If Conference 2017

The Destination for

Japan Inspired Innovators

Microsoft Technology Center, NYC
18 May 2017
One Day of Powerful Talks

About (What) If

If Conference, in its second year, brings together notable speakers and innovators who are influenced by Japan and place a premium on design and social innovation. Join us for inspirational talks, business insights and Japan-inspired innovations.


12:00 - 12:15

Registration & Booth 

12:15 - 12:30

Opening Remarks

12:30 - 1:15

Afternoon Keynote: Where do Great Ideas Come From?

Alan Webber, Founding Editor, Fast Company Magazine

1:30 - 2:15

Made in Japan: Innovation for Social and Environmental Impact

Rona Tison, Sr. Vice President-Corporate Relations at ITO EN (North America), Inc., Hayato Nishi, Business Development at Shima Seiki USA (Moderator: Jiro Otsuka)

2:15 - 2:45

2:45 - 3:15

Adapting Experiences for Virtual and Mixed Reality

Adina Shanholtz, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

H1B Visa x NY Tech: Surviving in an Uncertain Time

Karen Bhatia, Vice President, New York City Economic Development Corporation (Interviewer: Daiki Nakajima)

3:30 - 4:15

Kakushin! A funny design happened on the way to innovation

Toru Hasegawa, Co-creator of Morpholio, Han-Shen Chen, Lead Product Designer at Microsoft, Masashi Kawamura, Executive Creative Director & Founder of the Creative Lab PARTY  (Moderator: Ajay Revels)

4:15 - 5:00

Design Keynote: Designers as Entrepreneurs

Rei Inamoto, Founding Partner, Inamoto & Co.

5:00 - 5:30

Designing Solutions for Complex Social Challenges

Rosanne Haggerty, President and CEO, Community Solutions (Interviewer: Alan Webber)

5:45 - 6:30

Evening Keynote: Material World - The Rise of The Circular Economy 

Rie Yano, Co-Founder and CEO, Material World

6:30 - 8:00

Closing Remarks & Reception w/ Food and Drinks

Food: Uma Temakeria's Sushi Burrito Bites, Edamame Hummus & Crudité platter, Edamame pods and more.

Drinks: Suntory Toki Whisky/Highball, Dassai Sake, Sapporo Beer and ItoEn Green Tea

What If You Make it Real: Workshop facilitated by Polite Machines

Video Animation by Fantasista Utamaro


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Proud to bring inspirational speakers from across the globe

12:30 - 1:15



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Become a Partner

Our paid sponsors are located right outside of our main conference room and get access to our VIP reception, meet high-caliber business and tech professionals and entrepreneurs, and much more! To start the conversation about sponsoring the conference, please contact us at partner@ifconference.com

Showcase & Pitch

Need visibility for your brand, fundraising or recruiting? Showcase your product and pitch in front of our investors, media, and attendees! To be one of the selected companies, please reach out to Jennifer Lin at pl2332@gmail.com

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Interested in helping out the 

If Conference team on site? Our volunteers get the chance to attend the conference, see the technology, and network with industry leaders and innovators. Volunteer spots are in high demand, so apply as soon as possible. Please contact us at volunteer@ifconference.com

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