LG, UAE join hands over app for persons with disabilities
Asia-Pacific, February 7 2017
LG Electronics said that it will help students in Korea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) develop a mobile application for persons with disabilities .
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 program, 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 program 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 persons with disabilities.”
The move comes as part of the firm’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) to help those in need. The company has been running the program, 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 program, because I want to help other persons with disabilities to live more convenient lives,” Seong Jae-hoon, one of the selected student for this year’s program, said.