Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2016 to be held in Santa Clara


Theme: “Transform the Future With IoT Insights and Innovations”
First Major Customer-focused R&D Symposium to be held 
in Hitachi’s new Global Center for Social Innovation in Silicon Valley

Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2016, Santa Clara

November 10, 2016, Santa Clara, CA --- Hitachi America Ltd. (“Hitachi”), a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., today announced that Hitachi and its knowledge partner, Frost & Sullivan, will convene innovative business leaders, customers and partners to discuss solutions to the significant challenges facing our global society. Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2016 SANTA CLARA will take place at the Fairmont San Jose and will feature an experiential tour of real-world innovation at the Hitachi Global Center for Social Innovation-North America on November 15.

Ryuichi Otsuki, Chief Executive for the Americas, Hitachi, Ltd., and CEO of Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, invites leaders to engage in an important discussion, “The promise and potential of the internet of things (IoT) is pushing the frontier of technology and presenting new ways to lead the world toward innovation that effectively addresses global challenges. This Social Innovation goal is central to Hitachi’s vision of the future.” 

Other senior global leaders from Hitachi presenting at the event include: Hiroaki Nakanishi, Chairman of the Board of Hitachi Ltd., Norihiro Suzuki, CTO and Head of Global Research, and Kazuo Yano, Corporate Chief Scientist leading artificial intelligence research.

Participants will explore the incredible prospects for Social Innovation and brainstorm the IoT opportunities being created in industries such as Automotive and Transportation, Energy, Healthcare, and Information Technologies.

Hitachi executives will also present global trends and technology drivers for the future global economy, and discuss how to take a vision from research and development to execution. Building on this framework, expert talks and group discussions will delve into artificial intelligence and IoT; how to develop robust ecosystems for collaborative creation; and Hitachi’s new core IoT platform, Lumada.

Participants also will be able to choose from interactive sessions focused on Smart Cities (public safety, big city analytics, connected transportation), Smart Health (fitness wearables, care delivery transformation), Digital Energy (microgrids, energy efficiency solutions) and Industrial IoT (predictive maintenance).

An experiential tour that covers real-world innovation at the Silicon Valley Research Center of the Hitachi Global Center for Social Innovation–North America will give a firsthand view of Hitachi’s latest R&D innovations from around the world. The highly engaging and interactive tour will showcase how Hitachi and its customers together drive high-value digital business solutions.

Discussions, networking and town hall brainstorming sessions throughout will enable all participants to pose their challenges as well as to contribute to running commentary on issues and ideas.

For schedule details and to register for the Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2016 SANTA CLARA, visit


About Hitachi Global Center for Social Innovation–North America

Strategically based in Santa Clara, California, and Farmington Hills, Michigan, the talented team of over 100 highly skilled multi-disciplinary members in the Americas is tackling many challenges to achieve a greener environment, more efficient resources exploration, smart vehicles, healthcare, agriculture, mining and transportation. The Silicon Valley Research Center in Santa Clara is a unique environment designed to facilitate co-innovation between Hitachi and our customers. Together we share visions, generate concepts and quickly develop innovative technology and solutions which are validated through Proof-of-Concept (PoC) prototypes at our customers’ sites.

About Hitachi America, Ltd.

Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, particle beam therapy technologies, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2015 (ended March 31, 2016) totaled 10,034.3 billion yen ($88.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 335,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at

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