<KIC X JICA>Reborn 2022 KIC and Africa Innovation Ecosystems


Kobe Institute of Computing (KIC) celebrates the “8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8)” to be held in Tunisia on August 27-28. On this occasion, to further deepen the relationship between the City of Kobe and African countries, KIC will hold a seminar titled ” Reborn ” to disseminate the latest information on KIC and Africa. In this seminar, KIC and African next generation leaders will showcase Africa’s futuristic possibilities. Please come and meet young African innovators who challenging to solve social issues through using Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Date and Time: 14:00-17:00 (JST), August 18th, 2022
Venue: 4th floor, Main building, KIC. (2-2-7, Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-city)
* Online (zoom) virtual participation also available;
Please register your name through URL below (QR code available);
13:30 Door open
14:00 Opening remarks by Kenji Fukuoka, Managing Director, KIC
14:05 Special greetings by invited guests.
Dr. Izuru Kimura, Director General, JICA Kansai.
14:15 “Japan and Africa; TICAD8,” Takayuki Miyashita,
Visiting Professor, KIC / Former Japanese Ambassador to Rwanda.
14:30 “What is happening in African countries? – Country report from KIC innovators”
15:30  Africa-Japan Business Case -1
“Bridging Rwanda and Japan with online custom-made African footprint cloth”
Rie Matsubara, Founder, Berwanda/A graduate of KIC
15:45  Africa-Japan Business Case -2
“Tackling the challenge of Post-Harvest Loss through Japan-Rwanda
private sector partnerships”
Samuel Imanishimwe, Chief Operation Officer, Kivu Cold Group
16:00 “Using Japanese tech to protect Rwandans from lightning disaster”
Atsushi Yoshida, Vice President, Otowa Electric Co., Ltd.
16:15 Q&A
16:55 Closing remarks by Tomoyuki Naito, Vice President, KIC.