November 17th – 18tth, 2020

Presented live from Shinjuku Sumitomo Building Sankaku Hiroba, Tokyo. Simultaneous we stream a line-up of international speakers from around the globe for 24 hours.


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Digital Ink Experiences

Connected Ink is an open innovation platform which takes you on a journey of creativity, art and music combined with the latest developments of digital transformation and ink technology. It is a hybrid online and physical event which lets you connect and expand your network, to explore and discover unexpected creative sparks. Join us in making the world a more creative place with future technologies.

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The safety of you and our community is our highest priority. In light of global health concerns due to COVID-19 and related government actions in Tokyo, Japan, we have to consider the developments and follow government guidance. We are developing a concept that protects your health and safety and gives you the best conference experience when joining us live in Tokyo. In parallel we present Connected Ink in a 24 hours online event, freely accessible from around the globe to you.

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Japan Philharmonic Orchestra + LIMITS

The Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and LIMITS, organizer of competitive digital art battles, are joining forces to creative a collaborative performance for the first time at Connected Ink. Together they are turning the stage into an experiential art event.


KOPPA, a team that makes the designed furniture series with pieces of wood and scrap wood, will create a special “Stage KOPPA” for Connected Ink. Assembly will start the day before the event and will be available for various live streaming sessions at Connected Ink.

Special Partners

Samsung x Celsys x Wacom Samsung Samsung x Celsys x Wacom Netflix, USA
Digital Drawing Experience on Android

A talk and live drawing session by a webtoon artsit with “CLIP STUDIO PAINT for Galaxy”
Jason Lee, Samsung Electronics
Tetsuya Kobayashi, Celsys
Koji Yano, Wacom
Hyonu Park, Wacom More
Opening Act IMPALA Opening Act Netflix, USA
What can we create from chaos?

Artists will draw, write, dance, sing, and play in the attempt to bridge the two parallel worlds of Shinjuku Sankaku-Hiroba and Ihatov Hanamaki City. They deep dive into these forms of human expression that have been passed down from ancient times to uncover where stories actually begin. More
EdTech Panel Discussion Ed Tech EdTech Panel Discussion Wacom, Japan
Education DX, Analogue Paper to Ink Digital Transformation

Discussion on the reforms that digital pens contribute to digital transformation in the education industry. More
Mitsubishi Pencil x Wacom Wacom One Mitsubishi Pencil x Wacom Netflix, USA
The value of creative tools – a talk with professional creators

Rethinking analog and digital creative tools with professional creators and community. More
Sunrise Dance Midori Sunrise Dance Netflix, USA
0 to 1 Everything will be in vain?

A dance performance which will take place live in the early morning hours at Sankaku Hiroba, Tokyo.
Performer: Midori with IMPALA
Ai Mitsuhashi Ai Mitsuhashi Ai Mitsuhashi  Wacom, Japan
My trajectory of thinking about life from food

“How can I make someone happy? What can I do to make our lives more vivid?” After asking herself these questions, Ai Mitsuhashi realized that “food” might be the answer. More
Tamotsu Ito& Kaz Oki Tamotsu Ito Kaz Oti Tamotsu Ito & Kaz Oki Moderator: Nobu Ide, CEO, Wacom

What is calm co-existence between people, nature, goods and technology?

A creative discussion on how people, nature, goods, and technology can be harmonized and co-exist sustainably and calmly. More
Gutierrez Jorge Gutierrez Netflix, USA
Finding your voice and telling your stories

The creative journey of Emmy award winning animation director Jorge Gutierrez. More
Giffard-Burley Joss
Wacom, United Kingdom
What's next for Wacom's DRM solution

This speech will present the technology we are using to build a secure DRM platform for all types of creative users by combining Wacom’s core technology components with our research in the areas of blockchain and self-sovereign identity. More
hirakawa Tsuyoshi Hirakawa FUJIFILM Medical IT Solutions, Co., Ltd., Japan
Digitizing medical consent forms

Digitizing consent forms drives dramatic cost and risk reduction at Saiseikai Kumamoto Hospital. More
Eshi 100 Eshi 100
This contemporary Japanese Illustration (organized by The Sankei Shimbun) is an exhibition drawn by 100 artists who are active on the front lines of pop culture. Running for 10 years, this time it will take a closer look at the drawing process of one of the famous artists. A dance team will also use dance to express the drawing process to bring together the concepts of “art” x “dance”. More
Hamel Marko Hamel Marko Hamel Visual Selling, Germany
Live Visualization as a life skill

Remote work is the new normal – but how can we still collaborate & co-create in a meaningful way? Learn how to make an impact. More
Kevin Kulbacki Kevin Kulbacki Kevin Kulbacki KDX Forensic Consulting, USA
Signatures and Fraud in the Digital Age

A Forensic Document Examiner discusses the importance of signatures even in the digital age. More
Peter Sommer Peter-Sommer-Managing-Director-EMEA Peter Sommer Wacom, Germany
Human signatures for a digital world

Key customers showcase their use of Wacom technology for digitizing signature-centric workflows. More
Lee Bofkin Lee Bofkin Lee Bofkin Global Street Art, UK 
How to paint a city

How to paint a city and not lose your mind! More
Weber Markus Weber Wacom, Germany
From analog to digital ink in modern education.

The future of the Universal Ink Model, Semantic Ink technology and their dominant role in education. More
Dedomenico Gina DeDomenico Costume Design Guild, USA
When Hollywood went from analog to digital

Gina will discuss her experience of re-entering the Hollywood industry that went digital while she was away raising a family. More
Niko Kalantzis Nikolas Kalantzis Niko Kalantzis Chartoularios Institute, Greece
From liquid to digital ink

The transformation of the signature as a medium eSignature expert Niko Kalantzis explores the evolution of biometric digital handwritten signatures. More
IMART IMART International Manga Anime Festival Reiwa Toshima, Japan
A new era of anime and manga

IMART 2021, a borderless conference in the realm of manga and anime, presents a discussion on the «Doujin (indie) Exhibiton» in the time of COVID-19. More
Hiroshi Fujioka Hiroshi Fujioka Wacom , Japan

Wacom´s vison of the XR business

The presentation will explain Wacom's vision for the XR business and introduce actual workflows and examples of VR creation. The devices that Wacom is currently developing for VR creation will also be discussed. More
The Imagination Project The Imagination Project Wacom x Creative Mornings
Supporting creative communities

The Imagination Project delivers a unique opportunity during Covid-19 to support those that help make our world vibrant and full of creativity. More
Gideon Schnog Gideon-Schnog Gideon Schnog Saint Leo University, USA
How Saint Leo University relies on Wacom to deliver hybrid education

The way to success in technology deployment and adoption is to stick to what people know and introduce them to tools that naturally fit their environment. Wacom has created a more natural teaching experience in an unprecedented pandemic. More
Ignacio Alamillo-Domingo Alamillo Ignacio Alamillo-Domingo Astrea La Infopista Juridica, Spain
Human Rights in the digital space

Who is the digital you? The role of handwritten eSignatures in online identity. More
Mekyska Jiri Mekyska Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Diagnosing and helping children with GD

Objective diagnosis of graphomotor difficulties in children with developmental dysgraphia. More
Hyoguchi Peter Hyoguchi Roninfilm, USA 

Creating cross platform entertainment

Reinventing modern filmmaking using video game technology in the new world of remote collaboration. More
Michael Morris Michael Morris USA 
The Cartoon Crunch

Eight animation students survived The Cartoon Crunch, the ultimate week-long animation challenge. Join us as we unveil their animated shorts: there will be laughter and tears, but mostly laughter. More
André Luis Andre Louis André Luis THU Trojan Horse was a Unicorn, Portugal
Building a creative community

As founder of Trojan Horse was a Unicorn (THU), André speaks about the importance, relevance and power of the creative community. More
What it takes to create a new culture

STINGS is a start-up founded to create a new culture through creativity and communication. In this session, Hiroki Honda will talk about what he believes is necessary to create a new culture – not just a business. More
Drummond Bob Drummond Kami, New Zealand
Kami app: Reimagining the digital learning environment

Kami is a leading classroom app built to transform an existing file into an interactive learning experience. More
J-Fever J-Fever Rapper, China
Interview and performance

J-Fever, the rapper inspired by Japanese cartoons and cult books, gives an interview and a rap performance about creativity. More

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Shinjuku Sumitomo Building Sankaku Hiroba

A brand new open space venue in the middle of vibrant Shinjku, Tokyo.

Sankaku Hiroba