Summer Software Schools Nurture Korean Talent

How was your summer? Do anything unusual like develop a software program to help people use the bathroom?

Well this summer, Samsung Electronics invited students of all ages across Korea to participate in one of its various summer school programs that aim to nurture budding young tech talent with dreams of becoming tomorrow’s software experts.

Today, we look at three of these summer software schools. These programs gave students the opportunities, inspiration and skills to bring them closer to realizing their IT dreams, and also threw up some interesting software solutions that may – or may not – help us in the future.


Junior Software Heroes


Samsung’s Junior Software Heroes program is an extension of two programs already in place to encourage talented students – the Junior Software Academy and Junior Software Cup. This new project takes 40 excellent students from the Academy and last year winners of the Software Cup.

Participants enjoyed hands-on experiences of Samsung’s IT technology and achieved some amazing outcomes. Particularly, they quickly understood the workings of Samsung’s IoT platform ARTIK and created games using ARTIK on the spot.



During a hackathon, five teams also competed to develop software programs that could solve inconveniences in our daily life.




Among the memorable ideas that surfaced, one creative team tackled the inconvenience of their classmates taking too long to use the restroom, which occurs when students play on their smartphones while others begin queuing up to use the facilities.

The solution these young developers offered was to have a waitlist viewable on small screen for restroom patrons. And if any visitor should take too long, a warning alarm would sound followed by zany penalties being applied such as toilet paper being shut off and doors to the bathroom stall opening automatically.


Seeing, Touching, Experiencing


Samsung d’light is an exhibition space in the Gangnam area of Seoul built to let visitors have fun with Samsung’s most innovative technologies. Here, Samsung held its ninth Samsung d’light Summer IT School for fifth and sixth grade elementary school students. Through this week-long program, students could develop their interests and explore the possibility of future career paths in IT.

The students experienced IT through a variety classes via seeing, touching and two-way communication with d’light’s lecturers and mentors. Classes included IT missions, IT solutions, master mentoring, mobile drawing, team projects and project presentations.



A highlight of the program was seeing the imagination and creativity of these children during their final presentation in which they pitched Future IT Products. The amazing ideas included eyeglasses with nano fans to prevent fine dust, a crops drone, and a window consisting of transparent filters and dust measurement machine.

The inspiring thing was that all the ideas came from the students’ imaginations themselves.


College Coders Compete


“The Samsung Collegiate Programming Cup was like a programing festival in that there were many things to enjoy. It was so good that I’ll be back again next year to challenge for first place.” – Jeehak Yoon, a Seoul National University student who placed second in the competition

Last month, the final round of the second Samsung Collegiate Programming Cup was held at Samsung Electronics’ Seoul R&D Campus for college and graduate students.




Each contestant had just 240 minutes to answer four programing puzzles. The competition room filled with the enthusiastic sound of keyboard clacking within seconds. At the contest’s completion, a total of 38 participants won awards. The winners not only earned prize money but also earned credit on their applications if they chose to apply for positions at Samsung Electronics.



From elementary schoolers to college graduates, young people of all ages with an interest and aptitude for software development enjoyed a host of activities with Samsung over the summer.
The company hopes these programs will help encourage young talent to follow their passion and one day contribute to the world of technology.



Source: Korean Samsung Newsroom