-04:00

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Online Session

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Free

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100 people

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