If Conference 2017 (Japan x Innovation)
The Destination for Japan inspired Innovators
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.
Brought to you by Japan NYC Startups, New York City's community of entrepreneurs and technologists in the Japanese startup scene. Co-organized by Japan Society, a multidisciplinary hub for global leaders, artists, scholars, educators, and English and Japanese-speaking audiences.
Keynote & Guest Speakers
A roster of incredible speakers, from legendary entrepreneurs to the new generation of all-star founders and innovators.
Alan M. Webber is an award-winning, nationally-recognized entrepreneur, editor, author, and columnist. In 1995, he launched Fast Company magazine, which quickly became the fastest growing, most successful business magazine in history. Prior to founding Fast Company, Webber was the managing editor and editorial director of the Harvard Business Review. His articles and columns have appeared in The New York Times Sunday magazine, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. He has also been active at local, state, and national political levels, serving as policy advisor for the mayor of Portland, Oregon and as special assistant to the United States Secretary of Transportation. In 2014 he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Mexico. He is also a member of Japan Society’s Innovators Network and a Japan Society U.S.-Japan Leadership Fellow.
Rie Yano is the Co-Founder and CEO of Material World, a designer fashion trade-in service that makes upgrading your closet easy, fast and guilt-free. With Material World’s reloadable debit card, you can instantly earn money each time you trade-in fashions you no longer wear, and shop at 700+ retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Barneys. All items traded in find a new home through resale channels where they will be re-worn with love or are donated to Housing Works. Prior to founding the company, Rie was a Web Producer at Coach and the Head of Global Public Relations Team at Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan’s largest trading and investment company. Raised in 4 countries with exposure to diverse cultures, Rie is passionate about diversity and individuality, and encourages a lifestyle where you never stop evolving and can experiment with your style in a sustainable way. Rie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and received her BA from Sophia University in Tokyo.
Agenda (Details TBA on Official Website)
Become a Sponsor
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 Masa Okunisihi at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a Volunteer
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 email@example.com.
Visit us at www.ifconference.com
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
- Microsoft Technology Center
Super Early Bird SOLD OUT $30.00 Early Bird $40.00 General $50.00
On sale until May 18, 2017, 9:00:00 AM
- Venue Address
- 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036 United States
Enter the building from 8 ave entrance, close to the corner of 41 st . You will need to show ID matching the name you used to RSVP.
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