We're all aware of the obsession that Samsung has with copying Apple. They were in fact found guilty of patent infringement last August and again by the ITC last week. Today we learn that the obsession about all things Apple permeates the Korean psyche to the point that the Korean Government has initiated the "Korean Steve Jobs" project; a project that is designed to foster creativity and passion into young students studying software development.
Korean manufactures like LG and Samsung are great at banging out electronic devices and supplying the industry, including Apple, with key high quality electronic components that advance smartphones and tablets. Yet they lack the power to connect software to hardware features like Apple does. They understand that this is the way to secure long term success in electronic devices. The Korean Government wishes to create a super class of software developers starting in elementary schools.
According to the Korean press, "The Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning announced on August 12 that it would offer various programs for early software (SW) education. There are many activities for promoting SW education for children and youths around the world, but things are less than satisfactory in Korea. The ministry's move is to overcome this situation."
To increase elementary and middle school students' understanding of and interest in software, the ministry is planning to hold a "SW creativity camp" with focus on hands-on experience, and use the discretionary time in schools including after-school programs to expand their program in various ways.
Yoon Jong-rok, vice minister of Science, ICT & Future Planning stated that "To help students make the best use of software, the language of the 21st century, we will implement various education policies. If we make efforts to turn children crazy about games into game developers, we will be able to produce creative and talented people armed with SW like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs."
Also Note that Samsung is in the News Today about Labor Abuse: Samsung faces Brazil lawsuit over labor conditions. The BBC reports that a Samsung factory worker only has 32 seconds to fully assemble a mobile phone and 65 seconds to put together a television set, prosecutors allege.