UK Japan IoT Connection Seminar 2018

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On 2 March 2018, the Embassy of Japan in the UK held the “UK Japan IoT Connection Seminar 2018,” bringing together leading Japanese and UK IoT Companies, along with key figures in the latest initiatives in this field. More than 150 guests joined the event.
Thanks to the recent progress of communications technology, we are now entering a new era when expectations are high for IoT and other information technologies, which leverage data to create new services and contribute to areas such as business, cultural advancement and education. Both in Japan and the UK, the efforts towards realising this are gathering pace, with a number of government and industry initiatives.
With the aim of further developing Japan-UK cooperation in the IoT field, this event consisted of several presentations focusing on the big picture for the future era and coming use cases of IoT.
A reception followed, providing a more relaxed opportunity to network and meet fellow participants. This reception was supported by NEC Corporation, and the Embassy provided some Japanese Sake for guests to enjoy.

The programme of the day was as follows:
Opening remarks
Minister Okada, Embassy of Japan
Keynote lecture 1
Mr Julian David, CEO, techUK
Dr Dipesh Patel, President, IoT Services Group, Arm Holdings plc
Governments’ initiatives
Mr Liam Maxwell, National Technology Advisor, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Dr Takuo Imagawa, Director for ICT Strategy Policy, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Lecture: Use Cases of IoT in Companies in the UK and in Japan
Mr. Guillaume Sampic, IoT Strategy Director, BT
Mr Dan Byles, VP Head of Corporate Development, Living PlanIT, Chair, Smarter UK
Mr Norihiko Ishiguro, Senior Executive Vice President, NEC Corporation
Mr Takashi Sonoda, CEO, Uhuru Corporation
Keynote lecture 2
Mr Hironobu Tamba, Vice president, Smart IoT Division, SoftBank Corp.
Mr Joe Britt, CEO & Co‑Founder, afero
Closing remarks
Mr Masahiko Tominaga, Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination (International Affairs), Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Their presentations and the movie at the event can be accessed on the following URL: