Toronto time: December 2, 2016 7:00 PM to December 2, 2016 10:00 PM
Tokyo time: December 3, 2016 9:00 AM to December 3, 2016 12:00 AM
University of Toronto Munk School
1 Devonshire PI, Toronto, ON M5S 3K7
We will being holding an three hour ideathon where university students discuss educational, social, economical and cultural divides in rural areas primarily caused by population decline. With the help of interdisciplinary professionals in Tokyo, Toronto and Nova Scotia, students from the University of Toronto and the University of Tokyo will discuss possible policy solutions to the problem of population decline. The purpose of this November event is to learn how population problems in rural areas of Japan and Canada are currently being resolved, present improved solutions to policy makers in Japan and Canada, and utilize those experiences for potential future conferences.
The short-term goal of the Ideathon, scheduled for December 2nd, will be to produce a white paper based on the discussions between participants from the University of Toronto (henceforth the “Toronto team”) and the University of Tokyo (“Tokyo team”). The paper will contain policy recommendations for the Japanese and Canadian governments for preventing/mitigating the population decline of their respective rural regions.
The long-term goal of the December Ideathon is to serve as a pilot project for similar conferences in the future under the directions of Munk School. Ideally, the conference will occur annually and serve as an important portal of communication between undergraduate students in Asia and North America. Ultimately, this conference will be the catalyst of a new type of cultural exchange between young people in Japan and Canada.