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Seen are digital lockers developed by Alec Conway from the U.K. Conway designed the lockers to offer secure storage spaces for homeless people, winning the U.K.'s first Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition in July. Courtesy of Samsung Electronics
Seen are digital lockers developed by Alec Conway from the U.K. Conway designed the lockers to offer secure storage spaces for homeless people, winning the U.K.'s first Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition in July. Courtesy of Samsung Electronics

By Baek Byung-yeul

Samsung Electronics' logo / Courtesy of Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics' logo / Courtesy of Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics believes that a better future lies in bringing about social change by developing the potential of young people.

Based on this belief, the tech giant operates what it calls "corporate citizenship programs," such as the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow and the Samsung Innovation Campus, to help young people across the world develop their ideas and solve problems, providing support in the form of job opportunities in future technology fields.

Samsung says that its Samsung Solve for Tomorrow is "an education program in which young people utilize their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math to solve regional issues and further develop their problem-solving skills."

First launched in the United States in 2010, the program is now conducted in more than 30 countries. Comprised of three steps, identifying an issue, coming up with a solution and making that idea a reality, Samsung employees serve as mentors for participating teams, providing them with support. The winning team is chosen based on the contestants' presentations and final products.

Samsung said that Alec Conway from the U.K. won this year's competition as he designed digital lockers that provide secure storage for homeless people. Through a digital screen built into the lockers, the digital lockers are also designed to offer the homeless with vital information, such as maps and information about area health services.

With the support from Samsung, Conway is now working with Digital Catapult, a technology innovation center in the U.K. to develop a prototype of his digital lockers.

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow program also recognized three students ― Le Hang, Tuong Vy and Tuyet Nhi ― as the trio won the program's competition in 2020 by developing equipment that allows local farmers enhance productivity by streamlining how they trap pests.

"The idea came to the students after they noticed just how often farmers have to enter hazardous zones to eliminate pests," Samsung said. "This led the students to start developing an IoT device that could trap pests in organic vegetable fields using solar energy."

Samsung also runs the Samsung Innovation Campus, a program that offers various types of information and communication technologies-based education to help unemployed young people improve their competitiveness in the job market.

"Students can not only learn about technologies such as AI and IoT, but they can also develop crucial employability skills to help create better opportunities for themselves. As of 2020, approximately 160,000 students have graduated from the Samsung Innovation Campus, and the program is available in 20 regions around the world," Samsung said.


Baek Byung-yeul baekby@koreatimes.co.kr


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