07 Shanghai JUNE 2017
The Peninsula Shanghai, 32 Zhongshan East 1st Rd   Open in Google Maps

About the event

On June 7, 2017, around 100 participants gathered at the Peninsula Shanghai, one of the most renowned hotels in the city of Shanghai, to exchange views and opinions about the emerging digital stationery at the latest Connected Ink event.

The conference series focuses on new developments in the eco-system of digital ink and pen and gives industry leaders the possibility to push the vision of a creative world enabled and enhanced by digital ink and pen. 

Tom Lam, Wacom’s EVP and CEO of Wacom China, welcomed the guests and spoke about the rationale of the Digital Stationery Consortium, Inc. (DSC). Then Wacom’s President and CEO Masahiko Yamada came to the stage. During his speech, he said that we introduced the idea of drawing and painting with digital pens over 30 years ago, when people thought the PC was a mere calculating machine. But today, it has become a norm amongst creators and artists. We see digital content everywhere and ink plays a key role in various human activities. We would like to help people across the globe to create ideas and turn these ideas into reality harnessing the power of digital ink, and want everyone here to join the movement in the name of open eco-systems and partnerships.

Executives from partner companies also joined the event. Mr. Johnson Lee, President of E Ink Corporation, introduced benefits and use cases for various types of E Ink which are flexible, stress-free, power saving, light and thin. He also pointed out that Wacom leads the business of digital pens and E Ink of digital paper - and both companies are committed to changing the world.

Mr. Hisaki Kondo, VP of Fujitsu Client Computing Limited, stressed Fujitsu’s long-standing relationship with Wacom and collaboration around the company’s digital pen equipped devices, and touched on the huge potential lying ahead for digital pen and ink in the years to come. 

Mr. Wenbin Dong, General Manager of Shanghai Hero Pen, said that pens will keep being used by many people even 30 years from now as pen usage is deeply ingrained in human psyche. With the proliferation of mobile devices and internet, "Hero" and "Wacom" are making progress together – writing the future.

Mr. Dixon Feng, General Manager of NeuroSky China said that although the company does not manufacture pens like previous speakers, it shares the notion with Wacom that emotion and creativity play key roles in daily human activities. He elaborated on the company’s initiatives around VR, AR, education, psychology and security, taking advantage of EEG. 

Nobu Ide, Wacom’s EVP in charge of Technology Solutions introduced partner cases to open the new market of digital stationery, including collaborations with companies such as Microsoft, E Ink, reMarkable, Terada Music, Samsung, Fujitsu, Steadtler, Hero Pen, Montblanc, E Lan, LG Display and Tagcast. 

Heidi Wang, Wacom’s VP of Product Management and Business Development, explained the universal digital ink language designed to work seamlessly across operating systems, devices and cloud ecosystems; WILL™ 2.0 and accompanying SDK (Software Development Kit) for devices, ink and signature.

Faik Karaoglu, Wacom’s SVP for Platform & Application gave a recap about how we engage developers and startups including Inkathon (ink + hackathon), Marketplace (online market for creative and digital ink software), Wacom Innovation Hub (start-up support program) and Connected Ink (DSC promotion event).   

Finally, Masahiko Yamada came back to the stage to talk about the latest development of DSC as chairman of the Consortium, including installment of the three working groups (WG) such as Customer Use-Cases WG, Developer Engagement WG and Technology WG.

After the conference program and product exhibition, there was the possibility to network, where many fruitful and interesting discussions took place.

Speakers at the event