In November Japanese traditionally celebrate Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3) Day, so it’s an auspicious time to mark the start of MoMo Tokyo’s third year. Join us 13 November for a fantastic set of presentations including a Canadian IP phone, a first-hand report on China’s growing wireless market and fascinating usability insights from one of Japan’s top ‘mobile’ academics.
MoMo happens this month at the ultramodern Canadian embassy, one of Tokyo’s toniest Akasaka addresses. BE SURE to bring along photo ID (passport, driver’s license, etc.) for security check at the door. Special thanks to both the embassy and ACCJ-YPG for helping us organize what promises to be a fantastic event.
And more news: MoMo global continues to expand! September and October saw the launch of MoMo chapters in Washington, DC, Shanghai and Istanbul. Congratulations to our new MoMo colleagues and Yoroshiku!
Finally, please contribute to complete our MoMo Tokyo Online Survey, the results will help us serve you better..
Kyle Hasegawa — Chief Engineer — Namzak Japan
Six-year-old startup Namzak Japan develops web collaboration tools and has labs in Canada and the USA; clients include NTT DoCoMo, NTT East, Canon and Fuji Film. In 2005, the company deployed its ‘Arrowfone’ IP telephone and in 2006, the ‘ArrowfonePC’. Hasegawa-san will share his thoughts on mobile strategy and key technology factors as 3G convergence takes off.
Benjamin Joffe — Co-Founder — MoMo Beijing & CEO Plus Eight Star
Benjamin is a long-time Tokyo mobile veteran and, after moving to Beijing, decided that the world’s largest mobile market with over 400 million mobile phones users needed a MoMo chapter of its own, which he co-founded in March 2006. Benjamin will provide an overview and local success stories on what’s happening in mobile behind the Great Firewall. Benjamin is also founder of [+8*] (Plus Eight Star) Ltd., a consulting firm focused on innovation in the mobile and Internet space from China, Japan and South Korea; +8* have just published their first report covering the Korean online and mobile social phenomenon Cyworld.
Philip Sugai — Assoc. Marketing Professor — Int. University of Japan
Dr Sugai is Associate Dean of IUJ’s Graduate School of International Business, where he teaches Internet Marketing, Mobile Marketing, New Product Development and Brand Management. He has worked as a marketing executive at American Express, Muze Inc., and Lightningcast, and his primary research interests are mobile and wireless consumer behavior and new product development in new media. He has published a number of noted articles and white papers related to the marketing implications of emerging mobile technologies, and in 2006 he co-founded u-Lab, a think-tank and research organization focused on existing and future ubiquitous technologies and their impact on consumers, markets and societies.
Date: Monday, 13 November 2006 :: 18:30 – 22:00
Venue: Canadian Embassy theatre — GMAP
Admission: FREE with pre-registration — OR — ¥1,000 at the door
Complimentary nomi-hodai cocktail bar
Note: || Photo ID REQUIRED ||
18:30 – Doors Open
19:00 – Welcome/introduction
19:20 – First presentation
19:40 – Second presentation
20:00 – Third presentation
20:20 – Q & A
20:30 – Networking
21:30 – Last Call