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Hal Seki

City of Kobe
Chief Innovation Officer

Hal Seki is a Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) for the City of Kobe. In this role he leads the development of open innovation process in Kobe city. Since Kobe city started accelerating startups as city’s program, he helps to make the program and forming a community of entrepreneurs. He is also running Data Academy program inspired by Data Academy SF. It is the series of workshops for city staffs to build up data literacies.

Besides of CINO, he has been leading Civic-Tech movement in Japan as a representative of Code for Japan, a nonprofit organization which aims to promote Civic-Tech culture in Japan, Code for Japan is connecting 39 independent local Code for communities in Japan.