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“Smart” Community Mini Jam

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The "Smart" Community Mini Jam, where change makers around the world will join an online design thinking workshop to explore the question, “How might we become a better informed, sustainable and ultimately resilient “smart” community?”

Sun, May 22, 2022  UTC+09:00

13:00 – 18:00 Open at 12:45 JST

Online Session


¥2000 (General admission), ¥1000 (Students)



The “Smart” Community Mini Jam is proceeded by a “Smart” Community Talk Event on May 21st.
Please see the event page for details!

Every new technology goes through a phase of euphoria, followed by a phase of retrenchment. Automobiles were a fantastic replacement for horses, but as their numbers increased it became clear that they had their own health and cleanliness issues. The same is true of the internet .
-Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google
How human connect with each other and the environment has been revolutionized by technology. The growing pool of personal data has contributed to a rapidly developing internet. These changes also influence the physical infrastructure where we live at a rate faster than most people can adequately judge. 
How we will be able connect with each other, not only with other human beings, but with non-human creatures, and even the environment around us, via these advancing technologies?
Here, “Smart” is not only about the advancement of technology like AI or robotics, but more importantly, it is about how we as human shall be smart about using our intelligence and technology to sustain the environment and biological ecosystem of this world.  
This “Smart” Community Mini Jam is aiming at offering a space for exploring the definition and possibility of a “Smart” community together alongside the innovators, practitioners, and creators around the world. Join us to become a part of the solution!

Techrice supports the efficiency of agricultural work by monitoring the condition of rice fields, such as measuring the height of the water level. You can view the data uploaded to the cloud from the measurement hardware using the smartphone app. The data that can be confirmed at this time are “water level”, “temperature”, and “humidity”.

Techrice is an open data sensor network research and hardware project. The sensor network is designed by Freaklabs. Techrice was also developed in collaboration with Digital Garage, Inc.’s Future Lab, Freaklabs, and Hacker Farm.

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  • Chris "Akiba" Wang and Oliver overlook the rice fields in Japan where they will deploy sensor technology.

  • Hakcerfarm community members working together on the rice paddy in the Japanese countryside.

  • Hardware development.

  • Hands-on workshops with wireless sensor networks.

Waste Surfer Project started as an Earth Day initiative and local call to action from existing FabCafe collaborators to crowdsource the available upcycle-able materials. This project developed a method of making surfskate boards by upcycling plastic and other materials which otherwise would have become waste. They’ve also created open-source system for the decks and wheels so individuals can customize all the parts themselves.

The Waste Surfer project is organized by FabCafe Bangkok with the support of the Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC), the Creative Economy Agency (CEA) and Material ConneXion Bangkok.

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  • Demonstration of the surfskate board making process

  • In the experiment, discarded circuit boards were part of the material.

  • Participants chose different abandoned plastic materials to make their own surfskate board.

  • Final output of Surfskate board made by upcycled plastic

Safecast is an international volunteer driven non-profit organization whose goal is to create useful, accessible, and granular environmental data. All Safecast data is published, free of charge, into the public domain under a CC0 designation. 

Safecast’s community is inclusive and non-partisan, comprising people of all ages and from all walks of life. Energetic outreach activities allow Safecast to share their experiences with individuals and groups worldwide through frequent workshops, talks, and educational programs.

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  • Safecast provides publicly available environmental data maps that anyone can use to conduct research, and create projects. Safecast maintains the largest open dataset of background radiation measurements ever collected. Over 150 million readings to date and growing daily. All data collected by Safecast is released under a CC0 public domain designation. Anyone is free to use it for free with no licensing restrictions.

  • Satellite view of Chernobyl NPP on March 10, 2022 (Credit: MAXAR). Overlay: Nearby gov’t data readout, March 14, 2022, by SaveEcoBot.

  • The bGeigie Nano is Safecast's primary workhorse mapping device. This is a mobile, GPS enabled, logging, radiation sensor.

  • In July 2016, at the “Mirai Summer Camp Kids Workshop”, The kids listened intently to Pieter’s pointers on building.

Do you have a passion for solving social challenges to improve lives? Do you want to leverage your skills and ideas in a diverse and high-energy setting to identify and attack issues in sustainability?

Join us on “Smart” Community Mini Jam, where innovators, entrepreneurs, and creatives will join other change makers around the world ONLINE to explore how to create a resilient and “smart” community. 

・Creators, Designers, Engineers and all citizens who are interested in sustainability, and social challenges.

・People interested in sustainability initiatives, wildlife and environmental conservation technology, and eager to create positive social and environmental change.

・Academic researchers interested in citizen science related topics.

・And of course, current and aspiring Global Goals Jam Community Alumni!

FAQ and Important Points

Q: The event sold out but I still want to join! Is there a waiting list?

A: Yes, please message FabCafe Tokyo via Peatix to be added to the waiting list. Members on the waiting list will be contacted 72 hours in advance to be alerted if they will be able to join the event.

Q: What is the language for this event?

A: The event will be held primarily in English. Some facilitators speak English, Japanese and/or Chinese so there may be an opportunity for some language assistance.

Q: What are the technical requirements to join?

A: We will be using ZOOM for communication and Miro for the design thinking workshop. Participants should sign up for a free account on ZOOM as well as Miro before joining, have access to stable internet and a relatively undisturbed space.


13:00 – 13:50


13:50 – 14:30

Sprint #1 Discover: 5W1H

14:45 – 15:45

Sprint #2: Define: Stakeholder Map & Empathy Map

15:45 – 16:30

Sprint #3 Develop: Ideation/Presentation building

16:40 – 17:30

Sprint #4: Share: Presentation

17:30 – 17:50

Speakers feedback

17:50 – 18:00



Date & Time

Sun, May 22, 2022 13:00 – 18:00 Open at 12:45 JST UTC+09:00


Online Session


¥2000 (General admission), ¥1000 (Students)



Organizers & Sponsors

Organized by: FabCafe Global, Loftwork, Inc., Global Goals Jam
Supported by: National Cheng Kung University, Atelier Future


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