LG, UAE join hands over apps for disabled people
LG will send Korean students to the United Arab Emirates for a month-long programme, in which they will work with local students to develop the apps
By Lee Min-hyung
LG Electronics said Tuesday that it will help students in Korea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) develop a mobile application for disabled people.
The Seoul-based company has recently selected a group of 10 university students in Korea, offering them education courses ― such as computer coding and cultural differences between the two countries.
Following the month-long pre-education programme, the company will send them to the UAE next month. They will then team up with local university students there to jointly develop the application for the handicapped.
The application will be available for downloading around July.
“The programme is expected to foster cultural exchanges between the two countries,” Choi Yong-geun, president at LG Electronics Gulf, said in a statement. “Students’ creative outcomes are expected to contribute to the lives of disabled people there.”
The move comes as part of the firm’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) to help those in need. The company has been running the programme, called Assistive Technology Education & Competition, since last year, by teaming up with Seoul National University and Sharjah City of Humanitarian Services there.
Last year, the firm helped students develop an app, helping people with dementia save photos and information in their surroundings in real-time. LG also introduced a gaming app for autistic children, which teaches them economic concepts.
“I, as an engineering student and a hearing-impaired person, decided to apply for the programme, because I want to help other disabled people to live more convenient lives,” Seong Jae-hoon, one of the selected student for this year’s programme, said.