World OMOSIROI Award

3rd. Selection committee


Chairperson of the Selection Committee
Representative Director of Knowledge Capital Association / Former President of Osaka University

Director of Asia Pacific Institute of Research (APIR)
President of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) of Japan (2007~2013)
Representative Director of Knowledge Capital Association (2012~)
Member of NHK management committee (2016~)

Naohiro UKAWA

Contemporary artist / Founder of DOMMUNE / Professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design

As an all-round artist, Ukawa is active in a wide variety of fields such as filmmaking, graphic design, visual art, writing and contemporary art. He calls himself a "Media Therapist"as he independentely established a live streaming channel DOMMUNE in March 2010. The channel attracted a record number of viewers and continued raising interests in Japan and overseas. It received the Encouragement Prize at the Japan Media Ats Festival organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. In 2015, he was appointed to General Director, Curator and Chairperson of the Selection Committee for Takamatsu Media Art Festival, in which his aesthetic viwepoint struck Japanese art scene.

Gerfried STOCKER

Artistic Director, Ars Electronica

Gerfried Stocker directs many creative projects internationally, as a core and representative person in Ars Electronica. Since 1995, he has been artistic director of Ars Electronica. In 1995-96, he headed the crew of artists and technicians that developed the Ars Electronica Center’s pioneering new exhibition strategies and set up the facility’s in-house R&D department, the Ars Electronica Futurelab.


Koyasan Sanbō-in Deputy Chief Priest / Koyasan Kōso-in Chief Priest

Hidaka Zenbo graduated University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law. During his PhD course, he established an IT startup to develop softwares. Later, he founded Japan Style and conducted Japanese performing arts productions such as Tsugaru-jamisen and traditional Okinawa music performances in Central Asia, Middle East and Canada in association with Japan Foundation.
In 2007, He was appointed for the committee member of Japan Luxury Travel Forum organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Currently, he serves as priest in Koyasan Kōso-in and as deputy chief priest in Koyasan Sanbō-in as well as manager of planning division at Koyasan University. He is also a board member of Local-Area Branding Association.

Patrick Newell

Vision Navigator at 21 Foundation

Patrick is the Co-founder of Tokyo International School established in 1995, a 21st Century model school in many areas of education and learning, and Living Dreams, an NPO that enriches the lives of orphans from children’s homes in Japan. He launched TEDxTokyo in 2008, as the first TEDx, TEDxYouth & TEDxTeachers events outside of USA that focuses on bringing thinkers, doers and innovators from Japan and beyond to share ideas.

Haruka Christine


Born in Switzerland in 1992. She came to Japan under the influence of Japanese TV variety shows and movies during high school, and became popular by imitating celebrity gags in multiple languages in 2010. Her hobby is politician chase and to visit the parliament. She is active in a wide range of TV programs as a global talent who can speak 3 languages (Japanese, German, English).