Bright young minds share social innovation ideas in Seoul

06 Oct 2013

imageKorean designers and developers at the Seoul Social Innovation Camp

Digital entrepreneurs from across Korea came together in Seoul to build and test hi-tech tools to make society safer and more sustainable today.

The ‘Seoul Social Innovation Camp’ brought 50 innovative software developers and designers together for two days to compete in building web and mobile-based solutions to urban social challenges and public service issues.

The seven groups produced mobile applications that help tackle depression, report and track local public service problems such as malfunctioning traffic lights and street litter, beautify run-down parts of town by connecting artists to work together and offer career advice and contacts to graduates.

The winning team produced ‘finger-town’; a game-like mobile app the makes reporting public service problems fun and lets users know when problems are solved.

With groups from 7 other Asian cities, Korea’s winners will compete in a final regional camp in Singapore in November. The summit will provide pparticipating teams with opportunities to see their ideas take off through support from mentors and potential investors at the summit, who will critique their products.

The ‘Social Innovation Camp Asia 2013 event series’ is supported by the UNDP Centre for Public Service Excellence in Singapore as part of its Public Service Innovation Lab initiative (www.bit.ly/PSI-Lab).  

The Centre is UNDP’s new knowledge and convening hub with a focus on public service.