ANA's endeavor to connect all 7.5 billion people on Earth

All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) set out the promotion of the ANA Group Society 5.0 in its Mid-Term Corporate Strategy for FY2018-2022, and is tackling the challenge of creating new markets and demand through an entirely new concept based on this vision. One of the projects it is advancing as a part of this is the ANA Avatar X Prize, implemented in collaboration with the U.S. non-profit organization X Prize Foundation. This project is based on the theme “Bridging Distance, Time, and Cultural for All,” and seeks to create new value in fields such as welfare, disaster prevention, and working in extreme environments. Why has ANA moved beyond the boundaries of its air transportation business to take up the challenge of an initiative like this?

This keynote lecture will cover the unique challenge undertaken by ANA as it collaborates with diverse stakeholders across the world on a global initiative that is not restricted to just one company.

Date 13:30-14:30,November 9th(Fri),2018
Venue Miraikan Hall ,7Fl,Miraikan
No. 102
Organizer Japan Science and Technology Agency(JST)

Presenter and Moderator

ANA was founded in 1952 as a small private company operating just 2 helicopters. Our corporate philosophy has always been to stay competitive by being one step ahead. In April 2016, Digital Design Lab was established to serve as an innovation engine for the entire ANA airline group. Currently, Digital Design Lab consists of 13 individuals with diverse backgrounds and skill sets working on various projects like crowdfunding, drones, space, avatars, robotics, cry-free cabins, mindfulness and the sharing-economy.

Presenter and Moderator

Yoshiaki Tsuda
Vice President, ANA Digital Design Lab, ANA HOLDINGS INC.
Yoshiaki Tsuda was born on December 4, 1969, in Saitama prefecture. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in March 1992 with a degree in Economics. He joined ANA the same year and was assigned to the Fukuoka branch sales department. After five years of experience with travel agency sales, he was transferred to ANA headquarters in Tokyo in April 1997. He was in charge of sales and marketing (route planning, fare formulation, yield management, channel planning, sales promotion...etc.) When ANA shifted its corporate structure to a holdings company system in April 2013, he was appointed to ANA Holdings and headed the Corporate Planning Division. He has held his current position as Chief Director of ANA’s Digital Design Lab since April 2016.

Presenter and Moderator

Akira Fukabori/ Kevin Kajitani
AVATAR Program Director, ANA Digital Design Lab, ANA HOLDINGS INC.
Akira Fukabori and Kevin Kajitani have teamed up to launch multiple initiatives within ANA. Working beyond organizational boundaries, these two have teamed up to launch ANA’s cause-related Blue Wing program and the airline’s crowdfunding platform “WonderFLY.” They are also the prize developers behind the ANA AVATAR XPRIZE concept which won top honors at XPRIZE Visioneers 2016. Both are passionate about creating business models that positively impact humanity and have the potential to reach all 7.5 billion people on earth.

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