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August 2017 Monthly Event

Friday August 25, 2017 @ 18:00 - 21:00

Free – $500

[alert title=”INFO: ” type=”info”]The August Monthly Event will be NOT at The New Sanno this month, instead it will be held at Safecast Shibuya, above FabCafe (about 5 minutes walk from Shibuya Station).[/alert]

Join the AFCEA Tokyo (東京) family on Friday August 25 at Safecast Shibuya for some Summer festivities, with free hors d’oeuvres, and beverages of your choice.

We’re honored and delighted to have Mr. Pieter Franken, Representative Director and Co-Founder of Safecast, presenting a very interesting topic titled:The Power of Citizen Science

Event Overview/Summary:
The Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster, which began on March 11, 2011, provided a crucial opportunity to evaluate the state of preparation on the part the powerplant operator (TEPCO), relevant Japanese government agencies, and international oversight bodies, to gather necessary information on radiation risks quickly and to share it with those tasked with emergency response as well as with the general public. The inadequacy of this preparation and the chaotic nature of inter-agency and inter-governmental communication has been well noted in several official reports on the disaster.

In response, Safecast, an international, volunteer-based organization devoted to monitoring and openly sharing information on environmental radiation and other pollutants, was initiated on March 12, 2011, one day following the start of the accident. Since then the group has implemented participatory, open-source, citizen-science-centered radiation mapping solutions developed through a process of collaborative open innovation. The information Safecast has provided has proven useful to experts, to policy makers, and to the public.

The talk will go over the methodology and toolsets Safecast has developed and deployed, as well as organizational and social aspects, and summarizes key results obtained to date. In addition, it discusses appropriate criteria for evaluating the success of citizen-science efforts like Safecast, and places it in context with other non-governmental radiation monitoring efforts. The talk is at Safecast’s office which is situated above FabCafe on Dogenzaka and will offer plenty opportunity for hands-on experience, trying out devices and talking to our core volunteers.

About the Speaker:
Pieter Franken’s career spans over 25 years in Financial Services, specializing in O&T, Fintech, innovation and large-scale transformations. He has held C-level and executive positions with industry leaders such as Citigroup, Shinsei Bank, Aplus, Monex Securities and Monex Group. His hallmark is pioneering innovative services by implementing bleeding edge technologies while minimizing time-to-market and dramatically reducing costs. Versed in large scale IT transformation, bi-modal management, operations, software development and innovation in FinTech.

In 2011 Pieter co-founded Safecast.org – a global initiative to collect citizen sourced environmental data. Since 2016 he is a member of Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) International Technology Advisory Panel (ITAP)

Pieter holds a MSc in Computer Science from Delft University and currently is a researcher with MIT Media Lab and Keio University where he contributes to research in Citizen Science, IoT and Block-chain technologies.

Areas of expertise: FinTech, IT in Japan, FinTech in Japan, Digital Transformation, IoT, Citizen Science, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Open Source, Agile, Lean Start-up, SEI-CMM, Application Development, Datacenter Operations, End-point Computing, Bi-modal, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Chatbots, Digital Currencies, Cyber Security, IT Governance, Consumer Banking, Online Banking, Securities, Financial Operations, Payment Networks, Radiation Measurement, Fukushima Daiichi Disaster

In his limited free-time, he is an avid photographer, aspiring recording engineer, hardware hacker, music lover, cyclist and scuba diver.

Important Information:
The August Monthly Event will be NOT at The New Sanno this month, instead it will be held at Safecast Shibuya, above FabCafe (about 5 minutes walk from Shibuya Station) and will feature our standard spread of free hors d’oeuvres, finger food, and beverages of your choice.

This event, like all our monthly events, is FREE for everyone to attend.


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Friday August 25, 2017
18:00 - 21:00
Free – $500
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Safecast Shibuya
1-22-7 Dogenzaka
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0043 Japan
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AFCEA 東京 TOKYO generally holds its seminars and events at The New Sanno Hotel near Hiroo Station. Please be aware The New Sanno is a U.S. military complex, and requires an official government issued identification card with picture (ie. Passport, JP drivers license, Zairyu Card, DoD CAC, DoD Dependent ID, DoD Retired ID, etc. ) for entry. In addition, due to The New Sanno security requirements, passports issued by certain countries require additional documentation and a 30-day lead-time for access. Please view the event page for further details and what needs to be done so you can access the festivities. These rules have nothing to do with AFCEA 東京 TOKYO, and are strictly related to and enforced by the venue.