Young ICT Leaders' Forum 2015

On 9-11 December 2015, Busan Metropolitan City jointly with the Korea National Information Society Agency and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organized the Young ICT Leaders' Forum 2015. The goal of this forum was to present a community to youth from around the world whereby they could share ideas and innovative concepts for the advancement of future IoT industry. It was also aimed to offer a strong networking opportunity between participants and the industry, so that it created potential positive social contribution to the local community.

International Participants of Young ICT Leaders' Forum 2015

The forum was for invitation-only, where the participants were between 18-30 years old, from government sector, private sector, academia or R&D organizations, and have work responsibilities related with modern ICT convergences. The committee selected the participants based on submitted CV and application forms. Thank God, I was selected as one of 50 international participants invited by ITU ;)

Young ICT Leader's Forum 2015 at Busan

On the first day of the conference, we learned about how serious Korean government improving their nation-wide economic performance through ICT. The government has an initiative called "Creative Economy Vitamin Project" which seek to promote the integration of information technology with conventional industries such as agriculture, livestock, fisheries, food, culture, tourism, healthcare, etc.

We also learned the development progress of ICT convergences in various sectors, such as fisheries, maritime, automotive, electricity, home appliances, healthcare, and manufacturing.

On the second day, we learned about International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and its role in the world, development progress of IoT standardization, international ICT volunteers program, and open discussion about ICT problems and solutions from each participating country.

And lastly, on the third day we had tour to two IoT infrastructures: a laboratory in Pusan National University (PNU) and Hyundai Mobil factory in Ulsan.

Aside all the knowledge and insights from the conference, we were also glad to meet new friends from various countries enjoying Busan on the days and nights. Till we meet again! :)

Hanging Out at Busan Tower, Yongdusan Park | Photo: Adriana Suárez

Friendship is so weird. You just pick a human you've met and you're like "yep, I like this one" and you just do stuff with them.

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