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4th Kibo Robot Programming Challenge : Establishment of a new International framework

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With collaboration between the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), JAXA is proud to announce a new International framework (UNOOSA International Slot) of the 4th Kibo Robot Programming Challenge (Kibo-RPC)*1, which now allows students from United Nations Member States*2 who are not participating in Kibo-RPC to participate in the competition.

The Kibo-RPC has been held three times in the past for students from Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, with the number of participating countries/region increasing each time. The 3rd Kibo-RPC held in 2022 established a new team classification, which allowed teams from outside the Kibo-RPC participating countries/region to participate in this competition by forming a “multinational joint team” so-called a “Worldwide Team” with a team from the Kibo-RPC participating countries/region. From the 4th Kibo-RPC, to solve the complexity of forming a “Worldwide Team” , UNOOSA International Slot has been established to take its place to expand the competition internationally.

Please refer to the 4th Kibo-RPC special website and the UNOOSA website.

Kibo-RPC is a collaboration of JAXA and NASA based on Japan-U.S. cooperation through the Japan-U.S. Open Platform Partnership Program (JP-US OP3) to promote Kibo utilization in the Asia-Pacific region and to contribute to the SDGs (human resource development). Through these activities, the program provides educational opportunities for students in the area to learn about robot operation and computer programming in space.

Countries classified as "developing economies" or "economies in transition" in the World Economic and Situation Prospects 2023 published by the United Nations are eligible. Please refer to the UNOOSA website for more information.

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