TEDxTohokuUniversity 2018 Conference


April 8, 2018 | 10:30~19:30 | Qatar Science Hall, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

“Blueprints”, is open to interpretation. For some, it is the plan of a brighter future while for others it is a structured sense of how to improve the community, oneself, or the ever expanding world of technology. In the upcoming conference we will focus on three main encompassing spheres: community, personal lifestyle, and technology. Through connecting with a wide range of people within the community we will instigate change. Our team believes that TEDxTohokuUniversity 2018 will not only stretch your imagination and allow for new ideas to foster but we also hope it will assist you in the process of drawing blueprints of your own.

TEDxTohokuUniversity 2019 Conference


Session 1: Community-Society blueprints

What does the future hold for our society? Many societies these days are three dimensional: they have been impacted by other cultures, they are connected by other cultures, they are evolving faster everyday. Is Japan one of these societies? More importantly, is Tohoku one of these societies? In this session you will hear talks from a community builder, a community promoter, and a sustainable community advocate. Through these talks, you will think about Tohoku as a community, its strong points, its weak points, and how an understanding of both characteristics will prepare the Tohoku society to overcome current, and currently unseen obstacles. 

Session 2: Personal blueprints

A blueprint does not necessarily have to be a tangible thing. One of the most important things in life is life itself, and how to overcome its obstacles. In this session you will hear talks about how to rewrite your personal blueprint, how to write a blueprint to overcome diversity and achieve your goals. These talks will not simply tell you to "just do it," but will tell you what it takes.

Session 3: Science and Technology blueprints

Does technology affect your life? How will it affect your future? This session doesn't necessarily aim at displaying new technologies, but describing how technology (and the science it is based upon) will affect our life in the years to come. These talks will cover topics such as approaching science from backgrounds other than your own, ways that memory techniques can improve our ability to learn, and how science affects our view of the world. 

TEDxTohokuUniversity 2018 Conference


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Leader of Sendai’s GLOBIS, Graduate School of Management

Mr. Kajiya graduated from Keio University with a degree in policy management. After gaining experience in GE Japan, he came to the Tohoku region as a volunteer following the Great East Japan Earthquake. Mr. Kajiya is the head contributor to the foundation of the Graduate School of Management of Globis University Sendai campus, where he hopes that business people in the Tohoku region can be motivated and learn from each other to foster the region’s reconstruction.

CEO of Lifebridge Inc.

Mr. Sakurai’s passion is education and globalization. He believes, by learning abroad, that one can learn not only information and one's own specialities, but much more beyond. He is now the owner of LifeBridge Inc., a consulting service for Japanese who want to study abroad.

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CEO of Real College

After graduating, Mr. Nakatani quit his job at a pharmaceutical company after two years, and is now the creator and CEO of Real College, the best share space area in Tohoku made especially for students in Sendai. Mr. Nakatani is also involved with government offices, education consulting, regional revitalization, publication, finance, information technology, and event planning, making him in a sense, a “total coordinator.”

Tohoku University Professor

Professor Noriko Osumi graduated from Tokyo Medical and Dental University with a Ph.D. in Craniofacial Development, and has become the first female professor of Tohoku University’s School of Medicine since 1998. Her research interest covers brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders. She was chosen as one of the 25 Distinguished Professors at Tohoku University from 2008 to 2011.

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Director of Asuenokibou NPO cooperation

Originally born in Miyagi, Mr. Komatsu came back after the big March 11th earthquake and committed himself to reconstruct the affected areas
As he faced the state of depopulation, he formed the Asu-e-no-kibou (“Hope towards tomorrow”)  NPO Cooperation which aims to develop the community around the town of Onagawacho.

Interpreter, translator, radio personality

Ms. Lily is the representative of "Lily's TranSupport", a language support group located in Sendai where she works as a English-Japanese bilingual translator.
With the motto of “Connecting People and Languages”, she is continuously contributing in a large amount to the English education in Japan.

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Student, Tohoku University

Still a sophomore in Tohoku University Department of Science, Trishit Banerjee has achieved much more than many people at his young age.
His passion is education and journalism which lead him to create “The Sentinel” in 2016 which is the first English newspaper not only in Tohoku University, but also in all universities around Japan.

Educator, interpreter, translator, blogger and writer

Mai has always been interested in Japan's relations with the world. It was not until she visited Tohoku that she found beauty in the local regions of Japan, leading her to aspire to bridge the local and global. Currently, Mai resides in Fukuoka where she supports children through English education to envision their dreams, and also serves in interpretation and translation work for local projects across Japan.

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Born and raised in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Mr. Furuyama found his deep interest and passion in the progressive world of IT. After the Great Earthquake, he went back and forth from Tokyo and Ishinomaki to teach  IT education in his former highschool. Finding his calling in teaching young people, Furuyama-san decide to make a platform where everyone can 「learn」and 「play」with the world of IT. Hoping that young people in Japan, especially in Ishinomaki, will not only become a consumer but also a developer in the fast changing world of IT. He then founded Itonabu Ishinomaki, a place where young people can learn more about IT.



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