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2019-05 27

[Student]Color Scripter, an Individual Project Created by a Middle Schooler

With industries' increasing interest in programming, the number of individuals and professionals who pursue further study in the field has significantly increased. However, in the time before programming and coding became so popular, it was difficult to read and recognize codes due to their complexity. Lee Young-soo (Department of Computer Science, 4th year) was a young man interested in programming who felt the same inconvenience and tried to look for various programs that increased the readability of codes. He found that none that were satisfying, and as a result, decided to make his own. This is how he first created Color Scripter, a beloved coding program, at the age of 16 as a middle schooler. Lee Young-soo (Department of Computer Science, 4th year) made his first program Color Scripter when he was 16. What is Color Scripter? Color Scripter is a program that enhances the readability of codes on the Web by changing codes’ colors. Approximately 500 to 600 users utilize this program daily, and more than 100 languages and themes created by users are registered on the website. This program is specialized in Korea as a platform that simplifies the process of code posting, specifically in Naver blogs. There are diverse languages in programming, and it was extremely burdensome to accommodate all the languages that users require, so Lee decided to open the ‘Extended Store (확장스토어)’ service that allows users to spontaneously upload their own languages and themes to share. Users can spontaneously make their own language packages or styles through the 'Extended Store (확장스토어)' (Photo courtesy of Color Scripter website) When and why did you start an individual project? “I started programming when I was in 5th grade in elementary school. It started as a hobby, but as I spent more time on it, I was determined to pursue programming as a career path,” said Lee. The earliest version of Color Scripter was invented when Lee was in the 3rd grade of middle school. He made the program for his own convenience at first. However, as Lee shared his codes coated with Color Scripter in his blog, other users began to recognize the usefulness of the program and started using it. The number of users increased considerably, and Lee felt responsibility to run a website for the convenience of others. “It left a certain mark when users used Color Scripter and added a viral effect as well. I first started this project for my own good, but as many people were using my program, I felt a sense of pride and the necessity to run the website and constantly update the program,” recalled Lee. As Color Scripter was simply an individual project, Lee felt no burden or discomfort when running the website. This is because if the purpose of the program was to earn a profit, Lee would feel great responsibility and deal with users’ complaints; however, Lee actively notifies users that Color Scripter is just a hobby for him, and that is why the program is serviced for free, and all of its users are aware. However, when it comes to the website's operating expenses, Lee has to spend his own money. As an ordinary university student, Lee faced a financial burden. “At first, I tried to cover all the operating expenses by myself, but as time went on, it became more and more burdensome. I confessed to the users that I was facing such an issue, and that I had to open a sponsorship section. I did not expect so much monetary assistance in the beginning, but I actually received money three days after I opened the section. I felt a great sense of humanity that day,” smiled Lee. After Lee opened the sponsorship section, he no longer had to spend his own money to cover the operating expenses. Lee picks the opening of the sponsorship section as the most meaningful experience that not only resolved his financial burden of website operating expenses, but also made him feel a sense of humanity. What is your future plan? According to Lee, “Some people tell me to start charging for use of the program, but I have no plans at all of doing so. I believe it is a better and worthwhile experience to run a website with sponsorship from my users. I want the self-consistent ecosystem within Color Scripter where users’ needs are satisfied by themselves. Color Scripter has its special meaning that has grown with me and served me with good memories.” Lee has not yet decided on a specific career path since he is still finding out what he truly wants to do. Many acquaintances recommended he launch a start-up business, but he wants more preparation and is waiting for a definite item that will be profitable. Color Scripter has a special meaning in that it grew with him and provided him with many good memories. Since Color Scripter was first made when he was young, it lacked organization. As he entered Hanyang University, he was able to notice numerous successful examples of well-organized programs and acquire knowledge that he usefully applied to his program. “I started this project all by myself. I just want to say that if you look around at your friends, they all are experts in certain areas and may have a common interest. I hope other students experience success in team projects. If I had the chance, I would have definitely tried with my friends,” concluded Lee. Kim Min-jae fhffl5781@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Joo-eun

2019-04 08

[Student]Health Tourism Platform Corporation, KMK, Established by Kazakhstan International Students and a Korean Student

In a globalized world where active interaction among countries is taking place, the trend of participating in the exchange student program is also flourishing. Thanks to the program, students can now learn and directly experience various cultures while studying in different countries. Nonetheless, when it comes to getting a job, since not as many opportunities are open to foreign people as they are to local people, they struggle through hardships. Despite such harsh reality, Taldybayev Zhanadil (School of Business, Master’s Program), an international student from Kazakhstan, successfully launched a corporation called KMK, which provides a platform for medical tourism in South Korea. Talybayev Zhanadil (School of Business, Master’s Program)'s interest in South Korea eventually led him to start a business with a good prospect. Taldybayev first came to South Korea for a year as an exchange student when he was an undergraduate student. He was majoring in Oriental studies in his country and selected the South Korea track, allowing him to learn Korean history and culture. As his interest in Korea grew considerably throughout the journey of his undergraduate life, he decided to broaden his knowledge and perspective regarding Korea, thereby, enrolling in a graduate program at Hanyang University. Taldybayev wanted to start a business in Korea in relation to Kazakhstan with a friend named Kakim Danabayev (Media and Communication, Doctorate Program), because by the time he came to Korea a year and a half ago, South Korea and Kazakhstan had became strategic partners, and many Korean industries entered their partner country. Under such circumstances, he predicted a profitable vision if he started a business, and fortunately, Taldybayev came across a start-up assistance program at Hanyang University. When he was looking for an outstanding item for starting a business, his mother came to Korea to receive medical care, since Korea has one of the highest quality medical service industries in the world. After his mother received successful medical treatment, his friends’ parents also wanted to take advantage of such advanced treatment. “I realized that health tourism between Korea and Kazakhstan possess great potential as a business item. With this brilliant idea, I started preparing for the start-up in April of 2018 and submitted the business plan to the Hanyang Start-up Lounge,” said Taldybayev. As a result, his business passed the standard, and he was able to establish his own corporation, KMK, in October 2018. Taldybayev wants to broaden his business to all countries in former Soviet countries. What KMK does is promote Korean medical services and provide information to Kazakhstani customers. The service includes not only translation, escort to the hospitals, and consultations, but also offers Seoul or Incheon city tours if desired. There are three co-representatives of KMK: Taldybayev, Kakim, and Kim Seul-ah (School of Business, Healthcare Management Track, Doctorate Program). For Kakim, he specializes in marketing, as he is a renowned journalist and blogger in Kazakhstan. He wrote numerous articles regarding Korea before he even started this business. Talybayev said, “I first met him at a job fair at COEX. Because of Kakim’s popularity, I could recognize him at first glance. I approached Kakim and felt a sense of comradeship since we are from the same country.” Coincidently, Kakim also was a Hanyang University student and they became friendly in a short amount of time. Taldybayev suggested starting a business with Kakim, and he accepted the proposal. However, as both Kazakhstani students were foreigners, they thought they needed a Korean person to be part of their plan; thus, Taldybayev scouted his fellow lab friend Kim to participate, and she instantly agreed. The three co-representatives of KMK, from left, Kim Seul-ah, Taldybayev Zhanadil, and Kakim Danabayev, provide the medical tour platform for Kazakhstani people. (Photo courtesy of Talybayev) Kakim is in charge of the marketing department, and Kim takes care of administrative duties related to Korea. With the vast network Kakim has, they tried to cast celebrities through social media like his individual blog and Instagram accounts, the result of which was remarkable. A Kazakhstani member of the National Assembly and a top-ten successful businessman in Kazakhstan, Kairat Kudaibergen, who has over 1.2 million followers on Instagram, promoted both KMK and Korean medical services. Instead of paying him, KMK covered his fee by providing him with medical care for free. Taldybayev recalled, “I stayed in Korea for two days with Kairat. With the high-quality medical service and tour, he was extremely satisfied with the trip.” Such high satisfaction consecutively led to networking with other Kazakhstani celebrities, allowing the business to flourish. Taldybayev currently lives in the dorm provided by the Hanyang Start-up Lounge, which is difficult to get into, at no charge. With a requirement of a number of interviews and the submission of start-up reports, only thirty candidates are permitted. In addition, the residents should submit weekly reports that include the overall plans for business activity. Taldybayev insisted, “Although the procedure is quite tough, I received plenty of help from the people living there, as we shared ideas, gave feedback on each other’s business plans, and gave advice on how to overcome hardships.” The Hanyang Start-up Lounge offers concrete and detailed assistance to these residents to help them actualize their plans. KMK is planning to scout renouned Russian celebrities to further promote its corporation and the outstanding quality of Korean medical services. (Photo courtesy of Taldybayev) The current trend of Kazakhstani people visiting South Korea is increasing annually. 15,000 people come for medical purposes and 25,000 for tours. Over the past three years, the number of visitors has increased by about 90 percent, and it is expected to increase even further. With the growing number of visitors, Taldybayev hopes to draw more clients to help his business grow. Eventually, Taldybayev wants his business to expand not only throughout Kazakhstan, but also to all former Soviet countries. Kim Min-jae fhffl5781@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Hyeon-seon