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2018 Japan-US Innovation Awards Symposium

July 13, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The Japan – U.S. Innovation Awards Symposium is a signature event of the Innovation Awards Program, organized by the Japan Society of Northern California in cooperation with the Stanford University US-Asia Technology Management Center.

Agenda will be announced soon.

Keynote Speaker will be Nest Chief Technology Officer and famed robotics whiz Yoky Matsuoka. Her impressive resume includes working as CEO of health-data startup Quanttus, helping Apple work on its health initiatives in 2016, a professorial role at Carnegie Mellon, and was a founding member of Google X in 2009.

Emerging Leader Awards will be presented to one Japanese and two U.S. companies demonstrating very rapid growth and a unique, disruptive innovation and/or business model.

This year, we are pleased to award Japanese company Mujin, Inc. for their innovative industrial robot software systems. The company’s mission is to further industrial automation and has created a proprietary platform with a wide range of product application.

Emerging Leader Awards will also be presented to American companies WeWork and FogHorn Systems, Inc.

WeWork is a platform for creators, providing over 250,000 members around the world with space, community, and services through both physical and virtual offerings. WeWork currently has 250 physical locations in 73 cities and 22 countries around the world. And FogHorn Systems provides a technology platform for the rapidly growing domain of IOT systems with “intelligence at the edge,” a new cloud computing architecture that will enable real-time applications such as self-driving cars and networked robotics.


The Innovation Showcase will recognize four exciting Japanese start-up companies:

  • ABEJA – provides a versatile business platform that evolves around IoT, Big Data, and AI technology
  • LPixel, Inc. – marrying image analysis technology and processing with life science research
  • Infostellar – their vision is to extend the internet to be able to function and communicate across planets
  • ispace – developing efficient and sustainable infrastructure to utilize Moon resources

For the complete agenda, click here.

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July 13, 2018
1:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Stanford University – Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305 United States
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