KIKA TECH BRINGS EMOJIS + A.I. TO DOWNTOWN SAN JOSE
It wasn’t just another tech company ribbon-cutting on Jan. 11 at the new Kika Tech offices at 8 North San Pedro Street.
Kika’s staff were just back from an amazing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where the China-based startup had been awarded four 2018 CES Innovation Awards, which is rare for any start-up in its first year of U.S. market expansion. Kika Tech secured awards in the following categories: Smart Home; Software and Mobile Apps; In-Vehicle Audio/Video; and Tech for a Better World, for its newest product KikaGo. In addition, KikaGo was named a Best of CES 2018 by the Wall Street Journal.
Another unusual factor is that the company’s roots are in designing emojis, but in a few short years, Kika Tech has incorporated artificial intelligence. natural language processing and deep learning to expand its product offerings into multiple products, most recently hands-free communication.
And the lobby has adorable couch cushions shaped like emojis!
Mayor Sam Liccardo and District 3 City Councilmember Raul Peralez were on hand to cut the ceremonial ribbon in the stylish offices in the heart of San Pedro Square – arguably Ground Zero of San Jose coolness.
Liccardo and Peralez both stressed that Kika Tech was joining San Jose at the best of times – construction sites are popping up all over downtown, new restaurants and coffee shops are opening weekly and the mood is definitely upbeat.