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The Seoul Tech Pavilion marks the first time a pavilion has been operated by a city in the main hall, usually an exhibition space for leading tech companies.

Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is presenting the Seoul Tech Pavilion at the CES 2023 technology expo in Las Vegas this year, marking the first time a pavilion has been operated by a city in the main exhibition hall, usually an exhibition space for leading tech companies.

As well as positioning Seoul as a technology hub, SMG also wants to provide a platform for Korean start-ups and tech companies. It will be joined by open innovation startups and major Korean companies.

Smart city of the year

Seoul, named Smart City of the Year at the 2022 Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona last November, will present its Seoul: City of Green Technology and Smart Transportation vision at the event, which runs 5-8 January at the Las Vegas Convention Centre (LVCC).

The pavilion will feature a 3D screen, which will display immersive 4D and 3D videos that show the vision for the future of Seoul, featuring drones, self-driving cars as well as eco-friendly technology. Through a partnership with Caliverse, an immersive metaverse-based K-Content experience booth will also form part of the pavilion.

Meanwhile, the Seoul Business Agency (SBA) will showcase technologies in the fields of mobility and environmental social and governance (ESG) that are central to achieving the goals of the Seoul Vision 2030. It will also stage the Sixth Seoul Innovation Challenge. SBA entered partnerships with the Korean companies Lotte Chemical, S-Oil, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute and urban mobility specialist Hancom InSpace to select six startups that are aligned with technical challenges presented by each organisation.

SBA also collaborated with the Seoul Digital Foundation and the Korea Institute of Startup & Entrepreneurship Development under the Ministry of SMEs and Startups on the Kostartup Joint Pavilion, which will feature 50 companies and will be located at the event’s Eureka Park.

In addition, SBA signed partnerships with the business groups of four universities (Kyunghee, Kookmin, Sogang, Chung-ang) and the Korea Institute of Startup & Entrepreneurship Development to support the exhibition. Fifty students have been selected to be matched with startups in their desired fields.

Hyunwoo Kim, the CEO of SBA, said: “While we plan to propose a future vision of Seoul evolving with technology with the world’s biggest IT expo, CES, as the stage, we also plan to actively support the expansion of innovative startups, which lead Seoul’s startup ecosystem, into global markets.”

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Quelle/Source: Smart Cities World, 04.01.2023

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