IoT: Japan and Taiwan reveal next-gen trends of entrepreneurs in hardware

A guest post originally written for Makers Boot Camp and The Bridge Japan.

On October, 4th, Makers Boot Camp joined a special Monozukuri Conference organised by Osaka City and held at Osaka Innovation Hub, getting together key players in the hardware ecosystem to introduce new trends for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Osamu Ogasahara, ABBALab CEO at DMM.Akiba, Tokyo-based hardware ecosystem. (Photo ABBALab)

The main lecture was given by Osamu Ogasahara, CEO of Tokyo-based hardware incubator ABBALab.

HWTrek team members Roger Wu, VP of Supply Chain, and Alan Jung, Business Development for Japan, brought their international expertise from manufacturing in China and Taiwan.

Our CEO Narimasa Makino presented Makers Boot Camp partnership with Kyoto Shisaku Net, a group of over 100 local manufacturers that combined their business strengths to face daily industrial challenges, focused on their prototype expertise (Design for Manufacturing).

L to R: Moderator Gen Tagaya (Business Innovation Center Osaka), Osamu Ogasahara (ABBALab), Narimasa Makino (Makers Boot Camp), Roger Wu (HWTrek), Alan Jung (HWTrek). Photo by Tugi Guenes.

The purpose of the panel discussion was to talk about new ways that collaboration in hardware can lead to a win-win business environment SMEs can benefit from. The main topic was introduced by Ogasahara, part of his own experience as a serial entrepreneur, leading recent IoT trends in Japan, not only for ABBALab and the DMM.make ecosystem but also for Sakura Internet.

The concept of connected devices with IoT (Internet of Things) leads to a range of new opportunities to solve most of our current problems: large corporations can’t handle them, as its structures are solid and change demands more time than our resources can wait. The solution then remains on small and medium enterprises, who must play an innovative role and be open to try new things out, as startups have been doing actively and constantly.

Roger Wu, VP of Supply Chain, HWTrek (Taiwan). Photo by Tugi Guenes.

Roger encouraged entrepreneurs to invest time and energy talking to the new creators in order to try to find alternative applications for their own products and technologies: new projects are coming out, from many hubs in the world, as HWTrek platform has proven, and partnerships between creators and experts can lead to new approaches and different solutions.

Around 100 SMEs from Kansai (Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto and Nara) joined the event organised by Osaka Innovation Hub.

The audience, composed by around a hundred SMEs, was interested to share insights about how to change the common sense and consider the new IoT market: a new business model for the manufacturing industry. During the networking session, innovative cases of new business in IoT were presented by HWTrek, to introduce creators that will come to Japan in November to network with local enterprises.

Asia Innovation Tour Recap video:

Makers Boot Camp is co-organizing the next Asia Innovation Tour 2016 with HWTrek. The tour will start in Shenzhen on November 2nd and arrive in Japan on November 7th, with the following two events open to the public.

Asia Innovation Tour 2016 arrives in Kyoto on November 7th.
  1. Monozukuri Hub Meetup (sponsored by Kyoto City): Japan as a Starting point for IoT– November 7th (Monday)
  2. Osaka Innovation Hub: HWTrek Meetup — November 8th (Tuesday)