Japan’s Samurai Incubate and Toyota to hold hackathon event in Israel in October



Tokyo-based startup incubator Samurai Incubate and Toyota InfoTechnology Center, the R&D arm of Japan’s No. 1 automaker, announced today that they will jointly hold a hackathon in Tel Aviv, Israel, 23–24 October.

Samurai Incubate established a local subsidiary in Israel in April, with the aim to help more Japanese companies work with Israeli startups as well as find prominent startups to invest in the startup hub of the Middle East.

Toyota InfoTechnology Center has been researching big data solutions leveraging metrics accumulated from more than 100,000 Toyota automobiles. Through the hackathon, the company aims to work with Israeli engineers to co-develop mobile apps using big data.

Samurai House, Tel Aviv

Samurai Incubate founder and CEO Kentaro Sakakibara relocated to Tel Aviv earlier this year, where he recently set up a co-working space called Samurai House to invite startups and entrepreneurs from Japan, Israel, and the rest of world to gather. By lobbying the Israeli government, he wants to encourage their national airline to establish a direct flight connecting Tel Aviv and Tokyo to bridge local startup communities in the two countries.

Event details, such as venue and agenda, have not been announced, so check visit their website for more information.