Startup Weekend Seoul, Korea

    Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Seoul, Korea

Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016

Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Gachon University Vision tower Global Zone
1342 Seongnam-daero
Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do

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Gachon University Edition

Gachon University will be hosting their first Startup Weekend event!  Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups! <b></b>
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Friday November 18th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay overnight at this venue.

Saturday November 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
After breakfast check-in, status report and call for help

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help the team based on status report

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Speaker series
After-lunch speaker series

4:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay overnight at this venue.

Sunday November 20th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:00 pm
Final Presentations

5:00 pm
Judging & Awards

6:00 pm
Celebration Dinner
Dinner and Celebrate!

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Hye Min Lee (이혜민)
핀다(Finda) 대표이사

Kyeong Joong Min (민경중)
고문 at 법무법인JP

Event Judges

Kidae Lee (이기대)
Director at Startup Alliance Korea

Youngwha Jang (장영화)
오이씨 (OEC) 대표

씨앗보부상 at 오이씨

Kina Jin (진희경)
날비 대표

Jeong Min Kim (김정민)
CEO of MegaInvestement

Won Kim (김원)
가천대학교 SW 중심대학 사업단장

Peter Kim (김세진)
엡센터 본부장

Coaches and Mentors

Tony Lyu (유영석)

  • Co-founder of Korbit
  • Co-founder of TIDE Institute
  • Co-founder of Upstart

Bogeun Kim (김보근)
Data Scientist of Hyundai Motor Company

USC PhD. Bogeun Kim is Data Scientist of Hyundai Motor company in Korea. His research and specialties are focused on the analysis of vehicle signal to optimize performance and design & develop service to monetize vehicle information/data. He has 4 years telematics system R&D work experience and well understanding of vehicle network(i.e.CAN). His current project is developing vehicle data collecting unit to support real-time/connected-car device as project manager. And he is also developing destination prediction system using TensorFlow(TF).

Unkyu Park (박언규)
Software Engineer at Samsung Electronics

USC PhD.  Unkyu started his career in automotive industry at Hyundai Motors as a research engineer, he was taking the state of the art technologies into vehicles such as smart device integration, in-vehicle gesture recognition and motion sensors. Along his work, he was also pioneering new ideas into real world such as a remote car driving system using virtual reality environment and a  companion unmanned aerial vehicle (a.k.a. drone) that are controlled from a car so the driver can have a better understanding of the road ahead. He is currently working at Samsung Electronics and questioning what the next big thing will be.  He earned MS from University of Pennsylvania and completed Ph.D. from University of Southern California.

Jae Young Bang (방재영)
Software engineering researcher at Kakao Corp.

USC PhD. Jae is currently a software engineering researcher at Kakao Corp. His responsibilities at Kakao include (1) identification and solving problems in large and distributed mobile platforms and (2) design and development of the user authentication and information security systems. He holds a PhD and an MS from University of Southern California, and a BS from Soongsil University, all in Computer Science. More information is available on his homepage:

Donghee Sung (성동희)
Data analytics & data engineering at Naver Search

Interested in analyzing user's behavior
Data analytics & data engineering at Naver Search
MS in Computer Science at USC
Developer at LoadComplete (early stage, 6months)

Sangsoo Lee (이상수)
Director of Business Development at Neowiz

Jinwook Kim (김진욱)
Managing Director at Robotis

Hyunmyung Timothy Dho (도현명)
CEO at Impact Square

Sangwoong Yoon (윤상웅)

  • CEO & Founder of Nooby Island
  • Publishing producer of Webzen (2005-2010)
  • Level designer of Ubisoft Entertainment (2003-2005)

Kwon Woo Hyun (권우현)

Software Engineer at KT. MS in Electrical Engineering at USC. He started his professional career at Samsung Electronics, developed symbian os based mobile phone which is kind of early stage smart-phone. Currently his job focuses on distributed storage system to enhance data transferring speed and traffic localization. He is also interested in statistical analysis of big data.
탱큐! Pls remind him re this weekend

Daniel Lee (이재원)

Daniel is on visiting faculty at Gachon University. His specialty is in venture finance, and tech based entrepreneurship. Daniel is an ACM professional and IBM Global Entrepreneur.  He started his career as a quant jock computer hacker before joining IBM, PeopleSoft,  Oracle, and AppliedERP as a developer, chief architect, corporate VC, global director and President/CEO.  In addition to his passion for tech, he received USC MBA in accounting and finance.  He  was a Dean's International Fellow at Seoul National University, and research associate at USC.   He is a recipient of the US Congressional Special Recognition for community service, and currently serves on Boards of numerous non-profits and tech companies. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Seoul, Korea team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Seoul is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Seongmin
    Jeon (전성민)
  • BK
    Lee (이보경)
  • Daniel
    Lee (이재원)


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Executive Director, PeopleSpace

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BK Lee (이보경)

Wunhan Park

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