Making Ideas Come to Life

Mitou Junior provides financial (up to 500K yen) and mentoring support for talented U-17 creators and programmers who have unique ideas!

About Apply

What is Mitou Jr?

It is a "Mini Mitou" program for talented and innovative creators and programmers under 17 in Japan.

If you don't know what the Mitou Program is, please refer to this page


Mentoring

Creators will be able to learn from PMs and other Mitou graduates who are at the forefront of technology.

Financial Support

Each group will be eligible to receive up to 500K yen as funding for development.



Place to develop

If necessary, places to develop will be provided.



Certified as Mitou Junior Super Creators

Creators who have achieved outstanding results are certified as Mitou Junior Super Creators.

Online session
(Recorded)

Movie of online sessions on February 3rd

Watch on YouTube

Media coverage


2018/11/19 Passion for monozukuri of "Making something you like" shown by top creator under 17(Kids and IT)

2018/11/15 Making dream come true by Technology! Many varieties of projects presented at 2018 Mitou Junior Final Presetation (EdTechZine)

2018/10/22 Finding young genius - "Mitou Junior" (Nihon Keizai Newspaper)

2018/04/12 Intern as a high school student!? From being shut-in at home to successfully entering University by programming Mitou Junior Super Creator(EdTechZine)

2018/04/05 Passing on knowledge to utilize great techology in the society! -Gunosy's Mr.Fukushima meets Mitou Junior Creators (Kids and IT)

2018/03/30 “Compete by what you want to do" Getting valuable monozukuri experience through Mitou Junior~Interview of PM mentoring elementary, junior-high, and high school students~ (こどもとIT)

2018/03/20 "Mitou Junior Super Creator" accredited as Keio University SFC campus' AO format admission (Kids and IT)

2018/03/19 Adding "Mitou Junior Super Creator" and "Fab 3D contest prize winners" to AO admission C-type criteria (Keio University SFC campus)

2018/03/19 Releasing 5 iPhone apps as 2nd year junior-high student, Mitou Junior Super Creator who thinks of one app idea a day (EdTechZine)

2018/03/05 Maximum 500k for admitted group- "Mitou Junior" for elementary, junior-high, high school and techical college students (resemom)

2018/03/05 "Mitou Junior" which finds and supports future super creators to be held again this year- applications due on May 11th (Kids and IT)

2017/12/01 11 projects of elementary, junior-high and high school students with unique idea and technology - What Mitou Junior creates now (CodeIQ Magazine)

2017/11/29 Mentor nails that stick out! Elementary, junior-high and high school creators who stick out in programming (Kids and IT)

2019 Overview

Target: Individuals and groups(less than 4 members) who are under 17 on April 1st, 2019

Duration: About 5 months from 2019 mid-June to October(planned)

Fee: Free(Transportation and accomodation costs for events such as the boost camp and mid-camp will also be covered)

Timeline: From application to selection

  1. Plan a project
  2. Plan what kind of software or hardware project you want to work on during the project period. You can work in a group of up to 4 people. You can discuss this with adults at places such as the programming school you go to.

  3. Prepare application
  4. Enter the plan of your project, your development experience and a self-introduction. Download the form Here (Word/Pages)

  5. Apply through the Application form(By April 28th 23:59)
  6. Enter applicant's information, preferred dates for the online meeting, and other information through application form. If you submit same application multiple times by the deadline, the latest one will be checked.

  7. Notification of application selection
  8. You will be notified of the result of the application selection by around May 10th. If you have passed, you will be notified of the date and time of your online meeting.

  9. Online meeting (One day through 5/17~25)
  10. A PM who is interested in your application will have a 10-30 minute online meeting with you. You will not be notified of the final result in this meeting.

  11. Notification of result
  12. After the online meeting, you will be notified of the final result by around May 28th.

Project Managers for 2019


To be announced

We will be announcing more PMs soon.

Maki Komuro

Switch Education, Inc.
Awaits this type of person/project

A proposal that will interest and excite 3 people around you

Biography

CEO of Switch Education, Inc. Ochanomizu University Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences PhD(Science). 2009 Mitou OG. From 2012, involved in activities to spread the latest cutting-edge technology to normal, non-expert people at Switch Science, Inc. Current position since 2017. Mainly uses education purpose micro computer board micro:bit, and takes part in activities to encourage learning through making something that can move with programming.

Koichi Sasada

Cookpad Inc.
Awaits this type of person/project

Someone who can enthusiastically develop a foundational technology project that supports applications

Biography

He developed a virtual machine for Ruby named YARV, and it was adopted as a part of Ruby 1.9 in 2007. He's been contributing to Ruby as a committer mainly for speed-up related projects such as the performance improvement of virtual machines, and garbage collection. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Tokyo. He was also certified as a Mitou Super Creator in 2004.

Hirokazu Nishio

Cybozu Lab
Awaits this type of person/project

Someone who can take on new challenges continuously

Biography

He was certified as a Mitou Super Creator in 2002. He also received a Ph.D. in Science in 2006, and a Master of Management of Technology in 2014. He's been working for Cybozu Lab from 2007, and has been working on research projects related to team collaboration software. He has published several books in Japanese such as 「コーディングを支える技術」「word2vecによる自然言語処理」. He's also a board member of Mitou Foundation.

Yohei Yasukawa

YassLab, CoderDojo Japan
Awaits this type of person/project

A project that makes use of scripting language and the Web. Already making a prototype? That's super cool! ;)

Biography

CEO of YassLab Inc., Executive Director of CoderDojo Japan. He received his master's degree in Computer Science from Waseda University, and was certified as a Mitou Super Creator. After releasing a hit, the simple mobile app, for natural disasters, he came back to Japan from the US and founded a 100% remote-work company called YassLab company that runs Japanese Rails Tutorial and Rails Guides. Both are two of the most famous resources in Ruby community in Japan and used by several universities including AIIT, University of Tsukuba and University of the Ryukyus.

Taizan Yonetsuji

Preferred Networks
Awaits this type of person/project

A project that have a feeling of this is possible, and if it is realized, it will be awesome.

Biography

He belonged to the RoboCon club at the University of Tokyo, and was responsible for mechanics. He was also a creator of Mitou Project in 2012. After he received his master's degree from the University of Tokyo, he worked for the CNC software research institution in Fanuc corporation, and then joined Preferred Networks in 2016. He has been working on Amazon Picking Challenge and other robotics projects. He's best known for PaintsChainer which is an automatic painting service using the Chainer deep-learning framework developed by Preferred Networks.

Ryo Suzuki

Waseda Univ.
Awaits this type of person/project

A project that will increase the number of people who think "Computers are fun!" or "I want to make something with computers!"

Biography

He was certified as a Mitou Super Creator in 2013 for his achievement in developing a C++ library for game and media-art projects named Siv3D. He's also been responsible for C++ programming classes at an Information Science school for middle and high school students run by Waseda University.

Daiki Teramoto

HackforPlay
Awaits this type of person/project

Something that you can enjoy than others. No matter what others say, you find it super interesting, thinking of it all the time and want to talk about it to others.

Biography

He's been developing HackforPlay to make more students find coding fun. He was certified as a Mitou Super Creator in 2015. He's also a founder of CoderDojo Kanazawa.

Yoshifumi Seki

Gunosy Inc.
Awaits this type of person/project

Waiting for a proposal from someone who wants to learn how to make a service and deliver it to people around themselves, and then to the world.

Biography

He received his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Tokyo. He was also a Mitou Creator in 2011. When he was a postgraduate student, he co-developed Gunosy, and eventually co-founded the company. He's been responsible for the news delivery logic at the company, and he has had deep expertise in web-mining focusing on recommendation systems, the application of machine learning, and natural language processing. Additionally, he's a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo from April 2017.

Kakeru Ishii

AltLayer,inc./Tokyo Institute of Technology
Awaits this type of person/project

A proposal about an application or library that may not be necessary now, but will be necessary in the future you envision.

Biography

2016 Mitou Super Creator. 2018 Mitou Advaned Innovator. In Mitou, his project was "Web 3D library compatible with Web development," and is the OSS WebGL framework developed in this projectGrimoire.js's developer. In MITOU advanced project, his project was "AR cloud empowered with Web technology" which is the platform to create WebAR contents easily on the Web. After this project, he built AltLayer,inc. Started programming since he was 8 years old, and mainly active in real-time CG technology and web technology.

Yu Ukai

Head of Mitou Junior/ Minitry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Awaits this type of person/project

A project that no one will do if you don't.

Biography

He was certified as a Mitou Super Creator in 2011 as a result of his achievements in the development of an underwater robot for swimming education. After he received his master's degree in Arts and Science from the University of Tokyo, he had been working for Microsoft as a Program Manager in Office and Minecraft Education team. He designed many educational products such as Office Lens, Minecraft: Education Edition and Minecraft Hour of Code. Now, he left the company and he is working on programming education promotion for elementary schools at MEXT..

UTIPS - Sharing of house chore information

Yuki Mihashi (Yasukawa PM)

Overview

Developed web service to share how to do house chores. By learning how other houses do chores, it will support an easier way to do chores.

Word from Yasukawa PM

Even though it was his first time to develop a web service, I want to evaluate high how fast everything was finished including the architecture of the service's concept and design, development and operation, and the development of a test environment for feedback. Also, I want to appraise how the web service was improved step by step by actively displaying it at Japanese and overseas events, conducting testing by dividing data by language, and the style of advancement through his dialogue with users and collaboration. I wish that in the future, Yuki will always value "What I want to do" and advance step by step.

Let's English Puzzle! - Fun way to learn English Words by changing cube

Shotaro Hirano (Nishio PM)

Overview

Developed infrared communication block and game to allow elementary school kids to learn English words by playing

Word from Nishio PM

He had been displaying a device for elementary school kids at multiple trade shows before applying to Mitou Junior, and this idea was developed thorough those experiences. Through discussion with a Mitou Junior OB at the Boost Camp, he decided to take the challenge of using LCD, which is technically more challenging than the first planned LED matrix. Even though there were many challenges such as the increase of memory use because of the resolution update and accuracy of infrared communication, he developed something that can actually be used. It was great that he got feedback from actual user interaction within such limited timespan. I want him to continue to develop what he wants to and take on many challenges.


Smile Meeting Room - Optimize the use of meeting rooms by IoT

Rei Satou (Nishio PM)

Overview

Use IoT device for meeting room scheduling and control the power of equipments in the rooms, helping optimize the use of meeting rooms.

Word from Nishio PM

This project connects sensors in meeting rooms and an online scheduling service on the cloud. Rei meticulously followed the schedule set at the Boost Camp. Though there were many troubles often seen in IoT projects, the project was finished by the final presentation and an experiment was conducted using actual meeting rooms. Because of stable project management and an excellent final presentation, he even had some of the audience wanting to him to intern with them. Though as a PM, maybe I should have let Rei to take on more uncertain challenges. I want Rei to continue to take lots of challenges in the future.

Vreath - Development of a unique consensus algorithm for the easier obtainment of crypto currency

Sora Suegami (Ukai PM)

Overview

Developed a consensus algorithm for new blockchain realization in which everyone can easily obtain crypto currency.

Word from Ukai PM

It is great enough that a new consensus algorithm for blockchain was developed and can be tested at demonstration level. From now on, other developers need to be involved to realize DApps that run on Vreath, but with the activeness of Suegami-san, deep knowledge about blockchain, and above all, great passion, this project can be grown into something that surprises the world, so I hope the project goes on no matter what others say.


Corkboard - Memo service controlled by location

Yoshinori Shibahara (Suzuki PM)

Overview

Proposed design concept of a memo-pad app that changes like forest based on user's data and feeling

Word from Suzuki PM

Proposed concept of memo app that is similar to making a miniature garden inside a forest on the screen, which is different from conventional apps. Since not enough time was allotted to learning of coding or development, the concept was not deployed and ended as presentation of the design. Creator's personal presentation and creation of sketch is eye-opening, so from now on, if he obtains the developing skills to make something that moves, it will be great advantage for him.

TouchBuy - Exploration of EC with the use of VR

Takahito Sueda/ Yu Takami/ Misaki Sato(Seki PM)

Overview

Considered various ways to provide an EC website in VR through many prototypes.

Word from Seki PM

"Can't we do shopping easily with VR without going to the actual store?" is an idea that many people have thought of. However, not many have actually done something for that idea. The team made prototypes based on a hypothesis of EC in VR, and then tested the hypothesis and made another prototype based on a new hypothesis. This was repeated three times. Though the quality of each prototype was not extremely high, the manner in which they showed the possibilities and issues of EC in VR is highly evaluated. From now on, I want them to acquire more development skills and release many great products.


Robot soccer simulation using reinforcement learning

Takeru Saito (Yonetsuji PM)

Overview

Development of a robot soccer player using reinforcement learning

Word from Yonetsuji PM

Soccer using reinforcement learning, with a bipedal locomotion was quite difficult and a big theme to tackle. By using a frame of reinforcement learning, a trained agent carries the ball and another agent goes to the intended spot. This is still a new research area, and a lot of knowledge and development skills were necessary. I want to highly evaluate the fact that he tackled this difficult task and when learning did not go well, came up with many hypothesis and improved the project based on verification. This is still part of the entire project, so I want to look out for more advancement.

Memory Capsule - SNS connected by capsule

Yui Fujimoto (Ishii PM)

Overview

Developed SNS in which you can bury virtual capsule based on location and dig it out later.

Word from Ishii PM

Modern humans learn many things from SNS, post things and act based on these activities. With SNS that allows us to interact with far and rare experiences, have we forgotten findings, being emotionally touched, or actual encounters? Though these problems exist, this project tries to solve them by SNS itself. The project is full of dreams and get you excited. Every week, Fujimoto-san developed quickly based on schedule she set, and went through many user tests and improvements. The skill to negotiate with many people and her activeness to tackle tasks to enhance the project were reasons why this project progressed a lot. Through what she experienced in this project, I strongly wish for her future that she delivers products that excite many people.


Sound in the forest - Expression of "moving sound" by use of several smartphones

Kosaku Namikawa (Sasada PM)

Overview

Development of stereophonic sound by the realtime synchronization of several smartphones on web browser

Word from Sasada PM

Namikawa-san took the challenge of creating a new stereophnic sound based on the sound from several smartphones. Realizing heterogeneous dispersed realtime synchronization by only using web technology was quite challenging, but at the Final Presentation, a musical performance using 16 smartphones and the demo of "the sound of the wind" using about 100 smartphones from the audience succeeded and wowed everyone. The goal is larger performance, so even though there are still issues to be solved, I want him to realize it.

Toubans! -Duty notification service that can be set up and notified through LINE

Yui Nishimura (Teramoto PM)

Overview

Development of service to assign and notify "touban" at school such as cleaning

Word from Teramoto PM

It was great that Nishimura-san not just developed software, but improved it based on feedback from users. LINE bot system was already moving at the time of Mitou acceptance, and in Mitou Junior, they focused on system in which users can create bots. For users to actually use it, the UI needed to be extremely simple, but since the idea came from a personal issue, the development process was practical. I want him to expand his areas of interest and go on to challenge many things.


Translation by snapping

Keitaro Kawahara (Wada PM)

Overview

Development of a smartphone app that translates and shows the name of the object by taking a picture

Word from Wada PM

Kawahara-kun proposed a new way of translation by showing the name of the object by taking a picture. Since the first proposal, a demo was available, and his sense in design and weekly progress, and curiosity and quickness toward development was always surprising. I want to highly evaluate the idea of showing a word from a picture and his activeness to get 60 questionnaire answers. When he can draw out how to realize his goals based on set process, his project will go forward rapidly and more people will like it. With his unique sense and curiosity, I want him to thrust forward.

Life Watcher - Alarm system for people with diseases that suddenly get worse

Hikaru Mutou (Yonetsuji PM)

Overview

Development of an alarm app that work on smart watch to help people with diseases that suddenly get worse

Word from Yonetsuji PM

Mutou-kun had awareness of the issue because of his own allergy's difficulty and importance at the time of emergency. He examined the possibility of an alert system using smartphones and many ways of sending alerts when an emergency occurs, and then made several apps and experimented. He had no prior app development experience, but by studying new technology to move the development forward and tackling a difficult domain with clear sense of issue, are why he should be evaluated highly. I want him to work on many issues with various viewpoints in the coming years.

Supervisor


Ikuo Takeuchi

Honorary Professor at the University of Tokyo, Director of Mitou Project, Director of Mitou Foundation
Biography

He was born in Toyama in 1946. After he joined NTT Research Laboratory in 1971, he worked on Lisp and the development of its processing system. After he left the company, he was a professor at the University of Electro-Communications, the University of Tokyo and Waseda University.

Message

Since Mitou project started in 2000, we have shifted to target ever-younger participants. IT is not something solely owned by adults. I believe it's important to find and embrace sense of IT from a very young age. To do that and realize actual growth of the youth, you need to compete at not the same stage as adults but in projects like Mitou Junior where you can spread your wings. I hope that in Mitou Junior, the young people don't just "learn" but nourish and grow own to become IT talent in a great environment.

Operation


Jumpei Arakawa

Background

Worked on the R&D of virtualization of file systems at the Graduate School of the University of Tokyo and was accredited as an Super Creator in 2006. Currently, the CEO at Infocraft/ Izumo BASE and a director at Mitou Foundation.

Word from Jumpei

Let's break through with ideas and technology!

Yu Ukai

Also a PM, so please refer to here

FAQ


Who runs the project?

Mitou Foundationruns the project. Volunteer by project manager and Mitou graduates, and support by companies and organizations.

If accepted to Mitou Junior, what support can I get?

An assigned project manager will support development scheduling and development issues once a week for about one hour. Also, up to 500k yen is given per project to cover all the development costs. In addition, there are events at which all participants come together (such as Boost Meeting/ Mid-Camp) and get feedback from project managers and other Mitou related personnel and experts related to projects.

At the end of project, there is final presentation, and you can present what you have created in front of many people.

I live outside Tokyo, so will the transportation fee be covered to attend camps and the final presentation?

Aside from the project development cost, transportation and camp costs for official events will be given.

It's hard to attend presentations because of hospitalization or living abroad. Can I still apply?

No problem. An environment will be set up to present and talk with participants during events using internet calling services. The round trip cost from overseas (in economical and rational range) will be given in addition to the development fee.

At my school, working is prohibited, but can I apply?

The Mitou Junior development fee is strictly for development tools and software. It's not salary paid for labor, so it doesn't count as working.

I already submitted proposal to IPA's Exploratory IT Human Resource Project.Can I use the same application?

Yes. The same proposal and documents can be used to apply for Mitou Junior.

I already submitted proposal to IPA'sExploratory IT Human Resource Project.I have not yet been notified of the result. If accepted for both, what should I do?

It is planned that the Exploratory IT Human Resource Project results come before the start of the Mitou Junior project. You can decline from Mitou Junior when both of the results come.

Should the project be finished during the project period?

It is not a requirement, but it is good if, even though it may be rough, you have a prototype to explain to the audience by the final presentation.

During the project period, how much time should be put?

We will pace the development flexibly for each participant. Mitou Junior is not a job, and students' first and foremost duty is studying. We don't push participants to certain hours.

Are there any necessary experience or skills?

We look for the skill to research and implement about what you want to develop.

In past Mitou Junior, I was accepted or not accepted. Can I apply again?

Yes, it's possible.

For application, do I need my parent's agreement?

Accepted participants need a person to sign the parental authority's agreement before the start of the project, but it is not needed at the time of application.

What happens if I apply and I am not accepted?

After about one week(depends on number of applications) from the deadline, we will email you. Information about the reason why you were not accepted will not be disclosed.

Can I drop out during the project?

Yes. Details will be posted later.

To whom does the rights of the developed project belong to?

The person that created it.

What is Mitou Junior Super Creator?

Creators with exceptional result will be accredited as "Mitou Junior Super Creator." If accredited, with prior check by the PM, following years' IPA'sExploratory IT Human Resource Project, you can get recommendation and skip the first application selection.

How is the PM decided?

PMs look at all the applicants and select a project they want to support.

Can I edit what I once applied?

To edit the application, you can send the same proposal multiple times. In that case, the old application becomes invalid. We check the applications by hand, so please do not send so many times that we cannot check them.

How is the selection result notified?

Within several days from each deadline, we send the result to the email submitted on the application form. We ask the selected and chosen ones to reply. If we do not recieve a reply, we will call you. If you are using a spam mail filter, please allow email from mitou.org

Can I apply with several projects?

Yes, but only one project will be selected.

Organization


Mitou Foundation is an association which aims to accelerate technology-based innovation in Japan by helping broad network around graduates from Mitou Project to be formed.

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