A Global Conference of more than 700 participants
from a diverse range of over 30 countries.
Hack Osaka 2020
2020.2.27 THU.

Notice about Cancellation of Hack Osaka 2020

Due to ongoing concerns with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak,
the global innovation conference Hack Osaka 2020 scheduled for Feb. 27, 2020 was cancelled.

*We will be holding Hack Osaka 2021 on February 18, 2021.

-How to make a successful open innovation-

Osaka City prides itself as an“Open Innovation City,”and annually hosts the global innovation conference “Hack Osaka”. In this 8th iteration themed“How to make a successful open innovation,”we will explore and discuss a range of insightful questions such as “What does Open Innovation mean?” and “What is an efficient collaboration format between startups and existing corporations?”. Hence, players of the field from near and afar, be it entrepreneurs,investors,corporations,or even students,can come together to learn from one another’s successful experiences as stars of the ecosystem in which the integration of genuine connections offers hints on how to realize the ideal continuous stream of innovations? the Hack Osaka Movement.

Moreover, we have also invited young entrepreneurs who are accomplished overseas or who had been fostered by the Osaka Innovation Hub onstage to inspire entrepreneurship amongst the next generation.These programs will in turn expand our global innovation network to further horizons.


February 27, 2020 (Thursday) 13:00 - 18:00 (Tentative)

※KANSAI STUDENTS PITCH Grand Prix 9:30 - 12:20

※Due to the coronavirus outbreak, networking party after the meeting will be cancelled.


Congrés Convention Center Hall A, Room 1-3

(Second Basement, North Building, Grand Front Osaka,3-1 Ofuka-cho, Kita Ward, Osaka)

Application deadline

February 25, 2020 (Tuesday) 17:00


Global Innovation Conference Hack Osaka 2020 Executive Committee

Osaka City and Urban Innovative Institute


Main Arena(Hall A)

Time Program Title
13:00-13:10 Welcome & Opening Remarks; Hack Osaka Movement Declaration
13:10-13:30 Global Challenger’s Talk From Sakai to the world ~Bright shine seen from paradise of despair.~
13:30-14:00 Key Note Speech Re-imagine Collaboration ~Driving innovation at the convergence of tech and art.~
14:00-14:20 Introduction of KANSAI SUTUDENTS PITCH Grand Prix 2020 Presenters
14:20-15:05 Panel Discussion How to make a successful open innovation
15:05-15:25 (Interval)
15:25-16:55 International Pitch Contest “Hack Osaka Award 2020”
16:55-17:35 (Interval)
17:35-17:50 Award Ceremony of Hack Osaka Award 2020
17:50-18:00 Closing Remarks from MC

Communication Arena(Room 1-3)

Time Program Venue
9:30-12:20 KANSAI STUDENTS PITCH Grand Prix 2020 Room3
13:00-18:00 Startup Showcase
Speed Dating
Room 1 & 2
13:00-15:00 Chatting Cafe Room3
16:55-17:35 Meet the Edge of the World Room3


Hack Award 2020

“Hack Award” is a global business plan contest for entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas and business models against one another. In this time, we will have startups up-and-coming in the fields of agritech, foodtech, and smart-life, present their work on-stage.

Startup Business Meeting

On 28th Feb(next to the day of Hack Osaka 2020),up-and-coming startups who have come to participate at Hack Award 2020 from around the world will become the central players at a business meeting with corporations from throughout Japan. Make the most of this incredible opportunity if you are interested in collaborating with startups from abroad!(Limited to Japanese companies.)

Global Challenger’s Talk

From Sakai to the world~Bright shine seen from paradise of despair. ~

Tomura was first exposed to a life of entrepreneurship as a high school student when he attended a seminar organized by the Osaka Innovation Hub, and he took off abroad to the United States after graduation. Here, Tomura will be sharing the challenge-filled path he has taken thus far, as well as the new challenges that awaits in the future.


Key Note Speech

Re-imagine Collaboration~Driving innovation at the convergence of tech and art.~

Ms. Catherine Bischoff will be sharing how Factory Berlin, a hub gathering entrepreneurs, researchers, and corporations, is driving forward-thinking strategies and innovations from Berlin – the central of European start-ups.

Ms. Catherine Bischoff
(Factory Berlin/Chief Relationship Officer)

Panel Discussion

How to make a successful open innovation

Distinguished representatives from all over the world will partake in a panel discussion on open innovation.

Mr. Tim S. MIKSCHE (German Startups Association/Representative Japan)

Mr. Oswaldo Fernandes (Baita Aceleradora/Co-Founder at Baita Aceleradora)

Ms. Alice BAUMANN (Losinger Marazzi AG/Director Strategic Marketing & Innovation)

Moderator: Mr. Masa OKUNISHI (Founder, Japan NYC Startups)

Speed Dating

Participate in direct negotiations catered amongst startups, venture capitals from abroad, and support agencies! This will be an invaluable opportunity for startups businesses to secure funds from foreign venture capitals.(Details will be announced on a later date.)

Chatting Cafe

We will set up the corner to interact with keynote speakers, panelists and startups on Hack Award 2020 stage.

Meet the Edge of the World

After the「Hack Award 2020」pitch contest, you can interact with the entrepreneurs who participate in that contest.


A student pitch contest that aims to uplift Kansai’s innovation ecosystem by encouraging positive competition between university students from the very region that is focused in fostering innovation talent.

Startup Showcase

The companies with a high momentum working on product and service development based on various technologies such as IoT, sharing economy, consumer electronics, etc. If you are thinking about product development or creating a new business with the exhibitors, please visit us.


Congrés Convention Center Hall A, Room 1-3(Grand Front Osaka Knowledge Capital Second Basement)



Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO)



Congress Corporation

Hankyu Corporation


SunBridge Inc.


Nippon Venture Capital Co., Ltd.

Hack Ventures, Inc.



・We will take photos and videos so as to disseminate information after the event, and may undertake media interviews. Please agree to the possibility of participants’ appearance in these photos and videos.

・ Personal information provided to the event is used only within the scope of the purposes stipulated in advance, and is not provided to others. Please note that the Hack Osaka 2020 Planning Committee (Osaka City and Osaka Business Development Agency), which plans and implements this project, and Osaka Business Development Agency, which is in charge of disseminating information, share personal information handled for the event.

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