Suwon E. Clean: Fun Ideas for a Cleaner Suwon

2020-11-02 Academic

Students Jihyun Byun (‘15), Yerim Lee (‘16), and Subin Im (‘16) of the Department of Convention Management won the grand prize at the 2020 Sustainable Living Lab Idea Competition: Local Universities (Ajou, Sungkyunkwan, Kyung Hee; ASK) Ask the City of Suwon Questions

Suwon hosted this year’s competition, in which participants competed with living labs, in a bid to discover novel approaches from university students for urban regeneration programs. The grand prize-winning ideas of Kyung Hee students are to be reflected later in the policies of the city's environment department. The following is the interview with the awardees conducted at the Seoul Campus Open Lab.

Our application is proposed as an integrated platform to promote civic participation.
Q. Please describe your project, Suwon E. Clean, that won the Suwon Mayor Award.
A. Yerim Lee: I explored the environment field to choose a topic for the competition. While investigating, I found that the city of Suwon was already implementing environmental policy programs, frequently holding related events. The problem was that those events were not popular with young people and failed to attract newcomers. Above all, many Suwon citizens were not aware that their city aims to be an environment-friendly city. Besides, event participants had to visit one channel for registration and another to get promotion information. After recognizing the need for an integrated platform, we proposed a multi-use application.

Subin Im: Suwon already has its mascot called “Suwonnie.” Suwon E. Clean, the name of our project and platform, was created by combining Suwonnie and Eco. In fact, the lack of promotion has misled many Suwon citizens into believing that they don’t have a city mascot. Thus, we came up with an in-app mileage system, in which application users can use their mileage to decorate Suwonnie and share their work via social media.

Such platforms become more useful when they make connections with existing regional programs involved with environmental events, shared bicycles, character promotions, and community currencies. Reward mileages for eco-friendly behaviors in everyday life can encourage more locals to join the cause. I think that our idea of using a platform to connect residents and the existing infrastructure was well-received by the competition judges.

Humanitas College taught me how to think differently.
Q. What have you learned from your Kyung Hee education?
A. Jihyun Byun: Looking back at my school days reminds me a lot of team projects. When taking citizenship education, I conducted a project, Let’s Make Space!, to persuade people standing in line at the bus stop and blocking the crosswalk to make some space for pedestrians. Also, I joined numerous team projects during my department classes on city branding and city marketing. My interest in the environment field led me to perform independent research on connecting social enterprises and the environment. I learned how to plan while partaking in my college society. During the planning process, I had to identify problems and suggest proper solutions, which I also have found useful. Ultimately, all the years spent at Kyung Hee were an opportunity to firmly establish my own value system that my life path forward shall not bring harm to but have a positive influence on society.

Yerim Lee: At Humanitas College, I experienced the process of thinking differently as well as identifying and solving problems. I am confident of my ability to do team projects because I had numerous team activities during my department classes and society gatherings.

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