The RT-Mover powered wheel chair that competed in the first Cybathlon, the international competition for people with disabilities and technologies to tackle daily tasks, was a highlight at the Social Innovation Forum 2017 . Wakayama University’s Prof. Shuro Nakajima who developed the personal mobility vehicle was invited by the organizer, Nippon Foundation to give demo rides to visitors of the Forum.
The Social Innovation Forum 2017 which aims to promote dialogue and cooperation between government, industry, research institutes and other irganizations to resolve complex social issues, was held on November 17–19 in Tokyo. The event included keynote addresses from Shinjiro Koizumi, a member of the Japanese House of Representatives, and Ken Hasebe, mayor of Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward, as well as booths and presentations from seven social innovators selected from across Japan, and 23 workshops on a variety of topics. The workshops were organized around four themes – Vision, Issues, Collaboration, and Resources – and were led by experts in these fields.