The Future of Social Tech: Nurturing Skills and Markets for Social Impact Innovation

The Future of Social Tech: Nurturing Skills and Markets for Social Impact Innovation

Thursday, February 23, 2023
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Paul Brest Hall
555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford, CA, 94305

Registration for in-person attendance has reached capacity. The conference is also available via livestream and with Japanese interpretation. 



Flyer for the conference 'The Future of Social Tech" with speaker headshots.

The inaugural conference in a special event series on the occasion of Shorenstein APARC's 40th Anniversary, "Asia in 2030, APARC@40"

With a keynote panel featuring YOSHIKI, a composer, classically-trained pianist, rock drummer, and the leader of the rock groups X Japan and The Last Rockstars

Hosted by APARC's Japan Program

Watch the livestream (English version) here.

Watch the livestream with Japanese interpretation here.

Join the Japan Program and the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) of Stanford University for an in-person conference on February 23, 2023 as we gather Japanese and American entrepreneurs, investors, content creators, and educators to share lessons and best practices to accelerate innovation for social impact, or “social tech.” Attendees will have the opportunity to tap into environments optimal for developing skills and markets for social tech through the lens of movers and shakers in the fields of technology, music, business, research, and education.

From climate change action to pandemic response and preparedness, and from sustainable industrialization to lifelong well-being and the workforce of the future, the world is hungry for strategies and solutions that benefit people and the planet while supporting economic growth and prosperity. This kind of innovation for social impact requires societies to promote purpose- and potential-driven approaches to human capital development grounded in agility, creativity, and risk-taking.

Focusing on these issues, the conference seeks to catalyze and cultivate partnerships in social tech between Japan and the United States – two of the most important sources of globally successful technological advancements and contents development in the past half-century. Panel discussions, fireside chats, and Q&A sessions will spotlight practices for igniting enterprising minds and lessons to inspire current and future innovators in both countries and beyond.

Media Advisory and Press Contact

Journalists interested in covering the conference should contact Shorenstein APARC’s Communications Manager Michael Breger at by February 21 at 9:00 a.m. PT to register. At the venue, they will be required to present a press credential from an established news organization. Freelance reporters should email a letter from the news organization for which they work to Michael Breger by the February 21 deadline. The press area is limited and press seating is not guaranteed.

Administrative Contact

For all other inquiries about the conference contact Japan Program Coordinator Kana Igarashi Limpanukorn at