Microsoft Korea Signs MOU with SK hynix for Study on Biodiversity of Anseongcheon and Training of Digital Green Talent

  • Enhance stakeholder engagement to study on biodiversity of Anseongcheon, near Yongin Cluster industry estate utilizing AI
  • Microsoft’s training program to help local young talents to grow as experts in environment/ data analysis and find job opportunities

October 19, 2021- Microsoft Korea announced on October 19th that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SK hynix for a project to study biodiversity of the Anseongcheon Stream and train digital green talent. Anseongcheon is a stream that runs near the semiconductor cluster that SK hynix plans to build in Yongin.

The signing ceremony, which was held virtually on October 18th, was attended by Andrea Della Matea, president of the Asia Pacific region and Ji-eun Lee, CEO of Microsoft Korea. From SK hynix, Dong-sub Kim, President of Communication & External Affairs and Youn-wook Kim, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability Management attended.

According to the MOU, Microsoft and SK hynix will cooperate in observing changes in biodiversity of the Anseongcheon with the help of the technology and providing an opportunity to local young talents to grow into experts in environment and data.

Yongin semiconductor cluster project, which SK hynix has been pursuing with an aim of enhancing the competitiveness of the domestic industry by having around 50 local and foreign partner companies in the same space, is currently under reviews for government approvals and expected to start operation in 2025. Once started, the cluster is likely to discharge a lot of purified water to the Anseongcheon, leading to an increase in the volume of the stream and thus positive results such as a more active ecosystem through a rise in the quantity of prey.

The two companies will observe and record changes in the aquatic ecosystem using Microsoft’s Azure AI to help scientifically prove that the changes are taking place in a healthy environment where various stakeholders also participate.

Collecting raw data needed for the AI analysis will be done by residents of the local community and SK hynix employees. When these participants save the ecosystem data they collected using IT devices such as smartphones on Microsoft’s cloud system Azure, AI will identify and classify the data. The collection of data accumulated through repeating this process will be provided to experts who will lead the study on biodiversity and the outcome will be made public.

The collaboration between the two companies will also provide the younger generation of the local community an opportunity to grow into experts in data analysis and environment through a training program by Microsoft and a cooperation with environment experts. The program will also help the young talents to find jobs in the relevant field.

Dong-sub Kim, President of SK hynix’s Communication & External Affairs, said, “We share a common goal of addressing social issues and enhancing ESG management by taking advantage of the IT capabilities for this collaboration with Microsoft. We will continue our efforts to cooperate and communicate with various stakeholders in a parent way to make the Yongin semiconductor cluster a healthier place for coexistence.”

Andrea Della Matea, President of Microsoft Asia Pacific, said, “I am proud to see this collaboration between Microsoft and SK hynix as we protect our most finite resource together– the planet. Korea has been at the forefront of green growth initiatives powered by technology and data, that have resulted in tangible benefits like increased employment in green sectors, energy security as well as significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is our role as leaders, working together, to bring in our strengths, assets, resources to build a region that is more resilient through AI and skilling. This is purpose driven technology, where the mission is to collaborate for the greater, common good, enabling our world to be more equitable, greener, and sustainable for everyone.”


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