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Events titled “IoT Lab Selection” and “IoT Lab Connection” to be Held

On Sunday, July 31, 2016, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the IoT Acceleration Lab will hold two events: IoT Lab Selection, at which outstanding IoT-based projects will be selected and recognized; and IoT Lab Connection, at which business matching events will be held. Taking this opportunity, a commendation ceremony will also be held to approve selected projects under the Local IoT Acceleration Lab project and offer a certificate to the winners.

1. Outline

Industries and society are seeing significant changes all over the world as a result of technological innovations such as the IoT, big data, and AI. In response to this situation, it is necessary for Japan, as well as other countries, to create new IoT business models, uncover and develop IoT platform creators, and use them as a driving force for new growth.

The IoT Acceleration Lab was established to select and cultivate advanced IoT projects, provide the selected projects with thorough support in terms of collaboration with enterprises, finance and regulatory frameworks, and develop environments in which the results of the projects can be implemented on a large scale through regulatory reforms or creation of new systems. As part of the efforts, the lab will hold the following events on Sunday, July 31, 2016.

1) Second IoT Lab Selection for selecting the most advanced projects

Based on the results of the broad call for new IoT projects, on Sunday, July 31, 2016, the IoT Acceleration Lab will hold the Second IoT Lab Selection, and select and recognize the most outstanding projects submitted through the public call.

In collaboration with government-related organizations, financial institutes, venture capital businesses and other support organizations, the lab will provide financial and mentoring support and support for regulatory reforms and standardization with finalized IoT projects.

At the final selection of the event, members from the 13 projects that have passed the first and second examinations will make presentation before the public. The winners will be recognized and receive awards, namely, the Grand Prix, Semi Grand Prix, and Examiners’ Special Award.

For details of the applicants’ projects, visit the following website:
https://iotlab.jp/jp/selection.html (in Japanese) external link

2) Second IoT Lab Connection (solution matching event)

As part of the efforts for supporting projects which are undertaken in collaboration with companies, the lab will hold a business matching event targeted to member companies, associations, municipalities and other entities with business needs or seeds. Through this event, the lab aims to provide an opportunity for business owners who intend to create new business models to exchange views with other business owners who operate under relevant business models or who possess relevant technologies or services, thereby leading to the creation of specific projects and the practical implementation of the results.

Themes on which the event will focus:

  1. Health care/medical care and sports
  2. Distribution and infrastructure

For details of the event, visit the following website:
https://iotlab.jp/jp/connection.html (in Japanese) external link

3) First selection of applicants for the Local IoT Acceleration Lab

METI and the IoT Acceleration Lab have called for specific projects by eligible entities, aiming to select entities which have the capacity to create IoT projects in local areas as Local IoT Acceleration Labs to support the establishment of IoT business startups through the development of such local projects.

At the event on Sunday, July 31, 2016, the lab will publicize the list of fields of enterprises which have passed the first selection round.

For the details of the effort, visit the following website:
http://www.meti.go.jp/policy/it_policy/local_iot-lab/index.html (in Japanese)

2. Details of the IoT Lab Connection and IoT Lab Selection

Date and time
Sunday, July 31, 2016; 10:30–18:00 (tentative)
Venue
Hitotsubashi Hall (in Japanese) external link
National Center for Sciences Building, 2-1-2, Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

10:30: [IoT Lab Connection] one-on-one business matching and booth-based business matching for individual municipalities

10:50: [IoT Lab Selection] Business matching through presentations (tentative)
Presentations will be made by the following entities and industries:

  • The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), and the Japan Sports Agency
  • Healthcare
  • Sports
  • Distribution
  • Infrastructures

13:00: [IoT Lab Selection] Second IoT Lab Selection for the purpose of selecting the most advanced projects

  • Presentation by finalists and final examination

17:00: [Local IoT Acceleration Lab] Publication of the fields chosen in the first selection as applicants for the Local IoT Acceleration Lab

  • Introduction of applicants’ initiatives and holding a commendation ceremony to approve selected projects and offer a certificate to winners

17:30: [IoT Lab Selection] Commendation ceremony to recognize the winners of the Second IoT Lab Selection

18:05: Social event (membership required)

Note: Several events will be held simultaneously at different locations in Hitotsubashi Hall.

3. Prior registration for observers

If you are a member of the IoT Acceleration Lab and intend to observe the events, please register in advance on the following website:
https://contact.jipdec.or.jp/m?f=404 (in Japanese) external link
(Closing date: Midday, Tuesday, July 19, 2016)

  • Notes:
    1. (For the media) Interviews may be possible. To schedule an interview, please contact the Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI
    2. If you are not already a member, please apply for membership in advance on the following membership website before applying for the events.
      http://www.iotac.jp (in Japanese) external link
    3. Please note that participants will be selected by lottery if the number of applicants exceeds the maximum capacity of the venue. METI will send an e-mail to all the applicants who are able to participate in the events by Tuesday, July 26, 2016, regardless of the results of the lottery.

Release date

July 12, 2016

Division in Charge

Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau
(Please contact this division concerning both the IoT Lab Selection and IoT Lab Connection.)

Related Information

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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