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A New, Enormous Hackathon Is Bringing The World's 'Best Hackers' To South Korea

A New, Enormous Hackathon Is Bringing The World's 'Best Hackers' To South Korea

The largest-ever international hackathon was announced this Friday.

The result of a partnership between the Seoul Metro Government and Global Hackathon, the event will take place in the South Korean capital next summer.

According to the event's organizers, a major goal of Global Hackathon Seoul is to promote an entrepreneurial environment within the country. "We have an opportunity to import the mindset and innovative trends of the best hackers from around the world," KJ Yoo, Executive Director of Global Hackathon, told Benzinga.

"We are carefully designing an experience so that many different nations become unified by code and creativity," he explained.

Google Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) has already revealed it will open a startup campus in Seoul. The Gangnam district, in particular, is at the epicenter of the action.

"Gangnam has the best of...New York City and Silicon Valley," FuturePlay's Steven Baek recently told the AP. "Gangnam's benefit is diversity. New York has lots of fun clubs and rich consumer-based culture like Gangnam, but it doesn't have many engineers."

Related Link: Mayor Of Seoul Invites Hackers To The City

Global Hackathon Seoul also has the support of the local government and Mayor Park Won­-soon.

“As Seoul continues to transform, this event will be an opportunity for the city to inspire and support the movers of tomorrow," the Seoul Metro Government said.

"We hope that Koreans can infuse this hacker culture with our own unique Korean culture to improve it in our own way," Yoo added.

The hackathon, which will take place between July 29 and August 1, 2015, is expected to be the "flagship" event for Seoul's Creative Economy Department.  According to Yoo, there have been over 700 signups in the last 24 hours.

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