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The IoT Acceleration Lab Determines the Grand Prix Winner of the HR-Solution Contest HR technologies as tools for achieving working style reforms

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the IoT Acceleration Lab held the “HR-Solutions Contest -working style reforms x technologies-“ to promote working style reforms through utilization of cutting-edge technologies, and called for outstanding ideas and solutions the many problems that companies are facing in personnel and labor areas.

In response, the IoT Acceleration Lab received 103 applications in total from a wide range of entities, including from SMEs and large corporations, from domestic and international firms, and from a variety of university departments.

METI and the IoT Acceleration Lab hereby announce that they selected Grand Prix and Semi Grand Prix winners, after a final competition between the eight finalists in the form of public presentations by entities chosen in previous rounds.

1. List of the winners of the HR-Solution Contest -working style reform x technologies-

Grand Prix winner

Applicant

Ideas and Solutions

JINS Inc.

Title: JINS MEME OFFICE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

Outline: Eyeglass-type device “JINS MEME” with which companies are able to assess the effect of their human-resource measures through measuring the concentration ability of employees, an important factor for productivity. The measurements make the PDCA cycle smooth and achieve effective working style reforms

  • Presentation by representative from JINS Inc.
  • The happy recipient of the Award holding the winning trophy
 

Semi Grand Prix winners

Applicants

Ideas and Solutions

Atrae, Inc.

Title: AI-based business matching application yenta

Outline: AI-based business matching platform application in which professional experts are matched based on mutual areas of interest

Institution for a Global Society

Title: GROW CERTIFICATION

Outline: A service for creating a factor necessary for a variety of occupations called “QF” in which companies are able to issue a “certification” based on a scientific assessment of individual employees and provide employees with educational training courses optimally tailored to them

  • Delivering presentation by representative from Atrae, Inc.
  • Delivering presentation by representative from
    Institution for a Global Society.
 

For details of the eight finalists, visit the website below.

For details of the winners of the first round examination, visit the website below.

  • Presentation by representative from TalentA Corp.
  • Presentation by representative from Hiroshima University.
  • Presentation by representative from Merye Inc.
  • Presentation by representative from Hosiden Corporation.
  • Presentation by representative from Hitachi Solutions, Ltd.
  • Examiners
  • Semi-Grand Prix Winners
  • Eight finalists and examiners
 

2. Outline of the HR-Solution Contest -working style reform x technologies- organized by METI

With dramatic changes in industrial structures brought about by the fourth industrial revolution, Japan is facing an era where human resources themselves are the source of business competitiveness rather than materials and capital. Along with this trend, working styles per se are changing. To keep pace with this situation, it is critical for companies to implement working style reforms.

Against this backdrop, new services, known as “HR technology,” are increasingly employed in businesses. This technology is expected to contribute to improvements to HR capabilities of companies by: utilizing AI for personnel evaluations and recruiting as well as human resource development and for labor management; human resource operations using big data, and also in improving working styles through utilization of wearable and other devices. To address these trends, METI and the IoT Acceleration Lab decided to hold the HR-Solutions Contest -working style reform x technologies- in collaboration with the HR Learning Technology & Big Data Analytics Consortium (LeBAC) to promote working style reforms through utilization of IoT and other cutting-edge technologies. Prior to this contest, the IoT Acceleration Lab called for outstanding ideas and solutions to problems that companies are facing in personnel and labor areas.

For the outline of the contest, visit the website below.

From May 10 to June 9, 2017, the IoT Acceleration Lab called for applicants for the HR-Solutions Contest and received 103 applications in total, all of which provided outstanding solutions to various problems. Applications were sent from a wide range of entities, including from SMEs and large corporations, from domestic and international firms, and from a variety of university departments, presenting solutions to problems considered from a variety of standpoints, including business and academic areas.

Moreover, the details of the presentations varied widely, from well-established products, to combinations of such products and new ideas, to totally new ideas as solutions to HR challenges.

The IoT Acceleration Lab examined and screened the many proposed ideas and solutions through a strict examination process consisting of a document screening and a private presentation in front of an examination committee of external experts, and finally selected the eight applicants as finalists.

On July 25 (Tue.), 2017, METI and the IoT Acceleration Lab held the final competition between the eight finalists in the form of public presentations and selected the Grand Prix and Semi Grand Prix winners as above.

METI and The IoT Acceleration Lab expect future applicants to present even newer and more attractive solutions.

Release date

July 25, 2017

Division in Charge

Office for Human Resources Policy, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI

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