Tech Hack: UK-Japan Innovation Ecosystems in 2019-2020

July 9, 2019 12:00 - 14:00


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Join us for the latest BCCJ 'hackathon' style event.

The hackathon format is designed to promote creative thinking and problem solving, by bringing together BCCJ members as well as invited external stakeholders - including representatives from other Chambers of Commerce, and the Japanese public and private sectors. The purpose of BCCJ hackathons is to boost innovation through inclusion and diversity.

BCCJ 5.0

Since January we have been running BCCJ 5.0. initiative, focused on three pillars which we believe are vital for the future growth and sustainability of the Japanese and global economy.

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Digital and Tech Innovation
  • Responsible Business

Having run hackathons on D&I and Responsible Business, we are now taking the next step.

The goal of this 'Tech Hack' is to pool our collective wisdom and generate Digi-Tech Innovation ideas that will, in turn, lead to tangible changes in BCCJ member firms across Japan on the road to 2030. 

If you are a solution-oriented person with a view on how Digi-Tech can contribute to the long-term prosperity of the public and privates sectors in the UK and Japan, this session is for you.


Background to the Tech Hack

UK-Japan relations were buoyed in the first week of 2019, thanks to a visit to London by Prime Minister Abe who along with PM May pledged GBP30m of initial funding for cutting-edge technology that boosts innovation, create high-skilled jobs, and improve people's quality of life. 

British and Japanese experts are now working side-by-side on projects tackling the grand challenges identified by the UK's modern Industrial Strategy, and Japan's Society 5.0. The work will, among other things, focus on accelerating medical research and technological advances, providing greener solutions for transport and energy storage, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data, and finding ethical ways to make sure of big data for business.

The funding is part of a £79 million investment in international projects announced on 22 January 2019, that will see UK researchers and innovators working with their counterparts across the globe. This initiative aims to enhance the UK’s excellence in research and innovation through global engagement, forging new bilateral and multilateral research and innovation programmes with global partners.


BCCJ 5.0.

Closer to home at the BCCJ, in January 2019 the BCCJ was pleased to launch a new vision project, setting the tone for Chamber activities in 2019 and beyond.

The three project pillars are:

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Digital & Tech Innovation
  • Responsible Business

We believe these are vital for the sustainable growth of the Japanese and British economies, and will help BCCJ members drive a future of innovation and inclusion. 

Most visibly, BCCJ 5.0 is bringing to members, knowledgeable speakers on ground-breaking topics. Behind the scenes, the BCCJ team is dedicating time and resources to driving an innovative and inclusive future for UK-Japan business relations. All BCCJ members to actively participate in this year's 5.0 activities, shaping a progressive, human-centric society that faces modern challenges head-on.

Further reading:
Society 5.0
Modern Industrial Strategy




BCCJ Brown Bag Lunches (BBL) 
  • Due to building security restrictions, doors will open at 1145 and attendees arriving after 1215 cannot be admitted. セキュリティの都合上、 当日の受付はビル1階入口にて11時45分から12時15分までとさせていただきます。それ以降に到着されても入場できません。

Please bring your own lunch; soft drinks and water will be served.

This event is fully booked.



Venue Information

The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Ark Hills Front Tower RoP
2-23-1 Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052

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Member Cost: ¥0

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