The Japanese government underlines the country’s strength in robotics by launching the World Robot Summit 2018 in October this year. The event will bring together the world’s most advanced robots and robotic technologies along with researchers and developers of robots and key government and private industry players.
Hosted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), the participants will face off in competitions and exhibitions to show the changes that will take place in industry, society and daily life.
As part of the Summit, the World Robot Challenge will feature competitions in four categories: Industrial Robotics Category, Service Robotics Category, Disaster Robotics Category, and Junior Category.
The competition is open for entries until March 15, 2018 (Feb. 28 for the Disaster Robotic Category). The total amount of prize money for the World Robot Challenge 2018 will exceed 100 million yen ($910,000). Throw your hat into the ring here.
In addition, the World Robot Expo will feature special exhibitions of advanced robots and robotics technologies implemented in the area of the competition venue, along with regional exhibitions that offer examples of advanced robotics at work for society.
The robot competition and exhibition will be held in coordination with each other. Researchers and developers of robots and key government and private industry players will come together from around the world in one location to exchange information on the current state of robots, discuss their future and offer ideas for the way forward.
The World Robot Summit 2018 will take place alongside Japan Robot Week 2018 from Oct. 17-21, 2018 at Tokyo Big Sight East Halls 6/7/8.
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