19th Annual “Made in Korea” MIK 2020 Goes Online for Awards
For the last few years, I have been honored to be part of this event. I’ve learned a lot about the Korean culture, ate some awesome food, learned some new words, and of course, met a lot of good friends. But this year, after CES was over, things changed to where we all have been grounded at home.
But a good idea doesn’t stop because you can’t go to them. So Aving.net took the show virtual!
On December 8, 2020, I was joined by Aving.net, and my fellow judges from Le Cafe Du Geek, Vietnamplus, SINA, SVPressa, Myfatpocket, and IT Donga, along with other media and dignataries to find out some of the companies competing for this year’s MIK 2020.
So we all met at 4 PM (1 AM where I was), and learned a little more about the newest South Korean companies, and their products.
But before that, we were given a list of companies, in which we learned about their products. From Tech, to beauty, to medical, and more, I looked through the list of candidates to see which ones I would pick.
There are a lot of factors in judging these companies. What the product is, how it will be received by the public, whether it will work locally or globally, and more.
I have seen a few companies come from MIK Made in Korea to a more global scale. Most notably: Pivo – a phone-camera assist tool.
- Le Cafe Du Geek (France) chose LiBest – a Flexible battery for smart materials.
- VietnamPlus (Vietnam) Chose WMBIO – Using Biomarkers to create anti-cancer drugs
- SINA (China) chose J2C – Technology in Iris recognition
- SVPRESSA.RU (Russia) winner was BA Energy – Energy safety management
- MyFatPocket awards Linkoptics – Anti-aging using light
- IT Donga found The Wave Talk – Building sensors for bacteria
- Aving News awarded to Geniesoft – Game software production
And Geekazine’s Winner is:
After careful consideration, I chose Awesomepia – a company that specializes in smart healthcare.
Awesomepia works in AR/VR to make products you can use. Some of the companies focuses include: VR medical simulation for training the next generation of doctors, an AR app that will help you understand any diagnostics, and an AR smart mirror that takes a photo of your face, then analyzes and lets you virtually try on different cosmetics to determine how you would look.
The last item, I found, might be the standard to trying new items on you. From makeup, to clothes, and more. All without having to touch your face, or go into a dressing room.
Getting Ready for CES 2021
Of course, it’s all in preparation to CES 2021, which is also virtual this year. From January 11-14th, many companies will continue to show off their new tech, along with keynotes from the top execs in the world.
Congratulations to all companies that participated. I will be judging MIK CES 2021, as I have last year. You can check out all those videos here: