The plenary sessions will open up a discussion about the innovativeness and the benefits in sharing in terms of the collaborators and the trend of innovation. The Thematic Special Sessions are created in hopes for sharing the innovation benefits of the science technology foundation can spread worldwide, so in-depth discussions about some specific topics, areas of study, current issues of local regions (continents), which are difficult to discuss in detail at the plenary sessions, will be conducted.
The Thematic Special Sessions of the forum would like to address topics such as ‘Technology Convergence’ and ‘Appropriate (Grassroots) Technology’. The discussion will begin with a review of the meaningful innovation activities based on the science technology foundation that are ongoing in the two areas. The discussion will continue with the discovery of detailed strategy and measures for the programs or projects that may be executable or feasible in the global community. In particular, two organizations, which are fully engaged and involved in each of the areas, are selected to introduce the accomplishments and application cases. Furthermore, countries or institutions that have similar cases will introduce the achievements and detailed strategies, all participating innovation collaborators will share the achievements, and the plans to spread such successful outcomes in other countries will be discussed.
With the advent of era of the Internet of things (IoT), innovations arise from the convergence of automobiles and daily necessities with the ICT technology. Not only that, the IoT is becoming actively involved in the areas of environmental management, residence, and energy management, and a new agricultural revolution is expected with the convergence with agricultural sector that was shunned by the traditional industry. The convergence of agriculture and new technologies, in terms of innovation initiatives, is considered an area that would excite interest in not only the developed countries but also developing countries. In particular, the ‘Smart Farm’ project, which is an example of convergence of ICT and agriculture, exemplifies that this new industrial field can contribute immensely in the coexisting development and the cooperation between the developed and developing countries. The ‘Smart Farm’ project is appreciated as an interesting case that demonstrated the possibility of pioneering a new industry through technology convergence of science technology and traditional industry.
This Session will be a platform for the introduction of the ‘Smart Farm’ project of SK Telecom Co. Ltd. as the successful case of the technology convergence, the discussion about the success of other countries, and exchange of the achievements and values of the technology convergence by developed and developing countries and various innovation collaborators.
Appropriate (Grassroots) Technology Innovation of Developing Countries
This Session will introduce the outcomes and the cases of technology propagation of ‘Sharing and Technologies Incorporated (Republic of Korea)’, which operates various projects for development and propagation of the appropriate technology in Korea. In addition, similar results and cases in Africa and Southeast Asia regions will be presented, and all participating innovation collaborators, institutions, and nations will exchange the outcomes and benefits realized from the experience. The expansive discussion between developed and developing countries will be an opportunity not only to contribute in improving the social problems or the environment of developing countries but also for developed countries to recognize the needs and requests of developing countries.