INTERACTIVE – Panel Discussions

FORT MASON CENTER August 9, 2015 4:10 pm - 4:45 pm

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☆ Keynote: Kaoru Sugano (Dentsu Inc., Creative Director/Creative Technologist)
When: August 9th (Sun) | 1:35pm – 2:00pm
Where: Fort Mason Center Main Stage

The Interactive Technologies Keynote from one of the world’s leading digital creators, Kaoru Sugano, will take place on Sunday, August 9th on the Fort Mason Main Stage. The Creative Director of Dentsu Inc. himself will be speaking on how pop culture and technology are tied together in the creation of digital contents. Through case studies of past projects such as Sound of Honda – Ayrton Senna 1989, which has won Grand Prix at Cannes Lions Titanium and Grand Prize of Japan Media Arts Festival, this film representing legendary F1 Driver Ayrton Senna’s driving through light an sound, Mr. Sugano will show how he uses data that is invisible to the naked eye to create countless romantic and emotional advertising productions.


☆ Panel Discussion: “Manufacturing That Links Tech & Culture — The Future of the “Maker Movement”
When: August 9th (Sun) | 4:10pm – 4:45pm
Where: Fort Mason Center Main Stage

Make sure not to miss out on this opportunity to hear leading Bay Area makers and innovators talking about everything from the DIY tech movement, emerging technology, virtual reality, and next generation digital content.

jim newton
Jim Newton (Chairman & Founder/TechShop)
allen sunbridge
Allen Miner (Chairman and CEO/ SunBridge Corporation)
Redg Snodgrass
Redg Snodgrass (CEO & co-founder/ Wearable World)
Tak Miyata
Tak Miyata (General Partner/ Scrum Ventures)

☆ Panelists
Jim Newton (Chairman & Founder | TechShop)
Allen Miner (Chairman and CEO | SunBridge)
Redg Snodgrass (CEO & co-founder | Wearable World)

Moderator: Tak Miyata (General Partner/ Scrum Ventures)

Manufacturing that links Tech and Culture – The Future of the “Maker Movement
This panel will discuss the move from mass production to an age of individual manufacturing, and what that means for the tech world. With the emerging “Maker Culture” as a theme, we present a session focused on the maker movement. In the era of the “Internet of Things”(IoT), the maker movement strives to open up new technological possibilities, but will it continue to bring together technology and culture?

Wearable World
scrum ventures

☆ Presenter


Asahi Shimbun
In June of 2013, Asahi Shimbun established “Media Lab” as a new organization that would confront the rapidly changing media environment. Through investing and partnering in venture capital, crowdfunding projects, and “personal history” projects, Media Lab is working to develop new products and businesses to break out of the preconceived notions of what the newspaper industry is. They will bring back the popular “Wearable Tech EXPO in Tokyo”, that was held last year, and expand its themes to include IoT and VR. They will hold the Expo on September 7th and 8th at the Tokyo Big Sight TFT Hall. Please keep an eye out for more information.

◉ Asahi Shimbun Media Lab

◉ Wearable Tech EXPO in Tokyo

2013年6月、朝日新聞社は、メディアの環境の激変に立ち向かう新組織として「メディアラボ」を設立しました。ベンチャー企業への投資や協業、クラウドファンディング事業や「自分史」事業などの立ち上げを通じて、「新聞業とはこういうもの」といった既成概念にとらわれない新しい商品やビジネスの開発を目指して活動しています。昨年開催して好評だった「Wearable Tech EXPO in Tokyo」を、IoTとVRにまでテーマを広げて、9月7、8日、東京・ビッグサイトTFTホールで開催いたします。ご期待ください。


When: August 8th (Sat) & 9th (Sun) | Time to be announced soon at SCHEDULE page OR Forum @ Firehouse page
Where: Firehouse inside Fort Mason Center

Firehouse at Fort Mason

Through Ideathons on smart homes and new ways to use data, interact with participating companies to think about the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and lifestyles of the near future. Make sure to check out our Japanese-American start-up pitch event! At the firehouse right next to the main festival pavilion, we will be hosting 2 ideathons and a pitch event focused on the theme of the “Internet of Things” (IoT).

◉ Vol.1: “Build Up Smart Home with MESH!”
◉ Vol.2: “Hack the Data with Yamaha Motor and more!”

★ Visit this page for more details ☞ Forum @ Firehouse

When: August 8th (Sat) & 9th (Sun) | All Day!
Where: Fort Mason Center
▶ Read Press Release

We’ve gathered the newest Japanese technology that is creating the “Lifestyles of the Near Future” at Bay Area’s first genuine Japanese culture + tech trade show !
The J-pop Summit has brought a variety of Japanese trends to the Bay Area for the past 6 years, and now in our 7th year in 2015, we are proud to introduce “INTERACTIVE Pavilion,” the special tech-innovations area dedicated to showcasing the newest Japanese technology and culture. Come visit the pavilion to experience the great line-up of services, products, and content creating the lifestyles of the near future!


At INTERACTIVE Pavilion we will showcase a variety of the newest IT/technology related products from hardware and software to digital arts and sciences. Experience and see the cutting-edge technology coming straight from Japan.
Trade Show

インターラクティブ パビリオン(日本語で読む)



6年間にわたり、様々な分野において日本のトレンドを紹介してきたJ-POP SUMMIT。7年目を迎える2015年は、新たに日本の最新テクノロジーとカルチャーを融合させた”インターラクティブ パビリオン”を設置します。”日本の技術が創造する近未来ライフスタイル”というコンセプト の基に、 最新技術を駆使したサービスやプロダクト、コンテンツが勢揃い! 会場で、近未来の暮らしを体験してみて。

☆ プログラム ☆

ホーム、ワーク、モビリティという3つのカテゴリーを軸に、人々の 暮らしに寄り添い、生活を豊かに彩る様々なプロダクトが集合します。バーチャルリアリティ、スマートホーム、360°カメラ、次世代車イスなど、近未来 のライフスタイルをつくり出す最新テクノロジーを楽しみながら触って体験して!



世界中でテクノロジーのトレンドとなっているインターネット・オブ・シングス (IoT) がいかに世の中を変えて行くのかをテーマに、新しいスマートホームのプロトタイプを作ったり 、新しいデータ活用法を発想したりするアイデアソンを開催します。また、日米スタートアップ企業によるピッチイベントの開催も!


Participating Guests

Kaoru Sugano
Redg Snodgrass
Allen Miner
Jim Newton
Tak Miyata