Nominations for the 2023 Japan-U.S. Innovation Awards Symposium are now closed.

Japan - U.S.


Recognizing the best of innovation and entrepreneurship 

in Japan – U.S. business

We look forward to seeing you July 20, 2023 at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University

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Nominations are closed for 2023. Thank you for your submissions! The Innovation Initiative, begun in 2011, highlights an increasingly important area of cooperation between Japan and the U.S. – in particular with Northern California. This Initiative complements U.S. – Japan government–to– government dialogue and other efforts that promote innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation.

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Innovation Salon

Robotics, Space Lasers, and the Information Super Highway: US-Japan Partnerships in the Space Sector

In the space sector, collaboration between the US and Japan remain critically important for economic growth and national security. 

Please join us as we consider US-Japan partnership challenges and opportunities, with a focus on the space marketplace. 

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2023 Innovation Awards Symposium

  Thursday, July 20th, 2023

  Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
     Stanford University
     326 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305-6105

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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2022 Keynote Speaker

Cal Henderson | Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Slack

Cal Henderson is the co-founder and CTO of Slack. He oversees Slack’s world-class engineering team and sets the technical vision for the company.
In 2019, he was named a Fortune 40 Under 40 honoree and recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.

Previously, Cal built and led the engineering teams at Flickr, through its acquisition by Yahoo. An experienced technology leader and a popular speaker on engineering scalability, he authored the best-selling O’Reilly Media book Building Scalable Websites. Cal was also a pioneer in the use of web APIs, and created the basis for OAuth and oEmbed, now used by YouTube, Twitter and many others.

Cal was involved in London’s early online network through his work with digital creative communities and the blogosphere. He has a BS in Computer Science and has received an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University. He now resides in San Francisco.

Women in Tech

Fireside chat with Michi Kaifu, CEO of ENOTECH Consulting

Radhika Krishnan | Global Chief Product Officer, Hitachi Vantara

As the global Chief Product Officer at Hitachi Vantara, Radhika is responsible for the vision, strategy, delivery, and business performance for all products and solutions across data storage, data operations and analytics, as well as Hitachi’s industry leading Lumada Internet of Things and industrial software.

Radhika has a unique combination of deep technical expertise and experience in end-to-end business management. She has incubated, transformed, and scaled several businesses focused on software and cloud infrastructure. Before joining Hitachi Vantara in September 2020, Radhika was executive vice president and general manager of software at 3D Systems and has previously held leadership roles at HP, Cisco, NetApp, Lenovo, and Nimble Storage.

A passionate advocate for diversity in tech, Radhika was recognized in The WomenTech Network as one of the Top 100 Women in Tech Leaders to Watch in 2022. She has a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and a master’s in business administration degree from San Jose State University.

Watch the 2022 Innovation Awards Symposium Video

Watch our new video highlighting an exciting day at the Japan-U.S. Innovation Awards Symposium on July 14th, 2022.

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