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Global Innovation Conference, Hack Osaka 2021(Online) Now Accepting Applications

[Global Innovation Conference, Hack Osaka 2021(Online) Now Accepting Applications]


Why Osaka/Kansai is the key to unlock Japan for startups?
The answer will be at Hack Osaka 2021!

We are now accepting audience application for Hack Osaka 2021 on February 18, 2021!


”Hack Osaka”- is an annual global innovation conference. In this year’s iteration themed “In the era of New Normal, how can Osaka’s/Kansai’s strengths contribute to the world?” Entrepreneurs, investors, large corporations, and students alike will participate as the main players to the ecosystem and discuss the importance of innovation creation and the potential generated through interregional collaboration under the scope of the COVID-19 crisis. Meanwhile, the genuine connections formed at the event will also help spread the “Hack Osaka Movement,” the unique engine to a continuous stream of innovation, to the world.

Moreover, we will invite entrepreneurs originating from Osaka/Kansai and the university initiatives in the Kansai region to inspire entrepreneurship amongst future generations. These programs are intended to expand our innovation network worldwide.



Date: February 18, 2021 (Thu.), 13:00 – 18:00 (JST)

Venue: Online (EventHub)

Organizer: Global Innovation Conference Hack Osaka Executive Committee

(Osaka City, Urban Innovation Institute, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Osaka)

Participation Fee: Free

*Please log in to EventHub to view and interact with the event. Please make sure to register in advance.


◇Time Table (JST)◇

13:00  Welcome & Opening Remarks    

Mayor of Osaka  Mr. Ichiro Matsui

13:20  Session 1: Keynote Speech 

“Osaka’s potential to create innovation with Osaka-Kansai Expo 2025 as a milestone”

14:00  Session 2: Panel Discussion

“How to unlock Kansai, one of the largest markets in Japan”

(Panelists)  Plug and Play Japan /Managing Partner & CEO

Mr. Phillip Vincent
Rainmaking Innovation Japan LLC. /CEO

Mr. Joshua Flannery
500 Startups /Japan Country Lead, Innovation & Partnerships

Ms. Ayumi Ode

15:00  Session 3: International Pitch Contest, Hack Award 2021

10 domestic and international startups in the “Smart City,” “Healthcare,” “FoodTech” fields will be competing under the theme of Future Society.

16:35  Session 4 (30 min) Local update

         What’s new in Osaka’s/Kansai’s innovation scene

17:05  Hack Award 2021 Ceremony

17:20  Closing Remarks


*For more information, please go to the link below.


We look forward to seeing you at Hack Osaka 2021, the global conference where innovators from around the world will gather!



For inquiries to GVH#5, or sign-up requests, please contact us via this form.