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The Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2016 in Thailand was held at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World in Bangkok on 26th August 2016. The event showcased Hitachi's Social Innovation in the global market through hosted seminars, exhibition and gala dinner presenting a wide range of services, systems and solutions that addressed challenges facing ASEAN cities and societies.
The various speeches and presentations at the business seminar illustrated Hitachi's Social Innovation Business and how Hitachi can address the challenging issues faced in Thailand. Through the speeches and presentations delivered by Guest-of-honour Mr. Saknarong Saengsangapong (Vice Chairman, The Federation of Thai Industries and Chairman, Institute of Information and Communication Technology for Industries, The Federation of Thai Industries), Mr. Ichiro Iino (Chief Executive for Asia-Pacific, Hitachi, Ltd.), Mr. Yasuo Mizutani (Managing Director, Hitachi Asia (Thailand) Co., Ltd.), Mr. Makoto Yasuda (Senior Technology Evangelist, Information & Communication Technology Business Division Hitachi, Ltd.), and Mr. Kazuo Karasawa (Head of Sales & Marketing Division, Railway Systems Business Unit, Hitachi, Ltd.), distinguished guests were able to understand how Hitachi contributed to Thailand’s growth through social innovation, as well as its existing businesses in areas including ICT and Rail. Furthermore, guests were able to learn more about Hitachi's "collaborative creation" and its social innovation business, such as the existing Hitachi energy and railway system solutions adopted globally. The dinner reception provided opportunity for mingling and the sharing of ideas among key stakeholders in the market.
Hitachi's key technologies and strengths in the Social Innovation Business were also highlighted at the exhibition, which was held concurrently at the forum. Some of the key business fields showcased include Urban Development, Finance, Public, Industrial and Services, Healthcare and Manufacturing.
This was the first time that the Hitachi Social Innovation Forum was held in Thailand, following successful events in other Southeast Asia (SEA) countries such as Myanmar and Philippines. The forum attracted a total of 251 guests. Through this event, we aimed to allow all attendees to get a greater understanding of Hitachi's Social Innovation Business and its efforts in Thailand. The Hitachi Social Innovation Forum serves not just as a showcase of Hitachi's business portfolio and capabilities, but also a reaffirmation of Hitachi's commitment in Thailand and the ASEAN region.