This week Wacom’s digital ink key event arrives on the 17th -18th of November.

Connected Ink brings together partners from the arts, technology, stationery and education to showcase all of the amazing work we’ve been doing with our partners to support creativity, learning and innovation using digital transformation and ink technology.

Connected Ink will be presented live from Tokyo, as well as in a 24-hour online event. The event will be freely accessible from around the globe to you or in a live experience in Tokyo.

Join in on one of our interactive events such as our ‘Creativity in Action’ life-drawing session or submit your artwork to become part of our living canvas.



Explore our line-up, artists and performers or follow one of our panel discussions on all topics concerning digital ink.

What can we create from chaos?
Artists will draw, write, dance, sing and play in attempt to bridge the two parallel worlds of Shin-juku Sankaku-Hiroba and Ihatov Hanamaki City. They deep dive into these forms of human expression that have been passed down from ancient times to uncover where the stories actually begin.

Artist: Satoru
Art Director: Mr. Itagaki
Performer: IMPALA

Date: November 17th
10:00pm – 10:45pm (AEDT)

New Work and the Future of Digital Education

Panel Discussion – Digital Stationary Consortium

Johnson Lee, E Ink Holdings Inc.
Peter Jackson, Bluescape
Dr. Felix Obschonka, Montblanc
Catarina Cho, Samsung Electronics
Erna Müller, STAEDTLER
Nobu Ide, Wacom

Date: November 18th
12:30am – 1:30am (AEDT)

Human Signatures for a digital world
Peter Sommer
Wacom, Germany

Key customers showcase their use of Wacom technology for digitalizing signature-centric workflows.

Date: November 18th
12:30am – 1:00am (AEDT)

Creativity in Action
Life drawing session
Drink and Draw Berlin, Germany

We will host a fun and unique, live online drawing session with several Berlin artist from our community as guests. We will draw together and get to know the artists, while the viewer can either draw along or just watch and listen, like a cool podcast.

Date: November 18th
5:15am – 7:20am (AEDT)

How Wacom is shaping the future of education
Panel Discussion
Heidi Wang and Faik Karaoglu, Wacom, Germany

The Pen is one of the most powerful tools in education. That’s why Wacom is bringing this intuitive tool to the digital classroom. Learn more about Wacom’s digital Pen and Ink Solutions for education.

Date: November 18th
8:00am – 8:30am (AEDT)

Finding your voice and telling your stories
Jorge Gutierrez
Netflix, USA

The creative journey of Emmy Award winning animation director Jorge Gutierrez.

Date: November 18th
12:30pm – 2:00pm (AEDT)

Interview and creative rap performance
Rapper, China

J-Fever, the rapper inspired by Japanese cartoons and cult books, gives an interview and a rap performance about creativity.

Date: November 18th
2:00pm – 2:30pm (AEDT)

What is calm co-existence between people, nature, goods and technology?
Tamotsu Ito, Tamotsu Ito architecture office. KOPPA, Japan
Kaz Oki, Mui Lab, Japan
Moderator: Nobu Ide, CEO, Wacom

A creative discussion on how people, nature, goods and technology can be harmonized and co-exist sustainably and calmly.

Date: November 18th
4:55pm – 5:25pm (AEDT)

How we can support kids’ love for drawing, today and beyond?
Oiso Town x Celsys x Wacom

Oiso Town, Celsys and Oiso collaborate to conduct a public experiment on how digital creative technologies can support kids’ learning journey.

Date: November 18th
5:30pm – 6:00pm (AEDT)

When two companies share the same philosophy on handwriting, services and vision
Z-kai Inc., Japan
CEOs from Z-kai Group and Wacom

CEOs from Z-kai Group and Wacom talk about education and digital handwriting.

Date: November 18th
6:45pm – 7:15pm (AEDT)

Creative Rights Initiative
Collaborative Project
PGN Corp – pixiv Inc. – Startbahn Inc. – Tosho Printing Co. Ltd. – Wacom

Digital Rights Management is to create and nurture a new, better culture for art and creatives. Their first proof of concept will be introduced during the discussion.

Date: November 18th
7:15pm – 7:40pm (AEDT)

“Where do souls live?” Does Future Ink hold the answer to this question?
Panel Discussion
Ars Electronica Futurelab x Wacom

Ars Electronica Furelab x Wacom introduce a new style of creative brainstorming session filled with improvised music and graphic recording about the “Future Ink.” This session aims to answer the questions both are seeking from the collaboration.

Date: November 18th
8:15pm – 8:45pm (AEDT)

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and LIMITS collaborative performance

The Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and LIMITS, an organiser of competitive digital art battles, are joining forces to create a collaborative performance for the first time at Connected Ink. Together they are turning the stage into an experiential art event.

Date: November 18th
9:15pm – 9:45pm (AEDT)

Where will the next brush stroke lead?

Closing act
Artist: Satoru Kobayashi
Art Director: Takashi Itagaki

Artist Satoru Kobayashi will create Connected Ink’s logo in Hanamaki City.

Date: November 18th
9:45pm – 10:00pm (AEDT)

For a complete program or to register for free click here.

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