Itonabu’s initial goal is to cultivate 1000 new IT engineers by 2021, which is the 10 year anniversary of the 3/11 earthquake.
We want to nurture young talent from Ishinomaki that can go on to play an active role in the world..
Ishinomaki is a small city in the countryside of Northeast Japan. However, I believe that if you have even a single computer, you essentially have a platform to challenge the world.
I decided to establish itonabu to create an environment for young people in Ishinomaki to grow their talents locally.
Itonabu is an organization that provides an environment for young people to learn software development. Our program serves all young people from elementary school students to college level students . The origin of the name Itonabu is a word I coined, consisting of the Japanese words: IT, play, learn engage and innovation.
We put importance on word: “play” first. We would like to create an environment where kids learn to play. In this environment, they can naturally engage in leading innovation by connecting with various people.
There is no textbook for software development at Itonabu. Kids choose what they want to create, and we, the adults, support them in their efforts. In this system, one adult is paired with one kid. We can’t support a lot of students at once, but I believe we can grow more interesting and edgier talent this way.
At Itonabu, we would like to foster world class IT engineers. In order to realize this goal, we cannot teach by the textbook, we need to provide flexible education to our students.
Ishinomaki is a small city that has been in a sense, “rebooted” by the earthquake. If the earthquake hadn’t occurred, young people would have continued to leave Ishinomaki, which had long struggled with depopulation.
However, because of the enormous damage sustained in the earthquake, we began to receive attention from all around the world. As a result, we have been able set out toward a brighter future and now we are gliding high. We experienced so much sacrifice during the earthquake. That is why I believe we need to aim even higher and never be content with the status quo. I believe this is a chance to for Ishinomaki to rise up and that is why we, Itonabu, will continue to work to uplift Ishinomaki.