ch.05 Aug 18, 2021
A project spanning nearly two years, where students around the world were asked to submit ideas to “break down barriers by combining sports & technology”. With members of the IOC & IPC, as well as experts in a variety of fields in attendance, these students will give their final presentation in a hybrid venue that breaks down the barrier between the real and the virtual.
【Official website】 https://www.panasonic.com/global/olympic/ja/sportschangemakers.html

SPORTS CHANGE MAKERS is an initiative that was launched in September 2019 and was continued even after the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. University students from China, the United States, Europe, and Japan were called to come up with “ideas that break down barriers in sports with technology.” Representative teams were chosen from their respective countries and regions to give a presentation in front of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Paris 2024 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Paris 2024).
The proposed ideas will not only be presented; the goal is to have them adopted in future sports scene. Panasonic has continued to support students throughout the pandemic in the aim of co-creating innovative ideas.
The Final Presentation will implement a virtual event space called "Mirror Field“ that was jointly developed by Panasonic with a partner company.
“Mirror Field” will provide an exciting fusion of the real and the virtual that breaks down the barrier between the two. Please enjoy this demonstration in addition to the wonderful ideas presented by the students.
(* Please note that avatar participation in “Mirror Field” is limited to concerned parties only )

    First half 10:00-11:30(GMT+9:00)

Opening           10:00~ 
Advisor introductions,     10:06〜
Team China presentation   10:12~
Team USA presentation   10:50〜

    Second half 16:00-17:40(GMT+9:00)
Opening            16:00〜
Advisor introductions,   16:05〜
Team Europe presentation   16:11〜
Team Japan presentation   16:45〜
First half:
Duane Kale, Vice President, International Paralympic Committee
Jemima Montag, IOC Young Leader (2021-2024), Olympian racewalker (Australia)
Sakura Kokumai, Olympian Karate athlete (USA)
Aaron Fotheringham, Professional WCMX rider
Gon Matsunaka, President, Pride House Tokyo
Nobuyuki Hayashi, Freelance journalist/Consultant
Yoky Matsuoka, Managing Executive Officer, Panasonic

Second half:
Timo Lumme, Managing Director, Television & Marketing Services, International Olympic Committee
Christel Saneh, IOC Young Leader (2019-2020)/Professional illustrator, photographer and comic artist/Lebanese long jumper
Rie Tanaka, Executive Board member, Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Marlène Masure, Chief Commercial Officer, The Paris 2024 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Yoshiaki Sawabe, Advisor, Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Yoshihiro Morii, Executive Officer, Panasonic

*Should any of these projects be implemented and involve products/services outside Panasonic product category, collaboration with other TOPs/OCOGs/NOCs partners is required depending on their respective product categories

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