Welcome to the ICA

Established in 1970, the ICA (International Computer Association) has grown into one of Japan’s largest, most influential organizations covering Information Technology and Business in Japan. The ICA provides a forum for information exchange, networking, and identification of business expansion opportunities with many of the key movers and shakers in Japan. Read more about the ICA

[Jul 21st, 2016] "Evolution of Blockchain to Disrupt Financial Services Industry"


201607_Takahiro_HatajimaSpeaker:  Takahiro Hatajima
Senior Consultant
IT Management Consulting Dept., Systems Consulting Division
Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.

The wave of digitalization is progressing. Our presenter will focus on the evolution of Blockchain.
How is Blockchain different to Bitcoin?  Whilst Blockchain is not just for bitcoins it is a software protocol of its own.
How has Blockchain been a differentiator in areas of distributed ledger?

Some areas to consider here are; rapid settlement of transactions, efficiency in terms of digitalization of assets, improved security, monitoring and auditability, reduced back office costs, almost real time reconciliation and many more distinct features.

[Jun 22nd, 2016] "Moneytree in Japan: Bringing banks to technology, not technology to banks"


201606_Paul_ChapmanSpeaker:  Paul Chapman
CEO, Moneytree K.K.

Paul’s presentation will focus in the history and evolution of FinTech on Japan and abroad. Moneytree’s perspective is unique: an early Japanese FinTech player that counted Digital Garage Incubation among its seed investors; that, in October of 2015, became the first venture to secure simultaneous investment from all three of Japan’s Megabanks.

[May 12th, 2016] "Experience providing Fast Data Real-Time Visual Analytics for Thinkers"


2016_05_Dave_ThomasSpeaker:  Dave Thomas
Chief Science Officer First Derivatives plc.

First Derivatives and Kx in colloboration with ICA Japan would like to extend a warm invitation to the 5th Tokyo Kx (kdb+) Seminar and Meetup.

Big Data have proven effective for dealing with repeated data patterns.  However, human competitors, market manipulators, and cyber criminals constantly change their attack vectors to obfuscate their behavior.  We discuss our experiences supporting Thinkers, analysts who must continuously evolve their analytics to identify and deal with new behaviors.

Dave’s R&D activities are all powered by kdb+ and have applications for both financial markets as well as other industries consuming & analyzing data.

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