Tokyo Tech Festival is a two-day event that fills the Ookayama Campus with excitement. Approximately 50,000 people including local residents, current Tokyo Tech students, and prospective students attend the event every year.
Various exhibits and presentations are held in lecture rooms, and many food tents are set up outside. Live music and stand-up comedy are performed on the outdoor stage. Lab walk-ins are available for visitors to experience Tokyo Tech's state-of-the-art science and technology.
Please note that events are primarily in Japanese and simultaneous interpretation is not available.
Tokyo Tech Festival 2015 will be held over the weekend of October 10 and 11. The theme of the festival this year, chosen after a public vote, is "The Future." In the epic 1989 movie Back to the Future Part II, characters Marty and Doc time-traveled to the year 2015. With the perception of the future presented in this movie in mind, Tokyo Tech Festival organizers put forth the following questions:
Day of the festival
Demos by Institute clubs in front of the Main Building
Performances in front of the Ookayama Library
As with past festivals, there will be a variety of student-planned activities at Tokyo Tech Festival 2015.
Festival committee chair's opening speech
10:15 to 10:45 a.m., Saturday, October 10
Place: Outdoor stage
An opening event on the outdoor stage will kick off the Tokyo Tech Festival. The chair of the festival committee will give an opening speech, and committee members will introduce their recommended activities. Tokyo Tech's original hand-held fans containing raffle numbers will be handed out, giving visitors the chance to win Tech-chan items. Tech-chan is the official mascot of the Tokyo Tech Festival.
Place: Multi-Purpose Digital Hall, West Building 9
This year, Tokyo Tech faculty members will give the following lectures to introduce the Institute's cutting-edge research to the public.
"Robot operation techniques guiding human beings — when robotics surpasses physics" by Associate Professor Masafumi Okada, Department of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering
11 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday, October 10
"Bioinformatics and future society" by Professor Ken Kurokawa, Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI)
1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, October 10
"Where does the happiness of the Japanese lie? — Changes in the meaning of life" by Professor Noriyuki Ueda, Center for Liberal Arts
11 a.m. to 12 noon, Sunday, October 11
For details regarding other festival attractions, visit the Tokyo Tech Festival 2015 website (Japanese). In case of the cancellation of the festival due to a natural disaster or other unforeseen event, the festival committee will make an announcement (in Japanese) on the same website.
Welcome to Tokyo Tech Festival 2015!
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Published: September 2015