The Future Insect Eating project formed collaborations with chefs at catering companies for their monthly meetings. The participation of chefs does a great deal to influence flavor. This connection led to events, which led to an increase in supporters, resulting in multiple chemical reactions.
Ideas that would have been laughed at 100 years ago are now being looked at seriously. Perhaps in 100 years loincloths and insect-eating will be considered the norm. I feel this on a daily basis about the GARAGE Program.
Various mentors for a multitude of projects
In planning the GARAGE Program, we first had to find mentors.
In many cases we needed to find accomplished members of the technology industry to mentor for technological projects, but in the case of the "Next 100 Years" theme of the 100BANCH program many of the projects were begun without a clear sense of which direction they would go in.
With such a beginning we needed mentors to help out between the initial project proposal judging and selection of the appropriate mentor, so in addition to individuals with strong skills in the startup, IoT, and hardware fields, we also selected a wide range of people who were good at diverse subject that included art, photography, agriculture, work styles, and even bar management, resulting in a team of 21 mentors.