Joined the project as Project Manager. In charge of overall project design, progress management, budget management, and communications with client (Suwa City). Formulated plan with Nittoh Inc. as Creator.
I was caught in a mixture of excitement and anxiety since this is the first year the project is carried out. The project members had to explore all possibilities to eventually achieve success in this project, and had to go back and forth among the three companies due to the various differences on top of that. However, all of us had the same goal, and I feel that we have come a long way with the various technologies, products and approaches of the three companies.
We were able to successfully implement the hackathon based on Lightface from Nittoh Inc. thanks to the partnership with Loftwork Inc., as well as the assistance from management staff, person in charge and engineers from Nittoh Inc., participants, and all concerned parties of Suwa city. I was particularly touched when Mr. Shinohara from Nittoh Inc. came by FabCafe MTRL late at night the day before the hackathon presentation to support the participants. Mr. Shinohara even told me "he feels so touched he felt like crying" when he saw the hackathon take place on the actual day. In addition, all seven engineers in charge of LightFace from Nittoh Inc. came to listen to the presentations and took notes fervently. The relationships between participating creators and Nittoh Inc. have also continued even after the hackathon event. Even though it was intentionally designed be such, most of the success was actually created by the "energy" of the concerned parties. I was really happy to be able to be part of the event, and thoroughly enjoyed the preparation process despite how hectic it was.
I think there is still room for improvement with regards to content creation and information dissemination of the website. We may have started off with nothing, and the project progress has reached a point where it can be visualized. It would be a challenge in the next year to come up with plans and enticement to get more people interested in reading the contents.