Open Innovation Platform

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Open Innovation

Discovering Technological Foundations to Build New Business Pillars

The Open Innovation Platform, made possible by the Internet, has not only encompassed business opportunities in software but to fields such as hardware, biotechnology, and other rapidly evolving fields. As forefronts in the wave of technological advancements- Digital Garage, Kakaku.com, and KDDI have collaborated to found “DG Lab”. Synergistic collaboration with portfolio companies all over the world, allows for DG Lab to create high-level products and services; with a focus on 5 core technologies: Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cross Reality (xR), Security and BioHealth. DG Lab hopes to create a “Bauhaus* of Technology” in which leading engineers and designers driven by Design x Data x Technology, could actively discuss, debate and create a global platform.

*Bauhaus. Art school in Weimar, Germany founded in 1919 which combined Art and Architecture its curriculum. Throughout the years of operation, gave birth to a new art movement with profound influence from fine arts, architecture, photography and design.

Kaoru Hayashi

Kaoru Hayashi

林 郁

President and Group CEO, Digital Garage, Inc.
Chairman & Director, Kakaku.com, Inc.

DG Lab, an R&D organization jointly operated by Digital Garage, Kakaku.com, and KDDI, aims to nurture new business pillars from technological seeds with the goal of creating innovative businesses. It has achieved results in basic research in the areas of Blockchains, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cross Reality (xR), Security, and BioHealth. In the future, we will make full-scale efforts to develop specific products and services. Rather than simply pursuing short-term earnings, we will work with our business partners to create a series of core businesses that are useful to society from a global perspective.

Masashi Tanaka Masashi Tanaka

Masashi Tanaka

田中 将志

Board Director,
Digital Garage, Inc.

Masahito Okuma Masahito Okuma

Masahito Okuma

大熊 将人

Board Director,
Digital Garage, Inc.
COO of DG Lab

Concept Movie

Fields

Developing New Technology Platforms for a Wide Range of Social Infrastructures

The development of a platform for Blockchain technology is in progress. In collaboration with Blockstream, a prominent Blockchain technology company, the all-purpose framework for creating unique cryptocurrency through Blockchain “DG Lab DVEP”TM was developed. This framework can be used in various distributed ledger systems such as points exchange system and local digital currency. A similar framework for auto-executing smart contracts and smart assets is also under development.

Inventing Next-gen Services that Coexist with Humans and Enrich the World

We are engaged in research and development of novel services that create new value in our lives and businesses by exploring and solving apparent and latent real problems in individuals/societies with artificial intelligence technologies.
We are tackling challenging projects such as a platform that acquires insights of common senses and user behaviors from huge volume of structured and unstructured data, an agent services that propose daily lifestyle improvement in areas such as medical, healthcare, fashion, and gourmet.

Creating a New Experience Unifying the Physical and Digital World

Foreseeing the era that merges online and offline worlds, we provide new experiences that seamlessly unify the physical world and the digital world. We promote digital transformation in various segments, such as developing VR / AR / MR technologies for 5G / 6G environments, optimizing shopper and employee experiences in retail stores utilizing sensors, and recommending a suitable travel information based on individual preferences.
We also conduct demonstration experiments and service implementation with companies and local governments to realize smart cities.

Developing Solutions for Secure Data Utilization between Multiple Organizations

We focus on technologies that enable secure data utilization between multiple companies by protecting companies’ privacy from each other.
Secure computation technology, such as MPC (Multi-Party Computation) technology allows companies to securely combine and analyze their own sensitive information such as personal information and trade secrets with other companies. In addition, we are developing PUF (Physically Unclonable Function) technology to validate the correctness of data.
We aim for social implementation of these technologies that have synergies with other fields such as data analysis and artificial intelligence.

Providing Seamless Healthcare Services Utilizing Personal Health Data

By providing a platform and services that utilize personal health data, we aim to realize personalized healthcare services that seamlessly connect health promotion, prevention and treatment. We are working with corporations and startups that have novel technologies and services that could change the future of healthcare.

Design

World renowned creator Rei Inamoto has been named Creative Advisor of DG Lab. Using Design, Data and Technology at its core, towards innovative business ideas and solutions.

Data

A joint venture subsidiary between Digital Garage and Dentsu. Continuing to use data gathered from various group companies, implement its findings to further R&D at DG Lab with mutual support of its Data Science business.

Technology

Highly qualified team of researchers and engineers each specifically assigned to one of DG Lab’s 5 core themes. With research branches in Tokyo, San Francisco, New York, Boston gather knowledge and know how globally to output findings and solutions.

FUND

The Fund that Targets Promising Startups in the 5 Focus Areas

By understanding the diverse startup scene and technological trends through the collaboration of DG Lab, the focus of this fund is to decide and invest in promising startups in the respective areas.

*This website is not intended to offer any investment operation services and specific operation products. Digital Garage and Daiwa Securities Group are not calling for any participation of DG Lab Fund through this website.

Media

The Media that Emphasizes Cutting Edge Technology

By producing cutting edge technology and businesses related content for users who are full of intellectual curiosity, this is how DG Lab’s brand will permeate. With an emphasis on DG Lab’s five focus areas, media, and the environment, news on global open innovation and industry leaders’ vision of the future will be shared.

Executive Advisors

Joi Ito Joi Ito

JOI ITO

伊藤 穰一

Co-Founder,
Digital Garage, Inc.

Jun Murai Jun Murai

Jun Murai

村井 純

Professor,
Faculty of Environment and Information Studies,Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University

Adam Back Adam Back

Adam Back, PhD

アダム・バック

Co-Founder & CEO
Blockstream Corp.

Biz Stone Biz Stone

Biz Stone

ビズ・ストーン

Pinterest & Obvious Ventures Adviser
Twitter Co-Founder

Greg Pass Greg Pass

Greg Pass

グレッグ・パス

Chief Entrepreneurial Officer and Professor of Practice, Cornell Tech
Board Chair, Rhizome Foundation

Rei Inamoto Rei Inamoto

Rei Inamoto

レイ・イナモト

I&CO
Founding Partner

Advisors

Shin'ichiro Matsuo

SHIN’ICHIRO MATSUO, Ph.D.

松尾 真一郎

Research Affiliate- Director’s Liaison for Financial Cryptography, MIT Media Lab
Co-Founder, BSafe.network

Teruya Enomoto

TERUYA
ENOMOTO

榎本 輝也

Researcher, Tokyo Institute of Technology School of Computing

Atsunori Kanemura

Atsunori
Kanemura

兼村 厚範

Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

Yasuaki Hasebe

Yasuaki
Hasebe, MD

長谷部 靖明(医師)

Activaid, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer