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Second International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF2) Side Events Y-ISEF for Young Professionals Application Guideline of Ideathon for the Next-Generation

The Cabinet Office, MEXT, METI and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are hosting the side events to the second International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF2) *1 held on March 3, 2018. Concerted efforts are taking place in preparation for the events, which are designed to inspire younger generations and the industrial areas from around the world.

Y-ISEF, organized by MEXT and JAXA from 28 February to 3rd March, provides a platform for open discussions and networking, addressing the future of space exploration. Opportunities will open up to participants, around 80 young professionals and students, age 18 to 35, to exchange ideas with influential visionaries and leaders from the global political, academic and business arenas.
※1 ISEF2 is an international conference hosted by the Japanese government and will bring together Ministers, high-level officials, and the heads of space agencies to share the importance of space exploration and global collaboration aiming to promote sustainable growth of developments.  

Illustration:Ikeshita Akihiro


Dates and Places

February 28,2018 (Wed) All day
Tours of JAXA’s facilities at the JAXA Tsukuba Space Center (Subject to change) Pre-workshop at Startup Hub Tokyo
(Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Bldg., 2-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005)
March 1,2018 (Thurs) All day
Workshop (Ideathon) by participants at Startup Hub Tokyo
(Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Bldg., 2-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005)
March 2,2018 (Fri)
Side Event for Industry “I-ISEF” in Tokyo
March 3,2018 (Sat)
Career mentoring at Startup Hub Tokyo
(Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Bldg., 2-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005)
*1 Participation in the events on February 28 and March 1 is mandatory, and in events on March 2 and 3 is optional.
*2 At the career mentoring, experts of the field and business leaders will serve as mentor and offer professional advice on employment in the field and provide expertise on space enterprise.

Startup Hub Tokyo:Located on the 1st floor of the Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Bldg.
( Marunouchi My Plaza ) near Tokyo Station

Registration Requirements

  • Young professionals and students, age 18 to 35 (from companies, universities, research institutes, public agencies, or private business)
  • Conversational fluency in English (English is used through the events including preparation and workshops. Japanese language can be selected during the career mentoring on March 3.)
  • Mandatory attendance on February 28 and March 1. March 2 and March 3 are optional.
  • All academic backgrounds, interest, or specialties from science, humanities, liberal arts, technical, or clerical fields are accepted.(*No expertise is required. Motivated individuals to start up business and enterprise are welcomed to apply.)
  • All nationalities and countries of residence are accepted (travel and accommodation is paid at own expenses).
  • The maximum number of participants is about 80. The secretarial office will select about participants based on the diversity of applicant’s motivations, specialties, age groups, and nationalities.

Application Period

October 6th (Fri)~November 10th(Fri)17:00 Local Time in Japan

Process of the Workshop (Ideathon)

  • Starting December 2017, the hosting organizations put participants in groups of eight to ten*1. Online preparation proceeds. Professional support will be available from experts of space development.
  • On February 28 through March 1, following the talks by the speakers, experts in business and space, brainstorming in groups takes place based on the prepared theme.*2
  • Teams (groups) give short presentation of the summary of brainstorming, and contest prizes by supporting organizations.
  • The team awarded with the first prize will be given an opportunity to present their idea at the other ISEF2 occasions including I-ISEF on March 2.
  • *1 Each group will consist of individuals from different countries. The workshop/Ideathon proceeds in English.
  • *2 “Ideas for new enterprise and activities on the moon, asteroids, and Mars”. Notice that the theme is subject to change. It will be finalized and informed to the selected participants.


Registration is available from here for the applicants who meet the requirements above.
The secretarial office will send selection results to the registered e-mail addresses in November.

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