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METI Is to Hold the MITOH Meeting 2016 for the Promotion of the Active Participation of IT Human Resources with Outstanding Abilities!~Conducting a business matching event for MITOH IT human resources and industry~

On MITOH Day,* to be held March 10 (Thu.), 2016, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is to hold the MITOH Meeting, at which MITOH IT human resources and companies proactively utilizing IT are to deliver presentations, conduct other relevant activities, and develop interpersonal networks in Tokyo in cooperation with the Information-Technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA) and the Mitou Foundation, so that MITOH IT human resources can play more assertive roles in various fields, including industry. In 2016, as a new attempt, METI is to also hold a business matching event for MITOH IT human resources and other entities including venture enterprises.

* Mitoh (also spelled mitou or mito) is a Japanese word meaning, “undiscovered territory.” The word is used to refer to something or somebody that we’ve never seen before, particularly in terms of superiority.

1. Outline

IPA has worked on the MITOH Program (Exploratory IT Human Resources Project) for 16 years, since FY 2000, and fostered about 1,650 talented people (world-class IT professionals). MITOH IT human resources have made contributions to many fields and about 10% of them have started their own businesses or commercialized their own inventions.

With the increasing need for business model innovation in every field of industry brought about by the advent of IoT, METI held the first MITOH Meeting on MITOH Day, on March 10, 2015, to demonstrate the potential of innovation brought about by MITOH IT human resources to people in a broad range of fields. In 2016, METI is to hold the second Meeting, aiming to promote the utilization of MITOH IT human resources in industry and other relevant fields and to further expand fields where such human resources can play active roles, in addition to the previous Meeting’s objectives.

Specifically, companies working on cutting-edge projects regarding the IoT will talk about the roles that IT human resources with outstanding abilities such as MITOH IT human resources are expected to play in companies settings. Also, a group discussion and presentations by MITOH IT human resources who are actually playing key roles in industry are to be held. A business matching event for MITOH IT human resources and entities including companies is also to be held for the first time.

2. Date and venue

Date: March 10 (Thu.), 2016, 3:30 p.m. through 10:00 p.m.
Venue: Act* square
*Note: Across from Yebisu Garden Place External Site Link (in Japanese)

3. Program for the MITOH Meeting 2016 (tentative agenda)

(1) Symposium: MITOH Meeting (3:30 p.m. through 6:00 p.m.)

  • Special speeches (speakers are being arranged)
  • Panel discussion between a moderator and MITOH creators
  • Presentations of examples of businesses run by MITOH creators

*Note: Details of the symposium will be announced later as soon as they are determined.

(2) Networking event: MITOH Night (admission fee will be charged) (7:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m.)

Following the symposium, a networking event (social gathering) for MITOH IT human resources, MITOH Program supporters and supporting associations, companies proceeding with the utilization of IT human resources, and other relevant entities is to be held.

  • Short presentations by MITOH IT human resources (including demonstrations of their work)
  • Exhibitions by MITOH IT human resources, etc.

(3) Business matching event (4:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m.)

METI will conduct this business matching event between companies and MITOH IT human resources to provide opportunities for entities including venture enterprises that are working on the creation of new business to demonstrate the efforts they have made in terms of business and technology to MITOH IT human resources who want opportunities to meet such entities.

4. Registration

  • METI invites entities interested in participating in the business matching event to do so. For further information including the application period and application procedures, see the attached application instructions.
  • MITOH IT human resources are free to participate in both the networking event and the business matching event. IPA has been inviting MITOH IT professionals to the event, but some may not have received the invitation. If any MITOH IT professionals haven’t received the invitation and want to participate in these events, they can contact IPA (using the contact information included in the application instructions).
  • Details for general registration for the symposium and the networking event will be announced once they have been determined.

5. Live streaming online

The symposium at the MITOH Meeting is also to be broadcasted live on a website named Niconico Live.

(Reference 1) Outline of the MITOH Program

  • IPA has been running the MITOH Program (Exploratory IT Human Resources Project) since FY 2000 for the discovery and development of outstanding individuals with unique ideas and skills that enable them to make full use of IT in creating innovation(known as IT creators).
  • The MITOH Program features support for the development of unique work. Project managers with impeccable track records on the front lines of industry and academia discover and recruit individuals who have the potential to enrich people’s lives through the use of their creativity.

(Reference 2) See the following IPA web page for information on the world-class professionals fostered under the Exploratory IT Human Resources Project.

Release date

February 12, 2016

Divisions in charge

Information Service Industry Division, Local Informatization and Human Resource Development Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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