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The Power of Design
for Innovative Culture

The fifth annual Hack Osaka will be held with the theme of “The Power of Design for Innovative Culture.” We are inviting up-and-coming entrepreneurs who are active around the world, agitators and researchers who are promoting the establishment of innovative ecosystems in various local areas and global regions. We are going to explore how we design and incorporate new ideas and systems to consolidate ongoing movement in Osaka as a culture that shall sustain us going forward.

The event will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation available. (free of charge for device usage.) Please join us!

Conference Date and Time
1:00pm-7:00pm; Thursday, February 9, 2017
Enrollment limit
Approximately 600 (entrepreneurs, investors, persons in charge of new business, media, academia, etc.)
Social interaction: 100 people
Congress Convention Hall A, Room 1-3 Enrollment limit: About 600 (entrepreneurs, investors, persons in charge of new business, media, academia, etc.)
Social interaction
SOHOLM CAFÉ+DINING UMEDA (Knowledge Capital 1F at Grand Front Osaka)
Participation fee
Lecture part: Free
Social interaction mixer: 4,000 yen (including tax) *to be paid via an application form in advance
Deadline for participation
February 8th 2017
Global Innovation Conference Hack Osaka 2017 Committee (Osaka City Government , Urban Innovation Institute)

PROGRAM(subject to change)
  • ・12:00 Doors Open
  • ・13:00 Opening Talk
  • ・13:10 Global Challengers Talk
  • ・13:30 Speech 1:Nick Sturge - Director of Engineshed
  • ・13:50 Speech2
  • ・14:10 Break Time
  • ・14:30 Speech 3 : Ajay Revels - Researcher of Politemachines
  • ・14:50 Panel Session
  • ・16:00 Hack Award 2017
  • ・18:00-18:10 Closing Remarks : Allen Miner of Sunbridge
13:10 -

“Changes to approach in design driven by startups”

Naofumi Tsuchiya"CEO of Goodpatch, Inc."

Born in 1983. Tsuchiya worked as a web director before moving to San Francisco. He experienced supporting the globalization of startups at btrax Inc. and in September 2011 established Goodpatch, Inc. The company now supports a range of different companies from startups to global corporations with UI design-focused product development. It established a branch in Berlin in 2015 and Taipei in 2016. Goodpatch has received the Good Design Award for its prototyping tool “Prott” and feedback tool “Balto," products both developed entirely within the company.

13:30 -

“Lessons from Bristol - enabling a culture of innovation. What has 800 years of trade taught us?”

Nick Sturge“Director of Engineshed”

Nick is an agitator in the thriving eco-system in the Bristol & Bath city-region. He founded and is now Director of Engine Shed, a collaboration between Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol whose mission is to stimulate long-term, sustainable and inclusive economic growth. It hosts SETsquared, the world’s top university-backed business incubator (2015), the Local Enterprise Partnership, Invest Bristol & Bath, training providers as well as a Business Lounge and suite of meeting rooms all within one of the UK’s most connected ground transport hubs. Nick co-founded a technology startup which listed on the London stock exchange in 2000 and has been an active angel investor. He is Regional Chairman, and UK Council member, for the Institute of Directors. He grew the Bristol SETsquared Centre between 2005 and 2016 to have over 60 high-tech, high-growth members, employing 10,000 people and raising nearly £200m investment in that period.

13:50 -

"Urban Redesign: How a city of manufacturing transformed into the heart of the startup ecosystem"

Jeffrey McDaniel
(Executive in Residence)

Executive in Residence at Innovation Works As an Executive in Residence, Jeffrey McDaniel works with the management teams of start-up, clean energy and manufacturing technology companies to identify and to address critical business issues including intellectual property creation and protection, international product development, marketing, sales, fundraising, management recruitment and growth planning.

14:30 -

Ajay Revels“Politemachines.com”

Ajay is a strategic design researcher who helps enterprise and startup teams uncover and develop unique innovation opportunities. She applies systems thinking, ecological sciences, anthropology and design approaches to find hidden customer needs, visualize complex problem spaces and test potential solutions. Since 2000, she has worked for American and British design firms including Razorfish, HUGE, Adaptive Path and Flow Interactive, where she developed product & service strategies for CNN, MTV, Lionsgate Films, Center for Foreign Relations, TD Ameritrade and ADP. Her studies take place in settings as diverse as hedge funds, universities, hospitals, stock trading floors, comic conventions, newsrooms and private homes in the US, the UK, and Japan. She has taught customer discovery and Lean Launchpad at New York University and the School of Visual Arts, participated in an ItoEn Chakathon, mentored startups and coached winning teams to secure funding. In 2016, she toured Japan to learn about the state of startups. Constantly learning, her education includes Design Entrepreneurship at Pratt, High Tech Anthropology at Menlo Innovation and Cartooning from Center for Comics Studies.

Panel Session 14:50 -
Masaaki Yoshikawa“Director of Osaka City Government”

Masaaki Yoshikawa is the Director General at Osaka Innovation Hub, Osaka City Government. Mr. Yoshikawa is the head of the Osaka Innovation Hub (OIH), which the Osaka City Government launched as a networking platform in the city for innovation; it has been holding more than 200 events, such as Hack-a-thons and pitch contests, with over 12,000 participants annually, for gathering and connecting all the relevant resources in the city. OIH is spreading such innovation throughout the city, working beyond all boundaries such as position, title, organization, and nationalities to build an Innovation Ecosystem. In order to build a stronger Innovation Ecosystem by giving more diversity to the city, OIH is strongly promoting to connect with innovative communities in the world with the slogan “Connect Osaka to the World.” He was appointed to the position by open recruitment in 2013. Throughout his career he has been involved with new business development, including founding and managing several startups. Based on his experience, he believes that entrepreneurs are heroes or AND heroines who can help solve problems in society through business.

Panel Session 14:50 -
Sushi Suzuki

Sushi Suzuki is a specially appointed associate professor at the Kyoto Institute of Technology and KYOTO Design Lab where he teaches and runs projects based around design thinking, the Stanford-IDEO innovation methodologies. Previously, he co-founded Paris Est d.school while teaching design innovation at École des Ponts ParisTech and was the Executive Director of the ME310 program at Stanford University. Sushi also set up an innovation team for Panasonic Europe, was one of the co-founding members of i-kimono.com, a Japanese start-up company that handles antique kimono and accessories online, and a concept developer for Yocondo, a Germany-based semantic product search engine. Sushi was born in Kyoto, Japan but spent over fifteen years in the US and over five in Europe, and has traveled to over sixty countries. He holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and B.A. in Studio Arts from Rice University.

We will hold a business plan contest for domestic and international entrepreneurs. About 10 people such as global innovators and accelerators will in the contest.
The theme includes Digital Healthcare, TravelTech, Smart City, Internet related content, Internet, mobile technology, software, digital contents, consumer electronics products (including PDA and robot) and services. Seeds / companies that will expand the Internet / IT related business at an early stage will be on the stage.
Digital Healthcare, TravelTech, Smart City
Mr. Allen Miner (Chairman & CEO, SunBridge Corporation)
Additional judges to be later be named.
  • Timur EmreBerlin
    Mimi Hearing Technologies
    Earphones customized according to individual ear shape
  • Hiroki OkazakiOsaka/Japan
    At Co., Ltd.
    Blood Capillary as a new Indicator of health
  • Indranil RoychowdhurySingapore
    Established a doctors’ network in Southeast Asia and India. Offering an online test for CME.
  • Larry ChuaIndonesia
    Caption Hospitality
    Reservation system for long tail accommodation
  • Kenshin FujiwaraKyoto/Japan
    Hacarus Inc.
    Health promotion by improving diets
  • Max KrichenbauerOsaka/Japan
    MARUI Plugin
    a Plug-in for Autodesk Maya, that let's you use HTC Vive and Oculus Rift to create your 3D Art.
  • Roman BelkinNYC
    Device for detecting malfunction of the heart
  • Adrien SadakaParis
    Self-service VR terminal
  • Ela SlutskiHolland
    Application to find a babysitter that speaks your language.
  • Régis DuhotToulouse
    Hardware that informs you of the locations of vacant parking lots.

We have redesigned the annual sub-venue as a “Communication Arena” to accelerate exchanges between startups , participants and guests gathering in Osaka including investors, corporations, media, students, and speaker, for continued communication after presentations.
Furthermore, we offer refreshments, mainly produced in Osaka, and drinks in the Communication Arena, to facilitate communication and foster new connections. You will be able to communicate with people casually without worrying about the language barrier, as interpreters will be available.
  • 12:00 Doors Open
  • 12:00 Workshop(1.5h) "Creativity" by Takashi Yoshidada of Atelier e.f.t
        Startup Show Case
        Speed Dating
  • 13:30 Student Battle Field
  • 15:00 Sponsor Speech
  • 15:20 Walk-in Speech
  • 15:30 Monozukuri Hardware Cup
  • 18:10 Meetup with Speakers
About 20 to 30 hot companies, mainly startups produced through Osaka Innovation Hub, will have booths set up. You will be able to find opportunities to meet venture capitals (VCs), startup supporters, and companies who are looking for alliances with venture companies.
We will have direct dialogues between startups and various domestic and international VCs. With investment targets of participating VCs printed on handouts, acceptance of walk-in participants will make networking livelier. We are planning to have sessions with businesses and companies working on alliances between VCs and startups.

The reception has ended.

We set up new mini-stages within the Communication Arena. We are planning a variety of projects to narrow the distance between startups and guests, participants and companies, including the Walk-in Pitch, Sponsor Pitch, and meet ups with keynote speakers.

Takashi Yoshidada

Takashi represents the art school and studio e.f.t, where students learn how to ‘live’ by learning how to ‘create.’ With his stimulating workshops that help students to develop creativity as his strength, he lectures part-time at Kyoto University of Art and Design and Osaka University of Arts and performs as lead vocalist in the rock band DOBERMAN at musical festivals from Fuji Rock to festivals all around the world. Always the multi-tasker, he currently works as Creative Director.

[Recruiting presenters]
“Student Battle Field” Hack Osaka 2017 Business idea pitch contest for students

This is a pitch contest in which students, who will play an important role in Kansai in the future, competes to deliver their business ideas. Students who pass the applicant screening will give presentations about their ideas for expanding the Kansai economy, on a stage at the newly built Communication Arena. A student with the best idea will be the winner.

Monozukuri Hardware Cup

We are holding a preliminary round in Japan for the international Hardware Cup pitch event for monozukuri (skilled manufacturing) hardware entrepreneurs. Why don’t you obtain a ticket to the world?

  • · Atmoph (Kyoto)

  • · PLENgoer Robotics (Osaka)
  • · Electric ball (Tokyo)

  • · Lightflyer (Tokyo)

  • · Mille-feuille (Tokyo)
  • · QD laser (Kanagawa)
  • · Secual (Tokyo)
  • · VAQSO (Tokyo)


Congress Convention Hall A, Rooms 1 - 3 (Granfront Osaka Knowledge Capital B 2 Level)
Hack Osaka 2017 Executive Committee Secretariat
TEL: 06-6359-3004 (Monday - Friday 10: 00 - 18: 30 ※ excluding holidays, New Year's holidays)
* We will shoot photos / videos for information dissemination after the event. In addition, we may receive media interviews. Please participate after agreeing to the possibility that portraits etc of participants will be reflected in these photos / videos.