Coronavirus app kids get digs from Hyundai Card
It’s called Corona-Nearby (corona-nearby.com), and it’s a huge hit, with 3.9 million views in the first two days.
Choi Ju-won, Park Ji-hwan, Lee In-woo and Kim Jun-tae became instant successes and quickly found themselves a bit cramped in their borrowed digs.
“Most of the work could be done online, but the live update of cases that change so fast in real time was a very sensitive work process, and in order to do that we needed a face-to-face discussion,” said Choi.
“In order for the four of us to work on future projects other than just coronavirus-related services, we were in need of our own space.”
Hyundai Card has offered them free space and consulting services at its Seocho-based Studio Black. Boulder, Colorado-based Techstars, an accelerator, is also providing support.
“We felt they didn’t have enough space,” said Cho Yun-jung from Hyundai Card’s talent management team.
The quintet moved into the space, which is worth a minimum of 400,000 won ($340) a month, on March 2.
The college students are already working on their next project. They are testing a version of Mask-Nearby (mask-nearby.com), which guides the users to the nearest available masks.
The Corona-Nearby service suspended its operations on Wednesday as case totals grew too fast.
BY JIN EUN-SOO [email@example.com]
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