Startup Weekend Incheon

    Friday, August 28 - 30, 2015

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Incheon

Friday, August 28 - 30, 2015

Friday, August 28 - 30, 2015
Event starts at 6:45 pm

Yonsei University Songdo Campus
Incheon, South Korea 406-840

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Wanna launch in one of the biggest untapped spaces?

Meet amazing people, Learn new Skills, Be Entrepreneurial, Launch a Business. Attractive prizes worth 10,000 USD await the winning teams.

Allianz Korea (a subsidiary of the world's largest insurance company) and Design Factory Korea have teamed up with Philips KoreaIBM Korea, KISA and the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning as additional sponsors to host Startup Weekend Incheon/Seoul. The theme of Health & Lifestyle Management represents one of the biggest untapped spaces in the economy. We are looking for developers, designers, businesspeople, and insurance professionals. Prizes will be offered by Allianz Korea, Philips Korea and IBM Korea.  Register today!

Interested?  Then join us for Startup Weekend at Design Factory Korea.  Type "연세대학교국제캠퍼스, Yeonsu-gu" into Google Maps to see where we are.  Design Factory Korea is in Veritas Hall B, Room 2.06 of the Yonsei University's International campus in Songdo.  

Prizes: IBM and Philips will sponsor prizes worth 10,000 USD to the winning teams. Allianz will offer teams with innovative and viable prototypes to pitch to its internal accelerator program "Allianz Digital Accelerator" (

Accommodations: If you are looking for a place to stay during Startup Weekend, Yonsei dormitory rooms will be available.  (Please contact for more information.)  Songdo also has a variety of hotels and a jimjilbang ("Blue Ocean") within just a few blocks of our venue.


Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences beginning with open mic pitches on Friday. Bring your best ideas and inspire others to join your team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing Lean Startup techniques and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

  • Learning through the act of creating 
  • Building your network
  • Finding someone you can actually launch a startup with
  • Learning a new skill and stepping outside of your comfort zone 
  • Getting face time with people who can help make your idea happen 
Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon - 54 hours of fast and furious prototype development through to exploring potential markets and pitching.  It’s an unparalleled opportunity to build lasting relationships with co-founders, mentors and investors.

Over 36% of startups from these events are still going strong after three months.

The real value comes from taking an idea from concept through to execution using Lean tactics and working under high pressure with the best startup people South Korea has to offer.

Experienced business people or new entrepreneurs; designers looking for new ideas; developers wanting to challenge their skills - Startup Weekends are a fun and exciting way to to upskill and test yourself in the world of startups.

Starting from 6pm on Friday pitches will be made, ideas chosen and lasting teams formed.  By late Friday night you’ll be on your way with goals set and roles assigned.

Saturday is all about validation - contacting potential customers and checking out if there is really a market for your idea - and reacting fast if you need to change.  Meanwhile if you’re a developer or a designer you’ll be furiously building the product.  

Sunday is about making it work and preparing for the final pitch to a panel of carefully chosen judges.  Throughout the process mentors from all backgrounds will be on hand.  


Friday August 28th

6:45 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:10 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:40 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:50 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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 and work as late as you want to

Saturday August 29th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

3:00 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 and work as late as you want to

Sunday August 30th

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

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Joos Louwerier
VP COO, Allianz Life Korea

Mi Young Hong
Cloud Software Architect

MiYoung has more than 17 years experience in software design and development as a solution specialist, application
architect, and developer, and has worked with customers in the finance industry for many years.  Currently, she is working as a Cloud Software Architect in Korea, working with customers who are interested in building and leveraging  cloud technology for business innovation

Event Judges

Saeju Jeong
CEO and Co-Founder, Noom Inc.

Joos Louwerier
VP COO, Allianz Life Korea

Dominique Oh
CEO, Philips Korea

Jeff Rhoda
General Manager, IBM Korea

Coaches and Mentors

Paul Chang
CIO Allianz Life Korea

Alex Chung
Director of Business Development in Asia, Noom, Inc.

JeongSeok Hong
Software Engineer in IoT & Mobile solutions, IBM Korea LAB

Chihmao Hsieh
Research Professor of Entrepreneurship, Yonsei University

Chihmao is Research Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Global Entrepreneurship at SUNY Korea.

Kyoungtae Hwang
Manager / Solution Architect, IBM Korea

Kevin Hyoshuk
Senior Manager, Strategy & New Business Development, Philips Korea

Younah Kang
Assistant Professor of Information & Interaction Design

Dr Younah Kang is Assistant Professor of Information and Interaction Design at Yonsei University.  Her PhD is from Georgia Tech in Human-Centered Computing.  Her Master's degree in Information Science was from the University of Michigan, and her B.S. was in Industrial Design from KAIST.  Before coming to Yonsei, she was a user experience researcher at Google at their Silicon Valley headquarters.  Her paper on the role of interaction in information visualization in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (2007) has been cited over 400 times.

JaeYeon Eric Kim
Outreach Director - Global Hackathon

JaeYeon (Eric) loves to start/join projects that can make “Positive Social Impact” to society.  He helped GH(Global Hackathon) team with recruiting 7000+(900+ Korean) hackers around the world and fundraising campaign for Global Hackathon Seoul which is a unique opportunity to drive social and technological change, on a monumental scale, by instilling the hacker mindset to attendees from 100+ countries. Simultaneously he was co-managing a maker community “MANDLE”, using open source HW/SW(Microprocessor), Fabrication Tool (Laser Cutter, 3D Printer, CNC machine) to turn ideas into reality. He also has startup experiences within IT industry(Photo Sharing SNS) and chemical product manufacturing/retail business. 

Soojin Jun
Assistant Professor of Graduate School of Communication and Arts, Yonsei University

Soojin Jun is currently Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Communication and Arts and a program chair of Information and Interaction Design Major at Techno-Art Division at Yonsei University, Korea. Prior to joining Yonsei University, she has conducted several interdisciplinary research projects with the United States Postal Service, the CMU Human–Computer Interaction Institute and Dental Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. Her professional employment includes MetaDesign (SF), MayaViz (PA), SiegelGale (NY), and her design work has been awarded at international design competitions. She holds a BFA in visual communication design at Seoul National University, Korea, and an MDes and a PhD in interaction design at Carnegie Mellon University.

Sung-Hyuck Park
Co-Professor at Kyunghee Cyber University & Leader of the SK Bravo Startup Center

Meri Vainio
Coach, Design Factory Korea, Yonsei University

Meri became the first full-time employee of Yonsei University's Design Factory Korea, where she now works as a coach to build the project into something extraordinary with students, the faculty and the industry. She also has experience from the Aalto-Tongji Design Factory and the Sino-Finnish Centre in Shanghai, China.

Steve Wooseok
Senior Manager, Healthcare Market Intelligence, Philips Korea

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Songdo/Incheon is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Chihmao
  • Meri
  • Jascha
  • Frederic

Event Staff

Frederic Heng

Frederic contributes to Design Factory Korea's social media management, brand engagement, outreach programmes, and serves as its public relations liaison. Currently a student at Underwood International College, Yonsei University, he holds a Diploma in Advertising and Public Relations from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore. He brings with him prior working experience in media relations, events management, and corporate communications, in both Singapore and Vietnam.
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