Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2015

Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2015

The first Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2015 in North America took place on April 29th 2015 at the Encore Resorts in Las Vegas. The forum focused on Hitachi’s vision of Social Innovation and how Hitachi plans to implement this vision, through approaches that are:

  • Innovative: more customer-focused, increasingly globalized R&D, with on-site customer collaboration.
  • Inclusive: creative collaboration with global stakeholders to accelerate Social Innovation Business.
  • Sustainable: improved ways of sharing Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business with stakeholders in long-term, financially sound ways.

The Hitachi Social Innovation Forum featured one of the largest gatherings of Hitachi senior management, including Chairman & CEO Hiroaki Nakanishi, President & COO Toshiaki Higashihara, Chief Executive for the Americas Jack Domme, and General Manager for Hitachi’s Central Research Laboratory Norihiro Suzuki, as well as numerous leaders from industry, academia, government and research institutions. Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business has enabled the company to focus on the major issues and challenges facing the world, in areas such as healthcare, safety and security, infrastructure, and sustainable water and energy resources.

Through its Social Innovation Business, Hitachi is using advanced Information Technology (IT) and Data Analytics, combined with extensive manufacturing expertise, to drive social infrastructure innovation that will improve convenience, comfort and safety in people's everyday lives.

HSIF Highlights

In driving any new strategy, there is always the challenge of testing whether a concept that sounds correct in theory can actually work in practice – that clear actionable steps can be taken from the idea of Social Innovation and implemented to truly address the world’s social challenges. The first step in this process involves engaging in deep, meaningful discussions among recognized thought leaders and experts, resulting in anticipated outcomes and next steps. This was the goal of Hitachi’s Social Innovation Forum. To capture these discussions, as well as the experience of being at this unique event, Hitachi has developed this April 2015 HSIF E-Book - an interactive PDF white paper that captures some of the best HSIF discussions, both in text and through videos. Please look for the play icon (arrow within the circle highlighted by the red callout boxes, starting on page 4). The E-Book also contains facts and figures that highlight the need to resolve the world’s growing social infrastructure challenges.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

How Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business can be used to benefit various industries and society was addressed during five panel discussions.

Social Innovation Business: Taking the Lead
Taking the Lead

This panel, which included participation by Hitachi’s Chairman and CEO, as well as Hitachi’s Chief Executive for the Americas, focused on how business leaders can take a leadership role in the Social Innovation Business through new forms of collaborative creation and inclusion.


Hiroaki Nakanishi

Chairman & CEO

Hitachi, Ltd.

Jack Domme

Chief Executive for the Americas, Hitachi, Ltd. CEO

Hitachi Data Systems

Norihiro Suzuki

General Manager, Central Research Laboratory

Hitachi, Ltd.

Kevin Eggleston

Senior Vice President Social Innovation and Global Industries

Hitachi Data Systems

Social and Industrial Infrastructure: It’s Our Future
Our Future

This panel discussion focused on how Social Innovation Business can positively impact fundamental social issues including energy management, resource preservation, recycling and issues related to water. Hitachi, Ltd. President Higashihara introduced Autonomous Decentralized Systems, an innovative concept that offers an inclusive solution for driving improved, more sustainable social infrastructure.


Patricia Mulroy

Senior Fellow for Climate Adaptation and Environmental Policy, Brookings Mountain West

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Toshiaki Higashihara

President & COO,

Hitachi, Ltd.

Umeshwar Dayal, Ph.D.

Vice President and Senior Fellow Information Research, Big Data Lab Research & Development Division

Hitachi America, Ltd.

Hans Lindeman

Senior Vice President Hitachi Convergence EMEA

Hitachi Consulting Corporation

Moving Ahead: Innovation in Connected Car and Infrastructure
Innovation in Connected Car and Infrastructure

This panel discussion focused on how our lives will be enhanced by new “Connected Car” technologies that will operate in tandem with smart infrastructure and smart transportation systems. A core technology of the future global society, a fully integrated transportation system will open the door for new services/businesses.


Balaji Prabhakar, Ph.D.

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Stanford University

George Saikalis, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President R&D Automotive Products Research Laboratory

Hitachi America, Ltd.

Phil Townsend

Vice President, Global Services

Hitachi Data Systems

Paul Lachner

President, Clarion Corporation of America

Connected Security: Big Data Driving New Levels of Safety
Big Data Driving New Levels of Safety

This panel discussion focused on how the Social Innovation Business will be used to create solutions that collect, manage and disseminate data from public safety, smart city and operational systems.


Mark Jules

Vice President Public Safety & Visualization Solutions

Hitachi Data Systems

Darrin Lipscomb

Senior Director Public Safety & Visualization Solutions

Hitachi Data Systems

Chris Jensen

Director, Public Safety & Visualization Solutions

Hitachi Data Systems

Connected Care: Advancing Healthcare Through Social Innovation
Healthcare Through Social Innovation

This panel discussion focused on how technology is changing the way healthcare is delivered and received . Big data and new technologies have the potential to lead to better outcomes for patients, better diagnostic and treatment tools for providers and increased efficiency and security for healthcare facilities.


Melissa Piasecki, MD

Professor of Psychiatry Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

University of Nevada School of Medicine

George Tolomiczenko, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology and Biomedical Engineering Administrative Director Health, Technology, and Engineering Program

University of Southern California

Bill Burns

Vice President, Global Health and Life Sciences

Hitachi Data Systems

Chris Japp

Chairman, Hitachi Aloka Medical

America, Inc.