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Join us and over 1500+ developers and entrepreneurs at the 12th annual Rakuten Technology Conference. This year, we're back with the theme of Rakuten Tech x Startup Tech. If you are excited about the latest technology trends and stories, this is a must-attend conference of the year!

Expect to
  • Discover emerging technologies, practices, use-cases and stories straight from Rakuten and the startup scenes.

  • Hear from our hand-picked experts across a range of topics: AI, Big Data, Blockchain, Security, API Economy & CloudNative

  • Engage with other attendees at our roundtable sessions and networking area.

  • Unwind and let your hair down at the afterparty!

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Message from Chairperson

Thanks to your continued support, this is the 12th consecutive year we have held Rakuten Technology Conference since its launch in 2007. This conference is planned and executed by members of Rakuten’s Tech Community each year with a theme relative to disruptive trends.

In the last couple of decades, as we have moved through the advent of the internet and social networking services, technology has allowed people to express their diversity more clearly. Different people basically always have different interests, so internet services have been focusing on developing personalized functions, and we believe we should provide a variety of services more suitable for each individual. Having said that, it is not easy to live up to the expectations of each user. We deal in 250 million items on the Rakuten Ichiba E-Commerce platform and have 20 million active users who purchased something in the last 3 months. The possible combinations of items and users are endless. So, we may want to develop big data platforms, enhance AI technologies such as machine learning, and analyze the details of customer behaviors by gathering data scientists and researchers. Besides, Rakuten Institute of Technology (RIT) has conducted academic collaboration and contributed very much to satisfying user’s various needs in many terms. However, it’s not enough. We need to accelerate the adoption of state-of-the-art technologies and then think out of the box to re-design our business. We are always exploring novel ways.



Feeling hungry? Thirsty?


11:00 am - 12:50 pm @ Cafeteria


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm @ Cafeteria

Rakuten Technology & Innovation Awards

Rakuten Empowerment Award

Mr. Izuka started Kirirom Institute of Technology, a vocational training university that provides Cambodian students opportunities to work with Japanese companies on projects featuring the latest technology. Through the projects, the students develop important technical skills. His mission is to provide young people in Cambodia and Japan with career opportunities.

Technology Award

HoloEyes Inc. presents HoloEyes VR, which uses VR technology in the important field of medicine. HoloEyes VR can show patient’s organs in 3D image, and surgeons will be able to view these sketches via VR devices, and use these sketches to plan their operation strategy. HoloEyes hopes to bring safety and relief to patients, making surgeon’s work more accurate and precise.

Innovation Award

Japan is known for its wonderful restaurant food quality and service standards, but it results in the unintended consequence of restaurants often throwing away perfectly good food to maintain their reputation. Tabete. me, helps solving the problem of food wastage informing through the app the users nearby that can order their meals and collect them later.

Startup Award

AND Global aims to provide accessible finance to millions of under-banked people around the world. Started in Mongolia, where average monthly income is 390 USD, people tend not to be able to earn credit to get loans from institutions, and often rely on friends and families for informal loans. This company is now disbursing more than 2500 loans a day, since year 2017. It has achieved loan repayment rates of an impressive 98.5%.


Feeling inspired? Join us and our friends at Rakuten RapidAPI to build your dreams today.


Feel the future

Startups redefining our future

Kids Park

Here's for the young (at heart)


  • Rakuten Crimson House
    1-14-1 Tamagawa
    Setagaya-ku Tokyo
    158-0094 Japan
  • tech-conf@mail.rakuten.com
  • 11:00 - 21:00
    (Reception: 10:00 - 17:00)