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IoT Acceleration Lab to Hold the Second Big Data Analysis Contest

The IoT Acceleration Lab* has been undertaking certain efforts to create advanced projects using IoT and implement the results in society. As one of the efforts, the lab decided to hold an event titled the “Second Big Data Analysis Contest” and will start a call for applicants on July 11, 2016. We are looking forward to receiving your application.

*Note: The IoT Acceleration Lab, a private-led organization, aims to cultivate advanced IoT projects selected from the viewpoint of the three principles of the lab—potential of growth and leadership, dissemination potential (openness), and commitment to society—, provide the selected projects with thorough support in terms of collaboration with enterprises, finance and regulations, and develop environments in which the results of the projects can be implemented at a large scale, e.g. regulatory reforms or creation of new systems.
(Official website: link)

1. Purpose

With the technological advent of IoT, AI and big data, the structures of industries and society are seeing significant changes. In response to this situation, the IoT Acceleration Lab aims to create advanced projects utilizing IoT in Japan and to implement the results in society, and to this end, it has been undertaking certain efforts, including the review of necessary regulations and systems therefor, demonstration projects for the development of environments, e.g., stipulating new rules across industries, and the feasibility study on which these efforts are premised.

As one of its efforts, from December 2015 to January 2016, the lab held the First Big Data Analysis Contest focusing on the field of tourism as a theme, aiming to create case examples of entities that utilize big data as well as to cultivate and foster human resources.

Following on from the first contest, the lab will hold the Second Big Data Analysis Contest, focusing on the field of distribution and retail as a theme. At the contest, participants will compete against each other online concerning the development of algorithms, tackling big data provided by large convenience-store chains and other entities that are proactively utilizing such data and also the data-analysis assignments utilizing big data. Winners of the contest will be selected for their development of outstanding algorithms with excellent prediction accuracy and modeling ideas and also for the provision of new products excellent in the utilization of big data analysis, and as part of the independent event planned in October, the lab will also hold a commendation ceremony to recognize them. We are looking forward to receiving many applications from you.

2. Outline of the contest

  • Organizers:
    • Co-organizers: IoT Acceleration Lab, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
    • Supporting organizations: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS)
  • Period of the call for applicants: From Monday, July 11, 2016, to Thursday, September 1, 2016
  • Commendation ceremony: Early October 2016 (tentative) at the site of the CEATEC Japan 2016 exhibition
  • Field of theme: distribution and retail
  • Fee: Free of charge
  • Eligibility and how to apply: Please visit the following website and send an application form.
    URL: link

Release date

July 11, 2016

Division in Charge

Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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