Fall 2018 B2G Membership Program Accepting Applications

 

B2G Membership Program

– Cloud Computing, Blockchain, Bio-tech/Health-tech, Smart City, VR/AR

 

HOW TO APPLY: https://formstack.io/443EC

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 13:00 / September 3, 2018

PROGRAM DATES: September 20 – December 31, 2018

 

We are excited to invite ICT companies to Fall 2018 B2G Membership Program. This program works with ideas and technologies across various industries: Cloud Computing, Blockchain, Bio-tech/Health-tech, Smart City, and VR/AR. This is a one-year membership accelerator program that helps companies to expand their businesses globally. The B2G Membership Program is custom-made for ICT companies creating products and services for the connected world. Successful applicants will participate in highly interactive demo days/road shows, receive individualized mentoring and professional consulting from experienced global specialists. The application deadline is September 3, 2018. Application available online at https://formstack.io/443EC.

 

Why apply to B2G membership program? 

 

  • Consultation on legal, patent, accounting, PR and marketing to advance in the global market.
  • Foreign and domestic demo days/road shows for investment attraction and opportunities for pitching.
  • Educational programs to prepare ICT companies for future overseas expansion.
  • Provision of incubation workspace with convenient facilities. 
  • Product/market fit programs for ICT companies to understand where and how to position themselves.
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    We invite: 

     

  • ICT companies who aim to expand their businesses globally.
  • Cloud Computing
  • Blockchain
  • Bio-tech/Health-tech 
  • Smart City
  • VR/AR
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    Questions? 

    Cloud / Block Chain

    ☎ 031-5171-5610 / sera@born2global.com

     

    Smart City / VR,AR

    ☎ 031-5171-5626 / ✉ leedh@born2global.com

     

    Bio / Health Tech

    ☎ 031-5171-5638 / ✉ wjkang@born2global.com

     

    Apply Here : https://formstack.io/443EC

     

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    2021 Korea-LAC Digital Cooperation Forum

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Chung Eui-yong on March 17 delivers a keynote speech at the Korea-LAC (Latin America and the Caribbean) Digital Cooperation Forum held at Lotte Hotel Seoul.


    By Yoon Sojung
    Photos = Jeon Han
    Seoul | March 17, 2021


    An international forum in Seoul has proposed bolstering digital cooperation between Korea and Central and South American countries.


    The 2021 Korea-LAC (Latin America and the Caribbean) Digital Cooperation Forum, held from March 17-18 at Lotte Hotel Seoul, was jointly hosted by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Science and ICT.


    Under the theme "Partnership toward Digital Innovation and Inclusiveness," the forum was attended by eight high profile officials, including ministers and vice ministers, from five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Brazil, Colombia and Honduras. Experts and other high-ranking officers in digitalization from the region also took part via videoconferencing.


    The forum discussed cooperation in areas such as 5G networks, digital government, cyber security, smart city and smart farms. Participants called Korea the best partner to work with in such collaboration.


    The forum was the first high-level international gathering in the digital sector since Seoul announced the Korean New Deal last year.


    At the forum's opening ceremony, Minister of Foreign Affairs Chung Eui-yong said, "Korea and Latin America are creating a new cooperation paradigm centered on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, 5G, digital government and artificial intelligence."

    "We wish to pursue win-win cooperation though Korea's Digital New Deal policy and the digital transformation policy of Latin American countries. Our government also wants to share its pursued values of innovation and inclusiveness with other Latin American nations."


    Minister Chung added that the Korean government will send a public-private delegation on e-government and information and communications technology to search for opportunities in customized cooperation projects with Latin America and share Korea's experience and benchmarks in digital transformation to narrow the digital divide.


    Minister of Science and ICT Choi Kiyoung also introduced the Digital New Deal, one of the two pillars of the Korean New Deal. "Through the Digital New Deal, Korea is focusing on strengthening the digital ecosystem's DNA and boosting national competitiveness by building early a non-contact system in major sectors like education and social overhead capital."


    "Through this forum, Korea will bolster solidarity with its Latin American partners,” he said. "Based on our win-win experiences, let us seek higher-level cooperation measures to effectively respond to the Fourth Industrial Revolution."


    Costa Rican Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Rodolfo Solano Quiros said, "Korea is a world leader and a model country in digitalization of the economy and public service."

    "Strengthened cooperation between Korea and Latin America will help narrow the global economic divide and the service gap in technology, medicine, and health and medical services among countries."


    "Costa Rica hopes to follow Korea's example by narrowing the digital divide through policies such as building infrastructure for information and communications," he added. "By bolstering digitalization capability, we can overcome the waves of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and COVID-19 and recover."


    In the forum's first session, "KOR-LAC Cooperation on Digital Transformation for Building Back Better and Preparing for the Future," Minister Solano said, "Latin American countries are effectively overcoming difficulties in the process of digital development by sharing their digital experiences with Korea."


    In the same session, Colombian Vice Minister of Creativity and Orange Economy Adriana Padilla Leal introduced her country's "orange economy" (cultural and creative goods and services) initiative to overcome the pandemic and boost the country’s digital competitiveness.

    Mentioning the four Oscars won last year by the Korean film "Parasite" as a benchmark, she said, "The orange economy focuses on promoting culture and creativity, helps artists and creators realize their various ideas, and extends the development of human resources and technology."

    “We wish to cooperate with Korea in creative content sectors like film through diverse ways such as corporate joint ventures and signing an agreement in creative technology for digital transformation."


    Participants on the forum's second day on March 18 discussed cooperation in cyber security, smart city and smart farms.

    Livestreaming of the forum is available on the website k-lacdcf.or.kr.


    2021 Korea-LAC Digital Cooperation Forum

    Minister of Science and ICT Choi Kiyoung on March 17 introduces Korea's Digital New Deal at the opening ceremony of the Korea-LAC Digital Cooperation Forum held at Lotte Hotel Seoul.


    2021 Korea-LAC Digital Cooperation Forum

    Costa Rican Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Rodolfo Solano Quiros on March 17 stresses the importance of digital cooperation between Korea and Latin America at the opening ceremony of the Korea-LAC Digital Cooperation Forum held at Lotte Hotel Seoul.


    2021 Korea-LAC Digital Cooperation Forum

    Colombian Vice Minister of Creativity and Orange Economy Adriana Padilla Leal on March 17 urges bilateral digital cooperation with Korea during the first session of the Korea-LAC Digital Cooperation Forum at Lotte Hotel Seoul.



    arete@korea.kr

     




    Since 2017, Born2Global Center has been in continuous discussions with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) towards a bilateral Korea-LAC support of startups and in October of 2019 held the first Korea-LAC Startup Pitch Day and one-on-one partnership meetings between the two countries.

     

    In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Born2Global Centre has consistently hosted online meetings, meetups, and pitch competitions that further promoted bilateral collaborations and development.

     

     

    These sustained IDB and joint venture endeavors have resulted in the first Joint Venture partnership to be announced in April.


     

     


    Smart city together with asean (1)

    President Moon Jae-in on Nov. 24 delivers a congratulatory speech at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Busan Eco Delta Smart City.


    By Jung Joo-ri and Yoon Sojung

    Photos = Cheong Wa Dae


    President Moon Jae-in on Nov. 24 emphasized the significance of smart city cooperation between Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

    At the groundbreaking ceremony of the Busan Eco Delta Smart City in Busan the day before the start of the 2019 ASEAN-ROK (Republic of Korea) Commemorative Summit, he said, "Korea has experienced traffic congestion, environmental pollution, catastrophes and disasters that have accompanied urban sprawl. The smart city is infused with all the methods we’ve applied to address these problems," adding, "I believe the Korean-style 'smart city' can offer them one model in this regard."

    President Moon further acknowledged ASEAN's potential in the smart city sector.

    The president said, "If a common smart city platform is developed within the infrastructure that ASEAN member states are putting in place, intraregional connectivity will be enhanced and 'mutual advancement' can be expedited."


    Smart city together with asean (2)

    President Moon Jae-in and leaders of ASEAN member countries on Nov. 24 attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Busan Eco Delta Smart City. From right are ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President Moon, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.


    President Moon also vowed to share Korea's knowledge and experience in the construction of Busan Eco Delta Smart City with cities in the ASEAN region and develop a structure for collaboration between ASEAN members.


    "In this regard, the smart city is a place imbued with the inclusive 'Asian spirit,' where neither nature nor any person is excluded," he said, adding, "If ASEAN and Korea capture the 'Asian spirit' here, we can lead the world in the smart city sector."


    The ceremony was attended by ASEAN heads of state such as Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi.

    etoilejr@korea.kr




     

    Danish Tech Ambassador Casper Klynge on March 22 emphasizes the significance of expanding “techplomacy” between Korea and Denmark in a discussion at Seoul Square in the capital’s Jung-gu District.

    Danish Tech Ambassador Casper Klynge on March 22 emphasizes the significance of expanding “techplomacy” between Korea and Denmark in a discussion at Seoul Square in the capital’s Jung-gu District.



    By Yoon Sojung 
    Photo = Kim Sunjoo
    Seoul | March 22, 2019 

    The world’s first ambassador of technology, Casper Klynge of Denmark, on March 22 emphasized bilateral cooperation between Korea and his country in sectors related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

    "Korea is second to none in the internet of things (IoT) and 5G. Both Korea and Denmark can benefit from tech diplomacy," he said at Seoul Square in the capital’s Jung-gu District. 

    In 2016, Denmark became the first country to create the post of tech ambassador and also coined the term "techplomacy." This was to stress the significance of setting new global standards for technological development by companies and governments and setting ethical standards in technology. 

    In the discussion "Can Techplomacy Work for Korea in the 4th Industrial Revolution," Klynge said, “Today, technology is the power that controls not only an individual’s life but also policies of government."

    "Various issues rooted from technology development have far wider effects that a government cannot handle alone, and that is why techplomacy is needed." 

    The diplomat said he is optimistic about the cooperation potential of techplomacy between Seoul and Copenhagen thanks to their close relationship. This was his second visit to Seoul, following his first after his appointment as tech ambassador in 2017.

    Calling cybersecurity and smart city development as promising sectors in techplomacy, Klynge said, "Korea and Denmark will have negotiations in cooperation of the cybersecurity sector within the next two weeks, and a very constructive outcome can be made." 

    "Part of techplomacy includes sharing ethical and social responsibility of technology among governments and companies," he added, mentioning issues in technological development such as data protection and cybersecurity.

    "Techplomacy will bring benefits to Korea and Denmark and many other countries especially in boosting human rights, gender equality, IoT and the smart city sector." 

    arete@korea.kr




    President Moon Jae-in on Feb. 13 visited the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO) to see a presentation on the Busan Smart City Innovative Strategy. He is seen here trying a high-tech floor designed by the Korean company HNJ that transforms kinetic energy into electricity when users step on the tiles with footprints.

    President Moon Jae-in on Feb. 13 visited the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO) to see a presentation on the Busan Smart City Innovative Strategy. He is seen here trying a high-tech floor designed by the Korean company HNJ that transforms kinetic energy into electricity when users step on the tiles with footprints.



    By Min Yea-Ji and Yoon Sojung 
    Photos = Cheong Wa Dae

    Korea’s smart city of the future will allow residents to save up to 124 hours a year, including 60 hours on the road, 20 hours in administrative transactions and five hours waiting for medical consultation at hospitals. 

    The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Presidential Committee on the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Feb. 13 gave a presentation on the Busan Smart City Innovative Strategy at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO) in Korea’s largest port city. Targeting the cities of Busan and Sejong, the plan will have construction begin this year and the cities opened from late 2021. 

    Sejong aims to boost living convenience through the introduction of mobility services such as transportation sharing and autonomous driving, while reducing the number of motor vehicles.

    Sejong city will have smart mobility roads featuring the expanded use of self-driving and transportation-sharing vehicles, electric cars and bicycles, while limiting the use of gas-powered personal cars. Smart traffic lights and crosswalks will also enhance pedestrian safety.

    Sejong will also offer advanced health care services like the delivery of first-aid kits via emergency drones, transmission of patient data through video links within ambulances and customized medical services depending on a patient’s condition. 

    President Moon Jae-in on Feb. 13 in a speech calls a smart city “the place where our lives will become safer and more enriched” at a presentation for the Busan Smart City Innovative Strategy at BEXCO in the southern port city.

    President Moon Jae-in on Feb. 13 in a speech calls a smart city “the place where our lives will become safer and more enriched” at a presentation for the Busan Smart City Innovative Strategy at BEXCO in the southern port city.


    Residents of the smart city in Busan can enjoy a more efficient and safer lifestyle thanks to the inclusion of robots in their daily routines. The robots will help people park cars, serve as personal assistants backed by artificial intelligence, help with logistical distribution and offer medical services at rehabilitation centers for the disabled. 

    President Moon Jae-in attended the presentation and looked around the surrounding booths, saying, "(A smart city) is the place where our lives will become safer and more enriched." 

    "An integrated safety management system utilizing Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies will make it possible to immediately notify the general public of information on disasters such as earthquakes and fire and dispatch fire trucks within five minutes," he added. 

    "The urban crime rate can be reduced by 25 percent and traffic accidents by 50 percent." 

    For smoother operation of smart city construction and related projects, the government announced improvements to related regulations and the possible introduction of a "regulatory sandbox" for smart cities. 

    The smart city project is part of Korea’s aggressive effort to take the global lead in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In January last year, the country set up the world’s first pilot complex of smart city apartments at the national level and enacted related laws. 


    jesimin@korea.kr





    Ecube Labs CEO Sean Gwon on Dec. 14 presents his company’s products -- the monitoring solution Clean City Networks and the solar-powered trash compactor CleanCube -- at his office in Seoul’s Guro-gu District.

    Ecube Labs CEO Sean Gwon on Dec. 14 presents his company’s products -- the monitoring solution Clean City Networks and the solar-powered trash compactor CleanCube -- at his office in Seoul’s Guro-gu District.



    By Jung Joo-ri and Yoon Sojung
    Photos = Choi Taesoon 
    Seoul | Dec. 14, 2018 

    Korea.net in 2019 will feature startups leading innovative growth in various sectors of the Korean economy. The second article in this series is about Ecube Labs, a provider of comprehensive solutions for waste management by using the internet of things (IoT), a major force propelling innovative growth.



    Despite being largely ignored by most people, an emerging sector is quietly expanding with the advancement of society: waste collection and management. 


    The rising volume of products and services is fueling the growth of waste in tandem. Despite relatively low interest in waste disposal and management, one startup in Seoul has created business opportunities by using new technologies in the field. 

    Ecube Labs provides solutions for smart waste management while saving collection costs. In an interview with Korea.net on Dec. 14, 2018, at the company’s office in Seoul's Guro-gu District, CEO Sean Gwon defined his idea of innovation as "something that you can ignore unconsciously." 

    "Many sectors have benefited from technological development but not the waste industry, which lacks efficiency and requires many improvements," he said.

    On why he started this business, Gwon said, "The volume of the global market for waste collection is an estimated KRW 600 billion but the industry isn't competitive. So I deeply thought about what technological improvements were needed." 

    The waste management platform CleanCityNetwork (CCN) of Ecube Labs is the company’s core technology that allows real-time monitoring of accumulated waste volume via personal computer, tablet PC or mobile device. The CCN also informs users of the shortest routes for waste collection.  (Ecube Labs homepage)

    The waste management platform CleanCityNetwork (CCN) of Ecube Labs is the company's core technology that allows real-time monitoring of accumulated waste volume via personal computer, tablet PC or mobile device. The CCN also informs users of the shortest routes for waste collection. (Ecube Labs homepage)



    Smart trash bins using renewable energy 

    Opened in 2011, Ecube released the next year Clean Cube, a solar-powered trash compactor using wireless technology. Using solar energy batteries, Clean Cube-attached trash bins detect the quantity of waste they collect and can hold up to eight times more trash than non-compacting models. 

    In 2015, Ecube developed CleanFlex, an ultrasonic fill-level sensor attachable to any trash can that monitors the quantity of contained waste. A trash can using CleanFlex monitors waste quantity through ultrasonic waves and detects fire hazards. 

    CleanFlex collects waste data and sends them wirelessly to the CCN. Users can remotely check the volume of collected waste using the internet, resulting in lower cost thanks to using the shortest routes to collect waste and fewer visits to garbage containers. 

    IoT boosts waste management efficiency 

    In 2012, Ecube conducted a pilot project in which 70 CleanCube trash compactors were installed at four universities in Seoul -- Seoul National, Korea, Yonsei and Dongguk. The company has since installed 3,000 CleanCube trash compactors and CleanFlex in Seoul and throughout Korea as well as overseas including Washington, D.C., Shanghai, China, Birmingham, U.K., and Santiago, Chile. 

    Ecube’s solar-powered trash compactors can be also found in public places abroad such as Hermosa Beach in Southern California as well as Dublin Airport in Ireland. In addition to regional government bodies and trash collection companies, private entities like the Dublin Airport Authority of Ireland have sought the company’s waste management solutions to reduce collection costs. 

    On his company's most memorable overseas project, Gwon selected the so-called Melbourne Project in Australia's second-largest city. Ecube changed all trash cans downtown with 500 of its solar-powered waste compactors, raising waste collection efficiency up to 70 percent, he said. 

    Ecube Lab’s solar-powered trash compactor monitors a container’s fill level and automatically compresses waste if the set limit is exceeded.

    Ecube Lab's solar-powered trash compactor monitors a container's fill level and automatically compresses waste if the set limit is exceeded.




    Demand for Ecube's method of waste management using wireless communication is rising among smart city projects worldwide. For example, the company in January last year won a bid in Baltimore, Maryland, to install 4,500 trash cans by 2020. 

    Thanks to its extensive and varied experience, Ecube is pursuing a national project in Korea to build smart cities, a sector promoted by the government to lead innovative growth in the country.

    Appointed to the smart city special committee in November 2017, Gwon has provided consultations to the provincial cities of Sejong and Busan on building smart cities equipped with cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles. 

    On his company's ultimate goal, he said, "We wish for all waste collection firms in the world to use our solutions."

    "Almost all computers use the Windows operating system, right? Likewise, we hope that our products can become the Windows of waste management that all waste management companies use." 

    etoilejr@korea.kr




     

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    A visitor tries out life in a smart city through some VR gear at the Busan Eco-Delta City booth,

    at the DMC Hi-Tech Industry Center in Seoul on July 16. (Yonhap News)

     

     

    By Kim Eun-young and Kim Young Shin

     

    John Doe, a resident of the "smart city" of Sejong City, commutes to work in an autonomous car. Thanks to new AI systems that analyze traffic and navigate through the fastest route possible, his trip is stress-free and relaxing. As he arrives at work, a drone delivers a few books and some tomatoes that were grown at a "smart farm" and which were bought with his Sejong Coin digital currency.

     

    Jane Doe, living in the "smart city" of Busan, paid almost nothing for her electricity bill last month, despite the freezing weather, thanks to eco-friendly energy sources. Also, she no longer buys drinking water because she can drink purified, clean tap water straight from the city water supply system.

     

    These are two of the Moon Jae-in administration’s blue prints for "smart cities," urban areas that enhance major government services in the city with state-of-the-art IT.

     

    The Presidential Committee on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on July 16 announced plans for pilot projects that will build new "smart city" developments in the cities of Sejong City and Busan by 2021.

     

    According to the plan, a 2.74-square-kilometer development in Sejong City’s block No. 5-1, a little smaller than the size of Yeouido island in Seoul, will become a car-sharing zone. Inside that zone, residents will commute using shared self-driving cars or on bicycles. They will also make payments using digital currencies that make use of blockchain technologies. Finally, the new development will also feature drones and robots that will deliver parcels and even offer first aid.

     

    Busan’s new Eco-Delta City, a 2.19-square-kilometer development, will become an eco-friendly neighborhood that uses water from the Nakdonggang River and the Pyeonggangcheon Stream for energy and for drinking. The water will be used to generate hydrothermal energy, which will help residents save on their electricity bills, and the neighborhood will have water treatment facilities that are adapted to high-rise buildings and their water supply needs.

     

    “We aim to boost the quality of life for the citizens by applying cutting-edge technology to the urban landscape,” said the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. “We will successfully launch such 'smart cities' and share our experiences operating them with the global community.”

     

    Detailed action plans for the pilot projects will be established by December after getting feedback from the public and private entities.

     

    eykim86@korea.kr

     

     

     


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