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On the Move In Silicon Valley: Japan and the Search for Mobility Tech

June 20 @ 3:30 pm


**English Language Event

Japan has long been one of the world’s leaders in mobility, pioneering industries ranging from its world-beating auto industry to high speed rail. Among the nearly 1,000 startups launched every year in Silicon Valley, many are aimed at enhancing mobility and addressing climate change, including self-driving technology, EVs, drones, flying cars, sharing services, in-vehicle information systems using 5G communication technology, and Mobility as a Service (MaaS). Please join us for program that will bring together Japanese mobility MNCs with Silicon Valley mobility tech start-ups. In this exciting reverse pitch session, large Japanese mobility manufacturers and others will take the stage to share what kinds of technologies and startup partners they are seeking, present collaborative use cases, discuss the challenges they are facing, and more!

毎年1,000社近くのスタートアップが設立されているベイエリアでは、多くの日本企業やベンチャーキャピタルが、これらのスタートアップに積極的な協業や投資を行っています。その中でも最近注目されているのは、「モビリティ」分野です。モビリティは、自動運転技術、EV、ドローン、空飛ぶ車、シェアリングサービス、5G通信技術による車載情報システム、MaaS (Mobility as a Service)等、多岐にわたる技術が必要とされます。また、カルフォルニア州では、2035年にはガソリン車の新車販売を禁止するなどの規制がかかり、今後も日本企業は、カーボンニュートラルへ積極的に取り組んでいく必要があります。本イベントでは、スタートアップとの協業に積極的な日本を代表するモビリティ企業が登壇し、大手企業の協業事例・道のり、成果、苦労話、注力領 域を大公開するスタートアップにむけてのピッチセッションを目指すとともに、日本企業とタッグを組むベイエリアのスタートアップも登壇予定です。

▼Event Details
Date and Time:

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 from 3:30 pm (PDT)

Hitachi Vantara
2535 Augustine Drive, Santa Clara

Coming by car? The parking structure is located on:
2595 Augustine Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
After parking, exit on Montgomery Drive. Hitachi is across the park.

• 3:00 – 3:30pm Registration
• 3:30 – 3:35pm Opening Remark, Yasushi Noguchi | Consul-General of Japan in San Francisco
• 3:35 – 3:43pm       1. Honda Innovations, Strategic Investment and Open Innovation | Raymond Zheng, Sr. Managing Director
• 3:43 – 3:54pm       2. Ample Inc | John de Souza, Co-founder & President
• 3:54 – 4:02pm      3. Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Silicon Valley | Tomohiro Yamada, Senior Engineer
• 4:02 – 4:15pm Break | Networking and Refreshment
• 4:15 – 4:30pm Entertainment – Kyle Abbott & Mike Penny | Tsugaru Shamisen
• 4:30 – 4:38pm      4. BLUESPACE | Christine Moon, President & Co-Founder
• 4:38 – 4:46pm      5. Toyota Research Institute, Inc. | Junya “Justin” Kida, Resident Board Member
• 4:46 – 4:54pm      6. Brelyon | Alok Mehta, PhD, Chief Operating Officer
• 4:54 – 5:02pm      7. Yazaki Innovations, Inc | Hideaki “Hank” Akimoto, Vice President, Business Development Group
• 5:02 – 5:10pm      8. Zipline | Dan Davies, Director of Customer Success, Asia
• 5:10 – 5:15pm Closing | Nobuyuki Baba, President of Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Senior Vice president, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
• 5:15 – 6:00pm Networking Reception

Join us and network with these amazing companies and many more leaders in the industry!

*Light food and drink will be provided.

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June 20
3:30 pm


Hitachi Vantara
2535 Augustine Drive
Santa Clara, CA 95054 United States
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