An earthquake of magnitude 9.0 shook Japan on March 11, 2011. It was one of the strongest earthquakes ever measured worldwide. The earthquake was followed by a tsunami with up to 10m high waves that caused extensive damage. More than 25.000 people died, and some are still missing, over 160.000 people are looking for shelter, over 45.000 houses, community buildings and infrastructure had to be reconstructed after this multiple disasters compounded by an on-going nuclear crisis.
Inspired by the wish to help people in Japan we, at OpenSimSim, decided to start an initiative called “OpenJapan”. We believe that monetary assistance helps but isn’t the only solution. By launching the initiative “OpenJapan” we would like to offer the opportunity to give what can be also very valuable: time, knowledge and experience.
The initial approach was to discuss the issue of possible solutions. We received a great feedback from many people from all over the world wanting to help or proposing ideas for projects.
Based on this we started our first initiative:
We asked people to donate three days of their time in a worldwide collaborative event.
The OpenJapan 72hr work sprint took place from 10 -12th of June 2011. More than 200 people in 8 cities around the world participated in this work sprint.
You can find the result of the 106 project ideas in OpenJapan Project Page at http://openjapan.opensimsim.net/