Changbal conference aims to bring together Korean IT professionals in greater Seattle area with the goal of mutual growth and networking. Last year, the first annual conference was a successful gathering of more than 150 people with many great sessions and networking opportunity, and we are excited to host the annual conference again this October.

We invited prominent speakers who can provide insights into the ever-changing field of IT and how we should grow professionally in respective area.

There will be a variety of discussions and workshops where participants can learn and connect to each other. After the conference, we will also host social hours in a local restaurant.

This event will be open to the general public and we will invite IT professionals in the area, which will benefit the community at large and enable Changbal to extend its reach.

changbal society

Changbal Society started in 2014 as a forum where like-minded Koreans and Korean American professionals involved in technology in Seattle area can learn, network and grow together.

During the past three years, we’ve been hosting about 50 seminars and events as a means to achieve such goal, and we have grown to about 400 members from major IT companies, startups or research organizations.

We’ve come to realize that we are filling an important need for Korean IT professionals, and organizing this conference is our way to grow our reach and benefit the community.


10AM, Oct 7, 2017


UX Design
Career Development
Software Engineering


Mercer Island Community and Event Center
8236 SE 24th St,
Mercer Island, WA 98040


James Sun

James Sun

Founder of Pirq

James Sun is a proven technology entrepreneur who has international cross border experience and media/marketing expertise as a former host of an international television show, frequent Tedx speaker, and SMB radio show analyst. He was the founder & CEO of Pirq, a mobile loyalty and payments application for small and medium sized businesses, which was successfully acquired by one of the largest payment companies servicing the SMB space in the U.S. Previous to this, James has helped build over $200 million dollars of enterprise value in 3 different continents including an online education venture connecting Chinese students with English teachers called EQ English, a location-based taxi service in India called Meru Cabs, an online community for Korean drama fans called Dramabeans.com, and a mobile social network platform called AppZocial.
James also comes with extensive media marketing experience where he had his own hit program called “Sun Tzu War on Business” with BBC and CCTV, the world’s largest network in China, which was aired in over 20 countries where he turned around 13 companies in 18 months. James was also the first Asian male to land a spot thehit reality show ``The Apprentice.`` Asian-American men have a very difficult time landing a major role on prime time television in the United States, but James broke this barrier beating out 800,000 applicants and became the only Asian finalist in the history of the show.
James also has Fortune 500 experience where he served as an engineer at Intel and management consultant at Deloitte Consulting for several Fortune 500 clients including Honeywell, Microsoft, Daimler Chrysler, and Boeing. Previous to Deloitte and Intel, James created a technology investment company called Sun & Associates, at age 18, with $5,000 and turned it into a $2.3 million dollar investment while finishing college with honors. James graduated Cum Laude with a Computer Information Systems degree from the University of Washington, and he was recently selected in the “Wonderous 100 Alumni Award” (top 100 alumni), which included prominent individuals like Bill Gates Sr. and Kenny G.


10:00 AMRegistration & Networking
10:30 AMWelcome Remarks
10:45 AMKeynote
11:30 AMSub-group Report
11:50 PMNetworking Exercise
12:20 PMLunch
1:20 PMPanel Discussion: "Mythical Career Path"
2:45 PMBreakout Session 1
3:30 PMBreakout Session 2
4:30 PMWrap-up and Raffles
6:00 PMAfter Party & Networking






Register now! Early registration for discount tickets ends on Sep 30.