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Mayor Of Seoul Invites Hackers To The City


Seoul To Host The Largest International Hackathon

December 12th, 2014 ­ Grand Rapids, MI

The Seoul Metro Government is teaming up with Global Hackathon to host the first international city­backed Hackathon — expected to be the largest ever. The event will take place from July 29 – August 1, 2015, at the COEX Convention & Exhibition Center in Seoul’s Gangnam district.

The growing wave of startups and entrepreneurs in Seoul has attracted international attention. In August, Google Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced its plans to open a campus for startups in Seoul. Israeli venture capital firm The Yozma Group has announced plans to invest $1 billion in South Korea, and last month, San Francisco­-based Formation 8 invested $100 million in South Korean startup Yello Mobile.

Propelled by prominent local companies and an unrivaled education system, the city is quickly emerging as a hotbed for tech innovation.

Mayor Park Won­-soon has created an initiative to push this ‘Creative Economy’ even further. Seoul Metro Government said, “As Seoul continues to transform, this event will be an opportunity for the city to inspire and support the movers of tomorrow.”

The city has pledged to significantly invest in Global Hackathon, an event that will act as the flagship for Seoul’s Creative Economy Department.

KJ Yoo, Executive Director of Global Hackathon, founded the organization after returning to Seoul and witnessing the tech growth that had already occurred in the five years he’d been away. All Seoul needed, he thought, was an event to stimulate a cultural shift toward a more entrepreneurial environment.

“We are excited with the idea of government, businesses, inspiring leaders, and hackers coming together to collaborate,” Yoo said.

To accomplish this universal goal and design a unique experience, the Global Hackathon team is working with organizers from previous Hackathons at Stanford, MIT, Princeton, Brown, Oxford, Yale, Duke, Berkeley, Michigan State, McGill, Shanghai, Taiwan, Tsinghua, Waterloo, Israel, and Nigeria.

About Global Hackathon

Global Hackathon is a nonprofit organization based in the United States and supported by partners across the globe. The event celebrates diversity, inclusivity, and unity among Hacker communities to inspire, teach, build, and form partnerships that have a global impact. The four-­day event will take place July 29 – August 1, 2015 at the COEX Convention & Exhibit Center in Seoul, Korea. For more information please visit


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