[PANGYO ISSUE] Pangyo Technovalley Weekly News, News from the fifth week of July

– Naver Webtoon Lore Olympus wins the Eisner Award of the US

Naver Webtoon’s original webtoon “Lore Olympus” won the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Webcomic.

The Eisner Awards are the biggest yearly awards for the comics industry which was created in 1988. They are named after one of the twentieth century’s great American artists, Will Eisner. It is sometimes referred to as the comics industry’s equivalent of the Academy Awards.

Every year, a select panel of judges chooses candidates for each category among series published thls year and announces the winners at the San Diego Comic-Con, the largest entertainment festival in the United States.

The Best Web Comics category selects the best online comic book series of the year. According to Naver Webtoon, thls is the first time that a vertical scroll webcomics has won in the webcomic category.

“Lore Olympus” is a modern retelling of the relationship between the Greek goddess of spring and king of the underworld Persephone and Hades. It was first released in 2018 through Naver Webtoon’s English service, WEBTOON, and officially began serialization in Korea in August 2020. It had been viewed over 1.2 billion times globally.

Rachel Smyth is an author from New Zealand who made her debut through CANVAS, WEBTOON’s self-publishing platform founded by Naver.

CANVAS is a creative space platform for amateurs that applies “Challenge League” to the global market, a User Creative Contents (UCC) bulletin board built by Naver Webtoon. Currently, 820,000 amateur creators from around the world are gathering to create a global ecosystem.

Kim Hyung-Il the leader of Northern American Business sector of Naver Webtoon, said, “We are happy to be recognized for our efforts to steadily promote webtoons to the U.S. market from the beginning. We will continue to do our best to promote various webtoons’ literary value and quality content in the global market.”

– “Don’t take out your iPhone”…Kakao Pay is available on Apple Watch

Kakao Pay has distributed the latest version of the Kakao Pay app, which is also available on Apple Watch.

Apple Watch users can install the latest version of Kakao Pay app on their iPhones, check the connection with Apple Watch or iPhone Watch app, and use offline payment services.

After the devices are connected, you can run the Kakao Pay app on Apple Watch and select the registered payment method (Kakao pay money, Kakao pay gift certificate, credit card, etc.) to pay with QR code or barcode.

Kakao Pay payment services are available at major convenience stores, marts, department stores, outlets, bakeries, and cafes across the country. In order to use the “Kakao Pay Payment” service on Apple Watch, iPhone IOS 14.1 and Watch OS 8.0 or higher are required, and Kakao Pay app 2.11.0 or higher is required.

Kakao Pay said, “We upgraded the service so that you can easily pay without taking out your mobile phone,” and added, “We will consider linking it with various wearable devices so that you can enjoy a versatile ‘Kakao Pay Payment’ service in the future.”

– Hanwha Space Hub opens “the Korean Version of NASA Space School” with KAIST

Hanwha Space Hub, which serves as a comprehensive situation room for Hanwha Group’s space business, began operating the space education program for gifted students, “Space pebbles” at the community house in Myeong-dong, Seoul on the July 23rd.

According to Hanwha Aerospace on the 24th, 30 middle school students from all over the country who were selected through winning one spot against 47 people participated in the education program for six months with Hanwha Space Hub and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST).

In the first education program, “the Space Humanities Conference” was held to help students develop knowledge on philosophy and the humanities about “why we study space”. As instructors, Chung Jae-seung, a professor of bio and brain engineering at KAIST, and Kim Sang-wook, a professor of physics at Kyung Hee University, had discussion with students.

Professor Chung started with the question of “how has our brains changed?” and discussed with students about “what will the brains of life in space look like if we meet them someday in space?” Professor Kim explained the principles of light and telescope while discussing philosophy, space, science and history with students, and the conversation continued from the story of Galileo who observed the moon and Jupiter with a telescope to Heliocentrism and James Webb Space Telescope.

The students will meet with Lee So-yeon, South Korea’s first astronaut, PhD Jang Dae-ik, a philosopher of science who wrote Darwin’s table, Kim Chang-gyu, an SF writer, and PhD Hwang Jung-ah, who is developing satellites herself at the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute.

From September, the “Space Mission Project” will begin with eight current KAIST aerospace engineering professors and mentors from master and doctorate courses. Jeon Eun-ji, a professor of aerospace engineering at KAIST, who is in charge of guidance, explained, “We designed the entire process from selecting topics to specifying logic to completing tasks in a self-motivated manner, the same as KAIST masters and PhD team project methods.”

It will also run a camp program in November. During the camp, Dr. Paul Yoon, a NASA ambassador and have an online meeting with an incumbent NASA researcher. In January next year, the team will announce the results of the team project in front of top space experts, including mentors of “Space pebbles,” the Korea Aerospace Research Institute and incumbent researchers at Science & Technology Policy Institute.

Students who have completed all courses will receive benefits such as a KAIST presidential certificate, KAIST gifted education center course tickets, and one-on-one career consulting with experts. Students with excellent team project performance will also be given an opportunity to travel abroad early next year. Hanwha Space Hub will pay the full cost of program and training.

– Gyeonggi-do successfully hosts an ‘Online Meet-up’ with Vietnam to introduce companies Pangyo Techno Valley

Gyeonggi-do held an “Online Meet Up” with Hoang Long Vo, editor of Vietnamese telecommunications company Vietnamplus, through a video conference on the 27th to promote the value and corporate status of Pangyo Techno Valley on the global stage.

As one of the Pangyo Techno Valley promotional projects, “Online Meet-up” is an event to share opinions online with start-up clusters around the world on major issues facing Pangyo Techno Valley. In particular, the meeting was organized as a place to introduce companies in Pangyo and participants had an opportunity to introduce emerging technologies from various startups.

An AI basic gamification service company “Minglecon,” a wearable airbag manufacturing and distribution company “Safeware,” a natural language processing technology-based AI company “MrMIND” participated in the meeting at which broadcaster Alex Sigrist was the emcee.

Jin Hyun-jung, CEO of Minglecon, said, “The ability to solve problems is necessary for anyone, anytime, anywhere. 26.5% of teenagers around the world suffer from problems such as anxiety, bullying, drug addiction, and drinking,” and added, “Minglebot AI, developed by Minglecon, provides interactive games, experience activities, cartoons, and songs so that teenagers can develop problem-solving skills using mobile applications, PC programs and physical kits.”

Yoo Jenny, head of the overseas sales team at Safeware explained, “The advantage of our product is not only to protect the body due to an airbag explosion in the event of an accident, but also to automatically send text and emergency calls including the location of the accident to the registered contact in conjunction with the smartphone app via BLE to quickly transport the victims.”

“We are targeting Vietnam, where there are many bike users. The wearable airbag vest for riders expands within 0.2 seconds as the Key Ball is detached from the operating distance of the safe strap that connects the rider to the bike due to collision and sliding in the event of an accident triggering an inflater. thls helps actively protect the rider’s body, including his or her head, neck, back, spine, chest, and lumbar.”

Kim Dong-won CEO of MrMIND said, “We developed and manufactured robot caregivers for the elderly’s physical and emotional health care with the vision of ‘Let’s give happiness to the elderly through artificial intelligence technology’. Its robot caregivers provide personalized notifications such as waking up, sleeping, and taking medicine for the elderly, and the robot tries to talk first and acts as a companion. In addition, the safety of those living alone can be managed through the emergency notification function that appears on the mobile phone of the worker in charge of life support when dangerous words such as “I want to die” and “I’m depressed” emerge.”

Meanwhile, the online meet-up video can be found on the Pangyo Techno Valley YouTube channel.

Quick News

– Wemade Connect acquires NEXELON, a game developer

Nexelon, acquired by Wemade Connect, developed and released casual games such as “Monster Fishing,” “Derby Life,” and “My City,” and was established in 2017 as a gaming company specialized in developing various sports content into a game-optimized simulation genre.
With this acquisition, Wemade Connect will find and take the lead in new markets through publishing, and Nexelon will pave the way for further enhancing its expertise in specialized genres.

– Nota selected as a service provider for the Smart City project of Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs… Installation of an AI Crosswalk in Daejeon City

An AI safety crosswalk is a smart city solution to create a safer walking environment. It functions to prevent pedestrian accidents due to turning right, jaywalking, and lack of visibility.
The core technology of AI safety crosswalk is Nota’s edge AI technology, which adds AI analysis function to traffic observation CCTV installed in Daejeon to observe vehicle and pedestrian movements in real time and predicts dangerous situations one to three seconds in advance thereby warning drivers and pedestrians of danger in advance through various crosswalk aids (smart crosswalks).

– MrMIND delivers a robot caregiver “Dream Boy” to Daejeon City

The robot caregiver “Dream Boy,” which was created as the character of “Dream Boy,” the official mascot of the Daejeon Expo in 1993, observes the lifestyle of the caregivers from emotional conversations about emotions, life style and questionnaires through learning data. In addition, warning signs in daily life such as depression and suicide are detected and dangerous situations are delivered to the guardian.
The caregiver robot contains old stories, songs, active conversations, avatar talk, cognitive cards, and voice talk functions, and prevents diseases for the elderly and helps them keep safety through brain activity play quizzes, sleep-inducing music, medication management, and alarms.

Source: Pangyo Techno Valley Official Newsroom