We want your ideas. "SPORTS CHANGE MAKERS", presented by Panasonic in cooperation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC), is looking for ideas for the development of sports using the power of technology. The theme of the first SPORTS CHANGE MAKERS program is "GOING BEYOND BARRIERS." Do you have an idea that can imbue sports with power and possibilities that can transcend the barriers in today’s world between abled and disabled, between real and virtual, or between the sexes? The aim is to express the most outstanding ideas, selected in a competition conducted in parallel with Tokyo 2020, as a joint project between you and Panasonic. The better future to which your idea can contribute will become part of the legacy of Tokyo 2020.
The “Panasonic SPORTS CHANGE MAKERS” Concept
*Final presentation postponed to 2021.
This program is a competition in which students from every part of Japan participate to create new ideas in sports using Panasonic audio and video technology. Ideas are solicited from students in four presenting countries: Japan, which is the sponsoring country; and China, France and the United States, which will be the next countries to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Works will be exhibited to the public in 2021. The most outstanding groups will be granted the right to make presentations to the related organisations of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee and Paris 2024 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games). Panasonic will provide total support toward obtaining adoption of the students’ ideas.
From Tokyo regional qualification
Mr. Kento Yokose (from Kyoto Institute of Technology)
People can enjoy sports more by experiencing the movements of athletes not only watching them
GOING BEYOND BARRIERS “Breaking down barriers in sports with technology” Panasonic is the Official Worldwide Olympic & Paralympic Partner in the Audio and Visual Equipment category.
“Breaking down barriers in sports with technology” Panasonic is looking for ideas using audio-visual technology within its Olympic and Paralympic sponsorship categories. (Acceptance of ideas has ended.)
Meet all the following requirements (Application can be made either individually or as a group (up to 3 people per group))
Applicants (up to 3 people with a leader) must be students attending a university, graduate school, technical college or vocational school in Japan at the time of application and as of August 24, 2020. All nationalities and age groups are welcome.
Able to participate in the primary judgement; secondary judgement; Ideathons to determine the representatives of the United States, France and China respectively; and the final presentation.
Applicants who could agree to the important notice listed below.
Incentive for Representative Works from Each Country
Invitation to the Opening Ceremony (Tue. Aug 24th, 2021) and the competition of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Wed. Aug 25th, 2021) (up to 3 per group) ＋ For Paris 2024, representatives can make a presentation of their ideas to the Olympic and Paralympic organisations (the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Paris 2024 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games etc.). *Times, location and other details to be decided.
Commentators for Final Presentation
Member from the Olympic and Paralympic organisations ( the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Paris 2024 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games etc.), Panasonic and more. *Details are yet to be finalized
<Judge Process> Japan: Secondary judgement (Competition/ Saturday, December 14, 2019) Secondary judgement event (competition) to be held at Panasonic Center Tokyo (3-5-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo) on Saturday, December 14, 2019. At this event, each group will present their submitted ideas (in Japanese or English). Transportation fees will be partially covered by the host.
United States: Ideathon to be held in Los Angeles on Friday, November 22, 2019.
France: Ideathon to be held in Paris on Friday, November 29, 2019.
China: Ideathon to be held in Beijing on Saturday, December 7, 2019.
The best idea from each country will be selected as that country’s representative idea by late January 2020. Demonstration versions of each idea selected as a representative idea will be produced, with the support of Panasonic’s creative partner, from February 2020 to July 2021.
Final Presentation Final Presentations and implementation demonstrations of representative works from Japan, China, France and America will be held on Monday, August 23, 2021 at Panasonic Center Tokyo. *Presentation will be made in English.
Evaluation will be made comprehensively from the following 5 perspectives:
・Novelty and innovation for issues and awareness ・Connections with social issues ・Creativity of the idea ・Uniqueness of solution ・Reality of solution (Feasibility)
Please submit your student ID card to confirm your identity. (Submit scanned or taken images to SPORTS CHANGE MAKERS Executive Office)
All nationalities and age groups are welcome. For minors to participate, parental consent is required. For enrollment of minors in the secondary judgement in Japan and the Ideathons in the United States, France and China, the letter of consent specified in the Appendix needs to be submitted.
Communication such as application documents and prior communication will be in Japanese or English only.
Participation is free of charge. Round trip transportation costs for the secondary judgement in the acceptance program in Japan and round trip transportation costs in the United States, France and China are covered by the host.
Application may be canceled if the application documents are found false, unfair or if it is found that the application plan infringes the intellectual property right such as the copyright of a third party.
In the acceptance process in Japan, applications may be canceled if the application documents are found to contain falsehoods or improprieties or if it is found that the application plan infringes the copyright or other intellectual property rights of a third party or parties.
If Panasonic or its affiliates develop or implement the same or similar ideas as the applicants (groups) in the primary judgment in Japan or the Ideathons in the United States, France and China, Panasonic or its affiliates shall not be subject to any restrictions on acquiring intellectual property rights related to the ideas.
If Panasonic or its affiliated companies independently develop or implement the same or similar ideas as the proposed ideas, the intellectual property right of the ideas will be proceeded in consultation with the applicants.
The intellectual property rights of the ideas adopted in the secondary judgement in Japan and in the Ideathons in the United States, France and China will be handled in consultation with the applicants.
The best idea chosen at the event of each country will have an agreement on implementation development. (Period, division of roles, rights, etc.)
When applying, the personal information collected on the website and related recruitment sites will be handled in accordance with the personal information protection policy established by the organiser.
All personal data will be taken care with measures for safe management of all data by strict handling, restricted access to the data, etc. Data management will comply with legal laws concerning the protection of personal information.
Images, photos and sounds of the applicant’s portrait and personal information (name, age, name of the school, and address to be restricted to country and city) shall be available regardless of the period and area (includes all usages such as use by television, newspaper, magazine, internet, SNS and other mediums regardless of tangible or intangible or medium developed by new technology in the future), without any consideration for commercial or non-commercial purposes.
The applicant agrees not to insist on portrait rights and privacy rights.
The contents described in this guideline may be canceled or changed without prior notice for the convenience of the organiser.
To begin the demonstration production we will conclude an NDA with the applicant and proceed with development.
Once an idea has been submitted, it cannot be canceled.
Application closed. We kindly thank you for your entry.
*Panasonic is the Official Worldwide Olympic & Paralympic Partner in the Audio and Visual Equipment category.