Date: August 1–5, 2016

Venue: KAIST Daejeon Campus

Beyond the Center

Central organizations have traditionally played an important role in society. For instance, banks and large companies have dominated their respective markets and pursued monopolization. However, with the advent of new technology, people who are against this system are gaining support. New platforms allow individuals to perform financial transactions without a middleman, unbundling the traditional bank. Healthcare IT has improved to the point where consumers not only consume, but actively participate in the manufacturing process.

What kind of technologies are used in the process of this social change? And what kind of problems of the centralized world are acknowledged by the people who are against its premise? Let us discuss together at ICISTS 2016.


fintech: unbundling of services

Fintech is a portmanteau that combines the words Finance and Technology; it refers to a company that provides easy financial services through technology. This subtopic focuses on the unbundling of banks that results from the emergence of fintech startups. Traditionally, it was most efficient to conduct financial transactions via banks, a middleman and regulator of credit and security. However, with modern technology, individuals can directly trade with one another without disadvantages. We will discuss how IT is changing markets and forming an unbundled network of financial services. 


healthcare: creation of needs

Manufacturers have operated under a mass-production system. However, with the help of technological breakthroughs, consumers now not only consume, but become a crucial component of the manufacturing process. The most notable example is technology-based healthcare service, in which DNA and lifestyles are examined for personalized products, and consumers access medical knowledge; both changes contribute to a change in current market. In this subtopic, we will discuss how the current healthcare industry is creatively creating needs in consumers, and how new manufacturing methods are changing the market.


global treaty: disparity of technology

In this subtopic, we will observe the formation of centralized structures via global treaties, which social components have caused disparity, and how they became the basis for the unbundling of the center. We will talk about how developed countries have used treaties to gain economic and technological prominence in the international community, and whether the gap between nations can be narrowed.



dennis hong

Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at UCLA

Director of RoMeLa: Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory

marzena rostek

Professor of Economics at University of Wisconsin-Madison


gulrez shah azhar

Assistant Policy Analyst at RAND Corporation

Doctoral Candidate at Pardee RAND Graduate School

thomas w. concannon

Senior policy researcher at the RAND corporation

Associate Director of Comparative Effectiveness Research Programs

Bjorn cumps

Professor of Management Practice at Vlerick Business School

Head of the Vlerick Centre for Financial Services


tae-hoon kim

CEO and founder of Rainist                               


sangkyu rho

Professor at Seoul National University Business School

byung chul hong

President CEO of Red HerringInc.

sang hoon lee

Director of the Multilateral Cooperation Division at the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP)

dong-woon noh

Head of the Climate Change Research division at the Korea Energy Economics Institute

Dongsei park

Head Manager of Business Management of Perigee Rocket LLC.

Chairman of the Korean Youth Society for Space Technology and Astronomy


Founder and CEO of Synereo

Founder and Chief Production Officer of Unicoin                                                               

Janos barberis

Senior Research Fellow at Hong Kong University Law School

Founder of FinTech HK

gi-jung jung

Head of the National Fusion Research Institute                                                                           


leah vriesman

Director of Executive Education Programs in Health Policy & Management

Faculty in the School of Public Health, UCLA


Woong-ju jung

COO of LINE Biz Plus


juwon kim

Co-founder and managing partner at Doabler Platform Inc.

scott h. jung

Co-founder and managing partner at Doabler Platform Inc.

hoyoung ban

CEO and Co-Founder of Neofect

sang jo jung

Head of the Center for Law and Technology at SNU                                                                    

Wesley mcclure

Professor of Law at Soongsil University





Keynote speech

Scholars, CEOs, and artists prominent in their fields address a keynote speech, igniting minds and thoughts of the participants. 


cross talk

Two different, yet interlinked, lectures are given by two speakers, which yield diversity of thought on a specific topic.

Panel Discussion

Panel discussion focuses on the interaction between prominent speakers and the sheer diversity of their experiences, spurring critical thinking and ultimately leading up to inspiration.


Discussion Session

Taking the time and effort to sit down and engage in real issues critically affecting the human race motivates a conversation of various ideas and beliefs. 


Peer talk

Participants become the speakers. The student speakers get the opportunity to share their own stories and go over the roles of science and technology. 

Open talk

Open Talk is a public lecture; anyone who is not a participant but is interested in the topic may come and listen to the lectures.

Culture Night

ICISTS invites all the participants and speakers to the Culture Night, where Korean culture is introduced. Everyone can soothe themselves with Korean traditional food, drinks, games, and performances.

experience session

To make a connection between what is discussed in the conference and what happens in reality, the Experience Session provides live demonstrations of current technology.


pre-conference banquet

Participants can gather together before the conference (July 31st) to become familiar with one another and the organizing committee through various activities. Dinner is provided.