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The Hitachi Social Innovation 2017 THE PHILIPPINES was held at Makati Shangri-La, Manila, on 20th February 2017.
The event showcased Hitachi's Social Innovation in the global market through hosted seminars and exhibition, and how Hitachi can address the challenging issues faced in the Philippines through collaborative creation.
Through the speeches and presentations delivered by Guest-of-Honor Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs, Department of Transportation, Atty. Leah V. Merida-Quiambao (on behalf of Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, Department of Transportation, Republic of the Philippines), Mr. Hirohiko Morisaki (Managing Director, Hitachi Asia Ltd.), Mr. Mitsuhiko Shimizu (General Manager, Hitachi Asia Ltd. Philippine Branch), Mr. Hidetoshi Miura (General Manager, Railway Systems Business Unit, Hitachi, Ltd.), Mr. Neil S. Ocampo (Sales Director, Hitachi Data Systems Corporation), Dr. Yuichiro Nakaya (General Manager, Global Center for Social Innovation, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.) and H.E. Mr. Kazuhide Ishikawa (Ambassador-designate of Japan to the Republic of the Philippines), distinguished guests were able to understand how Hitachi can contribute to the Philippines' growth, as well as its existing businesses in areas such as rail and other urban solutions. Furthermore, guests were presented with insights on the Philippines' growth opportunities and challenges. Customers, business partners, and major stakeholders in the Philippines learnt more about Hitachi's key business fields through business presentations focusing on the company's total railway solutions as well as innovative R&D initiatives to realize social innovation through customer co-creation. Data strategies to accelerate digital transformation were also explored. A dinner reception was hosted to provide ample opportunity for mingling and facilitated the sharing of ideas among key stakeholders in the Philippine market.
A panel discussion, "Smart Infrastructure in IoT era", was held for the first time at HSIF in this region to highlight the interconnectivity of smart infrastructure via smart grid, transport network operating systems and data security. The informative discussion featured Mr. Arnel P. Casanova, Country Director of AECOM, Mr. Dae Kyeong Kim, Senior Energy Specialist (Smart Grids) of Asian Development Bank, Mr. Gavin Barfield, Chief Technology Advisor of MERALCO, Dr. Dennis Reyes, Chief Enterprise Solutions Architect, Department of Information and Communications Technology and Mr. Neil Ocampo, Sales Director of Hitachi Data Systems.
Hitachi's key technologies and strengths in the Social Innovation Business were also highlighted at the exhibition. Some of the key business fields showcased include Urban Development, Water, ICT, Security, Power and Energy.
This was the second time that the Hitachi Social Innovation Forum was held in the Philippines, following successful events in other Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar. The forum attracted close to 250 guests. Through this event, attendees had a deepened understanding of Hitachi's Social Innovation Business and its efforts in the Philippines. 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 the Philippines and the ASEAN region.