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 13, 2018


UX Design
Career Development
Software Engineering


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


Saeju Jeong

CEO, and co-Founder of Noom

Saeju Jeong, CEO, and co-Founder of Noom is a serial entrepreneur and tech company angel investor. As CEO, Saeju has led Noom to become the top-grossing mobile behavior change company for consumers in the US. Currently providing its services not only in the US, but also in Germany, Korea, and Japan. HQ in NYC and have 700+ employee at noom. In addition to its commercial success, Noom became the first fully mobile diabetes prevention program (DPP) to be recognized by the CDC in the US. Saeju is truly a global citizen with a passion for healthcare and a drive to help people live healthier lives.

Sunghyun Hwang

VP of People Intelligence Lab at Kakao Corp

Sunghyun Hwang currently serves as VP of People Intelligence Lab at Kakao Corp, where he has worked since July 2016. Prior, from October 2010 to October 2014, he served as Eng. HRBP at Google Inc., where his responsibility extended across a variety of different departments including HR Strategy, Talent Review process development, Performance Review process, Compensation planning, Org. Development, and Re-organization. Previously, he served as Head of HR for Korea / HRBP for JAPAC Marketing at Google from July 2007 to October 2010. Additionally, he served as Co-founder and Senior Consultant for Linkage Korea from November 2005 to June 2007, as Senior Consultant for Towers Perrin from October 2002 to October 2005, and as HR Manager for Yahoo! from October 1999 to October 2002. He received his Masters in Positive Organization Development from Case Western Reserve University.

Bumsoo Kim

Venture Partner, Sema Translink Investment

At Sema Translink Investment, Bumsoo helps portfolio companies apply data-driven decision making and scalable product development. Prior to Sema Translink Investment, he founded an online education startup Brightstorm and successfully run the company to have over 40 high school customers and 250,000+ users. Before Brightstorm, he worked as an investment principal at KTB Ventures in Palo alto.


10:00 AMRegistration & Networking (breakfast served)
10:30 AMWelcome Remarks (Changbal President & Consulate General of Korea)
10:45 AMMain Speech1 (Saeju Jeong)
11:45 AMMain Speech 2 (Sunghyun Hwang)
12:45 PMSponsor Presentation (SK Telecom)
1:00 PMLunch & Networking
2:15 PMMain Speech 3 (Bumsoo Kim)
3:15 PMSponsor Presentation (KakaoGroup)
3:30 PMBreakout Sessions 1
4:30 PMBreakout Sessions 2
5:15 PMWrap up and Awards
5:35 PMAfter Party








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