OpenJapan by OpenSimSim

SAVE THE DATE: 10. – 12.06.2011

72h OpenJapan WorkJam

Donate 6 hours of your work and creativity for 3 days in June whether you are in Berlin, London, Madrid, Chennai, Texas City, New York or Moscow. OpenJapan is an initiative by OpenSimSim to donate something more than just financial assistance, which is of course important but not the only essential for reconstructing a country. During the 3-day period people will put together their forces, knowledge and experience in order to develop a number of projects. This is how it works:

” Cities from different timezones are working in parallel on the global event. At the moment we are looking for real projects on real sites in the affected area in Japan to work on. We are happy to announce that we have initial proposals for projects for our 72h WorkJam which we could also use as an incubator for sustainable recovery. But we are still looking for projects for the 72h WorkJam. So please submit your ideas and projects to

We start at 10am (1am GMT) on June 10th with a six hour work session in Kyoto Japan, out of which will come the basis of our ideas and possible real projects collected beforehand and discussed within the advisory board of OpenJapan. The results from this first brain storming session will be passed over to the next city by order of timezone. After 24h the status of the work will be handed back to one node in Japan. This principle of a relay race will be repeated over 72h.

Each day is structured accordingly to the design thinking phases. The first 24 hours are dedicated to define and research the proposed topics. The second day, June 11, will address visualisation and evaluation of prototypes. The final turn, on June 12, deals with questions of materialisation, realisation and implementation of the commonly conducted proposals.

The cities are grouped into 4 different time-sections each working in 6 hours shifts. Projects will be handed over from one time zone to the next. Kyoto, for example, will hand off to Moscow, which will in turn hand the projects off to Berlin, which hand off to New York. Each handoff will include a short briefing and transmit working materials. For example, Kyoto will talk to the team in Berlin; the Moscow team will talk with New York; this allows communication to be held in a continuous loop between nodes that do not transmit materials directly.

Japan is our starting point and has a special role to play, initiating and filtering projects and ideas. All other cities will address the larger project from the point of view of sustainability (Ecological, Social and Economical Sustainability). Within the de-briefing time slots the participants will be coached and discussing based on their pre-determined specialisation. Between the more intensive 6 hour working shift and the less intensive de-briefing educational and entertainment sessions will be organised independently in each city.

Since we expect there to be more then one city in each of our 6 hour-shifts each project will be evaluated through all three sustainability topics in a different order.

In contrast to the usual architectural design process, the final result is a collectively owned intellectual property licensed under creative commons principles. The multi-disciplinary teams will ensure a unique user based co-creation. Events that will be hosted after this initial 72-hour sprint will develop and implement the ideas. Any project developed in the OpenJapan context will be published and could possibly be developed in other countries by any non-profit individual or organisation.

Closing the 72h WorkJam and having solutions for the project(s) the process will not be finished: together with our partner we are planning to set up a crowd funding initiative to collect money for the realisation of the project.” (OpenSimSim)