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Seoul CES 2024: An Innovative Metropolis Rising on the Global Stage

At CES 2024, Seoul once again stood out, this time with its largest-ever pavilion, a testament to the city’s burgeoning technological prowess. Guided by Mayor Oh Se-hoon, the South Korean capital showcased its commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship. With a record 81 Seoul-based startups participating in ‘Eureka Park’, the national startup exhibition center at CES, Seoul firmly established itself as a leader in emerging technologies. The city’s excellence was further underscored by 18 Innovation Awards, highlighting the creativity and disruptive potential of its participants.

Mayor Oh Se-hoon gave an opening speech to start the first day of the Seoul Pavilion

Seoul Pavilion: A Hub of Innovation

At this year’s CES, the Seoul Pavilion emerged as a true nexus of innovation. Hosting 81 startups, the pavilion was not just the largest representation from a city but also a symbol of Seoul’s technological ascendancy. The 18 CES Innovation Awards won by Seoul-based companies spanned diverse fields like health, artificial intelligence, and mobility.

These awards are not just ordinary accolades; they recognize technical, aesthetic, and creative advancements. By securing these awards, Seoul’s startups showcased their ability to innovate and respond to current global challenges. The products and technologies presented not only reflected Seoul’s innovative spirit but also its capability to address the evolving needs of a connected and health-conscious world.

The pavilion served as a platform for these dynamic companies, enabling them to present themselves to an international audience and attract the attention of investors and tech industry leaders. This remarkable presence offered an exceptional showcase of Seoul’s smart city competitiveness and reinforced its position as a leader in the global innovation and technology ecosystem.

Mayor Oh Se-hoon toured the Seoul Pavilion at _CES 2024_ on January 9th, 10 a.m. local time in Las Vegas.

Mayor Oh Se-hoon’s Commitment and Support

At the heart of this impressive display of innovation was Seoul’s Mayor Oh Se-hoon, who played a pivotal role in promoting and supporting these startups. His presence at CES was not merely symbolic; it reflected a concrete commitment to the city’s tech sector. By personally congratulating innovative companies and participating in award ceremonies, Mayor Oh demonstrated an understanding of and proximity to the challenges faced by Seoul’s startups.

Mayor Oh Se-hoon, Kim Hyun-woo (CEO of Seoul Business Agency), Gary Shapiro (CTA President), and other guests took a commemorative photo at the _CES 2024_ opening ceremony.

Mayor Oh Se-hoon emphasized his commitment to facilitating the growth and global expansion of these companies. Aware of the regulatory barriers that can impede innovation and international commercialization, he pledged to work towards their removal. This proactive approach is crucial for helping these startups thrive locally and extend their influence and impact globally.

This initiative by Mayor Oh illustrates the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s vision: to actively support entrepreneurship and innovation, and to create an environment where new industries and technologies can freely develop. By acting as a catalyst for innovation, Seoul not only positions itself as a leader in emerging tech fields but also as a model for other cities looking to energize their own innovation ecosystems.

Seoul and a successful presence at CES 2024

The impact of Seoul’s presence at CES 2024 extends far beyond the exhibition floor. It was a vivid demonstration of the city’s innovative potential, bolstered by the active support of its municipal government. The successes achieved by Seoul’s startups at CES are not just individual victories; they are indicators of the collective strength and future direction of the city’s tech ecosystem. In my upcoming articles, I will delve deeper into the individual stories of these startups, highlighting their innovations and aspirations, and showcasing the dynamic and forward-thinking spirit that animates Seoul.

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Leo Thevenet is a technology enthusiast and a devoted fan of the startup world. His journey began after completing his Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering in France. However, it was his experience earning a Master's degree in IT from the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, that truly ignited his passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. With an insatiable desire to learn and share, Leo brings you the latest updates and insights on the startup scene. His enthusiasm for global innovation knows no bounds, and you'll often find him attending and covering major startup events worldwide. From CES and Web Summit to Slush and beyond, Leo is your go-to source for news and trends in the tech industry. Thanks to a strategic partnership with a government association in South Korea, Leo also delivers exclusive updates on cutting-edge innovations from the region. Stay tuned to Startup World to benefit from Leo's wealth of knowledge and expertise as he continues to explore the ever-evolving landscape of startups and technology.

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