School: Konkuk University
Since childhood, SeungWoo Lee has pondered questions about society and social responsibility. Through this curiosity he turned toward the firefighter community in Korea and found a way to
help society acknowledge and remember firefighters in his social enterprise, REO. His company re-purposes firefighter suits into everyday clothing for consumers, with profits benefiting firefighters in need. Lee hopes to transform the way people view and express gratitude towards these unsung heroes.
School: Chung-Ang University
Meet Kipla, an innovative project based on the novel concept of a pet plant targeted for children. It operates on the mobile platform and utilizes its original “smart stick” technology to construct a child-friendly monitoring system of the pet plant. A smart stick – a sensory instrument attached to the plant for routine condition scans – relays to the hooked mobile device a set of essential data including room temperature, humidity, and light level. The process consummates with the information presented on the screen in a child-friendly format. This virtual ecosystem, as we came to name it, ties a child and his pet plant into a single entity. In the long run, Kipla aims to bring together human and nature as one.
School: University of Washington
Dot is a South Korean startup that produces an active Braille smartwatch that’s a low-cost education and communication tool for the blind. Kim founded Dot with Titus Cheng, a classmate from the University of Washington. The team they built in Seoul includes specialists in hardware, software, and design. In its first round of seed funding, Dot raised US$100,000 from the ActnerLab accelerator and an additional $500,000 from the South Korean government’s Tech Incubator Program for Startup (TIPS). The company will begin its second round of seed funding in August with a goal of raising US$1 million, and it’s hoping for international investors to help promote the company’s products overseas.