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Turning Crisis into Opportunity: What Silicon Valley Can Do to Help Rebuild Japan

Keizai Society

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)

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Turning Crisis Into Opportunity - What Silicon Valley Can Do To Help Rebuild Japan

A Fundraiser for Orphans of the Earthquake and Tsunami

June 29, 5:30 to 9:30 PM at PARC, Palo Alto


The earthquake and tsunami that stuck the northern coast of Japan in March wrought unimaginable devastation.  We have all been saddened by images that can only begin to convey the losses sustained by the victims – loss of life, family, hearth and home. Arguably the hardest hit among the survivors, and those least able to recover on their own, are the children who were orphaned by the crisis and its aftermath.


That is why for the first time three Silicon Valley business organizations have banded together to host a joint event in support of these stricken children: The Keizai Society, Silicon Valley-China Wireless, and TiE.  The event will explore what the entrepreneurial spirit of the Valley can do to assist with this disaster and what can be learned to prepare for and help with future disasters


Hiroshi Inomata, Japanese Consul General in San Francisco


Robert Scoble, Technology Evangelist and Managing Director of Rackspace

Starting From Scratch: How a Rebuilt City Could Lead the World in Technology Integration

Robert will address this question from the perspective of someone who has traveled the world in search of the latest, greatest, and most impactful technologies. He will share some of his vision of what a “greenfield” city or town should look like by introducing us to a few of the most exciting technologies he sees coming over the horizon, discussing their likely impact on society, and exploring how they should (or should not) fit into the model 21st century community.

Introduced by Scott Ellman, CEO of USAsia Venture Partners


Turning Crisis into Opportunity - What Silicon Valley Can Do To Help Rebuild Japan

·      Lukas Biewald, Founder and Chairman of CrowdFlower

·      Marianna Grossman, Executive Director, Sustainable Silicon Valley

·      James Miller, Senior Attorney Advisor at FCC / Adjunct Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law

·      Moderator: Richard B. Dasher, PhD, Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University


Kamran Elahian, Global Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Venture Capitalist

The Use of Technology in Crisis Situations

Besides having co-founded numerous successful technology companies, Kamran Elahian has founded three non-profit organizations that use IT to connect people across borders and improve the quality of life for people around the globe, especially in developing nations where billions face chronic challenges in everyday life. In his keynote, Kamran will discuss how the same technologies his organizations use to address chronic challenges can also be applied in the aftermath of acute crises like those in Japan, and can even be deployed in advance of disasters to mitigate the consequences.

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PARC (Palo Alto Research Center)
3333 Coyote Hill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)

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Keizai Society ( is a Silicon Valley based business and professional networking organization. One of its primary purposes is to provide a venue of programs that showcase specialists with expertise on issues critical to the success of entrepreneurs and companies doing business with Japan and the U.S. Founded in 1990 in San Francisco, Keizai Society¹s audience includes people from the worlds of business, academia and politics in the Bay Area and elsewhere. Keizai Society enables broad yet intimate networking among its audience members. In addition to establishing a sense of collegiality, networking provides opportunities to exchange information, share advice, offer inspiration, and expand business possibilities. Among other benefits, Keizai Society participants report that they often receive business referrals and ideas how to expand and enrich their businesses.


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