The theme of the summit is “Industry 5.0” and will cover the next generation in AI, blockchain, and robotics. Demand for such deep tech is skyrocketing in Japan due to struggling Japanese corporates and government pressure to address an aging population and declining workforce. Corporates are spending more on innovation by partnering with and investing in deep tech startups, and startups are flourishing.
13:00 Doors Open
13:40-14:20 Roundtable Discussion: Industry 5.0—The Next 10 Years in Innovation
14:20-15:00 The Future of Workplace Automation Businesses
15:00-15:40 The Industry 5.0 Consumer's World
15:40-16:00 The break time
16:00-16:40 The Future of Retail Automation
16:40-17:10 How Blockchain Brings Disruption to Existing Business Models and Vertical Industries
17:10–17:40 Can mainstream cryptocurrency use evolve beyond speculation? 3 players bringing meaningful coins to the masses
17:40–18:20 Innovative Startups: Technologies Emerging from Europe and Why You Should Care
The event program will consist of discussion forums, panels, networking. and pitching. Panels will be held exclusively in English.
1. 13:40-14:20 Roundtable Discussion: Industry 5.0—The Next 10 Years in Innovation
• Takayuki Sumita, Secretary-General, Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, Cabinet Office of Japan
2. 14:20-15:00 The Future of Workplace Automation Businesses
• Tomomichi Takahashi, CEO, RPA Holdings
• Stephen Mackintosh, Chief Revenue Officer, Re:Infer
• Koichi Harada, Consultant, addlight
• Anthony DeCostanza, Research Scientist, Ascent Robotics
3. 15:00-15:40 The Industry 5.0 Consumer's World
• Masa Fukata, Director, Game Changer Catapult, Appliances Company, Panasonic
• Takashi Sonoda, CEO, UHURU
• Kenichi Hattori, Managing Director, INCJ & Director, Renesas Systems
4. 16:00-16:40 The Future of Retail Automation
• Hiroshi Ishiguro, Director, Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, Osaka University
• Mori Masaya, Executive Officer, Rakuten / Global Head, Rakuten Institute of Technology Worldwide
• Kevin Takaoka, CEO, USideU
5. 16:40-17:10 How Blockchain Brings Disruption to Existing Business Models and Vertical Industries
• Masanori Kusunoki, CTO, Japan Digital Design
• Tomohiro Maruyama, Manager, System Engineering Headquarters Blockchain Team, NTT Data
• Cyrus Khajvandi, CTO, Mobius
6. 17:10-17:40 Can mainstream cryptocurrency use evolve beyond speculation? 3 players bringing meaningful coins to the masses
• Claude Eguienta, CEO, Telcoin
• Peter Park, Blockchain Group, LINE
• Tatsuto Fujii, Open Innovation Leader, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
7. 17:40-18:20 Innovative Startups: Technologies Emerging from Europe and Why You Should Care
• Mark Bivens, Venture Partner, Truffle Venture Capital
• Takashi Kono, Deputy Director on Information Economy, Japan Ministry of Trade, Economy, and Industry
Director, Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, Osaka University (World-famous robotics researcher)
Hiroshi Ishiguro received a D. Eng. in systems engineering from the Osaka University, Japan in 1991. He is currently Professor of Department of Systems Innovation in the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University (2009-) and Distinguished Professor of Osaka University (2017-). He is also visiting Director (2014-) (group leader: 2002-2013) of Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute and an ATR fellow. His research interests include sensor networks, interactive robotics, and android science.
Secretary-General, Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, Japanese Cabinet Office (Japanese government agency headed by the Prime Minister responsible for Japan’s IP strategy)
Takayuki SUMITA took his current position in July 2017. Since then, he is responsible for nation-wide IP strategy, including national branding and promotion. He is now focusing on IP strategy in the new era of AI, Big data, bloc chain.
He was born in 1962, graduated from Tokyo University (1985) and Graduate School for Foreign Service, Georgetown University (1993). After joining MITI (currently METI, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) in 1985, he engaged in various tasks including industrial policy planning and trade negotiation, especially on intellectual property, innovation, IT, and FTA. In 1990s, he took the lead on introducing stock option mechanism in Japan as well as tax merit for angels.
During his work in Brussels as Executive Director for JMC office during 2009-13, he participated in the EU innovation project ‘FP7’ as an examiner for application to grant.
Since 2016, he also works as a board member of FCAJ (Future Center Alliance Japan).
Executive Officer, Rakuten, Inc.
Global Head, Rakuten Institute of Technology Worldwide
Secretary, Japan Institute of Information Technology
Joined Rakuten Inc in 2006 after working at Accenture. In his current positions of Rakuten Executive Officer and Global Head of Rakuten Institute of Technology, Mori is in charge of institutes in four countries around the world, integrating research and development. Director of the Database Society of Japan, Executive Member of Nikkei IT Innovators, and Executive Member of the Japan Institute of Information Technology. In 2013 Mori was selected as one of “40 Prodigies” by the Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun newspaper. He has authored books including [The Complete Cloud Computing] (co-authored, Nikkei BP) and [massive change in the web – the start of a power shift] (Kindai-Sales Co).
Co-Founder & COO, Mobius
Mr. Khajvandi is Co-Founder and COO of Mobius Network, a technology company connecting the existing Internet to the blockchain economy. Mobius closed one of the most successful token sales of Q4 2017 and 2018, selling out of the MOBI token with $39M in revenue. Previously, he founded Incentru, an online B2B marketplace for used industrial capital assets. He began his career as a researcher at Stanford University's Institute for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine.
CTO, Japan Digital Design
Masanori Kusunoki is founding CTO of Japan Digital Design, Inc. a FinTech development company of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group established on 2017. On this decade, he focused to expand API ecosystem and data sharing across organizations on public and private sector. Since 2011, build a infrastructure of Japanese social security and tax number system as executive advisor to the Government CIO. Since 2015, evangelize Identity Federation and Financial API as President of OpenID Foundation Japan. Since
2016, he appointed as convener of Japanese mirror committee of ISO/TC307 to promote ISO standardization of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies.
Director, Game Changer Catapult, Appliances Company, Panasonic
Participated international business management program at Queen's University and worked and trained in Panasonic Canada and US, after joining Panasonic Corp (then Matsushita Electric). Executed marketing communications for audio/video and digital imaging products, including launching of Lumix digital camera and DVD recorder. Product placement and short films, tie-ups with Hollywood studios and music companies created buzz then. Managed sport sponsorship contract including IOC and Organizing Committees of Olympic Games from 2004, technology operations and executing marketing strategy and communications.
Appointed as Director in Panasonic Canada in 2010 and managed and executed product and marketing strategy in Consumer Products Division. Led new business development projects for future growth opportunities at Panasonic Appliances Company since 2015. Started internal innovation accelerator Game Changer Catapult in 2016, which is an initiative to transform ideas into reality to make the people’s wish through open innovation for a better life, a better world.
MBA, Kobe University
Chief Revenue Officer, Re:Infer
Stephen is the Chief Revenue Officer for re:infer – an artificial intelligence business formed at the world leading UCL AI research Lab.
Stephen is a technology entrepreneur having founded and exited business in the e-commerce and on-demand transport space. More recently, he was Entrepreneur in residence at a leading Family Office and adviser at Private Equity house Resolve Capital.
CEO, RPA Holdings
Research Scientist, Ascent Robotics
Managing Director, INCJ & Director, Renesas Systems
Manager, System Engineering Headquarters Blockchain Team, NTT Data
Blockchain Group, LINE
Open Innovation Leader, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Venture Partner, Truffle Venture Capital
Deputy Director on Information Economy, Japan Ministry of Trade, Economy, and Industry