Special Report; Softexpo '99 Kicks off, Unveiling Latest Software Trend in Korea
Softexpo '98, a venue designed to foster international and domestic sales for software startups and ventures, kicks off today for a four-day run at the Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX) in southern Seoul with 224 software outfits participating. The expo is hosted by the Ministry of Information and Communication.
The annual Softexpo will be accompanied by a variety of conferences to be held at the Renaissance Seoul Hotel from Dec. 6-8, touching on the theme of Linux, Internet business, venture capital investment, digital contents and the domestic software industry trends.
The event's goal is to promote innovation in the software industry and to establish long-range policies to further empower the Korean people by fostering in them an information-oriented way of thinking.
This year, the focus will be placed on sharing a new vision in the upcoming millennium which will be shaped by the powerful Internet and other advanced technologies.
At the same time, the expo aims to support info-tech ventures in a bid to join the Internet drive which is sweeping the world.
Also to be emphasized is to provide a chance for small software developers to market their products and introduce latest technologies covering IP (information provider), CP (contents provider) and software startups.
The exhibition consists of marketing stage, ``open'' government pavilion, software vision pavilion, Linux pavilion, digital contents pavilion, overseas job fair pavilion and cyber gallery.
The marketing stage is to offer a venue for participating software developers to showcase their latest solutions and products.
The open government pavilion, meantime, discloses the latest products by state-run agencies and organizations aimed at promoting the digitalization of the nation as well as service for the public.
Software vision pavilion offers a general overview of the domestic software industry while demonstrating the works which captured the awards hosted by the Softexpo.
Linux pavilion, an interesting addition to the categories this year, showcases the free-of-charge operating systems which competes with Microsoft's Windows operating system.
The pavilion also introduces a variety of software packages specifically tuned to the Linux operating system at a time when the public attention for the alternative operating system is growing here in Korea as well as elsewhere.
At the digital contents pavilion with 10 booths, seven software companies will demonstrate their products and databases, a field which analysts view will emerge as the chief revenue-generating tool in the upcoming digital era. …