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Entry Period
Thursday, August 1, 2019 - Thursday, October 31, 2019 12:00 (Japan time, noon)
Initial Review Results Announcement
Mid-December, 2019

Final Review Results Announcement
Early January, 2020

Award Ceremony
Early February 2020




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    There are no age or nationality restrictions to this category therefore is open to anyone of interest whether it be individuals, groups or corporations.


  • Kei Wakabayashi


    Kei Wakabayashi

    Kei Wakabayashi


    Kei Wakabayashi was born in 1971 and spent his early childhood in London and New York. After graduating from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in French Studies at Waseda University, he joined Heibonsha, and became part of the editorial department for "Gekkan Taiyo." In 2000, became an independent editor. Afterward, he edited a wide range of publications, including magazines, books, and exhibition records, and became active as a music journalist. He was assigned as the Chief Editor for the Japanese edition of "WIRED" in 2012, and left the post in 2017. In 2018, he launched blkswn publishers, Inc. and authored the book, "Sayonara Mirai" (Goodbye, Future), published by Iwanami Shoten (April​ 2018).

  • Chiaki Hayashi

    Loftwork Inc. Co-founder

    Chiaki Hayashi

    Chiaki Hayashi

    Loftwork Inc. Co-founder

    Co-founded Loftwork Inc. in 2000 and currently serves as its representative director. Loftwork is a new style of creative agency that boasts a network of over 25,000 creators. Each year Loftwork rolls out over 200 projects including web, community, and spatial design initiatives. Loftwork also operates the digital fabrication cafe, FabCafe. Hayashi pioneered the adoption of Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) guidelines in the creative industries in Japan, and has penned the book Web Project Management Standards. Hayashi is Japan Liaison to the Director of MIT Media Lab, a member of the Good Design Awards Screening Committee, and a member of the Manufacturing Industry Subcommittee of METI's Industrial Structure Council Committee.

  • Leonhard Bartolomeus

    Artist collective ruangrupa & Gudskul Ekosistem

    Leonhard Bartolomeus

    Leonhard Bartolomeus

    Artist collective ruangrupa & Gudskul Ekosistem

    Leonhard Bartolomeus (Barto), was born at 1987 in Depok, Jawa Barat, Indonesia. He studied Ceramics at Jakarta Institute of Art. Works as an independent curator, and also part of ruangrupa dan Gudskul Ekosistem--an open educational platform focusing on collective practice. His curatorial projects are mainly addressing historical issues, but in recent years he started to focus on open education and collaborative projects. At 2013, his first book “Publik dan Reklame di Ruang Kota Jakarta” alongside with co-author/editor at Karbonjournal.org, published. Alongside with several curators in Jakarta, Semarang, and Surabaya, he formed a curatorial collective called KKK (Kolektif Kurator Kampung). In 2019, he joined the curatorial team in Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM). Lives and works in Yamaguchi, Japan.

  • Keiichiro Matsumura

    Okayama University Literature Department Associate Professor

    Keiichiro Matsumura

    Keiichiro Matsumura

    Okayama University Literature Department Associate Professor

    A cultural anthropologist. The professor's research includes conducting field work in the farm villages of Ethiopia and cities the Middle East, studying the wealth distribution and the development of poverty and assistance. He continues to photograph women who migrated from Ethiopia to the Middle East. The professor has received awards and accolades for the following work: Recipient of the Promotion of Research in Developing Countries Awards for "Anthropology of Wealth Ownership and Distribution" (Sekaishisosha Co., Ltd.) in 2009 and the Serizawa Prize for the same in 2010; Recipient of the Special Prize in the Mainichi Cultural Publication Awards for "Shame in Anthrology" (Mishima Publishing Co.) in 2018. Additional works and compilations of his include "The Basic 30 Volumes of Cultural Anthropology" (The Humanities Academy) and "Thoughts on Cultural Anthropology" (Sekaishisosha Co., Ltd.).


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    Trophy/ 1000 USD

  • First Prize 1 Winner

    Trophy/ 500 USD

  • STUDENT Prize 1 Winner

    Award Certificate / 300USD

  • GENERAL  Prize 1 Winner

    Award Certificate / 300USD


    Award Certificate / 1000 - 3000 USD


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