The objective of the Contest is (1) to offer practical examples of disaster support and thereby accelerate robot research in Japan and (2) spread the use of disaster support robots and systems throughout Japan.

– Japan Innovation Challenge Executive Committee –


The following videos show interviews with teams that completed missions in the 2018 Contest:

Team ArduPilot Japan


Team NEX

DJI Store Shinjuku/Y.D.S. Pro Shop

Announcement of results

The 2018 Contest has ended successfully.
Thank you to everyone who participated.

See the attached PDF for a list of all teams. >>

Mission 1

Oct. 10
No applicable teams
Oct. 11
DJI Store Shinjuku/Y.D.S. Pro Shop SkyRanger Project “Team NEX”
Oct. 12
DJI Store Shinjuku/Y.D.S. Pro Shop Seisa Kokusai High School Hachioji

Listed in random order

Mission 2

Oct. 10
WorldLink & Company Co., Ltd Team Tohoku JV
Oct. 11
WorldLink & Company Co., Ltd DJI Store Shinjuku/Y.D.S. Pro Shop Sky Photo Service Team ArduPilot Japan (TAP-J)
Oct. 12
WorldLink & Company Co., Ltd DJI Store Shinjuku/Y.D.S. Pro Shop Team Tohoku JV Sky Photo Service

Listed in random order

Special awards

JTB Fighting Spirit Prize

Keio University Takeda Lab., TechnoPro Design Company

Kamishihoro-cho Mayor’s Award

Nagano Prefecture Komagane Technical High School Mission Research Squad

Contest Venue

Forest owned by Kamishihoro-cho, Hokkaido
(166 and 167, Kamiotofuke, Kamishihoro-cho)
Access: about 80 minutes by car from Obihiro Airport


The schedule leading up to the days of the Contest is as below:

  • Deadline to apply to participate in the Contest:12:00 noon, September 7, 2018
  • Deadline to apply to visit the Contest:October 1, 2018
  • Applications to borrow dummies and rescue kits will be taken from August 6, 2018
  • Plan template will be available from August 7, 2018 (scheduled)
  • Opening Ceremony:3:00 p.m., October 10 (Weds.), 2018
  • Closing Ceremony:11:00 a.m., October 13 (Sat.), 2018


  • About the missions
  • The Contest in general
  • Other
Q: Will the dummy’s approximate geolocation for Mission #1: “Discover” be provided to teams?
A: No. Not even an approximate location will be provided for Mission #1: “Discover.” Your search should be based on the assumption that the dummy is located somewhere in the official search area.
Q: Will we know the dummy’s clothing and color in advance?
A: Since the scenario is an accident in the mountains, it will be announced on the day of the Contest. You should assume it is typical mountain climbing clothing.
Q: Is it prohibited to drop the rescue kit during Mission #2: “Reach?”
A: Yes. It is prohibited to drop any object within 30 meters of the dummy, but if, for example, you drop the rescue kit 30 meters away from the dummy and then drag it close to the dummy, that is OK.
Q: If a rescue kit crashed into the dummy during a drop in Mission #2: “Reach,” how you would judge that?
A: Because the dummy basically represents a person, the team would be disqualified for that day if the rescue kit crashed into the dummy.
Q: How will time and precision be reflected in the evaluation criteria of missions? For example, will points be added or deducted based on distance error?
A: As long as the results are within the precision described in the rules, there will be no further points added or deducted.