On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, the opening ceremony of the Aizu Geek Dojo was held in the Research Quadrangles, the University of Aizu.

Aizu Geek Dojo is a new type of facility equipped with a various machines and tools including a 3D printer, a lazar cutter. This facility is a part of the "Top Global University Project" (*1). It is widely available for the UoA students. This is named after "Hacker Dojo" (*2), a shared workspace for programmers, engineers, and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, the U.S.A (*3).

At the end of the ceremony, how to use the lazar cutter and 3D printer was demonstrated.

Comments made at the ceremony

Ryuichi OKA, the University President: I am looking forward to seeing how well students will utilize the tools and create new design. I hope students will work on creating things, having new business models in mind.

Taisei IGARASHI, 4th year undergraduate: I am glad that I can now use this space to create things. I had to start with preparation of tools by myself previously. I think this is a wonderful space where we can give concrete shapes to our small ideas.

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(Left) Left to right: Mr. Igarashi, UoA President Oka, and Mr. Sasaki, CEO, GClue Ltd., cutting the tape at the opening ceremony, (Right)UoA President Oka having the plate celebrating the facility opening

*1 Promotion Office for Top Global University Project
*2 Hacker Dojo
*3 Inauguration of the University of Aizu Silicon Valley of Office

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