Safecast 3 Year Anniversary Event: Schedule

On March 15th and 16th we’ll be holding events to commemorate three years since the Tohoku Earthquake and resulting Tsunami and meltdowns at Fukushima Daichi which led to the founding of Safecast. The 2-day program will consist of  both talks and hands-on events. On Saturday, we’ll host a discussion at Tokyo University called “The Next Three Years” looking at what has happened so far and what we can expect and look forward to in the future. We’ll discuss policy and action as much as programs and philosophy. This will include individual presentations (speaker list coming soon) as well as time for questions and answers. We’re hoping to live stream these events. Saturday will conclude with a reception at Tokyo University.

Beginning Saturday evening and running until late Sunday evening we’ll host a global hackathon to work on the Safecast website. This is a vast project with room for everyone to help. Copywriters, translators, designers and coders are welcome. If you are interested, please join our hackathons mailing list for further details. In practice we’ll be looking at the site and rethinking section by section, as well as looking at the API and Maps to see what can be improved. On Sunday we’ll meet in person on 10F at our Dogenzaka offices (at Loftwork, above FabCafe) to hack on this in person, though people around the world are invited to join us remotely to help tackle the issues as we face them. We’re hoping to end Sunday with some major improvements.

Both days, and events are open to the public.

Seminar — March 15th,
1pm – 5:30 pm, at Convention Hall, 2nd floor, Building An,
Komaba II Research Campus, the University of Tokyo  
– Doors open 12:30
– Location: Tokyo University, Komaba campus
– Fee: Free (2000yen contribution for Reception Party) 

The event will be live-streamed by USTREAM



12:30 Doors open

13:00 SAFECAST: The Next Three Years
Opening greetings from Joi Ito, SAFECAST co-founder and director of the MIT Media Lab, and the view forward from Safecasters Sean Bonner, Pieter Franken, and Kalin Kozhuharov (with Q&A)

14:00 Ocean, Food, and Health trends
Ken Buesseler of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute will discuss new crowdsourced ocean research; Hidetake Ishimaru, of Kodomomirai radiation measuring center, will talk about the experience of food measuring after 3.11 and the future of safe food; Safecaster Azby Brown will discuss what the experts on both sides are saying about health issues.  (with Q&A)

15:15 Break

15:30 Reports from the field:
Chernobyl and Daiichi: Inside stories

Safecaster Joe Moross, joined by PBS Science Reporter Miles O’Brien by live video link, will share what they saw and did during their recent visit to the Fukushima Daiichi NPP, and Yuichi Kojma will recount his visit to Chernobyl last year with media activist Daisuke Tsuda.

Voices from Fukushima
Fukushima based volunteers Jun Yamadera (Aizu Japan) and Rob Oudendijk will share their plans for the innovative Fukushima Wheel project, and we will hear from other Fukushima Safecast volunteers in person and via video.
(with Q&A)

17:00   Panel Discussion: The next three years
A panel of Safecast volunteers and supporters will talk about what’s on tap for SAFECAST as a group in the next three years, and what changes they expect to see in Fukushima itself.

17:25 Closing remarks: (Special Guest/TBD)

17:30: Reception

18:30 Global  Hackathon Kickoff

Sunday, March 16: Global “Hack for Safecast” Hackathon

10am – late

– Location:
10th floor of the Loftwork building in Shibuya
(SAFECAST office is on the 8th floor)

Dogenzaka Pia 8F
Dogenzaka 1-22-7
Tokyo 150-0043

Loftwork 10F, Shibuya 

11am – 6pm: bGeigie Nano workshop (SOLD OUT!!–but we’re planning a followup workshop later for those who are still interested)
– Fee: 45,000 (includes bGeigie nano kit)
– Location: MAP HERE

Refreshments on Sunday provided by

About the Author

Sean Bonner


Sean Bonner is a co-founder and Global Director of Safecast. Based in Los Angeles, he's an Associate Researcher at the Center For Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab and a Shuttleworth Fellow.