Upcoming Program


Artificial intelligence (AI) offers significant opportunities to improve human and planetary health. Yet as applications of AI continue to grow in some fields, its uptake has been slower when it comes to addressing social challenges such as improving health and healthcare, enabling broader social inclusion, and making urban spaces both more livable for residents and sustainable for the planet. As the power and reach of AI increases how can society maximize the potential gains for people and environment? 

Launching in 2020, the Japan-India Transformative Technology Network will connect and empower a critical mass of outstanding change-makers in two of Asia’s largest democracies – India and Japan – to develop ideas for new innovations and applications of AI to products, processes, policymaking, organizational practices, and financing across three interconnected fields: health systems; accessibility, mobility and inclusion; and living & livable cities.

Application deadline: December 18, 2019



  • In healthcare, AI is being developed to help provide health advice and conduct diagnostics for those without access to healthcare; it is assisting doctors, nurses, and administrators to work more efficiently and allow greater numbers to receive quality care; and it is aiding predictions of the impact of both pandemic outbreaks and new cures and medicines. How can the potential of AI be harnessed to make healthcare more accessible, treatment more affordable, and diagnoses more accurate?
  • As AI allows for ever-greater degrees of personalization, what are the AI solutions that can address individuals’ physical and cognitive challenges? How can AI open new means of communication and personalized learning methods to develop new skills for employment and support inclusion?
  • As our cities grow and change, how should AI aid city planners and policymakers to make sense of growing collections of data, prioritize demands on resources, and even predict problems before they arise? How can AI contribute to transforming carbon-heavy systems (such as transport, housing, heating, etc.) to make cities more livable, and urban life more sustainable?


In 2020, the program will bring together 30 mid-career participants from India and Japan to catalyze and scale up joint collaborations inspired by AI across three thematic areas: health systems; accessibility, mobility and inclusion; and living & livable cities.

Each cohort’s technology focus will be addressed by a bilateral pair of workshops held in Japan and India, and Network Fellows will be encouraged to participate in both. This continuity is intended to strengthen Fellows’ knowledge of the contexts in which other Fellows are working, deepen relationships between members of the Network, and encourage longer-term follow up on ideas born in the workshops.

The program will be fully residential with an emphasis on participant-led content, peer-to-peer support, and expanding collaboration.

Participants of the program will receive economy class travel to the program venue, accommodation (double occupancy room), and meals during the program.

Magome, a post town in Japan’s Kiso valley, will host the first meeting of the 2020 program. Magome has been chosen as a location due to its semi-remote location, strong cultural heritage, and beautiful scenery, creating an experience akin to Salzburg Global Seminar’s home at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, and allowing us to welcome all participants in conditions of trust and openness. The program venue extends along the historically preserved post road, which was previously a major route connecting Tokyo with Kyoto during the Edo Period. 



Each cohort of the Japan-India Transformative Technology Network will:

  • Be gender-balanced;
  • Consist of mid-career professionals with the aspiration and potential to lead positive transformation in society;
  • Include a diverse, cross-sectoral mix of perspectives from professions such as:

    • Research and Development: academic and corporate researchers, private and government research financers, design specialists (products, places, policies);
    • Implementation and Commercialization: technology specialists, public and private sector practitioners, business strategists, financial innovators, entrepreneurs, civil servants;
    • Expansion and Scaling-up: national and municipal-level policymakers, community organizers and NGO leaders, journalists, thought-leaders, educators and innovators.


To qualify, all applicants must:

  • Have a proven track record of enhancing social good in one or more of the following challenge areas: 

    • health systems, 
    • accessibility, mobility & inclusion, 
    • living & livable cities;

  • Either:

    • Work in the field of tech innovation, or
    • Be looking to use tech (in particular AI) to make a positive social impact and advance SDGs; 

  • Want to be an active member of the Japan-India Transformative Technology Network;
  • Be resident in India or Japan;
  • Be proficient in English, the working language of the program;
  • Have 7+ year’s relevant experience in your field.

Applicants who do not meet these criteria will not be considered for the program.



For those selected to participate, all costs – program fee, materials, accommodation during the program, meals, and (economy-class) travel to and from the program – will be covered thanks to the generosity of The Nippon Foundation. Accommodation and meals will be provided on-site in Magome, Japan.