Lift:Lab in Seoul - Urban Entrepreneurship for Desirable Futures

Thank you to our 50+ participants from Korea, Switzerland and France who joined Lift:Lab in Seoul. We were delighted to welcome all of you and to get 9 teams working on urban desirables futures. The youngest ideator among them was only 10 years old! We can't wait to receive the team's proposals. Stay tuned!


Projects in the spotlight

We welcomed 9 teams who worked together to co-create desirable urban futures. Here is a summary of the project ideas that were generated at the Lift:Lab in Seoul:

  • We Move: A unified mobile service platform and app for all transportation services from renting vehicles to public transport. "Have everything without owning anything".
  • Non Stopable Bus: A modular bus system where small bus units flow in and out of a bus systems that never stops.
  • Electronoise / SAMUEL: Sound Alteration Mechanic Utilisation for Electricity A device that converts sounds into energy by gathering urban noise (cars, planes and ambient noise).
  • GCP INC: A waste food grinder and compactor in decomposable waste bags that don't smell. Resulting bags are used to produce heat, gas and fertiliser for soil.
  • SitGears: A multifunctional car that can be used as a taxi or to collect trash and clean roads when there are no passengers.
  • Flow: A mobile app for public transport users to help them choose the optimal subway / bus according to realtime flow of passengers in the public transport system. The data gathered is analysed in realtime by AI algorithms to provide the user with different options.
  • Smart Flow: An interactive sensor, filter and app to measure water quality, quantity, data and provide feedback information to consumers.
  • Second Chance: A service / app allowing citizens to deliver / buy food that would otherwise be wasted. Citizens could buy the food for themselves or deliver it to institutions in exchange for rewards.
  • K-Box: An affordable kitchen rental by the hour. Including cooking lessons and health tips.

Again this year, we had the chance to join forces with our pool of experts who played a great role in advising and facilitating the teams’ work during the ideation workshop. Nathan Millard (CEO, G3 Partners) was back at the Lift:Lab Connect in Seoul to give an inspiring talk about startup innovation. Before ending the day, the teams pitched their ideas on stage and received valuable feedback from the experts to help them fine tune their projects before final submission.

Alessandra Apicella, Head of the Science and Technology Office at the Embassy of Switzerland in Seoul, concluded with a speech about the relationship between our two countries. The participants were then invited to relax and enjoy a well deserved cocktail with lots of Swiss delights! Following this ideation workshop, the teams have two weeks to further develop their proposals and to submit their projects in English. Our jury panel of experts will then select the best project and invite the team to join one of our events in 2018.

About Lift:Lab Seoul

Lift:Lab Seoul has been designed to foster new ideas in order to co-create, prototype and produce solutions for a better urban future. Through this initiative, Lift wishes to connect innovators and give a voice to local communities of innovators with the aim to support the emergence of new impactful solutions.

The project will focus on three major themes :


About the workshop

Participants will be split into teams, brainstorm together for ideas and get feedback from experts. A presentation is required from each team by the end of the day. A panel of experts and entrepreneurs will give feedback on all presentations. All teams will have two weeks after the workshop to further develop their proposals and submit the projects in English. A jury panel of experts will select the best project and invite the team to join the Lift:Lab 2018.

  • Date: November 11, 2017
  • Time: 9:00am - 18:30pm
  • Venue: N15 Yongsan, Seoul
  • Cost: Free of charge, Lunch and Coffee breaks included
Workshop Organizers & Experts

Community Partners

In Pictures

Lab Connect Seoul 2017