Keizai Events

Exploring Manufacturing 2.0

The manufacturing ecosystem is changing rapidly. The agile manufacturing revolution has brought about today’s world where even small electronics hardware companies can take advantage of mass manufacturing systems which until recently were only available to large companies. Yet, more changes are in the air with such technologies as 3D printing, robots designed to work with human workers, printed electronics, Internet community collaborative manufacturing, the maker movement, etc.

On top of this, we’re seeing a move of some manufacturing from China to the United States. The program will explore how these trends will drive the next manufacturing ecosystem, what this will mean for industry and consumers and what role Japan will play.


George Arriola

CEO & Executive Creative Director, Minimalisms

George Arriola celebrates the renegade spirit of California by designing products and experiences that are - Human. Simple. Authentic. Currently, George runs a bespoke skunk works product design consultancy - Minimalisms. Working with craftspeople around the world George has designed iconic objects and experiences such as the world's first heirloom electronic - Runcible, by Monohm. PlayStation 4, Bravia 4K, and Xperia by Sony. Along with other experiences with Apple, Theranos, Macromedia and Adobe. When not working, George enjoys artisan sake brewing, culinary excursions, architecture, and hunting for the next best cup of cold brew coffee. He currently splits his time between Kyoto, Tokyo, and San Francisco.

Ti Chang

Cofounder & VP of Design, Crave

Ti Chang is an award-winning industrial designer who is disrupting the adult products industry through innovative design. She is the co-founder and VP of Design of CRAVE, a San Francisco-based company specializing in discreet and beautifully designed luxury sex toys. Ti has continued to lead the concept and design for the company’s full line of products, including its celebrated foreplay jewelry. Prior to Crave, Ti founded INCOQNITO, a line of intimate accessories that double as fashionable jewelry. The company was acquired by CRAVE in 2011, which laid the foundation for foreplay jewelry. Earlier, Ti held positions with major consumer brands, including Trek Bicycle and Goody Products. Ti holds a MA in Design Products from Royal College of Art in London and a BS in Industrial Design from Georgia Institute of Technology. Ti grew up in Atlanta, GA and now enjoys life and work in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mike Kuniavsky

Principal Scientist, Innovation Services, PARC

Mike Kuniavsky leads user experience design in the Innovation Services Group at PARC, a Xerox company. A twenty-year veteran of digital product development, he designs products, business processes, and services at the leading edge of technological change. Prior to PARC, Mike co-founded several successful user experience centered companies, including ThingM, which designs and manufactures ubiquitous computing and Internet of Things products, and Adaptive Path, a well-known design consultancy. He has worked with top technology companies, such as Samsung, Sony, Nokia, Whirlpool, and Qualcomm, to design new products, guide product strategy, and create user-centered design and development cultures. Mike is the author of “Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner’s Guide to User Research” and “Smart Things: Ubiquitous Computing User Experience Design.”

Alice Quan

Sr Director, Global Marketplaces Services + Innovation, Walmart eCommerce

Trend spotter. Creative opportunist. Social Innovator. All have been used to describe the inimitable Alice Quan, who currently works for one of the largest, most enduring companies in the world, Walmart. Alice is a passionate intrapreneur who leads an innovation team, which she started at Walmart Global Ecommerce a decade ago where she has been focused on envisioning and designing new concepts, products and services. Alice has been exploring and building new businesses leveraging emerging trends such as 3D printing, the Internet of things, customization, sustainability and social commerce. In addition to her professional passions, Alice is a maker at heart, an avid flea market junkie, a serial DIY aficionado, a student of curiosity, and a singer-songwriter. Alice currently resides in San Francisco, where her husband and two children enjoy trying creative new adventures together.


Sean White

Cofounder & CEO/CTO, BrightSky Labs

Dr. Sean White is cofounder and CEO/CTO of BrightSky Labs, makers of the popular 10app. He has two decades of building successful start-ups, product development, and research programs. Prior to BrightSky Labs, he was Technologist-in-Residence at Greylock Partners and a Visiting Lecturer at Stanford University. His other roles include founding Head of Nokia's Interaction Ecologies Group; Vice President of Technology for Lycos, Inc, Chief Technology Officer of WhoWhere; and project lead at Interval Research Corporation. He was also a visiting scientist at the Smithsonian Institution, where he received a 2009 Tech Award Laureate for his work on computer vision-based mobile botanical species identification. Dr. White currently sits on the advisory boards of Skully, Perch, and Virtual Workflow and serves on the Steering Committee for IEEE’s International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR). He has 30+ peer reviewed publications and 20+ patents granted or filed. Dr. White received his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and his MS in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. in Computer Science focused from Columbia University.


Monday, November 16, 2015

PROGRAM: 6:00 P.M. – 8:15 P.M.
NETWORKING: 8:15 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304

$15:   Early Bird Discount for first 30 people by Saturday, October 31 (11:00 pm) Non-Refundable

$20:   Regular Registration by Thursday, November 12 (11:00 pm)

$35:   Late Registration by Saturday, November 14 (12:00 noon)

$50:   Walk-ins (Subject to room capacity / cash or check only)
Food, including sushi and beverages, will be served.