The South Korea’s mobile life platform Kakao announced on November 1st that it posted the sessions and schedules of “if (kakao) 2021” on its webpage. The conference is scheduled to be held from the 16th to the 18th of November.
The theme of the conference is “a better world where all thrive together”. The conference covers around 120 sessions, which is the largest of its history, addressing various subjects including service, technology, business, partners, ESG and ways of work.
On the first day of the event, November 16th, Kakao’s CPO and CBO will introduce their major services’ current status, strategies and business direction.
The conference will also cover the fellowship research of Kakao Impact, Kakao’s social outreach institution, five ESG sessions, “mm”, Kakao view, Kakao talk wallet, Kakao talk channel, Subscription On and other sessions of non-technology sectors. CEOs of Kakao group’s affiliates, which consist of “Kakao community,” are planning to participate in the event as speakers.
The list of around 90 technology sessions will be released on November 17th. Technology sessions include those of the CTOs of Kakao and Kakao community and sessions on the backend tech, machine learning and AI, cloud, infrastructure and DevOps, blockchain, Android, iOS, frontend, open source and development culture.
Each session doesn’t have a cap of the number of participants,s allowing everyone to join through Kakao’s official webpage or Kakao TV.
Pangyo Technovalley is an innovation hub for global companies comparable to the Silicon Valley in the US, Zhongguancun in China, and STATION F in France. It is an Asia tech hub with 1,259 IT, BT, CT, and NT companies that possess innovative products and technologies. Located just south of the metropolitan area, it provides the best environment for Korean companies to do business with great transportation access and infrastructure.
Various high-tech companies are located in Pangyo Technovalley, and it is occupied by 64,000 full-time employees, many in their 20-30s. In terms of industry, the companies are engaged in information technology, contents technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology.
With the support of innovative companies with global capabilities such as Kakao, Naver, AhnLab, Krafton, NCSoft, Nexon, and Hancom, companies in Pangyo Technovalley recorded 107 trillion won in sales last year. Investment and infrastructure growth in Pangyo is expected to continue, with the Metaverse hub entering Pangyo this year.