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Call for Startups] "Uraban Innovation KOBE," a collaborative experiment by the City of Kobe, announces its challenge!

Urban Innovation Japan (UIJ) has released five issues for collaborative experiments to be undertaken by Kobe City in the second half of FY2021, and has begun accepting applications from startup companies to participate in the experiments.

What is "Uraban Innovation KOBE"?

Urban Innovation Japan (UIJ) is,Project to solve social issues faced by local governments through collaborative experiments with startup companiesSince then, we have been working on projects with 14 municipalities across Japan, starting with the Kobe City project in 2017. Since then, we have continued to work with Kobe City without interruption, and this project is the second half of the year following the eight projects in the first half (seven of which were adopted and are currently being demonstrated).

Kobe City, an international port city with a good combination of land, sea, and air, is actively providing opportunities for startups around the world to flourish through Urban Innovation Japan, an open innovation program provided in collaboration with governments across Japan, and the Global Innovation Center, a United Nations agency, UNOPS, which aims to solve issues related to the SDGs. The UNOPS Global Innovation Center, a UN agency, aims to solve issues related to the SDGs. In this project,Development of services that improve citizen services and create new industriesWe invite applications from startups who together aim to

Five assignments/applications must be submitted by Sunday, November 21.

(Issue 1) We want to protect children from excessive use of the Internet and smartphones! Demonstration and development of tools for elementary and junior high school students

For children to be able to spend time outside of the internet/smartphone for learning, playing outside, etc., and to live and grow in a healthy manner both mentally and physically,Improving the tendency of elementary and junior high school students to overuse the Internet and smartphonesThe goal is to
(Issue Detail:https://urban-innovation-japan.com/project/kobe-city/2021-7/smartphone-overspending/ )
Section in charge: Policy Research Division, Planning and Coordination Bureau

(Issue 2) We want to create disaster prevention content for young people using digital technology!

Including the use of the city's Disaster Prevention Experience Facility,Create new disaster prevention content for young people to enjoyThe goal is to raise disaster awareness among citizens of all ages.
(Issue Detail:https://urban-innovation-japan.com/project/kobe-city/2021-7/disaster-prevention-contents/ )
Section in charge: Citizen Training Section, Citizen Disaster Prevention Center, Fire Department

(Issue 3) We want to reduce accidents as much as possible by digitizing on-site inspections of hazardous material facilities!

Currently done on paper.Digitizing on-site inspections of hazardous material facilitiesThe goal is to make it possible to implement the system regardless of the skill level of the person in charge, and to make it easy for anyone to manage.
(Issue Detail:https://urban-innovation-japan.com/project/kobe-city/2021-7/dangerous-object-inspection/ )
Section in charge: Hazardous Materials Safety Division, Fire Department

(Issue 4) Revitalize the Sannomiya area in Kobe with MaaS! We want to expand the bustle of the area by having people use each mode of transportation seamlessly!

Using a smartphone (app), etc.Introducing MaaS to facilitate seamless use of public transportationThe goal is to increase the number of people using public transportation, facilities, and stores, and to spread the bustle of the city as a whole by improving the circulation in downtown Sannomiya.
(Issue Detail:https://urban-innovation-japan.com/project/kobe-city/2021-7/kobe-maas/ )
Section in charge: Public Transportation Division, Urban Affairs Bureau

(Issue 5) We want to deliver necessary information to all citizens! Demonstration of Digitalization of Municipal Public Relations

New means of public relations using digital technologyThrough these efforts, we aim to create a system that effectively delivers necessary information to each and every person, regardless of age or sex.
(Issue details: The goal is to create a system that effectively delivers necessary information to each person, regardless of age or sex, through new means of publicity using digital technology. )
Section: City Planning Division, Nagata Ward

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