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Issue + Design in Kobe, Japan

Design competition for social issues in Kobe.

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Since 1996 when a huge earthquake hit Kobe, people have struggled to regain their daily life. However they are still in danger of a lot of social issues such as natural disasters, environment, food, infection etc. 

"Issue + Design" is pretty much similar to OpenIDEO, but more focuses on design specific location namely Kobe. 
There are three phases to go though: Voice, Idea and Action.

People post issues they want to solve. 
This is competition-style. Designers and engineers form a team and construct a design and its business model. 
Winners takes action based on their idea. 

More interestingly, they have tried to implement their ideas to Tohoku area as well, as they are also victime of the huge earthquake. 

Unfortunately, the website is available only in japanese. 


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