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

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been promoting the discovery and development of human resources that have outstanding IT abilities in order to create new added value for economic society through technological innovation in the IT field. As part of this effort, METI has been involved in the MITOU Program (Exploratory IT Human Resources Project) through the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA). In this program, persons possessing outstanding capabilities among those who have completed the program are certified as Super Creators. This year, 14 individuals have been certified as Super Creators. As well as holding a ceremony in Tokyo to present the Super Creators with their certificates, METI and the IPA will jointly hold an Exhibition & Meetup event for those willing to provide ongoing support for the MITOU Program to offer participants an opportunity for exchange with graduates from the program and those from the MITOU advanced program and to experience the Super Creators’ works 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 FY2016, this program had produced 1,680 Creators. Of these Creators, 297 have been certified as Super Creators, in recognition of their particularly outstanding abilities.

A program graduation ceremony for the 28 Creators selected in FY2017 and a certificate presentation ceremony for the 14 Super Creators will take place, along with an Exhibition & Meetup event for those willing to provide ongoing support for the MITOU program, including those involved in supporting entrepreneurship, e.g., startup accelerators* and venture capital businesses (VC)**, and personnel responsible for new technology development in companies, to offer participants an opportunity for exchange with graduates from the program and those from the MITOU advanced program and to experience the Super Creators’ works for themselves.

Notes:
*1. Startup accelerators include programs, companies and associations that provide support measures to startups.
**2. Venture capital businesses (VC) are investment companies or funds that make aggressive investments aiming at high returns.

2. Certified Super Creators

Fourteen individuals were chosen as the Super Creators for FY2017. Those selected as Super Creators created works representing the coming future of the IoT age full of unique ideas, such as works in which new impacts are made on conventional things. (The following ages and affiliations are as of May 10, 2018.)

  • Mr. Rizumu Sakamoto (age: 21), Department of Computer Science, Nagoya Institute of Technology
    Project name: Kit for creating a maze to encourage users to learn about logical thinking through prototyping
  • Ms. Shiho Kanbara (23), Department of Technology Management for Innovation, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo
    Project name: Development of an automatic system that creates a personalized summary using biometric information
  • Mr. Yuki Kon (25), Department of Informatics, Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering, University of Electro-Communications
    Project name: Presentation mechanism using a hanger reflex for HMD with a built-in device for haptic and kinesthetic sense presentation
  • Mr. Kazuya Kitano (24)
    Graduate School of Science and Technology, Nara Institute of Science and Technology
    Project name: Multi-wavelength, ultra-short-time photography using computational photography
  • Mr. Daichi Teruya (23), Intelligent and Information Engineering Course, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Graduate School of Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
    Project name: Ruby-based development environment for CPU + FPGA platforms
  • Mr. Toshiyuki Yokoyama (23), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo
    Project name: Graph genome browsers
  • Mr. Hiroki Shirokura (23), Technology Development Department, NTT Communications Corporation
    Project name: Development of high-performance communication infrastructures that are automatically optimized according to the environment
  • Mr. Takashi Suwa (25), Computer Science Course, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo
    Project name: Development of a composition system with high static verification ability by type
  • Mr. Akira Moroo (24), Department of Electrical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Tokyo University of Science
    Project name: Development of free firmware for PCs
  • Mr. Junichiro Kadomoto (25), Department of Information and Communication Engineering, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo
    Mr. Koki Takahashi (23), Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Department of Information and Communication Engineering, University of Tokyo
    Mr. Shuya Nakagawa (22), School of Integrated Design Engineering, Keio University
    Mr. Naoya Niwa (23), School of Science for Open and Environmental Systems, Keio University
    Project name: GUI-based platform for custom microcomputer design
  • Ryosuke Takada (25), Department of Computer Science, Graduate School of SIE, University of Tsukuba
    Project name: Development of inexpensive, light-weight data glove for hand geometry recognition

For details and evaluation results of these projects, visit the IPA website (in Japanese).

3. Networking event and certificate presentation ceremony

Date: June 2 (Sat.), 2018

  • Exhibition & Meetup event: 14:00 to 15:40
  • Program graduation ceremony and Super Creator certificate presentation ceremony: 16:00 to 18:00

Venue: Bell Salle Kudan (3rd floor of Sumitomo Realty & Development Building Kudan, 1-8-10 Kudankita, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)
Eligibility: These events will be open to people who are willing to provide ongoing support for the MITOU program, including those involved in supporting entrepreneurship, e.g., startup accelerators and VCs, and those responsible for new technology development in companies, as well as people who are interested in this program.
Admission: Free

If you wish to attend the event, please visit the following website.

Capacity:

  • Networking event: No capacity limit set
  • Program graduation ceremony and Super Creator certificate presentation ceremony: Around 100

Release date

May 10, 2018

Division in Charge

IT Innovation Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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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