Addlight Inc.’s Mirai Salon 6 event was held at the EGG Japan space in central Tokyo in December 2017. Mirai Salon events bring together experts in the field of Open Innovation, who share use cases in such areas as robotics, automobiles, and next-generation tech. On this occasion, three forward-thinking corporates and a cutting edge retail automation startup made presentations before an enthusiastic full-house.
Yuuki Kuriyama from the Technical Planning Division at DENSO Corporation ( top-tier carmaker) told that to meet the modern challenges, there is a need to work across organizational barriers, advance Open Innovation across industries, and enhance collaboration between large companies, SMEs, and startups. To this end, DENSO invested in the Innovations and Future Forum Inc. (Mirai Souzou), an entity tasked with supporting research in technology and new business creation, while exploring ideas emerging from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The company also holds industry events and engages other organizations while enhancing its network of collaborators, Kuriyama added. In early 2017, DENSO established a special department to promote Open Innovation.