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Social Innovation Hub

Event summary

Hitachi’s unique Social Innovation Forum returned to Brisbane on Tuesday 28 November, this time focusing on digital transformation in mining and agriculture. HSIF is a series of events held by Hitachi to introduce its activities through presentations, panel discussions, and exhibits, and to share perspectives and visions as part of Hitachi’s efforts to promote collaborative creation. Social Innovation is about using innovative technologies and business solutions to address the key trends and challenges facing society.

This event was the third of its kind in the region, following the highly successful debut of HSIF in Sydney last year, and a second forum earlier this year in Brisbane focusing on transportation and public safety.

Hosted by Executive Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi, Ltd., Masakazu Aoki, the half-day forum at the Hilton Hotel Brisbane included keynote speeches by Keiko Yanai, Consul-General of Japan; Mark Dougan, Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand, Frost & Sullivan; and Gilberto Pauleta, Director, Construction, Forestry & Mining Sales, Hitachi Construction Machinery (Australia). Following the opening plenary, guests were invited to attend two industry-specific panel sessions; Technology in Agriculture and Digital Transformation in Mining, which addressed how Hitachi and its stakeholders aim to bring positive change to individuals in Australian society through Social Innovation in the agriculture and mining sector.

Parallel to the speaker sessions guests had the opportunity to experience the Hitachi showcase consisting of seven zones – agriculture, mining, transportation, healthcare, education solutions, research & development, and IoT & analytics. Technologies on display included advanced drone services for mining and agriculture, Hitachi’s autonomous haulage system, precision agriculture and process intelligence.

Welcome address and plenary:

  • Anand Singh, Director - Business Operations, Hitachi Australia
    Anand Singh slides (PDF)
  • Atsushi Konishi, Managing Director, Hitachi Australia
    Atsushi Konishi slides (PDF)
  • Masakazu Aoki, Executive Vice President and Executive Officer, Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Keiko Yanai, Consul-General of Japan
  • Mark Dougan, Managing Director Australia & New Zealand, Frost & Sullivan
    Mark Dougan slides (PDF)
  • Gilberto Pauleta, Director, Construction, Forestry & Mining Sales, Hitachi Construction Machinery (Australia)

Networking cocktail reception

Craig Bellamy, Coach of the Melbourne Storm rugby league team and former Canberra Raiders player