Awarded the 2020 Ecotone Grand Prize at the Idea Contest for Environmental Information Utilization

The Ministry of Environment (Minister Cho Myung-rae) held the final contest and award ceremony of the ‘2020 Green New Deal Idea Contest (Ecotone) using environmental data’ at the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (located in Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul) on the afternoon of August 20.

This event was hosted by the Ministry of Environment and supervised by the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute.

The contest, which marks its 7th anniversary this year, was divided into two categories: idea planning and product/service development under the theme of ‘Take care of the environment of Korea with environmental data!’ applied for this

From August 3rd, expert advice (mentoring) was conducted for two weeks from the 3rd of August by selecting 7 works with excellent ideas from the 14 teams that passed the document screening. The award rankings were determined through the final online screening of the 7 teams, and the three-month contest was concluded.

The final contest was conducted through online video relay (YouTube real-time channel) by minimizing the number of attendees to participate in social distancing due to the recent re-spread of COVID-19. It went back to the ‘We Flat’ team that developed it.

The ‘Intelligent Leakage Management Online Platform’ has received favorable reviews for its ability to easily find and manage leaks without the help of leak detection experts by using Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, cloud technology, and environmental data registered in public data portals.

In addition, the grand prize was awarded to the ‘Wise Parenting Life’ team in the idea planning section and the ‘Smart Aircock’ team in the product and service development section, respectively. The ‘Wise Parenting Life’ team came in the spotlight as an idea to recommend indoor and outdoor environment-safe play areas for children and to inform them of environmental information in consideration of various weather information and eco-friendly products.

The ‘Smart Air Cock’ team introduced a service that analyzes indoor measurement data and outdoor data to improve air quality and provide behavioral content to maintain health. At the same time, two teams ‘Re-Life’ and ‘Olim’ in the idea planning section and two teams ‘Neptune Korea’ and ‘Zerosoft’ in the product and service development section were selected for the Excellence Award with various creative ideas and products done.

The Ministry of Environment and the Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute plan to link the award-winning team with the support project for eco-friendly sprouting companies (eco startups) so that they can achieve stable growth in the early stage of the project. In particular, the best works in each category will be given a privilege to participate in the ‘8th Pan-Governmental Public Data Utilization Entrepreneurship Competition’ hosted by the Ministry of Public Administration and Security.

Park Gwang-seok, head of the Planning and Coordination Office of the Ministry of Environment, said, “It should lead to practical results such as the creation of new jobs by actively utilizing environmental and public information open to the private sector. “He said.

Ecothon is a compound word of Eco, Hacker, and Marathon, and it is a contest in which ideas, products, or services using environmental information are improved through intensive mentoring for 1-2 days. The final contest can be viewed again through the YouTube channel of the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (

Source: Ministry of Environment announces winners of ‘2020 Green New Deal Idea Contest (Ecotone) utilizing environmental data – SE News

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