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【9/30 (Fri)】crQlr Meetup Hida

Equality and resilience for the people and the planet: designing regenerative business models

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The crQlr Meetups are a series of events that aim at creating organic connections among the makers of the future who are working toward a circular-oriented society.

At the crQlr Meetup Hida, we will explore topics related to natural materials, such as wood and mushroom, and regenerative business models.

Fri, September 30, 2022  UTC+09:00

18:30 – 20:15

Online Session

100

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About crQlr Meetups

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The theme of this crQlr Meetup Hida will be around the unexplored economic and ecological advantages of a regenerative business model that focuses on the utilization of natural resources.

We will be joined by Kotaro Iwaoka, Founding member of FabCafe and President and CEO of Hidakuma. At Hidakuma, Kotaro aims to promote the craftsmanship and woods of Hida through the utilization of digital fabrication, IT, and other technologies.

Our second speaker is Yeliz Mert, Knowledge Sharing Coordinator at Global Landscapes Forum, the “world’s largest knowledge-led platform connecting people with a shared vision to create productive, profitable, equitable & resilient landscapes.” Yeliz will share her knowledge and experience in how land based regenerative business models enhance equality and resilience for people and planet.

Our third speaker is Ronaldiaz Hartantyo, Mycotech Lab (MYCL) Chief Innovation Officer and Co-Founder. MYCL is a bio-based material startup from Indonesia. MYCL focuses on growing material using mushroom mycelium as a natural adhesive and is in the process of expanding their company to Nagano, Japan.

The Moderator for the crQlr Meetup Hida will be FabCafe CCO and Loftwork Sustainability Executive, Kelsie Stewart. The event will be conducted in English and we will also provide information on how to apply for the ‘crQlr Awards 2022’.

  • FabCafe Hida collaborates with University at Buffalo to do remote prototyping using augmented reality tools in order to give new potential to Japanese wood. See more here

  • FabCafe Hida and Hidakuma members conduct tours that feature Hida City’s hardwood community development project. See more here.


Mycotech Labs (MYCL) utilizes agricultural waste and turns it into a variety of 100% mycelium mushroom-based materials. MYCL will be showcasing several of their products at FabCafe Tokyo at the We The Future Exhibition from September 24 to October 2, 2022. See more here.

  • Kotaro Iwaoka

    Founding member of FabCafe, President and CEO of Hidakuma

    Kotaro Iwaoka is the CEO of Hidakuma. In 2011, Kotaro joined the creative company Loftwork, Inc. with the idea of creating the world’s first cafe equipped with digital fabrication machines, “”FabCafe””. In 2012, he opened the first FabCafe in Tokyo, where he worked as the Creative and Operations Director. In 2015, Kotaro contributed to the launch of Hida no Mori de Kuma ga Odoru (“”Hidakuma””), a project aimed at promoting the woods and craftsmanship of Hida, Japan. In 2016 helped open FabCafe Hida and has served as the CEO of Hidakuma since 2019.

    Kotaro Iwaoka is the CEO of Hidakuma. In 2011, Kotaro joined the creative company Loftwork, Inc. with the idea of creating the world’s first cafe equipped with digital fabrication machines, “”FabCafe””. In 2012, he opened the first FabCafe in Tokyo, where he worked as the Creative and Operations Director. In 2015, Kotaro contributed to the launch of Hida no Mori de Kuma ga Odoru (“”Hidakuma””), a project aimed at promoting the woods and craftsmanship of Hida, Japan. In 2016 helped open FabCafe Hida and has served as the CEO of Hidakuma since 2019.

  • Yeliz Mert

    Knowledge Sharing Coordinator at Global Landscapes Forum

    Yeliz is a social designer and catalyst experienced in social innovation, entrepreneurship, community action and ecosystem building. She holds 10+ years of accumulated knowledge in the areas of regenerative agriculture, circular economy, climate action and diversity & inclusion. Currently, she serves as Knowledge Sharing Coordinator at Global Landscapes Forum, where she uses digital space to enhance landscape restoration efforts worldwide, and to create pathways to turn knowledge sharing into action on the ground. Previously at B Lab Europe, she was responsible for network management, strategy, and climate initiatives. She also worked at Impact Hub Amsterdam as a Community Catalyst, and started a business in natural skincare. Yeliz holds a joint master’s degree in Sustainable Development, and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Overall, Yeliz is a strong believer in the power of collaboration for a positive future.

    Yeliz is a social designer and catalyst experienced in social innovation, entrepreneurship, community action and ecosystem building. She holds 10+ years of accumulated knowledge in the areas of regenerative agriculture, circular economy, climate action and diversity & inclusion. Currently, she serves as Knowledge Sharing Coordinator at Global Landscapes Forum, where she uses digital space to enhance landscape restoration efforts worldwide, and to create pathways to turn knowledge sharing into action on the ground. Previously at B Lab Europe, she was responsible for network management, strategy, and climate initiatives. She also worked at Impact Hub Amsterdam as a Community Catalyst, and started a business in natural skincare. Yeliz holds a joint master’s degree in Sustainable Development, and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Overall, Yeliz is a strong believer in the power of collaboration for a positive future.

  • Ronaldiaz Hartantyo

    Mycotech Lab (MYCL), Chief Innovation Officer / Co-Founder

    Ronaldiaz Hartantyo is the Co-founder of Mycotech Lab (MYCL), a bio-based material startup from Indonesia. MYCL’s objectives are to grow material using mushroom mycelium as a natural adhesive. By collaborating with local mushroom farmers to produce sturdy, lightweight products from strong, organic fibers that are formed into custom shapes, including BIOBO boards, a binderless board using mushroom mycelium as natural adhesive and MYLEA a leather-like material which fully grown using mushroom mycelium. MYCL utilizes agricultural waste and turns them into material. 

    Ronaldiaz Hartantyo is the Co-founder of Mycotech Lab (MYCL), a bio-based material startup from Indonesia. MYCL’s objectives are to grow material using mushroom mycelium as a natural adhesive. By collaborating with local mushroom farmers to produce sturdy, lightweight products from strong, organic fibers that are formed into custom shapes, including BIOBO boards, a binderless board using mushroom mycelium as natural adhesive and MYLEA a leather-like material which fully grown using mushroom mycelium. MYCL utilizes agricultural waste and turns them into material. 


  • 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.


  • People who are interested in exploring the potential of natural materials, such as wood and mushroom.
  • People who are interested in business models that make use of regenerative methods.
  • People who are interested in exploring Japan as a place to expand their business or project.
  • People who are generally interested in exploring circular economy topics as they are being practiced in Japan by locals as well as international entrepreneurs.
  • People who are interested to apply for the crQlr Awards 2022.

About the crQlr Awards

Launched in 2021 by FabCafe Global and Loftwork as Japan’s first award in the field of circular design, the crQlr Awards aim at supporting the future-designers who are working toward the implementation of circular economy systems. Our goal is to nurture a community where players can connect across industries and countries and share knowledge and technologies in order to uncover potential and create new value.

How can we develop impactful circular systems in a wildly diverse world? FabCafe branches across different countries have proven that long lasting change often starts small and responds to the specific needs of local communities. Thus, in its second edition, the crQlr Awards have introduced the FabCafe Global Special Prize, which will highlight bottom-up activities aimed at solving community issues.

Timetable

18:30 – 18:40

Introduction

18:40 – 19:00

Speaker 1: Kotaro Iwaoka, About Hidakuma and the new Hidakuma Site

19:00 – 19:15

Speaker 2: Yeliz Mert, About the Aims and Challenges of the Global Landscapes Forum

19:15 – 19:30

Speaker 3: Ronaldiaz Hartantyo, MYCL comes to Japan! About the WTF! Exhibition and MYCL Activities in Japan

19:30 – 20:00

Cross Talk moderated by Kelsie Stewart, FabCafe CCO/Loftwork Sustainability Executive

20:00 – 20:10

Closing

Information

Date & Time

Fri, September 30, 2022 18:30 – 20:15 UTC+09:00

Venue

Online Session

Fee

Free

Capacity

100

Organizers & Sponsors

Organizers: FabCafe Global, Loftwork, Inc., Hidakuma, AWRD
Sponsors: Ideas for Good, Circular Economy Hub

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