ESPer2009: Exploratory IT Engineers And Developers Wrap-up This Year’s Japanese Tech Scene

Since 2000, IPA, a Japanese governmental arm in charge of promoting IT industry, has been running an annual contest to find young computer engineers who have developed services and technologies that we’ve never experienced, which is titled the Exploratory IT human resources project a.k.a. MITOH.
ESPer2009: Event Scene
There was an year-end alumni meet-up where the entrepreneurs who had ever won the award of the contest came together and presented their aftermaths and business growth results. The ever award winners are called ESPer with maximum respect after the Exploratory Software Project, and also called as genius programmers for short.
Presenters:
Toshimitsu Dan[J], Lawyer – presents basic legal knowledge set for software engineers who wish to protect their rights. He’s well-known as the chief attorney for the defendant of the Winny Case. (Refer to these Asiajin articles for more about the case.)
Dividual's LogoRigureto's Logo
Dominique Chen, Co-founder & Director, Dividual Inc.[J] – presents his service “Rigureto[J]“, allowing users to express their depression feelings and to share them with other users on the web. (Mr. Chen is a member of the director board of Creative Commons Japan[J])
Utagoe's Logo
Tom Sonoda, CEO, Utagoe Inc. – presents his service UG Live, a high-quality but cost-effective Internet video distribution platform.

Taisei Tanaka, CEO, Geisha Tokyo Entertainment(GTE)[J] – proposes future life plans for the ESPers based on what he experienced after the award-winning. His product is described in this Asiajin article.
AIST's LogoCrowkee's Logo
Hidekazu Kubota(@hidekaz), AIST (Japan’s National Inst. of Advanced Industrial Science& Technology) – presents a web-based virtual sketchbook Crowkee[J] that allows drawing pictures, noting sentences and source-codes on a screen and execute them without preparing any other development environment.
Fillot's Logo IznaStor's Logo
Minoru Sakurai, CEO, Fillot[J] – presents IznaStor[J] and the story of its development process. IznaStor is a high-reliable storage system using the distributed technologies that have been originally developed for cutting-edge supercomputer and grid computing. Intended for high-traffic and rich media distribution on the Internet.
Mogura's Logo MaySee's Logo
Shunichi Arai[J], CTO, Mogura Inc. – presents his first ever Internet product MaySee (named after Japanese pronunciation meaning business cards), a CRM service combining outsourced data entry of your client profiles with managing them on the web. (Mr. Arai is the co-founder/author of Asiajin. His company name Mogura means a mole.)
Lightening Talk Presenters:
Norio Senda(@winmostar)[J], Tencube Lab. – presents Winmostar, his Windows application that allows molecular modeling and molecular orbital calculation.
Yohei Yamaguchi[J] (@melleo1978[J]) – presents a high-performance database system that allows to complete 20GB data processing in 300 seconds, which marks ten times faster than Java software framework Apache Hadoop and four times faster than MySQL Cluster.
Yusuke Tabata[J] who has been involved in developing more effective Japanese input methods – introduces behind-the-scenes of the recent developments on them including ChaIME[J], Anthy[J], Social IME[J] and Google IME[J].
Fuco's Logo
Mr. Nagai, FUCO[J] – introduces an image search service[J] to find what you want to buy from Japan’s largest e-commerce service Rakuten without any key input. Mr. Nagai’s service is off-deck and has no formal business partnership with Rakuten. The service scrapes images of merchandised clothes from Rakuten and shows you them in the order of image similarity. It assists cloth lovers to shop their favorite items more easily on fashion e-commerce services.

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