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Saturday, March 14 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Japan Challenge: Hybrid Culture Raises Innovation

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The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Last year, attendants of SXSW tradeshow found that IoT from Japan made Alan Kay’s above words real. Since people’s imagination always comes from their personal and/or ethnological background, it is worth digging the secrets of makers from Japan.
The panelists are, Takehiro Hagiwara, a top engineer from Sony who is leading Innovation Ecosystem Planning Team, Takuma Iwasa, a founder and CEO of Cerevo, an Akihabara based Monodukuri startup, and Masaaki Sugimoto, a founder and CEO of AgIC and Openpool who made a sensation with interactive billiards at SXSW.
For more info: http://sxsw.miraiyoho.com/japan-challenge/

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avatar for Takehiro Hagiwara

Takehiro Hagiwara

Co-founder of MESH project / Sr Mgr, Sony Corporation

Takuma Iwasa

Founder & CEO, Cerevo Inc
After spending 5 years as an engineer/product planner at Panasonic, Mr. Takuma Iwasa founded Cerevo Inc. Cerevo inc. (Consumer Electronic REVOlution) is a company based in Akihabara Tokyo JAPAN, that focuses on creating network consumer devices. Cerevo recently opens its superfast... Read More →
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Tomy Kamada

Founder & CEO, TomyK Ltd
avatar for Noriyoshi Sekiguchi

Noriyoshi Sekiguchi

Mktg Dir, Volvo Cars Japan Ltd.
Nori Sekiguchi is a Director of Marketing at Volvo Car Japan Ltd. His former job was a Planning Director at Dentsu. Nori is a skilled and marketing guy with strong expertise in branding. After his career over double decades in Dentsu, he joined Volvo to reactivate Volvo brand in Japan... Read More →
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Massaki Sugimoto

Co-Fonder, AgIC
Masaaki Sugimoto is a Co-founder of AgIC Inc., founder of OpenPool, commissioner of Lab Production, and director of TEDxTodai project. He is well known entrepreneur who made sensation at SXSW, with his OpenPool(2013)and AgIC(2014).

Akichika Tanaka

Senior Engineer, Sony Corporation

Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Salon 2