Lift at Swiss-Korean Innovation Week

Over the years, Lift has been growing a network of partners in Asia enabling us to organize various events in China, India and especially in Korea with 3 editions of the Lift Asia conference from 2007 to 2009, the Swiss-Korean Innovation Night in 2012, Urban Entrepreneurs Seoul in 2016 and the Lift:Lab Seoul in 2018.

Lift is thrilled to be back once again in Seoul during the Swiss-Korean Innovation Week on May 22-23, 2019 with two events: Lift:Lab Seoul and a Swiss-Korean Startup Workshop.

During the Swiss-Korean Innovation Week happening on May 20-24, 2019 organized by the Science & Technology Office Seoul, experts from Switzerland and Korea active in the academic and industrial worlds are expected to bring visions and examples for a “smart living” through the convergence of technologies in services, which make our cities more sustainable. 

Lift:Lab Seoul, May 23 2019

The 2019 Lift:Lab Seoul is a one-day creativity sprint happening on May 23, 2019 offering an opportunity for participating companies, startups and individuals to collaborate towards identifying new ideas, designs or ventures leveraging technology to serve challenges of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The key technologies retained this year are Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality (AR/VR/MR) and Blockchain. Three SDG goals have been retained specifically for their potential urban impact. Namely, SDG 3 on good health and wellbeing, SDG 10 on reducing inequalities and SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities. The sprint will allow participants to work in groups throughout the day towards defining a concrete project. Projects with the highest potential will be invited to participate in an event in September 2019 to be shortly announced.

  • Allow Korean and Swiss participants to collaborate on an innovation challenge
  • Discover potential mutual opportunities
  • Stimulate new ideas in a fast paced creativity workshop
  • Have fun and learn along the way

The workshop is open to individuals and all participants from Swiss and Korean participating startups active in innovation areas pertaining to mobility, security, inclusiveness, real estate, energy, sustainability, AI, VR/AR/MR, IoT, machine learning, blockchain, quality of life, well being, smart environments, etc. Participation is expected for the whole day, no partial participation.


09.30 – 09:40: Registration and welcome coffee
09:40 – 10.00: Introduction, orientation for the day, Inspiration Talks and workshop staging 10.00 – 12:30: Ideation Round #1
12.30 – 13.30: Creative Lunch
13.30 – 14.00: Morning recap and Inspiration Talks
14.00 – 16.10: Ideation Round #2
16.10 – 16.30: Creative Coffee break
16.30 – 17.30: Project result pitching by teams
17:30 – 17:45: Jury discussion
17.45 – 18.00: Introduction of Designathon on Tour (Sept. 27-28 September)
18.00 – 18:30: Workshop wrap-up, feedback and next steps


The Swiss-Korean Ideation Workshop will take place at Heyground, B1, ‘Inspiration’ Hall

Heyground 5, Ttukseom-ro 1na-gil,

Seongdong-gu, 04779 Seoul

Tel. +82 2 6495 0181

Local Transportation

By subway

  • Green line 2: Ttukseom station exit 6 or
  • Bundang line: Seoul Forest station exit 1

By bus

  • Bus stop: Seoul Forest (121, 2014, 2016, 2224, 2413)
  • Bus stop: Gyeongdong Elementary school (2224, 2412, 2413)