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If Conference 2017

The Destination for

Japan Inspired Innovators

Microsoft Technology Center, NYC
18 May 2017
12-8pm
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.

Agenda

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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