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Technologies Selected for “Innovative Technologies 2016”: Exploring and Evaluating Japan’s Outstanding Digital Content Technology and Winners of Closest-to-Business Award

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has selected 20 outstanding content technologies for Innovative Technologies 2016, which is part of the Program to Promote Innovation in Digital Content Technologies, aiming to promote their further utilization and development.

Celebrating the fifth anniversary of the program, METI established a new program titled “Innovative Technologies: Closest-to-Business Award” this year. Under this program, METI selects past winners and recognizes them for their success in advancing the commercialization of the award-winning technologies.

All of the selected technologies will be exhibited at Digital Content Expo 2016, which will be held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation starting from October 27, 2016. Visitors will be able to experience the technologies firsthand at the Expo.

1. Outline of Innovative Technologies 2016

Based on the direction of technological development stipulated in the Technology Map 2015 (content industry),* the purpose of the program is to explore and evaluate advanced technologies that are expected to contribute significantly to making the Map a reality, as well as to share those technologies with people involved in 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 the Digital Content Expo 2016 (DCEXPO), which is to be held from October 27 to 30, 2016.

At the DCEXPO, METI will select, from among the technologies selected for Innovative Technologies 2016, technologies with especially strong potential to have ripple effects and applications in areas other than the content industry and will recognize them with a Special Award.

The Special Awards are scheduled to be presented for the following four categories:
Industry Technologies expected to have strong ripple effects and applications in industrial fields outside the content industry
Culture Technologies expected to have strong ripple effects and applications in cultural and artistic fields
Human Technologies expected to have strong ripple effects and applications in the area of life sciences
Jury’s Special Prize Technologies worthy of special mention outside the above categories

*Note: For more information on Technology Map 2015 (content industry), see the following website:
http://www.meti.go.jp/policy/mono_info_service/contents/downloadfiles/1507map.pdf(PDF:1,546KB)(in Japanese)PDFfile

2. Technologies selected for Innovative Technologies 2016

METI called for candidate technologies for Innovative Technologies 2016 from both industry and academia, and received 80 applications and recommendations. Through strict examination of the applications and recommendations by an evaluation committee comprised of content technology experts from industry and academia, METI selected 20 outstanding content technologies for recognition at Innovative Technologies 2016. For the names of the selected technologies and successful applicants, see the Appendix.

In addition, for more details on the selected technologies, visit the following official website:

http://www.dcexpo.jp/exhibition_index (in Japanese)external link

3. Outline of the Innovative Technologies: Closest-to-Business Award

Eligible technologies:
Technologies recognized under the Innovative Technologies program from 2012 to 2015 (82 winners)
Categories of awards:
Gold Prize, Silver Prize and Bronze Prize
Evaluation criteria:
Advancement in productization, commercialization or establishing a sales system, compared to when the technology received its first Innovative Technologies award
Advancement in fund raising or public certification acquisition, compared to the time when the technology received its first Innovative Technologies award
Advancement in obtaining patent rights or concluding licensing agreements, compared to the time when the technology received its first Innovative Technologies award
Any other achievements that can be evaluated as advancements in commercialization of the recognized technology

4. Winners of the Innovative Technologies: Closest-to-Business Award

Under the Innovative Technologies: Closest-to-Business Award program, METI distributed questionnaires to 82 previous winners of the Innovative Technologies Award to ascertain their advancement in commercialization of the technologies and received responses from the winners. METI strictly examined the responses and selected the winners as follows:

  • [Gold Prize] Project Morpheus (Innovative Technologies 2014)
    • Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
  • [Silver Prize] WHILL (Innovative Technologies 2014/Special Award in the Human category)
    • WHILL, Inc.
  • [Bronze Prize] AgIC Circuit Printer (Innovative Technologies 2014/Special Award in the Ecology category)
    • Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo/ AgIC Inc.
  • [Bronze Prize] FOVE-Eye Tracking Virtual Reality HMD (Innovative Technologies 2015/ACM SIGGRAPH Special Prize)
    • FOVE, Inc.

5. Outline of the Digital Content Expo 2016

The Digital Content Expo (DCEXPO) 2016 is an international exhibition for a wide variety of technologies related to the digital content industry. As an official CoFesta (Japan International Content Festival) 2016 event, the DCEXPO will be held for the ninth time in 2016. Under the theme of “Bridge of Innovation,” the expo will feature displays, such as those introducing the technologies selected for Innovative Technologies 2016 that will allow visitors to experience cutting-edge technology, in addition to such events as symposiums run with the participation of notable national and international public figures. These events are run with the goal of providing many people ranging from domestic and foreign content technology engineers to the general public with the opportunity to experience future content technologies.

Dates and opening hours:
From Thursday, October 27, to Sunday, October 30, 2016, from 10:00 to 17:00
* Prior registration is required for attending the event in the afternoon on October 27.
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 *Please note that some of the programs charge a materials fee. An admission fee is required for the permanent exhibition facilities of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.
Official website:
http://www.dcexpo.jp (in Japanese)external link

(Inquiries about the Digital Content Expo 2016)

Secretariat of Digital Content Expo (DCAJ)
Persons in charge: Naobumi Seo, Kazunobu Funami, Mayumi Tanabe
Telephone: 03-3512-3903
E-mail: info@dcexpo.jpmaillink

Release date

September 2, 2016

Division in Charge

Media and Content Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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