AppTech Tsukuba in Ibaraki University

June 26, 2021 – AppTech Tsukuba was invited to conduct a lecture and workshop at Ibaraki University, Ami Campus. The lecture was held at the Center for Food Innovation Auditorium. The 49 students who participated the event are majoring in Food Sciences and they learned about the basic concepts of Appropriate Technology and how it is different in contrast to commercial technologies. For the workshop, the students were divided into groups and were given a problem for brainstorming. During the workshop students were encouraged to apply the principle of “design for extreme affordability”.


Dear Appropriate Technology 2020 Students (and guests),

Good day, this is a message from the AppTech teaching team. This Spring Semester, our classes will be contacted online through Microsoft Teams. Below, you can find a link of invitation to the Microsoft Teams that you can access and join our online team:

We will have six (6) classes this semester to discuss the fundamental concept of Appropriate Technology (AppTech) as well as doing the necessary preparation for the field research activity. Our Teams meeting will be during Fridays (18:00 – 20:00) in the following schedule:

Class # 1 – June 12
Class # 2 – June 19
—No class on June 26—
Class # 3 – July 3
Class # 4 – July 10
Class # 5 – July 17
—No class on July 24—
Class # 6 – July 31

In AppTech, students develop the projects in groups. We must know each other to have effective teamwork; that is why Class #1 will be a “getting-to-know” event. For Class # 1, we request you to introduce yourself (5:00 minutes/ individual). We will use PowerPoint slides and share them via Teams. For preparation of the slides, I recommend you to add some images in order to tell your story more effectively.

Contents of Self-introduction:
1. General information about you (Nickname, laboratory, favorite food, hobbies, etc…)
2. What is your personality type based on the online test (, and what do you think about it?
3. Show an image of the thing you are passionate about (anything is okay)
4. Show a picture of people you want to help (anyone is okay)

Lastly, I hope everyone will enjoy this class despite the current limitations we are experiencing due to this pandemic. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us, Irie sensei, or any of the TAs. This course has some available content online. You can visit them to learn more about AppTech and what to expect in this class.


Thank you very much, and see you in class!

Best regards,
AppTech Teaching Team

(Japanese translation)

こんにちは。今春の学期では、クラスは マイクロソフトチームを通じて行われます。登録済みの学生に招待状を送信します。ゲストの学生は次のリンクから参加できます。

今学期は6つのクラスに分かれて、適性技術(AppTech)の基本的な概 念について話し合うとともに、フィールド調査活動に必要な準備を行います。Teamsでの授業は、金曜日(18:00〜20:00)に次のスケジュールで開催されます。

クラス#1 – 6月12日
クラス#2 – 6月19日
— 6月26日はクラスなし—
クラス#3 – 7月3日
クラス#4 – 7月10日
クラス#5 – 7月17日
— 7月24日はクラスなし—
クラス#6 – 7月31日



最後に、コロナウイルス感染拡大による様々な自粛期間中において、みなさんがこのクラスを楽しんでもらえることをTA一同願っています。授業や課題についてご不明な点がございましたら、お気軽に入江先生、またはTAまでお問い合わせください。このコースには、オンラインで利用可能なコンテンツがいくつかあります。 AppTechの詳細や、この授業で得られることなど知りたい方は下記のサイトにアクセスしてみてください。



Blueprint to Business

In this class we discuss a more about the applied aspect of AT and prototyping. Students were given the Prototype Expenses Form for processing the prototype financial support, list of materials, target users and blueprint sketch. This form will help the students put in a logical order their ideas and projections about their prototype. After that we had the Blueprint Presentation from the three teams. Students presented many exiting and original prototypes. The blueprints were from ranges from Dengue educational tool-kits to futuristic grape magnet-carriers. The rest of the session was focused in the sustainability of the product and how some pioneers of the field (e.g. Paul Polak; The Death of Appropriate Technology) and our guest mentor (Engr. Felix Ipanaque) succeeded with their start-up companies. Next session will be focused in the appropriateness of the products and conceptualizing the business model of each team’s technology!

Consolidating the Fieldwork Experience

Another exiting class full of discussion and ideas! In this class we set the requirements of the Final Pitch and showed examples of how senior students did it. Final Pitch is the climax of all the effort and applied ideas to team’s project. During this presentation, the actual prototype will be presented along with an explanatory poster, and presentation of their “AT-journey” video. 

Moreover, we discussed the 8 steps of AT Journey Tracker from Introduction to Business model with a special focus on Consolidation. This was done in order to clarify to the teams the crucial aspects of identifying the Issue, target Users and What could you do from them. Finally, all three teams (Manila PH, Shiga JP and Yamanashi JP) presented their field trip findings and potential ideas. The session ended up with great discussion and useful feedback exchange between the teams. We are waiting for all the teams to give a shape to their ideas and present their blueprints in the next session!

Prepping for School Year 2019

AppTech will be offered to the new Ph.D. in Humanics Program. We expect more diversity in class this school year. The classrooms were also renovated to improve the learning environment. Also, a new room (4F-308) will be available for class activities like workshop and prototype construction.

The class have also prepared some equipment and tools to make the design and construction of prototypes much easier. These include solar-powered devices, drones, Arduino computer with basic sensors, drinking water filter, and thermo-generator among others. A 3-D printer will also be available for the student’s usage. We hope to build more exciting projects this school year!

Academic Year 2019

The schedule of classes for the Spring Semester 2019 is now available. Classes will start on June 7 (Friday). Please prepare a “one-slide” presentation for your “Self-Introduction”. See you there!

Medical Science Bldg 4F (Room 305/308)
[Google Map]

Schedule of Classes (Spring Semester)
Every Friday, 18:15-20:00

Introduction to Appropriate Technology (1-credit)
June 7
June 14  
June 21    

Appropriate Technology (5-credits)
June 28    
July 5    
July 12

Field Research
To be conducted around August to September (to be arranged by students)

Kopernik Japan will join Demo Day 2018

Students of Appropriate Technology throughout the years have heard about the story of Mila. This video was frequently used to explain the concept of “Appropriate Technology” or “Improving the Quality of Life”. This video was produced by Kopernik.

This company is founded by  Toshi Nakamura and Ewa Wojkowska in 2010. Their motivation was despite the availability of life-changing and affordable technologies, these technologies weren’t reaching the people who lived in the most remote and hard to reach parts of the world – the last mile. They have been bridging the technology gap ever since.

For this year, we have invited them to participate our Demo Day. They will be evaluating the student’s projects and will share about their current strategies to bridge the gaps in technology especially in developing areas.

Fermenting sustainable technologies

Lina (Sakai) Watanabe, the President and Representative Director of Fermenstation Co., Ltd. conducted a lecture and workshop for AppTech students last November 30, 2018. She shared her stories and insights about working with the local communities in Iwate Prefecture. Introducing technology into a community could be tough, that’s why it is crucial to work with the people and the local government for its implementation. She discussed about the importance of branding and design in promoting new technologies.  She have given some advice on what are the funding options available for a seed technology and how to communicate with investors. She also tackled about the issues caused by wild animals especially in rural areas in Japan.

External mentors were also invited during this session. Felix Ipanaque (Entrepreneur/Engineer) and Marita Ibanez (Visual Artist/Designer) were there to advise students about the sustainability of their projects. During this workshop, students have presented the current developments of their projects and what are their long-term vision for it. Then each team received advice from external mentors and course facilitators.

The discussions focused on answering questions like: Why will their target users continuously use their products? Who will fund/buy their products, What is the business model? What are the strategies to be used in introducing their product to the community?

The take-home message during this workshop is to always include the community in the branding of your product and always seek the support of the local government for its implementation. To achieve this, the product should have a clear mission/vision that various stakeholders could easily relate to.

Demo Day 2018!

The Appropriate Technology Demo Day 2018 will be held at Global Village Community Center on December 8, 2018 from 14:30 to 19:00.
Date: 14:30-19:00, Saturday, 8th of December
Place: Global Village Community Center, 2F

Appropriate technology is a course conducted among students of Human Biology Program (HBP) and Frontier Medical Science as part of their curriculum.The Demo Day will be a venue to present their output prototypes to the public. Students will demonstrate how to use their technologies and present the sustainable business model based on their product.

This year, students of HBP and Frontier Medical Science engaged in the field work in Vanuatu (a country in South Pacific Ocean), and Nagano in Japan. They faced various difficulties which these places have had and seek to solve. Throughout the Appropriate Technology course, students have developed their own ideas and built some prototypes from it. We wish many of you would be interested to see their outputs and participate in their talks and discussions.

「Appropriate technology(適正技術教育)」の最終発表会
(Appropriate Technology Demo Day)

適正技術教育最終発表会(Appropriate Technology Demo Day)