| Plan to tackle the three prongs of people-centered, sharing and opening, and the Gwangju-type business model
| Concentrating on four major strategies and twenty major tasks including the creation of AI ecosystem in Gwangju
| Launch of the ‘Industrial Convergence Project Agency’: the control tower of AI Hub City
| Agreements on cooperative efforts such as data sharing with twelve agencies including KEPCO
Gwangju Metropolitan City held the Vision Declaration Ceremony for the AI hub City at the Kimdaejung Convention Center on 29th in the afternoon.
The declaration ceremony, which was in attendance of over 700 participants, including key players such as Mayor Lee Yong-sup, Choi Kiyoung, Minister of the Ministry of Science and ICT, local lawmakers, city councilors, and other important figures from the region. The ceremony was conducted as follows: the pledge of allegiance and congratulatory speeches, video of the process, presentation of the vision of the AI Hub City Gwangju, launching the project agency, signing a data sharing and cooperation agreement, and AI Forum of Gwangju Vision.
Gwangju City, which has put its auto plant project on track as an opportunity to boost local employment in Gwangju, is actively pursuing the creation of the AI Hub City as its next goal.
On the same day, the Gwangju Metropolitan City officially revealed the ‘AI Hub City’ project at home and abroad, announcing its vision and goals for opening ‘AI Hub City Gwangju’. The project will be a core asset of the 4th Industrial Revolution era, and as well as the aforementioned four major strategies and twenty major tasks. In addition, the Ministry of Science and ICT and the Gwangju Metropolitan City jointly launched the 'AI Industrial Convergence Project Agency' as a control tower to ensure a systematic and efficient implementation.
This is expected to play a pivotal role in helping Gwangju overcome long-standing discrimination and alienation, and overtake economically advanced cities, as well as to drive 'Korea, the AI power.'
Gwangju Mayor Lee Yong-sup announced and confirmed 'Beyond Justice: pushing Gwangju into the AI era!' as his vision for the artificial intelligence cluster project; putting the 'AI Hub City' in Gwangju as a goal; and ▲ people-centered, ▲ sharing and opening, ▲ establishment of Gwangju-type business model as three values through his own announcement.
Next, Mayor Lee proposed four major initiatives such as ▲ creating the AI cluster (fifth major task); ▲ creating an AI business ecosystem in Gwangju (sixth major task); ▲ building a bridge for human resources (fifth major task); and ▲ making an AI City with citizen participation (fourth major task), as well as the twenty other tasks to realize those initiatives.
To create a global AI cluster, Gwangju plans to implement five major tasks, including creating an artificial intelligence convergence complex, building a data center, establishing an AI+ demonstration testbed, creating an AI demonstration trial city, and establishing a data industry convergence center.
Gwangju will continue to invest about 400 billion won over the next five years to build a convergence complex on a 46,200 ㎡ plot of land in Cheomdan district 3 to build the world-class GPU-based data center which will boast features such as a demonstration testbed for companies to freely develop and test products, and an artificial intelligence research center.
To create an artificial intelligence business ecosystem in Gwangju, Gwangju has set up a plan to create a new business model using data and additionally create an ecosystem for the global market through six major tasks: fostering and supporting AI startups; attracting AI corporations; creating funds to support AI startups; developing convergence business models for data production and processing; developing an industrial convergence AI technology; and supporting companies to enter the global market.
There is also an artificial intelligence expert training program initiative. The city recently signed a business agreement with the programming education company ‘Like Lion’ and is conducting an ‘Artificial Intelligence Training Academy’ program to train 100 working-level workers per year. Moreover, the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) will open a 50-member artificial intelligence graduate school in March of this year to focus on fostering experts in the field of artificial intelligence specialization.
The city will build a ladder from kindergarten to graduate school for training AI human resources through five tasks including the opening of AI graduate school in GIST; establishing and operating the AI training academy; building AI convergence course in universities; operating AI convergence human resources education; operating a camp for AI experience and learning; and carry it forward to the lifelong civil education of AI.
To create a civic-participating AI city, Gwangju will push for four major tasks: promoting the ‘My Data’ donation campaign, promoting civic participation in solving living problems using AI technology, holding an AI cluster forum, and innovating administrative services based on AI.
If the twenty major tasks are implemented according to plan over the next ten years, we expect that the world-class AI infrastructures, such as an open data center and supercomputing power, will be available in Gwangju, and that 1,000 AI startups and 7,000 jobs will be created, and 5,150 AI talents will be trained by and for the industry.
A declaration ceremony was also held to launch an artificial intelligence industrial convergence project agency, which will serve as the control tower for the establishment of an artificial intelligence-centered industrial convergence complex. Lim Cha-sik, former vice president of the Korea Software Financial Cooperative, was appointed as the first head of the agency.
The ‘Artificial Intelligence Industrial Convergence Project Agency’ will serve as a control tower for the creation of the AI Hub City in Gwangju through ▲ building infrastructure and demonstration equipment such as data centers, start-up centers, and demonstration center; ▲ collection and processing of AI data center with development and support for data link utilization service; ▲ supporting R&D technical cooperation in three major industrial sectors: automobiles, energy, and healthcare; ▲ support for AI research demonstrations, fostering human resources, and preparing supporting policies for the innovative growth of start-ups and venture businesses, and will establish detailed action plans in February simultaneously with hiring human resources.
Gwangju City also maintains a mutual cooperation pact by signing MOUs with Korea Electric Power Corporation(KEPCO), KEPCO KDN, Korea Power Exchange(KPX), LG Electronics, Naver Business Platform(NBP), SKT, KT, LG Uplus, National Information Society Agency(NIA), Korea Internet & Security Agency(KISA), Chonnam National University Hospital, and Chosun University Hospital to share data information held by each institution.
On this day, 'The era of AI Gwangju Strategic Forum' was held at the event, and Cha Sang-kyun, dean of Seoul National University’s Graduate School of Data Science, delivered a keynote speech under the theme of 'AI by humans, AI for humanity: From the Beginning to the World.'
"2020 will be recorded as a very meaningful year in the history of Gwangju," said Gwangju Mayor Lee Yong-sup. "It will be the turning point for Gwangju to surpass No. 1 politics and become the No. 1 economy, and the first year for Gwangju to open the era of artificial intelligence beyond previously thought possible."
He goes on to say, "We will create a world-class AI convergence complex based on the special DNA of Gwangju citizens with vocation, strong challenging spirit, problem consciousness, creativity and imagination, and Gwangju will lead the artificial intelligence-first initiative of Korea."