Join the TEAM EXPO 2025 Programme!
TEAM EXPO 2025 is a participatory programme created by people from all over the world, with a variety of teams and activities to take up the challenge of making a better the future for Expo 2025 and beyond.
Actions working together for our ideal future.
Bionics for the world
Introducing our Co-Creation Challenge for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan, centered around the theme of "Designing Future Society for Our Lives". Our challenge is driven by the belief that full inclusion is paramount in realizing the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensuring that no one is left behind. To truly leave no one behind, universal access to assistive technology is indispensable. With 1.3 billion people, constituting 16% of the global population, experiencing significant disabilities, it is crucial to address the disparities they face. Despite having the same right to the highest attainable standard of health, individuals with disabilities continue to suffer from premature mortality and poorer health outcomes compared to others. These inequalities persist worldwide, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, and among those facing additional discrimination based on gender or origin. The lack of access to assistive technology plays a pivotal role in perpetuating these health inequities. Failure to deliver assistive technology integrated into quality healthcare leads to adverse health outcomes and social and economic exclusion. Recent reports from reputable organizations like the WHO and UNICEF have emphasized that achieving Universal Health Coverage, a key Sustainable Development Goal, hinges on urgently bridging the health gap experienced by persons with disabilities and providing them with access to assistive technology. Bionics is the science of creating artificial systems or devices that can work as parts of living organisms: The science of bionics has revolutionized prosthetics research. Fewer examples. Bionics may make it possible to replace eyes, ears, lungs, hearts and even brains. Advancements in bionic technologies hold immense potential to transform disabilities and usher in a new era of human evolution. By challenging stereotypes and fostering competition, these technologies can reshape societal perceptions towards individuals with physical disabilities and foster a more inclusive society. To contribute towards this vision, our project aims to develop bionic systems that are accessible to over 50 million individuals worldwide who require them. Through this Co-Creation Challenge, we are dedicated to providing bionic solutions that are accessible to everyone, ensuring a future where no one is left behind. Some of the Activities proposed: 1. Hackathon or Design Sprint: Organize an event where participants collaborate to develop bionic systems that are accessible to individuals with disabilities. This event encourages innovative thinking and problem-solving. 2. Research on neccesities and Impact: Conduct research to understand the impact of bionic technologies on individuals with disabilities and their communities. This research can provide valuable insights for further advancements in the field.
DIGITAL OPEN INNOVATION CAMPUS
Past briefing session video archives can be found here (For businesses → https://youtu.be/9WXIdikd9ZA For academia → https://youtu.be/Uaoc3hZ38QU) For detailed information and materials on DOIC's initiatives, please visit here (https://bunkashihon.jp/doic/) 〈Role of the Initiative〉 Leveraging the characteristics of the digital space "EXPO COMMONS", we aim to boost the Expo momentum even before its commencement, increase the number of visitors to the real Expo venue, and ultimately, increase the number of visitors to Japan through the Expo. 〈Target〉 We aim to disseminate information on education, culture, sports, science and technology conducted in Japanese universities and other educational institutions to the world. By collaborating with global companies and others engaged in activities towards the SDGs, we strive to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs as members of society by building a "co-creation ecosystem". Additionally, we will incorporate "DAO" into our activities and conduct a "social experiment" to explore the future form of open innovation. 〈Features & Mechanism〉 A "Digital Open Innovation Campus (hereinafter referred to as 'DOIC')" is established through collaboration between "domestic and international universities & researcher alliances" and "companies, government agencies & local governments, cultural figures & citizens". Various contents are planned and exhibited in the digital space, forming an organic network with people around the world. Academia contributes to the planning, operation, and content provision of "DOIC", while businesses contribute by providing the necessary funds, products, and services for the establishment and operation of "DOIC". This mutual and complementary role distribution forms the foundation for the establishment and operation of "DOIC".
International Red and White Singing Festival
International Red and White Singing Festival (IRWS) aimed at promoting international exchange and mutual understanding through Japanese people singing in foreign languages and foreigners singing in Japanese. Let's enjoy singing together with special guests and fellow performers throughout the venue! Many foreigners living in Japan and future-oriented international students are working hard to make Japan's society brighter. Through the IRWS we hope to create a compassionate society together with everyone who is willing to be involved. Declaration for the Future: We aim to regularly hold IRWS in regions such as Indonesia, the Philippines, and countries with a substantial Japanese population like Brazil. We will invite outstanding performers from each area to the main venue in Osaka, expanding the platform of international exchange centered around singing across the world. Inspiration: IRWS originated in 2011 as a message of recovery after the Great East Japan Earthquake. It was initiated by a community of international exchange between foreigners and Japanese people. The movement was joined by foreign language media and mass media, and from the very first event, it received significant attention, with coverage on NHK(Japanese National Broadcast)'s morning news for over 10 minutes. The event was held at the Tokyo Olympic Center, every year with the support of many individuals as well as many companies, NPOs, embassies, Japanese ministries of foreign affairs, ASEAN-Japan Centre. Association of Nikkei & Japanese. Abroad, and local governments. But from its 10th iteration, the base was moved to Osaka. We aim to spread enjoyment to more people and are looking forward to registering this effort as part of the Collaborative Challenge, targeting the Osaka-Kansai Expo 2025.
Disrupting Private-Public Partnerships with Emerging Technologies
At Koru, we are developing a comprehensive AI-powered platform aimed at enabling corporations to build balanced and diversified impact portfolios. By identifying the key areas of sustainability focus for each company and offering intelligent recommendations for strategic partnerships, we serve as a catalyst for impactful actions that span the spectrum of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. From alleviating poverty and hunger through economic development partnerships to fostering innovation and sustainable cities, the ripple effect of our work is designed to touch on all 17 SDGs. By providing a streamlined, data-driven approach to corporate sustainability, our initiative aims to create a multiplicative impact, accelerating global efforts to build a more equitable, sustainable, and inclusive future.
Seeding peace project
By providing basic information about the humanitarian work of our organisation "Friedensdorf International/Peace Village International", we raise social awareness, and show that everyone can make a contribution to peaceful coexistence. The children from various war and crisis zones experience the principle of cultural diversity and peaceful coexistence in the Peace Village. This message of peace that the children take home will be further sown/scattered in their home countries. Like these children, each of us can scatter these seeds of peace and spread this positive chain.
Crafts For Change
The initiative aims to empower rural women in Yemen by providing them with training and resources for advanced handicraft production.Through this activity, we aim to address The social issues involved the significant challenges facing rural women in Yemen, such as early marriage, violence against women, and limited access to education, job opportunities, and economic resources. Our initiative will provide women with skills and training in the arts and handicrafts sector, enabling them to create high-quality handicraft products that can compete in local and global markets creating employment opportunities and enhancing the women's income-generating potential. By leveraging market access, we enable them to sell their handcrafted products locally and globally. By working with local communities, we will identify the most pressing social issues and create handicraft products that address these issues, such as products made from recycled materials or products that promote environmental conservation. In addition Enhancing the culture of intellectual property and creating trademarks For the Crafts Products. We will work through this initiative promotes gender equality, improve living conditions, and enhances the overall socio-economic well-being of women and their communities. Relationship with the theme of the Osaka-Kansai Expo: This initiative is directly related to the theme of Expo 2025 How? 1. Designing Future Society: The initiative aims to help rural women create sustainable livelihoods through the development of traditional handicrafts. By providing training, resources, and support, the initiative helps rural women design their own future, one that is economically self-sufficient and socially empowered. 2. Our Lives: The initiative focuses on improving the lives of rural women and their families by providing them with the tools they need to create a better future for themselves. By promoting economic self-sufficiency and the preservation of traditional art and culture, the initiative helps improve the overall quality of life for rural communities. 3. Designing Future Society Our Lives: The initiative not only helps design a better future society for rural women but also for society at large. By promoting sustainable livelihoods, economic growth and cultural preservation, the initiative helps create a more equitable and sustainable society that benefits all.