Around 20 students from Singapore Management University visited Safecast’s offices in Tokyo as part of a business study trip to Japan.
The stop at Safecast was in part to learn more about how Safecast, as a volunteer-centred organization with a focus on open citizen science, functions.
The students were attentive, enthusiastic and asked great questions throughout the two-hour visit.
Several questions related to some of the more business-related aspects of Safecast, such as how we can scale production of bGeigies.
This led to a conversation about open production models, such as the one used by Safecast. Anyone can buy bGeigie parts and put them together into a fully functioning product – in this case hopefully a Geiger counter. This crowd manufacturing approach means that scaling is tied directly to the amount of people interested in your product – and the amount available parts.
About the visit
Students taking were part of the Lee Kong Chian (LKC) Scholarships’ Program & SMU Scholarships’ Program. The general purpose was to visit various businesses in Japan to gain a better understanding of different business environments and learning about best business strategies and practices.