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Tokyo Tech Festival 2015

Tokyo Tech Festival 2015

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:

The Future

  • — Has the "past vision of the future" been realized?
  • — Has science in 2015 surpassed fiction?
  • — Do students in the field of science and technology have a vision of an ideal future?

Previous Tokyo Tech Festivals

Day of the festival
Day of the festival

Food tents
Food tents

Demos by Institute clubs in front of the Main Building
Demos by Institute clubs in front of the Main Building

Performances in front of the Ookayama Library
Performances in front of the Ookayama Library

Exhibits

Exhibits

Exhibits

Details of Tokyo Tech Festival 2015

As with past festivals, there will be a variety of student-planned activities at Tokyo Tech Festival 2015.

Tokyo Tech Festival 2015 Opening Event — "Gifts for the future"

Festival committee chair's opening speech
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.

Open Classes by Tokyo Tech professors (Japanese)

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 websiteouter (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