What is the KOGEI HACKATHON?
The KOGEI HACKATHON was held in Takaoka City in Toyama Prefecture, as a part of the INTERNATIONAL HOKURIKU KOGEI SUMMIT in 2017. The Hackathon produced seven collaborative projects by teams of local artisans and craftspeople working in traditional industries, joined by engineers, researchers, artists and others who chose Takaoka City as the stage to showcase the techniques and passion of its over 400 years of metalwork and lacquer art. These teams have continued to evolve the ideas born from the Hackathon. This exhibition presents the latest information on these projects, and explores Japan’s unique culture that fuses handicraft with technology and the potential for innovation in its industries.