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Technologies selected as “Innovative Technologies”: Exploring and Evaluating Japan’s Outstanding Content Technology

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has selected 20 technologies as outstanding content technologies for Innovative Technologies 2013, which is part of the program to promote innovation in content technologies, aiming to promote their further utilization and development.

All the selected technologies will be exhibited at the Digital Content Expo 2013, which will be held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation from October 24 to 26, 2013. Visitors to the expo will be able to experience the technologies first hand.

1. Outline of Innovative Technologies 2013

Based on the direction of technological development in the Technology Strategy Map 2012 (content industry),* the purpose of the event is to explore and evaluate advanced technologies that are expected to contribute significantly to making the strategy map a reality, as well as to share those technologies with people involved in the industry-academia collaboration efforts and pass them on to society as a whole, thereby shaping the future of Japan’s content technology.

The selected content technologies will be exhibited at Digital Content Expo 2013, which is to be held this October.

At the expo, METI will select technologies with the especially strong potential to have ripple effects and to be applied in areas other than the content industry, from among the Innovative Technologies 2013, and recognize them with a Special Award. The Special Awards are scheduled to be presented for the following four categories.

Special awards are scheduled to be presented in the following four categories:
Industry Technologies especially expected to have ripple effects and applications in industrial areas outside the content industry
Culture Technologies especially expected to have ripple effects and applications in cultural and artistic fields
Human Technologies especially expected to have ripple effects and applications in the area of life sciences
Ecology Technologies especially expected to have ripple effects and applications in environmental fields

*Note: Outline of the Technology Strategy Map
Since 2005, METI has been formulating and announcing Technology Strategy Maps―road maps by which to gain a comprehensive view of Japan’s important industrial technologies―in cooperation with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), and other organizations.

On the map, each field is composed of three sections: [i] scenario for introduction, [ii] overview map of required technologies in the future, and [iii] road map of important technologies.

For more information on the Technology Strategy Map 2012 (content industry), see the following website:
http://www.meti.go.jp/policy/mono_info_service/contents/downloadfiles/120307-2.pdf(PDF:3,208KB) PDF File(in Japanese) (ZIP:2,823KB)(in Japanese)

2.Technologies selected for Innovative Technologies 2013

METI issued a call for candidate technologies from both industry and academia, and received 71 applications. Through strict examination of the applications by an evaluation committee comprised of content technology experts from industry and academia, METI selected 20 outstanding content technologies for recognition at Innovative Technologies 2013. For the names of the selected technologies and successful applicants, see the Appendix (in Japanese). In addition, for more details on the selected technologies, visit the following official website:
http://www.dcexpo.jp/exhibition_index?lang=enExternal Site Link

3. Outline of Digital Content Expo 2013

Digital Content Expo 2013 is an international exhibition gathering a wide variety of technologies related to the digital content industry. As the official event of CoFesta 2013 (Japan International Content Festival), the expo will be held for the sixth time this year. Under the concept Bridge of Innovation, the expo will feature displays―such as those introducing the technologies specially selected for Innovative Technology 2013―that will allow visitors to experience cutting-edge technology, in addition to events such as symposiums attended by notable national and international public figures, with the goal of providing many people, ranging from domestic and foreign content technology engineers to visitors from among the general public, with an opportunity to experience future content technologies.

Dates and opening hours: October 24 (Thu) −October 26 (Sat), 2013, from 10:00 to 17:00
Venue: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) (2-3-6 Aomi, Koto Ward, Tokyo
Organizers: METI, Digital Content Association of Japan (DCAJ)
Admission: Free

Note: Please note that some of the programs require a materials fee. An admission fee is required for the permanent exhibition facilities of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.
http://www.dcexpo.jp/?lang=enExternal Site Link

Release Date

September 10, 2013

Division in Charge

Media and Content Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

For more information on the Digital Content Expo 2012:
Secretariat of the Digital Content Expo 2012, DCAJ

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