Fueling the Industry with Innovation at SEMICON Japan 2016

Innovation Village at SEMICON Japan will introduce startups to investors and the industry

TOKYO — November 15, 2016 — Today, SEMI announced that Innovation Village at SEMICON Japan 2016 has been expanded with participation by 31 start-up companies. SEMICON Japan, held December 14-16 at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, is already the largest and most important gathering of the electronics manufacturing supply chain in Japan. With added exhibition and programming for innovation in the expanded Innovation Village this year, attendees will gain access to early high-tech startups and strategic investors ─ the driving force for future growth of the electronics supply chain. Click here to register for SEMICON Japan exhibition and conference programs.

SEMICON Japan 2016 Innovation Village includes: 

  • TechSTAGE Start-up Pitches: from 31 start-up companies including: Adawarprobotics (opensource library for telepresence robot), ArtifactNoise (environmental measurements), Inupathy (a smart communication device for dogs), Osaka University (plasma nanomanufacturing), PixieDust Technologies (ultrasonic waves to generate a sound point source in air), primesap (a smart remote nursing system), Simulatio (AI that processes both natural languages and formulas), Trybots (a penguin robot), Yamanashi Thin Film Technology Developments (zinc oxide films) and ZaaZ (a scent device for head mounted displays).
  • Tabletop exhibition area: start-ups will describe new ideas, technologies, products, and services with attendees.
  • Innovate Reception: results revealed from the pitch contest and a networking opportunity for start-up companies seeking investment capital or strategic industry partners.
  • IoT and Innovation Village Joint Session on “Manufacturing Startups Today”: with a keynote by Junichi Hasegawa of Preferred Networks on “Industrial Revolution Led by Deep Learning” and panel discussion ─ with CEO panelists from AgIC, BONX, and SORACOM ─ moderated by Ken Nishimura of AOL Online Japan.

Innovation Village attendees will gain key insights into new technologies and products, advanced research solutions, investment opportunities, as well as technology transfer and partnerships opportunities.

Osamu Nakamura, president of SEMI Japan, said, “Our industry is driven by innovation. During the four decades of SEMICON Japan history, continuous innovation has moved our industry forward. The Japan semiconductor industry has increased its diversity in processes and product portfolio as well. As we face unprecedented changes, the industry is in need of new innovations to enable us to serve the smart and creative world of today and tomorrow. This year’s Innovation Village at SEMICON Japan will help fuel our industry with new ideas.”

Register now for SEMICON Japan. For a detailed agenda ─ including keynotes, SuperTHEATER, TechSTAGE, IoT sessions, SEMI Market Forum, Sustainable Manufacturing, 200mm Market,  networking events, and standards meetings ─ please see the “SEMICON Japan Schedule-at-a-Glance.”

SEMICON Japan’s Innovation Village is sponsored by: DMM.com, Japan Venture Capital Association, JSR, Leave a Nest, Japan Research Institute, and Tokyo Ohka Kogyo.

About SEMI

SEMI® connects more than 2,000 member companies and more than a quarter-million professionals worldwide to advance the science and business of electronics manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic products. Since 1970, SEMI has built connections that have helped its members grow, create new markets, and address common industry challenges together. SEMI maintains offices in Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C.  For more information about SEMI, visit www.semi.org and follow SEMI on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Association Contacts

Yoichiro Ando
SEMI Japan
Phone: 81.3.3222.5854
Email: yando@semi.org

Deborah Geiger
SEMI Headquarters
Phone: 1.408.943.7988
Email: dgeiger@semi.org

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