Startup Weekend Tokyo Future Learning@CO☆PIT -Learning Innovation-

Fri, 21 Jun 2019 18:00 - Sun, 23 Jun 2019 21:00 JST


Shinagawa Intercity Front 6F, 2-14-14 Konan, Minato Ward, Tokyo


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【early bird special】Student Pass (limited 10 people) ¥7,000 prepaid
early bird special Pass ¥8,500 prepaid
Student Pass ¥8,000 prepaid
Standard Pass ¥9,000 prepaid
[ Friday and Sunday ] Pitch event ¥4,000 prepaid
[ Friday Only ] Pitch event ¥2,000 prepaid
[ Sunday Only ] Presentation & Party ¥2,500 prepaid
スポンサーチケット(Bronze) ¥54,000 prepaid
Your ticket includes 7 meals (Friday Night Networking Party / Saturday Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner / Sunday Breakfast and Lunch / Sunday Night Party). Full refunds for cancellations will be granted until 23:55pm on Friday, June 14, 2019.


Notice !

The facilitator will speak in Japanese mainly.
We'll do it in Japanese and English as usual.


What is “Future Learning”?
There is a saying that “children are international students from the future.”
What will form the basis for successful “learning” that enables children to live resiliently and strongly in the world 10, 20, 30 years from now?
How can we provide meaningful “learning” for our children in the present?
And are children the only ones who learn?
We, as adults, may also learn and grow. --- If so, what is the definition of “learning?”
What about unforced learning that inspires curiosity and imagination? --- What are the motives of “learning?”
What do we learn? Where do we learn? Who do we learn with? Why do we learn? Who do we learn for?
While thinking about “future learning,” why not experience starting a business with colleagues?
"Startup Weekend Tokyo Future Learning" offers you this opportunity!

◆About Startup Weekend

Startup Weekends (hereafter SW) are “Startup Experience Events” where you learn through the act of creating. Only at these events can you learn the methodology for shaping ideas and experience being involved in startups realistically.

SW begins with pitches on the first night, where participants bring and announce their ideas to colleagues. Over the next two days, hustlers, hackers, and designers will form teams to develop a minimal business model in line with user experience. Hustlers will be responsible for management and customer development, hackers for functional development, and designers for easy-to-use design.
It does not matter if you do not have specific knowledge or skills, as long as you have ideas.
If you do not have any ideas, but you have engineering, design or marketing skills, you can play an active role on your team to create a product and have a real startup experience. It does not matter who you are. Everyone has something to contribute!

※ The majority of the participants will be joining us for the first time. So please do not worry if this is your first time taking part in the event.
※ Facilitation will be in Japanese.

Call us biased, but we think that there are dozens of reasons why you should come to a Startup Weekend! Since we know your time is valuable, we’ll only list the top eight:

Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.

Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.

Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.

Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.

Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.

Get face time with thought leaders:
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.

Save money & get stuff:
Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources from our sponsors, and of course, all the coffee you can drink.

Join a global community:
Join over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.

◆About the Community "Startup Weekend Tokyo"

This is the Startup Weekend Tokyo Community. Startup Weekend is a “startup practice event” which has been held more than 7,000 times with over 410,000 participants worldwide. It is a 54-hour weekend event during which the participants form teams and work together to develop a working prototype by Sunday evening. Startup Weekend is also the name of an international NPO organization.


An introduction to experts who will be judges on Day 3 (titles have been omitted).
※Interpreter(s) will be present.
※The judges will be provided with an interpreter, so it is not a problem if you cannot do your presentations in English.
We will inform you as soon as details are decided.

So-Young Kang

Founder & CEO, Gnowbe

So-Young Kang is a highly sought out speaker globally across US, Asia, Europe, Australia, MiddleEast and Africa on multiple topics across Transformation Design, Innovation, Leadership, Culture, Strategy, Education/EdTech and Entrepreneurship. She is an author, Huffington Post blogger, and frequent guest on Channel News Asia (Asian TV news channel), and has spoken to audiences that include leaders from multi-national corporations, governments, educational institutions, and social impact organizations. From the TEDx stage to The World Economic Forum, to innovation conferences to women’s leadership forums, So-Young is a powerful speaker who is described as “engaging”, “thought-provoking,” and “inspiring.”

So-Young is a pioneer and serial entrepreneur constantly looking at new ways of solving big challenges. Her latest challenge is focused on how to maximize human potential and reach a billion people through founding Gnowbe, an innovative mobile-first training and engagement platform focused on driving behavior change for real impact. This was spun-out from her first company, Awaken Group, a multi-disciplinary Transformation Design (TD) firm that integrates strategy, leadership and innovation to catalyze change. Her experiences also include McKinsey & Company, Harvard Business School and Citigroup. With the impact of her work, she was nominated to be a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014.

She believes in giving back having founded The Young Professionals’ Group (YPG) in 2000, a nonprofit in 5 countries dedicated to helping students achieve their professional dreams. She sits on the boards of Open University West Africa and Love North Korea Ministries. So-Young is a Korean-American based out of both the US and Singapore.

Mac Ling

EdTechAsia Regional Ambassador

Mac Ling currently is an executive coach and strategy consultant serving high-potential leaders across Asia-Pacific.

With over 15 years of experience as a technology and marketing executive across the U.S. and Asia, Mac’s wealth of experience spans the corporate, entrepreneurial and non-profit spheres. This diversity of experience has given him unique insights into how global companies and leaders deal with cross-cultural challenges and driving transformation, both at an individual and an organizational level.
Mac has a B.S. from UC San Diego in Cognitive Science, and an M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. Mac is a certified Advanced Master Coach and was trained at the Center for Advanced Coaching.

LEE Hoi Leong

CEO, VIVITA Singapore
APAC Business Development Director, Mistletoe Inc.

Lee Hoi Leong graduated from the University of Tokyo, Information Studies/Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies. After graduating, Mr. Lee was engaged in work on corporate growth and overseas development support in the Singapore government for 10 years.
In 2017, he joined Mistletoe, a community that fosters startups to solve social problems facing the future, and in particular, worked on the mission of Lifelong Learning, an agender that is how to update the education and learning environment for the future. He organizes projects and business development with startups and companies that offer new “learning” in Asia and America.
Based in Singapore, Mr. Lee is also the CEO of VIVITA, which aims to accelerate children's creativity.


An introduction to the coaches who will help participants finalize their business ideas on Day 2.
We will inform you as soon as details are decided.

Gaku Nakamura

RareJob CEO
Gaku Nakamura graduated from the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering in 2005. After graduation, he engaged in research at NTT DOCOMO. In 2007, he Launched Edtech service "Rarejob" with his middle and high classmate with a goal to make 10 million Japanese able to speak English through offers of one-on-one English conversation with Filipino by Skype. Listed on the 2014 TSE Mothers as the largest online English learning service, Rarejob aims to be a leading company in the field of EdTech in the world.

Shotaro Kumamoto

Kadokawa Dwango Educational Corporation, Nepps School Manager

Born in 1991. Shotaro Kumamoto graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2013. As a new graduate, Mr. Kumamoto entered a tuition center and was involved in the establishment of an international school.
Following this, he started working with an education venture company as a program education business manager. The company became profitable in half a year.
Currently, he works as an area manager and director of a new programming school business within N High School run by Kadokawa Dwango Educational Corporation.

Kosuke Doi

Senior, Faculty of Education, The University of Tokyo / DREE
Majoring in Education and Psychology at the University of Tokyo. We develop DREE, a matching platform that allows children to easily meet the outstanding mentors in their favorite fields, and operate it for a year!
For example, various chemical reactions have been occurred such as the math Olympic gold medalist teaching calculus to elementary students who like math, and children who like space learn about string theory! My hobbies are reading manga (like Kingdom and Aoashi!) and bouldering. I will do my best to support you all!

Jon Tan

CEO of Saturday Kids / co-founder of Collision 8 / a partner at 2 micro venture capital funds

He has been investing in technology startups since 2011. Some of the more recognizable names in his portfolio include Redmart, Chope and Ninja Van. In 2016 he co-founded Collision 8, a premium co-working space
bringing collaborative innovators together. He spends most of his time on Saturday Kids, a curiosity school for children and young adults. Saturday Kids' mission is to transform kids into curious, self-directed learners.
John is passionate about entrepreneurship and equipping young people with the skills and mindset to solve some of the biggest problems the world is facing. He is a yoga loving father of five whose music playlist alternates between jazz, old-school hip-hop and modern classical. On weekends there’s a good chance you’ll find him at The Projector. In a different life he’ll probably be a film critic. Or a music writer. Or a ski instructor.

Yoshi A. Okamoto

Founder and Executive Director SHO-zemi Innovation Ventures (SZIV) / Director, Innovation & Enterprise /
Visiting Associate Professor Institute for Application of Learning Science and Educational Technology (ALSET)
National University of Singapore (NUS)

Yoshi A. Okamoto is an executive with over 20 years of managing and directing artificial intelligence and data-intensive ventures. As Executive Director of SHO-zemi Innovation Ventures, he supports a community of practice including front-line teachers, leading educational researchers and new ventures passionate about finding new ways to learn with forward-thinking educational technology. Yoshi is also known as a learning scientist and an EdTech investor, acts as an Advisor, Ambassador and Mentor for EdTech communities in the US, Southeast Asia and Europe.


From Konan Exit at JR Shinagawa Station, go straight toward the "Shinagawa Intercity Front Building" through the passage, and come to the 6th floor "CO ☆ PIT" by elevator.

Venue: CO☆PIT


◆ Schedule

Jun. 21(Fri) Jun. 22(Sat) Jun. 23(Sun)
06:00pm Welcome and Registration 10:00am Start of Day 2 + Breakfast 10:00am Start of Day 3 + Breakfast
06:30pm Networking Party 10:10am Facilitation 12:30pm Lunch
07:00pm Greetings from the Facilitator 12:30pm Lunch 02:00pm Presentation Prep & Tech Check
08:15pm 1-minute Pitch 02:00pm Mentor Pitch Coaching Begins 04:00pm Presentations&Judging
09:00pm Discussion & Voting 04:00pm Mentor Pitch Coaching Ends 07:00pm Awards
09:30pm Form Teams 07:30pm Party
10:00pm End of Day 1 09:00pm End of Day 2 09:00pm End of Day 3 & Time to go home!

※ If you will be late on the first day, please arrive by 08:15pm.
※ It is desirable that you participate 3 days but we are welcome to join SW even if you have another schedule.


EdTech Asia


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Yayoi Co., Ltd.


◆Organizing Team

Yoshikazu Iwaki


Managing Director, Taisei Corporation / Startup Weekend Facilitator / Third-generation president in his family business
Yoshikazu Iwaki has experience in development of IoT devices and antennas, joint development of AIST and bio equipment, etc. In addition to his own work, Mr. Iwaki also provides business support for venture companies (acquisition of grants, planning of business plans, product development, etc.) and training for government and entrepreneurs.
He was involved in the launch of 2014 Startup Weekend (SW) in Tsukuba has been a facilitator since the 4th SW Facilitator in Tsukuba. A father of two children, Mr. Iwaki lives in Tsukuba City. He graduated from Bond University, Australia (MBA).

Tomoko Haneda

Lead Organizer

World Robot Olympiad (NPO) Japan, Director
WRO is an international robotics competition which offers STEM education opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school students.
JWLI, Fellow

“I want to help create the future through activities that support learning and growth!” I placed myself in the education industry, and for the past 15 years I have been involved in study abroad programs for high school students, and planning and management of programming teaching materials Robocon. I recently graduated from Afrer in March, where I spent the last 13 years. I am looking forward to learning and becoming a part of a community which takes on challenges through uncertainty together!

Misaki Yamashita


While a student, Ms. Yamashita studied abroad in the Philippines and Seattle, and was an intern in Thailand.
She joined a Malaysian local startup following her tenure as a system integrator.
As a representative of EdTech Asia Japan, Ms. Yamashita has participated in an EdTech conference in Vietnam and has been responsible for planning with EdTech at the core.
She first participated in Startup Weekend in Seattle, and then in Bangkok and Hong Kong, before becoming an organizer in Tokyo.

Taishi Akiyama


Taishi Akiyama joined Startup Weekend Tokyo for the first time in 2013 and his team won the event. Since then, Mr. Akiyama has been participating in the event since 2014 as a sponsor and organizer of SWT education venue, and has participated as an organizer of SWT's first drone. After Keio SFC, KDDI, and Benesse, he started working as a freelancer from April 2019. He specializes in web analytics, site monetization using operational advertising, and audience marketing using DMP / CDP. He is involved in many third place activities, such as a missionary of the Japan Romanticist Association, a university secretariat of the Nanmoku University, and manager of the Social Emergence School (third to sixth term).

Akihiko Satoda


I am an engineer who travels as a freelancer from time to time.
I first participated in SW at SWTokyo in Shenzhen in 2018, and joined SWT Maker and SWT Robotics as a SW organizer.
I am involved in community activities such as the launching of an Estonian robot education festival “Robotex” in Japan, the launching of a farmtory-lab where technology such a laser cutter is used to make life more enjoyable, etc. Recently, I have been enjoying the electronic music scene as an engineer DJ.




I transitioned from a freelancer, while my child grew up, to working regular hours in an education corporation to working flex hours for a startup company. I feel as though I won’t be able to keep up with the growth of my child, but I hope you will find my help useful in the next three days as we grow together.

Manami Kameoka


I turned to freelance in 2017 in order to live between Kyoto and Indonesia. I am a contract worker working in parallel with multiple companies. I am an expert at verbalizing and visualizing my thoughts, and “prioritizing my personal life” while doing various work such as pre-entrepreneurship career consulting, employment support at a private university, PM assistance, manual preparation, facilitator, etc. If you need any support, please let me know!

Takahiro Tsubonuma

Creative Director / Takahiro Tsbunouma Office President

Designed the Startup Weekend Tokyo logo and landing page.


※※Cancellation Policy
Full refunds for cancellations will be granted until 23:55pm on Friday, June 14, 2019. The Stripe/Bank Transfer Fee will be deducted from the refund amount. No refunds will be granted following the stated deadline, as food and drinks will have already been ordered. Thank you for your understanding.

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