June 3, 2019
  • Rakuten, Inc.

Rakuten Optimism 2019: Rakuten to Hold Largest Group Event Ever, a 4-Day Conference in Japan This Summer

Discover how the outlook for the 5G era is shaping global innovation across business sectors, enjoy live music performances and experience next-generation interactive entertainment

Dates: Wednesday, July 31 to Saturday, August 3, 2019
Location: Pacifico Yokohama – Exhibition Hall

 Tokyo, June 3, 2019 - Rakuten, Inc. today announced that it will hold Rakuten Optimism 2019, the largest event in the history of the Rakuten Group, from Wednesday, July 31 to Saturday, August 3, 2019. This four-day conference will be held at the Pacifico Yokohama event center.

Rakuten Optimism is an event series designed to inspire visions of a shared brighter future, as well as deepen the understanding of the services and ideals underpinning the Rakuten Group ecosystem. On September 7, 2018, the inaugural Rakuten Optimism conference played host to over 2,000 people in San Francisco. Rakuten Optimism 2019 will be the first event in the series to be held in Japan. In line with the theme of “Welcome to the 5G era,” the 70+ services that comprise the Rakuten Group will collaborate to provide exhibitions and event booths in a free-entry area designed to surprise and delight visitors. The event will also feature a business conference with global keynote speakers, panel discussions and more, for which tickets will be made available for purchase later this month.

Future World: New discoveries at every turn
Future World is the free-to-enter exhibition portion of the event featuring event booths and more. Designed with interested visitors and casual shoppers in mind, this portion of the event is united under the common theme, “new discoveries at every turn.” Stop by and discover booths where visitors can discover unique experiences through a 5G lens, savor culinary delights from across Japan provided by merchants on Rakuten’s online shopping mall, Rakuten Ichiba, and even say hello to Rakuten’s official shopping mascot, Okaimono Panda. Visitors can enjoy a completely cashless experience with all purchases of food, drink and merchandise inside the event space.*1

Live performances from special guests are also planned for Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3. *2

Visions for the Future: Transforming the world through innovation
Inside the exhibition hall at Rakuten Optimism 2019, visitors who have purchased conference tickets will take part in a world-class business gathering guided by the concept of “Visions of the Future: Transforming the world through innovation.” Top-tier speakers from around the globe will take to the stage alongside business leaders from the Rakuten Group. Inspirational talks and panel discussions will include consideration of how 5G era-led innovation will transform a wide variety of fields, including e-commerce, fintech, sports, entertainment, communications and medicine.

The Rakuten Group seeks to challenge established thinking in order to pursue lasting change that enriches and empowers society. With Rakuten Optimism 2019, the group aims to expand the visions on the horizon for the potential of the 5G revolution, offering participants opportunities to experience new discoveries and share in diverse optimistic views of the future.

*1 In order to make purchases at the event, customers will only be able to use Rakuten Pay (payment app), Rakuten Edy, Suica and other rail-based e-money systems, Rakuten Card as well as Mastercard, American Express, Visa and JCB-branded credit cards, and Rakuten Bank Debit Card (JCB/Visa) as well as other debit cards, and Rakuten Point Card (excludes some stores). Suica is a registered trademark of East Japan Railway Company.
*2 Further details will be announced at a later date.

 Event Overview
Event name:  Rakuten Optimism 2019
Date:  Wednesday, July 31 to Saturday, August 3, 2019 (4 days)
Location:  Pacifico Yokohama – Exhibition Hall 1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan, 220-0012
Cost:  Future World: Exhibition and event booths are free to enter
              Visions for the Future paid ticket conference: Ticket information is planned for release and ticket sales are planned to start on June 10.
Hosted by:  Rakuten, Inc.
Official site:  https://corp.rakuten.co.jp/optimism2019/ (JPN)

 Main Speakers (As of May 31, 2019)
Robert Swan, CEO of Intel Corporation
Heizo Takenaka, Professor Emeritus of Keio University and Professor of Toyo University
Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia Group
John Zimmer, Co-founder and President of Lyft, Inc.
Durga Malladi, Senior Vice President and General Manager of 4G/5G at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Susumu Fujita, President and Founder of CyberAgent, Inc.
Kashiwa Sato, Art Director and Creative Director of Samurai Inc.
Shinya Yamanaka, Director and Professor at the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University
Hisataka Kobayashi, Chief Scientist and Senior Investigator at the U.S. National Cancer Institute
David Agus, Founder and CEO of the Ellison Institute of USC
Mickey Mikitani, Chairman and CEO of Rakuten, Inc.

 * All speakers and program information contained in this press release are accurate at the time of release, and are subject to change in the future.

** A detailed time schedule and addition information will be updated regularly on the Rakuten Optimism 2019 official site (https://corp.rakuten.co.jp/optimism2019/).

 About Rakuten
Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) is a global leader in internet services that empower individuals, communities, businesses and society. Founded in Tokyo in 1997 as an online marketplace, Rakuten has expanded to offer services in e-commerce, fintech, digital content and communications to more than 1.2 billion members around the world. The Rakuten Group has over 17,000 employees, and operations in 30 countries and regions. For more information visit https://global.rakuten.com/corp/.



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