January 20, 2018
  • RAKUTEN, INC.

Rakuten Announces Winners of Rakuten IT School National Championship 2017

- Niigata Prefectural Sanjo Commercial High School Claims 1st Prize in Rakuten Ichiba Category, Toyama Prefectural Takaoka Commercial High School Wins Rakuten Travel Category -

  Tokyo, January 20, 2018 - Rakuten, Inc. today announced the winners of the Rakuten IT School National Championship 2017, a presentation competition to showcase the efforts of the high schools participating in the Rakuten IT School*1.

  At this year’s Rakuten IT School National Championship, teams from 55 high schools gave presentations on what they had learned through participating in the Rakuten IT School. The winning schools were judged based on the content of their presentations and the websites or accommodation plans they had created on the program. This year’s competition featured two categories: a Rakuten Ichiba category and a Rakuten Travel category, with schools awarded 1st Prize, 2nd Prize, and Top Sales Award in each category, in addition to one school selected from both categories for the Judge’s Special Award. Niigata Prefectural Sanjo Commercial High School in Niigata Prefecture (partner merchant: Shibaden) won 1st Prize in the Rakuten Ichiba category, while Toyama Prefectural Takaoka Commercial High School in Toyama Prefecture (partner hotelier: Isohanabi) won 1st Prize in the Rakuten Travel category.

 

  In line with its mission to empower individuals and society through innovation and entrepreneurship, Rakuten has strived to support regional businesses in Japan. Rakuten will continue to collaborate with various partners in the community with the aim of contributing to the revitalization and development of regional economies and communities.

Scene from the competition

The Rakuten IT School, is a Rakuten CSR program held annually that provides practical lessons in e-commerce to high school students, with the aim of fostering the next generation of human resources who will play a part in the community*1. The project started in 2008, and 2017 marks the 10th year of the program.

*1 E-commerce has been included as an optional course in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s curriculum guidelines for commercial high schools since 2013, focusing on giving students opportunities to experience a real business environment while developing and selling products.

*Please note that the information contained in press releases is current as of the date of release.

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