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Super Creators Certified under the MITOU Program! Certifying outstanding young IT human resources that create new value added

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been promoting the discovery and development of human resources that have an outstanding understanding of IT , aiming to create new added value for the economy through technological innovation in the IT field. As part of this, METI has been involved in the MITOU Program (Exploratory IT Human Resources Project) through the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA). In this program, the elite graduates from the program with outstanding capabilities are certified as Super Creators. This year, 15 individuals have been certified as Super Creators. In addition to holding a ceremony in Tokyo to present certificates to the Super Creators, METI and the IPA will jointly hold a networking event for ongoing supporters of the MITOU program in partnership with the IPA, which will offer participants an opportunity to experience the Super Creators’ work for themselves.

1. Outline

METI launched the MITOU Program (Exploratory IT Human Resources Project) in FY2000 as a program to discover and develop outstanding IT talent. As of FY2015, this program had produced 1,650 Creators. Of these Creators, 282 have been certified as Super Creators, in recognition of their particularly outstanding abilities.

A program graduation ceremony for the 30 Creators selected in FY2016 and a certificate presentation ceremony for the 15 Super Creators is to take place, along with a networking event for ongoing supporters of the MITOU program, which will offer participants an opportunity to experience the Super Creators’ work for themselves.

2. Certified Super Creators

Fifteen individuals have been chosen as the Super Creators for FY2016. Those selected as Super Creators created projects that embrace the IoT age and are full of unique ideas, such as technologies focusing on integration of software and hardware through the utilization of software. (The following names and affiliations are as of May 30, 2017.)

  • Kakeru Ishii (age: 22): Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science Division I, Tokyo University of Science
  • Kazufumi Akisawa (21): Department of Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science
  • Takumi Otani (22): Information and Communications Engineering Course, School of Engineering, Department of Information and Communications Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Kento Shiroyama (22): Faculty of Science Division I, Department of Mathematics, Tokyo University of Science

Project name: Web 3D library compatible with web service development flow

  • Hidetomo Kataoka (22): Advanced Information Science and Engineering Course, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University

Project name: Measuring freshness of agricultural products using sounds

  • Ren Kimura (22): Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation, Kobe University

Project name: Support tool for kernel software development

  • Takaya Saeki (24): Computer Science Course, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo
  • Yuichi Nishiwaki (23): Computer Science Course, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo

Project name: Establishing a platform with cross-OS Linux binary compatibility using hypervisor technology

  • Kyoichi Jinno (25): Co-founder, Sonasu

Project name: Platform on which a high-quality sensor system can be established in a simple manner

  • Masanori Nakamura (23): Department of Physics/Department of Pure and Applied Physics, Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Waseda University
  • Shugo Yamaguchi (25): Department of Physics/Department of Pure and Applied Physics, Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Waseda University

Project name: Software for beautiful handwriting

  • Seiya Nuta (22): College of Information Science, University of Tsukuba

Project name: Platform for system software development

  • Ron Hashimoto (25): PTP Inc.

Project name: Development of a modern packet analyzer using web technologies

  • Yuji Fujisaka (23): Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies, University of Tsukuba

Project name: System for supporting users in reviewing materials through the combination of visual characteristics and sounds

  • Natsumi Wada (23): Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University

Project name: Development of a communication tool dedicated to hand motions

For details and evaluation results of these projects, visit the IPA website as follows:
https://www.ipa.go.jp/jinzai/mitou/2016/20170530.html

3. Networking event and certificate presentation ceremony

Date:
June 3 (Sat.), 2017
Networking event: From 14:00 to 15:40
Program graduation ceremony and Super Creator certificate presentation ceremony: From 16:00 to 18:00
Venue:
Otemachi Sankei Plaza (1-7-2, Otemachi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)
Eligibility:
These events will be open to people who provide ongoing support for the MITOU program, including those involved in supporting entrepreneurship via start-up accelerators and VCs, and those involved in new technology development at companies.
Admission:
Free (registration is required in advance)
If you wish to attend the events, visit the following website and confirm application details.
IPA(Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan)(in Japanese)外部リンク
Capacity:
Networking event: Around 100
Program graduation ceremony and Super Creator certificate presentation ceremony: Around 80

Release date

May 30, 2017

Division in Charge

Information Service Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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