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Waseda Open Innovation Forum 2021(WOI’21)

1.       Event Name

Waseda Open Innovation Forum 2021: WOI ’21

2.       Event Overview

Aiming to realize a Waseda Open Innovation Ecosystem that integrates industry-academia collaboration, human resource development, intellectual property creation, and venture development, Waseda University will hold the “Waseda Open Innovation Forum 2021: WOI ’21” online for the purpose of providing a matching place where industry, venture, university researchers, and students can meet together, as well as introducing Waseda University research seeds, industry-academia collaboration results, successful ventures, pre-listing ventures, and researcher/student technology seeds that are being considered for starting new businesses. At the forum, there will be online booth exhibits that include the latest Waseda University research seeds, examples of industry-academia collaborations, successful venture companies, and demonstrations of student/faculty ventures in addition to online lectures and panel discussions by domestic and foreign leaders on cutting-edge research, industry-academia collaboration, and starting venture companies.

3.       Date and Time

Tuesday, March 9 from 09:00-18:30 (JST)
Wednesday, March 10,  from 09:00-18:00 (JST)

4.       Venue


March 9th Track1 Prenary Sessions: Live streaming is available through YoutubeLive

5.       Event Purpose

Waseda University aims to build a “Waseda Open Innovation Ecosystem” (*1) that will secure research and development expenses by producing highly original research results through university-industry collaboration, link the results to the development of high value-added products from industry, and reinvest a portion of the profits that arise in next-generation R&D and human resource development at universities. This leads to the further development of high value-added technology, the development of human resources that understand social needs, the creation of intellectual property.
As the Waseda Open Innovation Valley Initiative’s (*2) first step to realize this ecosystem, WOI ’21 will be held with the following aims:
○Introduce Waseda University’s excellent technology seeds and match industry-academia collaborations that lead to innovation creation, human resource development, and the social implementation of high value-added technologies.
○Establish opportunities for exchanges between companies.
○Provide a place for matching venture creation and development.
○Be a place to introduce the “Waseda Open Innovation Ecosystem,” centered on Waseda University’s world-class research, fostering doctoral students, industry-academia joint research, and the creation and acceleration of ventures.
*1:「Waseda Open Innovation Ecosystem」
Creates highly original research results through industry-academia collaboration, with industry utilizing the results as high value-added products and services in economic activities. The aim is to create a virtuous cycle in which industry reinvests part of the profits generated in the university, creating even higher value-added products and services, next-generation R&D resources, and human resource development. Additionally, it promotes the establishment and development of startups by utilizing some of the intellectual property created through research and development.
*2: Waseda Open Innovation Valley Concept
In the Waseda area, industry-academia collaborations, human resource development, intellectual property creation, and venture development are advanced in an integrated manner via the concept of amassing open innovation bases, including industry-academia collaborations, and achieving synergistic effects by networking the bases with the purpose of creating new “knowledge.”

6.       Event program


【March 9th】

Aiji Tanaka, President, Waseda University
Hironori Kasahara, Senior Executive Vice President, Waseda University / Executive Committee Chair, WOI’2021
Susumu Kajiwara, Deputy Director-General, Science and Technology Policy Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology 
Takahiro Hagiwara, Deputy Director-General, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau and Fukushima Reconstruction, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry 

Guest Speaker Session
Hiromichi Shinohara, Vice President, Keidanren / Chairman, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
Toshio Fukuda, President, IEEE 2020 / University Professor, Waseda University

Waseda Session
Shigeru Asaba, Professor, Waseda Business School
“Introduction of Waseda’s Comprehensive Research Organization”
Yasuhiro Hayashi, Director, Advanced Collaborative Research Organization for Smart Society, Waseda University
Yoshiaki Nakatani, Director, Research Organization for Open Innovation Strategy, Waseda University

Guest Speaker Session
Dave West, President, Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China Business, CISCO
Richard Chen, Chief Executive Officer, Tingyi Holding Corporation

≪Oxford-Waseda Computer Science Symposium≫
Opening by Peter Braam Ph.D., Chairman
Opening remarks by Hironori Kasahara, Senior Executive Vice President, Waseda University / President, IEEE CS 2018
Hayato Yamana, Professor, Waseda University / Board of Governors, IEEE CS 
Jeremy Gibbons, Professor, University of Oxford
Nozomu Togawa, Dean, Quantum and Security, Waseda University
Matt Perkins, CEO, Oxford University Innovation
Hironori Kasahara, Senior Executive Vice President, Waseda University / President, IEEE CS 2018
Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Professor, University of Oxford
Closing Remarks by Jeremy Gibbons, Professor, University of Oxford 

Keynote Speech
”What the University of Oxford has learned during the pandemic” 
Louise Richardson, Vice Chancellor, University of Oxford 

【March 10th】
Guest Speaker Session
Phil Wickham, Executive Chairman, Kauffman Fellows / Managing Director, Sozo Ventures

Demo-day: Program for Creating STart-ups from Advanced Research and Technology 

Guest Speaker Session
Kengo Sakurada, Chairman, Japan Association of Corporate Executives / CEO, Sompo Holdings 

Green Computing Research Organization 10th Anniversary Symposium 

Venture Pitch

Waseda Session
Shuichi Matsuda, Professor Emeritus, Waseda University 

Panel Discussion
Shintaro Yamada, Founder & CEO, Mercari 
Haruko Takeyama, Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
Nobuhiko Hibara, Associate Professor, Waseda Business School, Waseda University
Hironori Kasahara, Senior Executive Vice President, Waseda University
Shuichi Matsuda, Professor Emeritus, Waseda University

7.      Organizer

Organizer: Waseda University Support: Japan Business Federation (Planned)

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