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Friday, July 13, 2018

Stanford University, Arillaga Alumni Center

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.

The 2018 symposium will be held Friday, July 13, 2018 at the Stanford University Arrillaga Alumni Center from 1:30 – 6:00 p.m. 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 a Japanese and a U.S. company demonstrating very rapid growth and a unique, disruptive innovation and/or business model.

And the Innovation Showcase will recognize up to five exciting Japanese start-up companies. An invitation-only workshop will be curated for these companies connecting them with Silicon Valley resources and mentoring.





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