1st ACM Chapter Networking Seminar
Globalization & Innovative Thinking

Awareness of Silicon Valley Models, Globalization, Entrepreneurship, Innovation & English for Computer Science

26th November (Sunday) 2017
Venue: iLab 1, Research Quadrangle, UoA

* This seminar is NOT related to the Silicon Valley Internship Program at UoA
** This is NOT a CLR-sponsored event

The 1st Silicon Valley Awareness Seminar will be held on November 26th (Sunday), 2017 from 9:00 am to 14:30 hours at iLab1, Centre for Language Research, University of Aizu

The above picture is taken from Silicon Valley which is an American comedy television series created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler, and Dave Krinsky. The series focuses on five young men who founded a startup company in Silicon Valley. The series premiered on April 6, 2014, on HBO.

Theme: Learning from the Silicon Valley Culture

The purpose of this networking seminar is to establish a forum for internal discussion on globalization, entrepreneurship, innovation and how our students at UoA could prepare for a global identity. The idea is for UoA students to be able to think beyond Japan and for Japan.

The idea is to create awareness about what it means to work in the Silicon Valley, what do we learn from the Silicon Valley industry culture, and how could we possibly replicate or customize such culture for the Tokyo ecosystem and Japan in general. An important part of the discussion will be on internationalization efforts at UoA, and how could we possibly teach the Silicon Valley culture on campus at UoA. The purpose of this seminar is to make students aware of one of the most successful models, and concept that redefined organizational and industry culture in the 21st century. Our attempt with this seminar would be to contribute towards redefining Japanese entrepreneurship for the next generation with our internationalization efforts at UoA. 

An important objective of this seminar is to be able to initiate an attempt to network internally and discuss our globalization efforts at UoA. This is to try and set up a forum discussing every voice, and every idea from faculty at UoA. This seminar will be an opportunity to invite faculty from CLR, the Culture Centre, Computer Engineering division and other CS specializations to speak to the students on the importance of English in the global marketplace, how to work towards innovation, and focus on entrepreneurship, in general.  

As part of this seminar, we will get some insight into UoA's current thinking on its internationalization efforts, future ideas and directions for internationalization, and how our Silicon Valley internship program contribute towards exposing students to a real-life work context that is so important for our CS students. 

An important part of the seminar would be our third-year undergraduate students in the course titled Writing in the Workplace making presentations on their understanding of the Silicon Valley culture. 

Students will write reflection papers on faculty presentations, and develop their understanding of globalization and related disciplines.

  Final Presentation Schedule 

Debopriyo Roy
Professor, Centre for Language Research
Introduction to the Seminar
9:00 - 9:10 am


Professor Ian Wilson 

Director, Centre for Language Research
English Education for Computer Science
9:10 - 9:35 am

Professor Shigaku Tei 

Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School
Vision for UoA and the Silicon Valley Internship Program 
9:35 - 9:55 am

Professor Ben Abdallah Abderazek 

Professor, Head of the Computer Engineering Division
Developing a Mindset for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
9:55 - 10:20 pm

Team A  

​​The World of Silicon Valley
10:20 - 10:50 am 

Team B


The Magic of Silicon Valley
10:50 - 11:20 pm

Professor Tatsuki Kawaguchi 

Director - Office of Strategy of International Programs
Globalization Efforts at the UoA
11:20 - 11:45 am

Professor Mohamed Hamada 

Software Engineering Laboratory
Designing Smartphone Apps aimed at Globalization and Innovation
11:45 - 12:10 am

Lunch Break
12:10 - 13:00 hours

Associate Professor Yuji Mitsunaga


Promotion Office for Super Global University
The Silicon Valley Internship Program at UoA
13:00 - 13:25 hours

Team C

Doing Business in the Silicon Valley
13:30 - 14:00 

Team D

Learning from the Silicon Valley
14:00 - 14:30​

Certificates of Participation & Thank You!
Closing at 14:30 hours