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01/10/2020 HYU News > Performance

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Hanyang alumni established startup ‘n.thing’ awarded with Best Innovation Awards in CES 2020

Established by ERICA Campus alumni of 2014 and allows crops to be harvested as much as 13 times a year inside the modular farm

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On the 7th (local time), at the world’s biggest technology show, CES 2020 held in Las Vegas, a farm-tech (agriculture technology) startup n.thing's Plenty Cube was awarded the ‘CES 2020 Best Innovation Awards’ in Smart Cities topic, selected by the American Consumer Technology Association (CTA). It was the only Korean company to be awarded within the Smart City topic.


 
n.thing’s Plenty Cube is a modular farm that grows crops in a 40 feet container. It allows for flexible management in crop variety and supply, depending on the demand. Because it perfectly controls factors such as temperature and nutrition, it allows crops to be harvested as much as 13 times a year. The characteristic of Plenty Cube lies in the fact that it uses a nutrient solution instead of soil. 
 
Kim Hyeyeon CEO emphasized that the advantages of Plenty Cube are ‘standardization’ and ‘crop competitiveness’. He explained that Plenty Cube can fast and easily construct and expand the farm complex by connecting the modules, which is differentiated from the existing factory or warehouse styled vertical farms that have large space scale, creating difficulty in area expansion or harvesting more than one crop per farm.
 
Meanwhile, Kim Hyeyeon, the CEO of n.thing, who graduated from Electronic Engineering of Hanyang University ERICA, discovered the possibility of 4th industrial revolution in agriculture within the global market through establishing a joint venture in Uzbekistan with his uncle in 2010, which dealt with a project of setting up a vinyl greenhouse and creating tomato farm. After, he concretized the smart farming technology that can be integrated with agriculture, during the time of participating at an IoT (Internet of Things) platform development project from Korea Electronics Technology Institute in 2012, later establishing n.thing in the January of 2014.
 

 

 



Global News Team
Translated by: Lee Wonyoung
global@hanyang.ac.kr
 
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