The goal is to realize a society where everyone is protected from Life-threatening disasters.
In addition to ideas whose applications are solely for disaster prevention, we accept submissions of ideas on how everyday products and services can also be used for disaster response.
At the Innovation Network for Co-Creating the Future, we believe that the following 4 changes will have a significant impact in resolving societal problems in the area of Disaster Prevention.
Even in cases where predictions, forecasts and symptoms of disasters are available, if we lack a proper evacuation response and related support measures, we will not be able to adequately respond to secondary disasters such as tsunamis, fires and landslides.
Innovation to improve QOL after a disaster
Due to difficulties in transporting relief goods and aid personnel after the occurrence of disasters, there are challenges with maintaining minimum standards of living environments for survivors, especially in terms of drinking water, sewage, and toilets.
Innovation to maintenance of resilient infrastructure
- As national and municipal governments face tightening financial situations, concerns have emerged over how to maintain Japan’s aging infrastructure, built during the period of rapid economic growth. At the same time, sustainable and resilient regional development is needed to defend against severe weather such as rainstorms, flooding and big earthquakes.
- Old water supply infrastructure needs to be upgraded or replaced, especially in areas where there is rapid population decline. Thus, there is a need to devise an efficient renewal and reconstruction method.
- The U.S. installed new roads and bridges 30 years earlier than Japan. In the 1970s and 80s, 50 years after installation began, aging infrastructure became known as “The crumbling of America”.
Innovation for sustainable and resilient urban development
As rapid urbanization in developing countries progresses, implementation of urban infrastructure (e.g. water, food, energy, housing, medical treatment, schools) does not meet demand, which may affect economic development as well as the stability of daily life. Urbanization also increases the vulnerability of seaside cities to natural disasters (e.g. flooding, storms, sea level rise).
Chinougijutsu Co., Ltd.
Chinougijutsu developed an autonomous patrol and inspection robot for energy plants. The robot is equipped with AI to identify and detect early signs of possible incidents of old energy plants and thus protect safety of the society. The proposal contains a solution as a service to prevent incidents at social infrastructures through unique sensing technology combined with robotics.
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The following themes will also be considered for this program:
Business proposals may also be submitted for multifaceted social issues that involve several focus areas.
Note: business proposals focusing only on infrastructure technologies (e.g. AI and blockchains) will not be accepted.