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Mentoring and Overseas Academic Training

We aim to cultivate creative and logical thinkers through mentorship from professionals in various fields. Debate Korea runs a mentorship program called 'Dream Kanvas' for university students with the potential to make a difference in the world. Starting with the Overseas Academic Training opportunity offered to the first KB Solveathon Tournament champions, ‘Dream Kanvas’ was designed to overcome the limitations of traditional mentoring programs, such as mentees' difficulty connecting with mentors and unengaging lecture formats. Instead, Dream Kanvas participants can chat with mentors who are experts in each field, ask specific career-related questions, and prepare lectures with mentors.

Learning about the perspectives of various experts who view the world in a unique light, Dream Kanvas provides a very special and engaging opportunity for domestic university students to broaden their values and

peek into the lives of people working abroad.


[Indonesia/IYD] Mentor

Michael Victor Sianipar

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Indonesia, we had a special session with Mentor Michael Victor Sianipar, who advocates for the voices of the youth. He has served as the Co-Chair of the G20 Youth Summit (Y20), and is the current chair of Indonesian Youth Diplomacy organization (IYD). As an influential figure in Indonesia and ASEAN politics, we learned about his thoughts on international politics and future diplomacy.

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[Silicon Valley/Twitter] Mentor

Min-hyung Lee

We met Min-hyung Lee, a software engineer at Twitter, one of the most popular social network companies that recently gained widespread attention following its acquisition by Elon Musk. We discussed machine learning, future applications of artificial intelligence models, trends in the Silicon Valley IT industry, and the life of a Twitter engineer. Mentor Lee shared fascinating news about Twitter and the industry, in addition to candid stories about his personal life.

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[Silicon Valley/Meta] Mentor

Dan Stoyell Mentor

We met Dan Stoyell, a software engineer at Meta, the pioneer of social media and leader of cutting edge social networking services. Mentor Stoyell provided his insights about the importance of communication and articulation as an experienced debater. We also heard about his motivation for beginning debate at a young age and his life at Meta.

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[Silicon Valley/Samsung Electronics]Mentor Jae-won Kim

We met Mentor Kim who is an employee of Samsung Electronics, a South Korean Electronics corporation that landed on the Forbes Magazine ‘World’s Best Employers’ for three consecutive years. Mentor Kim relayed his thoughts on the working environment of Korean conglomerates global offices and briefly discussed about a project he is planning to launch.

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[Silicon Valley/Snap Inc.] Mentor

Ui-Seong Han

Mentor Han is a seasoned mentor with extensive experience in the United States IT industry, including Google and Snap Inc. He shared his insights into working in Silicon Valley, an intriguing environment where fierce competition and work-life balance coexist. He also shared his honest thoughts on living in the United States as an Asian.

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[Finance/KB Kookmin Bank] Mentor Ik-heon Kim

Upon our visit to the New York branch of KB Kookmin Bank located in the world’s financial mecca, Wall Street, we had a meaningful discussion with Branch Manager Ik-heon Kim. We learned briefly about corporate finance in the New York branch in addition to his thoughts on various social issues and the United States.

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[Finance/J.P. Morgan] Mentor Chan-ho Yoon

We met Mentor Yoon, an Equities Trader at J.P. Morgan. Stock investing has become increasingly popular in Korea, even among individual investors and the youth. We had the opportunity to hear Mentor Yoon's perspective on the stock market as an institutional investor, along with his opinions on various issues surrounding the financial market. 

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[Yale University/Physics PhD] Mentor Ki-dae Shin

We had a conversation with Mentor Shin, PhD in Physics at Yale University. As a professional with experience in one of the leading disciplines of modern science, Mentor Shin shared his invaluable insights about the crossover between humanities and physics, along with many fascinating scientific facts.

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[Youtuber/Amiyo] Mentor

Gyu-chang Hwang

We had the pleasure of meeting a very special mentor who left his medical studies at Cornell University to pursue his dream of becoming a chef, and flew to South Africa. His dedication, determination, and incredible work ethic was truly inspiring. He has now become a popular cooking content creator on YouTube, and continues to share his expertise with a large following.

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[Yale University/Climate & Environmental Engineering Researcher] Mentor Seung-hoon Baek 

We met with Mentor Baek, who works with data to analyze current environmental phenomena. Our conversation with Mentor Baek was an opportunity to learn about climate and the environment, a field that has gained significant interest following serious environmental problems such as global warming and climate anomalies. We had a delightful time with our mentor, who also provided career and academic advice.

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