-NHN joins MOE’s GO!GO! Challenge to lead the carbon emission reduction campaign

NHN (CEO Jung Woo-jin) announced on Aug. 27 that it will participate in the Ministry of Environment’s eco-friendly campaign GO!GO! Challenge.

Kim Myung-shin, CTO of NHN Cloud Division, participated in the campaign after being nominated by the data processing solution company Innodep.

The GO!GO! Challenge is a plastic-free movement that began in January this year by the Ministry of Environment, and it relays to other participants. It is done by uploading what to do and what not to do to reduce plastic in our daily lives on the social media, and passing it to the next challenger.

CTO Kim of NHN Cloud Division said, “As an IT company that operates data centers where energy efficiency is crucial, it is our mission to think about ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance), which is a sustainable future value. By participating in the GO!GO! Challenge, I was able to inform our employees to cut down on using disposable products and emphasize that technology advancement increases the energy efficiency in the company, thus reducing carbon emission.”

As the next participants, Kim chose Son Gyeong-jong, the Head of Gwangju Metropolitan City Artificial Intelligence Industry Bureau, Adobe Korea CEO Woo Mi-young, and Younglimwon Soft Lab Executive Director Ho Woong-gi.

-Smilegate to promote virtual human Han YuA

Smilegate announced on Aug. 27 that it will showcase its virtual human “Han YuA” on Instagram and start promotion activities.

Han YuA is the main character of its VR game “FOCUS on YOU.” This character has received great love from the fans with the look that reminds them of first love.

Smilegate joined hands with Giantstep, a company that has shown remarkable achievements in special effects (VFX) and VR to foster Han YuA into an attractive celebrity. With Giantstep’s Ai-based virtual human solution and real-time engine technology-based real-time contents solution, Han YuA will be taking steps to communicate with the public in a more advanced form like a real person.

Especially, to make her into a popular virtual celebrity, she will participate in acting and singing by the end of this year. She will also collaborate with a famous brand.

 Her activities will be posted on Instagram.

To diversify the intellectual property (IP) of the game “Crossfire,” Smilegate made attempts to expand the contents to entertainment by producing dramas and Hollywood movies.

Baek Min-jeong, Executive Director of Smilegate IP Business, said, “Recently, as metaverse and virtual influencers are in the spotlight in our society, virtual characters can increase contact points with the public through their activities that transcend time and space. We have built up awareness on Han YuA with the VR game, and we are planning to put her in various online and offline activities. Please look forward to it.”

-Gyeonggido gathers Gwanggyo and Pangyo research institutes representatives to seek collaborative project

On Aug. 27, Gyeonggido Business & Science Accelerator (GBSA) held “Gwanggyo-Pangyo Research Institute Policy Council – 1st Representative Meeting” in video conference format.


The Policy Committee was established this year to implement the cooperative system for communication and cooperation among Gyeonggido and research institutes according to Article 9 of the Gyeonggido Business & Science Accelerator Ordinance (projects for knowledge information, technology exchange, joint cooperation, etc.) and Article 9 of the Gyeonggido Innovation Cluster Fostering and Support Ordinance (promotion of industry-university-year joint research and development), and the first meeting was held on this day.

The Policy Council is made up of 10 national and provincial-funded research and promotion organizations located in Gyeonggi-do and Gwanggyo and Pangyo Techno Valleys, listing from ▲Gyeonggido Business & Science Accelerator (Bio Center, 4th Industry Headquarters) ▲Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology ▲Korea Advanced Nano Fab Center ▲Gyeonggi Technopark ▲National Institute for Mathematical Science ▲Intelligent ICT Convergence Research Center ▲Seoul SW-SoC Convergence R&BD Center ▲Software Policy & Research Institute ▲Artificial Intelligence Cooperation Center, and ▲Institut Pasteur Korea.


At the first representative meeting, each participating organization announced its major core project, and based on the results of the agenda demand survey conducted in advance, various opinions for practical cooperation between Gyeonggi-do and institutions were presented and issues that need policy changes were raised and suggestions were made.

Starting with this meeting, the next policy council will be held to develop the council by discovering collaborative tasks that can create synergy by connection and cooperation among the institutes.

Moon Young Lim, Gyeonggi-do Future Growth Policy Bureau Officer, said, “Until now, Gwanggyo and Pangyo Techno Valleys were acting as independent institutes. But through the Policy Council, we have provided the window for communication and cooperation between them, and I expect that this will contribute to the development of Gyeonggido’s science and technology.”

-Kakao Bank to release house mortgage product and plans to make a large-scale hiring for bank employees

Kakao Bank has started recruiting experienced security deposit loan operating employees.

On Aug. 27, Kakao Bank announced that it will hire a large number of experienced employees to operate mortgage loans such as mortgage loans and security deposit loans.

It is planning to recruitment tens of employees in security deposit loan operation and support. The deadline for the application is Sep. 12.

Kakao Bank introduced a non-face-to-face security deposit loan product in January 2018, and is currently preparing to launch a house mortgage loan product.

The mortgage loan operation department will be in charge of receiving security deposit loan and house mortgage loan applications from the customer service team and processing them.

Kakao Bank is looking for candidates with four or more years of experience in handling house mortgage loan products in the financial sector. Applicants who have experience in various loan products in the financial sector and have a high understanding of the mobile loan process will be given preference. The company will hire them as permanent employees.

The mortgage loan operation support will be in charge of receiving documents for security deposit loan products. Applicants with one or more years of experience in the financial sector can apply. They will be hired as contract employees, and preference will be given to workers with experience in handling mortgage loan products.

For more information on the qualifications and job description, please visit the recruiting page on the Kakao Bank website.

Kakao Bank offers flexible working hours to its employees, and provides various system that enable balanced lives of the employees by supporting medical expenses and health checkups for the employees and the family members.

A Kakao Bank staff said, “We are planning a large-scale recruitment to make it easier for the customers to use both the currently available security deposit loan product and house mortgage loan product that will soon be launched.”

Pangyo Technovalley is an innovation hub for global companies comparable to the Silicon Valley in the US, Zhongguancun in China, and STATION F in France. It is an Asia tech hub with 1,259 IT, BT, CT, and NT companies that possess innovative products and technologies. Located just south of the metropolitan area, it provides the best environment for Korean companies to do business with great transportation access and infrastructure.

Various high-tech companies are located in Pangyo Technovalley, and it is occupied by 64,000 full-time employees, many in their 20-30s. In terms of industry, the companies are engaged in information technology, contents technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology.

With the support of innovative companies with global capabilities such as Kakao, Naver, AhnLab, Krafton, NCSoft, Nexon, and Hancom, companies in Pangyo Technovalley recorded 107 trillion won in sales last year. Investment and infrastructure growth in Pangyo is expected to continue, with the Metaverse hub entering Pangyo this year.

Source: Pangyo Techno Valley Official Newsroom 

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