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Blockchain Hackathon 2019 Held

Establishing a social foundation in which authenticity of academic degrees, courses, career certifications and management of research data is secured

February 28, 2019

As the first step towards social implementation of blockchain technologies (hereinafter referred to as “the technologies”) in the domains of academic degrees, courses and career certifications as well as recording and storing of research data, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) held an event titled “Blockchain Hackathon 2019” (secretariat: Recruit R&D Staffing Co., Ltd.) on February 9, 16 and 17, 2019. At the event, METI honored winners of the Grand Awards (Awards of the Director-General of the Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau), the Excellence Award and the Early Edge Award.

1. Background

METI has been holding discussions on the applicability of the technologies to the two subjects of [i] academic degrees, courses and career certifications and [ii] management of research data, taking advantage of its project titled “FY2018 Industrial Technology Survey” (Research for Applicability of Blockchain Technologies to Universities and Research Institutes to Promote Mobility of Domestic and Overseas Human Resources and Secure Reliability of Research Results as well as Research for Winning of Standards Therefor).

As part of this effort, based on the discussion results of the meetings involving the FY2018 Industrial Technology Survey, METI held an event titled “Blockchain Hackathon 2019,” aiming to further facilitate social implementation of the technologies. As the results of screening through the primary and final examinations, METI honored two teams as winners for the Awards of the Director-General of the Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau as the Grand Awards and one team as a winner for the Excellence Award and the Early Edge Award, respectively, as explained below.

2. Outline of the event

Date:

Venue: Lifull Hub (1-4-4 Kojimachi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)
Number of entries: 98 people (22 teams)
Note: Eligible persons were IT engineers, students and others who are interested in the technologies and who applied for participation in the event in response to the call for the public.

3. Outline of the winners

(1) Grand Awards (Awards of the Director-General of the Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau)

Subject: Academic degrees, courses and career certifications

Name of team Details of presentation Members
DigiD System for batch-based management of portfolio for degrees and periods of school attendance Taiki Maki
Mari Asada
Kohei Tanaka
Kentaro Yamamura

Subject: Management of research data

Name of team Details of presentation Members
egateam Distributed platform for outsourcing of analysis of clinical research Yusuke Egami
Kosuke Ito
Shinichiro Nogami
Sho Tanaka
Kentaro Arai
Shun Matsumoto

(2) Excellence Award

Subject: Academic degrees, courses and career certifications

Name of team Details of presentation Members
OVP Open Verifiable Platform, an open-based platform for data on qualification and academic-course history Tetsuhiko Hori
Shogo Watanabe
Yosuke Aramaki
Kamol Mavlonov
Yuji Suga

(3) Early Edge Award

Subject: Management of research data

Name of team Details of presentation Members
Authorized Moment Soranome, a drone platform that secures trustworthiness of research results and is accessible by international researchers in a continuous manner Masashi Aida
Mika Takanashi
Go Hashimoto
Yuki Yamamoto
Vu Thuy Trang

Division in Charge

Industry-University Collaboration Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau