At Slush Tokyo, we pride ourselves by taking a different approach when setting up an event program. This year, we provide a new concept to our audience. Open for all attendees, Dialogue Stage aims to establish new perspectives: to leave visitors with a lingering sense of awe, excitement, and perhaps a bit of magic.
On our brand new Dialogue Stage, the attendee engagement is everything. The concept will bring a refreshing change from previous years to re-emphasise event creativity. Let’s have a quick look what’s gonna happen during the two event days.
Anyone Can Pitch During the Open Pitch Session
Ever had an idea that you’re sure was a money-maker but not an easygoing chance to pitch it? Well, now you can. An Open Pitch session will be held on both event days. Anyone, and really anyone, will be able to pitch their own ideas to a panel of judges. Hosted by Tech in Asia Japan correspondent, Peter Rothenberg and TerraSky Inc. CEO, Jason Danielson, the goal of this side-event is to encourage aspiring teams and individuals in a fun and stress-free environment.
If the hosts don’t see enough eagerness to pitch, they will each gladly take matters into their own hands. This doesn’t mean that they will just ramble on about their accomplishments, but that they’ll jump into the crowd and forcefully drag audience members to the stage. In a friendly manner, of course.
Shaking Japanese Culture at Bureiko Lunch
In Japan, respect is paramount. The intense consideration of hierarchy has given birth to the honorific variant of Japanese, keigo. At Slush Tokyo, we’re looking to shake that culture a little bit. We want to remove timidness when approaching “celebrities” and amplify self-confidence.
Bureiko Lunch will give Japanese speakers the opportunity to meet and talk to prominent entrepreneurs and investors. The catch, however, is that keigo usage is prohibited. There will be a referee present who will assure that everyone abides by this rule, to allow for more natural and friendly conversations at equal standing.
Magic Tricks on the Borders of Your Comfort Zone
Our speaker, Shogo Shimura, is a versatile individual. He is a magician, a therapist, a researcher of perception, and the CEO of Japan Institute of Cognitive Science. Shimura uses magic and sleight-of-hand to demonstrate how perception management and self-deception function in our daily lives.
In order to help audience obtain better chances and opportunities in life, Shimura will look to explore their psyche through the secrets of magic, to demonstrate how they can stop out of their comfort zones, and overcome the “fear of wrong impression”.
After the successful introduction of Slush Cafe, which has srongly established its place at Slush, we might be looking at the next eye-opener. These were only examples of all the cool and fresh activities we have planned for you on the open-for-all Dialogue Stage. The magic on the Dialogue Stage begins on March 29 at 10:15am.
Photos by Petri Artturi Asikainen.