Report from innovation summit in Tokyo

24 September 2018

In the middle of the summer I got an email from Deloitte Tohmatsu in Japan, that said that Imagimob was selected and invited to participate at the Deloitte Tohmatsu Innovation Summit 2018 in Tokyo, and that everything was paid for!

The event was strictly invitation-only and Imagimob was hand-picked as one of two Swedish companies based on our high achievements as a start-up. The other Swedish company was Springworks who were represented by Magnus Melander.

The background to the event is that in recent years, open innovation has been accelerated across the globe and the construction of an innovation tech ecosystem has become an urgent need also in Japan. The ultimate goal with the event was to facilitate new collaboration between first-class global start-ups and Deloitte partner large corporations.

A record number of about 200 domestic and 100 international startups, and 2 000 corporate visitors gathered at the event.

The tech echosystem
We had a booth in the the exhibition that included 300 startups from many different areas, robotics, fintech, AI, IoT etc. In the afternoon we had 3 power meetings that was pre-booked by Deloitte in order to match interests from both corporates and startups.

We demonstrated the BellPal watch (fall detection for the elderly) which generated a lot of interest. Japan has a rapidly growing aging population which means that they need to find new technology to increase the quality of healthcare and at the same time reduce cost.

We had a number of positive meetings from companies in the automotive industry. Advanced sensor technology, IoT and AI is becoming more and more important for safety, efficiency and user experience in the next generation of vehicles.

Consumer electronics companies showed a lot of interest in our technology. Adding edge intelligence to wearable devices such as earphones, glasses, hearing aids, watches and wristbands allows for a range of new, innovative products.

Impressed by Tokyo
Tokyo is big. The Tokyo region has around 38 million people and its trains and metros are super busy. It’s easy to get lost! We stayed in Ginza, which is a popular upscale shopping area of Tokyo, with numerous internationally renowned department stores, boutiques, restaurants and coffeehouses located in its vicinity.

Tokyo is very clean. Not one scrap of rubbish is strewn on the pathways or dropped as litter; no large bin bags are left festering for collection, and no graffiti can be found covering an old wall or alleyway. Tokyo is the window into the future where people respect their surroundings.

The people in Tokyo are polite, welcoming and follow a rigid etiquette that you should try to uphold too. Bowing when saying hello and thank you is the norm, as is giving and receiving items and gifts with both hands. Even when it comes to paying, your money should be placed in the plastic tray provided, and it’s where your change will be returned.

Thanks to Deloitte Tohmatsu for a great event and Magnus Melander for great travel company! I hope to get back soon and be part of building the tech ecosystem in Japan.

Anders Hardebring
CEO and Co-Founder