Washington State tech mission to Tokyo.

July 18 – 21, 2017

Washington State has a rich history of creating bold technology companies that have changed the very face of computing, e-commerce and communications. Now, we’re turning our attention to the next wave of innovation: cloud computing, big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS have already created a dynasty in the area of cloud computing, capturing two-thirds of the market. A who’s who list of Silicon Valley technology companies have joined them, establishing engineering outposts in the state. This includes the third largest cloud computing company, Google, as well as Facebook, Oracle, Apple, HP, Salesforce and Twitter.

Welcome to “Cloud City”

The result, says one industry expert, is something of an arms race as companies compete to not only harness the power of cloud computing and big data, but use it to advance artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing and data analytics.

One of Washington’s competitive advantages in the areas of machine learning and artificial intelligence is the tremendous talent found in the region. Nearly 200,000 people work in 14,000 technology-related companies and it’s not uncommon for bold new startups to open right across the street from the founder’s former employer. The result is a fresh and ever-changing culture of collaboration and cross-pollination where new ideas are readily surfaced and brought quickly to market.

What we hope to accomplish on this mission

Japan has been a key trading partner for more than a century. As a technology leader, it goes without saying that Japan has helped transform the world with its often revolutionary ideas. As the technology industry shifts to machine learning and artificial intelligence, Washington companies hope to get ahead of the curve by tapping into new partnerships and business opportunities with Japanese companies that share our state’s passion for innovation and invention.

Mission Highlights

  • Hold extensive one-on-one business meetings with Japanese technology firms coordinated by mission organizers.
  • Site visits with renowned Japanese multinational technology firms.
  • Participation in Washington State Startup pitch event at Softbank World Developers Conference.
  • University and tech accelerator site visits.
  • In-country briefings providing market information and advice on how to do business in Japan.

More Information

Robert Fiddick
ICT Business Development Manager
Office of Economic Development & Competitiveness
Washington State Department of Commerce
(206) 256-6141

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