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

[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.

[Mar 17th, 2016] "Safecast 5 Years after Fukushima disaster: What lessons have derived by measuring radiation levels and where is all this going?"


201506_Pieter_FrankenSpeaker:  Pieter B. Franken
Monex, Inc., CTO and Executive Managing Director SAFECAST Japan, Director and co-founder.

As the 5th anniversary just passed of the Great Tohoku Earthquake, Safecast was founded in the immediate aftermath of 3/11 Fukushima nuclear disaster as a non-profit relief project.

Safecast's goal is to provide open data about radiation to allow citizens to understand the safety of their direct environment. Safecast started in Japan and has become the largest global citizen science project measuring the environment globally. Safecast develops the methods and equipment to measure, and encourages volunteers to measure the radiation level around their neighbourhoods by either driving a unique sensor, known as the “bGeigie". The data collected is turned into very granular maps (typical 50 meter or better) and is published as free (open) data for use by individuals, researchers, governments and companies.

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