It wasn’t just another tech company ribbon-cutting on Jan. 11 at the new Kika Tech offices at 8 North San Pedro Street.

Mayor Liccardo, left, congratulates Kika Tech Co-Founder and Head of Product, Ric Zhou

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!

From left: San Jose CM Peralez, Mayor Sam Liccardo and Kika Tech General Manager Tami Zhou

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.

More information about Kika Tech is available in the news release we issued before the opening, and at the company’s website.