Beyond 2020 Olympics : The Future of Mobility
Team USA para-sprinter, Jarryd Wallace was born to run. With parents who were also competitive athletes, Jarryd had pursued running from a young age with dreams of winning gold at the Olympics. At 19yrs old however, Jarryd’s journey as an athlete was changed forever when he had to amputate his leg.
After a grueling recovery from compartment syndrome, Jarryd returned against all odds after only 15 months since his amputation at the 2011 Parapan American games. In his first race as a para-sprinter, he won gold and set a new world record. Over the next two years, he went on to break two more world records in the 200m and 100m IPC World Championships.
Having competed in the London 2012 Paralympic Games and Rio de Janeiro 2016 Paralympic Games, Jarryd has now set his sights to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. But his journey to Japan is about more than winning gold.
Working with corporate sponsors like Toyota and Sony, Jarryd has partnered with a Japanese company called XiBorg that is using sports and technology to build a world where everyone can move freely and equally. They are building the future of universal mobility.
As a world-class leader in prosthetics, Xiborg partners with competing athletes like Jarryd in a campaign called ‘Run for All’. Having facilitated nation-wide workshops on mobility in 80+ schools with 6K+ students, the project aims to build a prosthetics library that enables children who cannot afford prosthesis the chance to run. For many, it is their first time. The workshops also raise awareness by giving children the chance to experience sports prostheses attached to boots and interact with prosthesis users.
This Saturday 24th August, ON-1 and Social Innovation Japan is very lucky to be welcoming Jarryd Wallace and Xiborg CEO Ken Endo to explore how technology is shaping the way we walk and run from the competitive track, to navigating daily life. We’ll also be sharing a short snippet of the documentary ‘Race to Tokyo’, which follows ‘blade runners’ Jarryd and Keita Sato, the Japanese national sprinting champion, as they race to take home gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The film also follows the story of how giant tech companies, small prosthetics manufacturers, and disabled athletes like Jarryd and Keita, are all working toward the same goal... a future of mobility for all.
“One of the most impactful moments in the development of the story was in a meeting at Sony HQ in Japan. We sat down with their experience team in hopes that we could land a sponsorship, but the conversation went deep. As a tech company in the age of a potential Artificial Intelligence singularity, they wanted to wield technologies like AI to augment human capability. For me, that's the moment our film became a story about the future."
- Travis Preston, Director
+ Social impact organizations and individuals who are interested in exploring innovation in universal mobility
+ Inquisitive minds, curious to understand the influence tech and sports plays in society.
+ Executives and entrepreneurs who want to understand how to use their business to promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
+ Industry leaders in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and Olympics
Date: Saturday 24th August 2019
Time: 7pm - 9pm (*6.30pm doors open)
〒153-0044 Tōkyō-to, Meguro City, Ōhashi, 2-chōme−22−４２ B1F
1830 - 1900: Doors open / Reception
1900 - 1915: Introductions
1915 - 1935: Film Screening (20mins)
1935 - 2000: Q&A
2000 - 2045: Mingling
2045 - 2100: Event close
General Admission: 1500 JPY (incl. networking drinks)
*Please purchase on Peatix in advance, space is limited and tickets will not be available on the door*
Facebook Event Page: Here
ON-1 is a community of local creatives based in Tokyo who bring together their professional talent to help make a more vibrant and sustainable creative economy. We lend our network of expertise and social impact to future-driven organizations seeking to empower global ideas through the mediums of art, fashion, and interactive technologies. https://ON-1.io/
About Social Innovation Japan:
Social Innovation Japan is a community of problem-solvers, thinkers, and doers. We provide a platform for people to engage with and learn from industry leaders who are tackling social and environmental issues, and connect with like-minded people from different backgrounds. We aim to build Japan's largest and most diverse platform of change makers, connecting people with opportunities and resources to tackle real-world problems: www.socialinnovationjapan.com
Xiborg website: http://xiborg.jp/en/
Jarryd Wallace official website: https:// www.jarrydwallace.com/about
Race to Tokyo official website: https:// www.racetotokyo.com/
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