On July 6 and 7, 2019, students from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) jointly participated in a workshop sponsored by Seven Bank to study design conceptualization with students from Ritsumeikan University.
This workshop, which represents a part of Ritsumeikan University’s EDGE+R Program selected under the Exploration and Development of Global Entrepreneurship for NEXT Generation program (EDGE-NEXT, AY2017-AY2021) by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, was conducted with the objective of applying design conceptualization towards making business proposals to address challenges faced by provincial cities.
On the first day of the workshop, participating students conducted fieldwork which allowed them to visit sightseeing facilities in Beppu City and listen to what active peoples throughout the city had to say. During their fieldwork, participants followed a course through Beppu prepared in advance by knowledgeable APU students, and were able to discover the positive aspects of Beppu in the process.
Afterwards, the students returned to APU and prepared presentations for the second day of the workshop based on their fieldwork findings. Feeling driven to produce high-quality presentations despite the limited time available to them, many student groups discussed their presentations at AP House late into the night.
During their presentations on the second day of the workshop, students presented their business plans in front of the individuals they visited in the course of their fieldwork as well as members of Seven Bank. Many of them overcame their lack of sleep from the previous night to give the very best presentations they could.
The workshop closed with the taking of a commemorative photograph in front of the APU Fountain. All participants, including students, the individuals from around Beppu who assisted them, and members from Seven Bank, formed a hot spring gesture with their hands for the picture. The gesture marked the end of this workshop in Beppu, which is famous for hot springs.