The Power of Smart Clothing and Kindness as New Currency.
Kiyeon Nam |
• November 2022
I was six years old when I was left alone at Namsan Mountain Park in Seoul, South Korea. My grandfather was sitting on the bench beside me, drinking soju. Then he disappeared. I was lost. Years later, I temporarily lost my daughter while shopping when she was three years old. This terrifying experience connected me as a mother to my 6-year-old self. My idea is about finding missing children in a way we have never done before by utilizing smart apparel. It's about transforming our helplessness when a child goes missing into action. When we hear news about missing people, we can take responsibility and act intentionally by utilizing our connected devices to love and care for people who are in need. This is what I call “kind technology”—technology that promotes kindness. It’s about how we can create a better kind of "Amber Alert” to find missing children. This is the beginning of a socially responsible technology revolution. In the community, kindness is the new currency.