Wacom to host the fourth “Connected Ink” in Tokyo  Connecting the power of digital pen/ink/paper with AI, IoT and 5G to introduce new value in education, business, creative community and stationery

Tokyo, Japan. – November 18, 2019 – Wacom Co., Ltd. – joined by partners from around the world – will host the Connected Ink in Roppongi, Tokyo, on November 27, 2019, to promote the innovation and wide adaptation of digital stationery.

This year’s Connected Ink will feature exciting exhibitions and speakers from business and academic fields; such as new products and devices featuring Wacom’s pen technology and E ink’s (Taiwan) electronic paper, optimized solutions for municipality offices and retail, a concept supporting dementia diagnostic testing applying digital pen and ink, findings from a research on behavior of handwriting and the opportunities EdTech (Education Technology) presents for the future of education.

Ideas and innovations unimaginable prior to the digitalization of pen and ink have emerged as promising solutions by Wacom and its partners. Initiatives to be introduced during the event include the application of digital ink to VR (Virtual Reality) and MR (Mixed Reality) and a new work style realized by linking design creators to 5G mobile networks, as well as an exciting co-development of smart home interface with mui Lab and a proposition for a whole new form of communication combining digital pen and ink with AI technologies (Artificial Intelligence).

Presentations by award-winners of Inkathon™, Wacom’s open innovation platform for application development utilizing WILL™(Wacom Ink Layer Language) ink technology , will also be shared with participants, opening dialogues on new use cases and various topics contributing to the progress of Digital Transformation (DX) in today’s society.

November 27, Connected Ink Schedule
Morning: Keynotes - New Technology Updates & Developments

The morning session will take the audience through exciting updates and presentations by Wacom on the latest developments in business, technology and marketing. Wacom’s speakers include Nobu Ide (President & CEO), Faik Karaoglu (EVP, Head of Branded Business Group), Sayatake Komine (SVP, Head of Technology Solution Business Unit), Peter Sommer (SVP, Head of Business Solution Business Unit) and Heidi Wang (SVP, Head of INK Division). Guest speakers from partner companies and academic circles leading efforts and research around digital pen and ink will also join on the stage.

Afternoon: Break-out Sessions (Lectures & Technology Exhibitions)
Theme #1 – Leading Edge Technology for Pen/Paper/Ink

12:45-13:10  Enhancing mobile productivity and creativity through the S Pen (Samsung)
13:25-13:50  Converged reality and the imaginary spaces (ARS Electronica)
14:05-14:30  The development trend of ePaper in digital writing (E ink)
14:45-15:10  The application of smart stationery in education (Haier)
15:25-15:50  WILL 3.0 - The universal ink framework (Wacom)
16:05-16:30  Wacom XR ink strategy (Wacom)
16:45-17:30  Winner presentation of Inkathon developer challenge

Theme #2 – Evolution of Education and Business driven by ink
12:45-13:10  Penetration of ICT in schooling, leveraging next-gen education solutions (Fujitsu Client Computing)
13:25-13:50  Informatization of Japanese education and possibility of writing (Wacom, Kyoto Univ.)
14:05-14:30  Hospitality development by digitization of registration cards (Dynatec)
14:45-15:10  Educational reform driven by EdTech (Digital Hollywood Univ.)
15:25-15:50  Solution for local government office reception improvement (Fuji Xerox System)
16:05-16:30  Start-up presentations – Delivering new values for creative artists with digital ink
16:45-17:10  Ink and HCAI bring a new way of communication (SD Tech)

Theme #3 – Analogue-Digital Harmonization
12:45-13:10  Effects of handwritten letters on Learners (Meiji University)
13:25-13:50  Stationery digitization -The origin of SuperNote (Shanghai Ratta)
14:05-14:30  Connect analog paper to digital world (NeoLAB)
14:45-15:10  Partnership alliances leading digital transformation of pen, ink and paper across global industries (Wacom)
15:25-15:50  Proposal of digitized paper and pen (Wacom)
16:05-16:30  Screening for dementia using Bamboo Slate (Niigata Univ. of Health and Welfare)
16:45-17:10  Calm technology and design - Atmosphere of technology (Wacom, mui Lab)

Registration for the event is available online:

About Connected Ink
Connected Ink, hosted by Wacom Co., Ltd. is a global open industry event to promote the innovation and promotion of ideas and technologies leveraging digital ink and digital stationery. Participants and contributors include leading professionals from various industries from hardware, software, telecommunications, IT and stationeries, aiming to explore and promote cretivity and collaborative experience with Wacom’s digital ink technology, WILL™(Wacom Ink Layer Language).

About Wacom
Founded in 1983, Wacom is a global company based in Japan with subsidiaries and affiliate offices around the world to support marketing and distribution in over 150 countries and areas. It is the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and digital interface solutions. The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world and provides business and home users with their leading interface technology to express their personality. The company also offers its products as OEM solutions to leading manufacturers serving incremental markets. Wacom’s interface technology, called Wacom Feel IT technologies, is also offered as an integrated solution to strategic partners. Most tablet device and PC manufacturers count on the advanced features and reliability to deliver a superior user interface experience. For further information about the products of Wacom see

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Corporate Communication, Wacom Co., Ltd.