When the Global Change Award was launched in September 2015, one of the first entries was Travel Vendi–a vending machine for renting clothes. The team behind the idea won the Early Bird award, giving them the opportunity to travel to Shanghai with the other winners, participate in workshops and visit relevant factories.
“I’m a backpacker and like to travel light, but I also like to work out,” says Kim. ”It would be useful not having to pack gym clothes which later have to be washed and dried,” he continues.
Kim thinks these machines could also be used for renting raincoats or formal clothes for business meetings, for instance.
As with many early stage innovations, this innovation didn’t develop further. The team members are now working on other projects.
What is an Early Bird winner?
The Early Bird is the best entry from the pool of entries submitted in the first half of the application period. This team does not receive a grant, but get the opportunity to attend one of the Innovation Accelerator weeks of their choosing.
Team members: Yoo Jung Kim, Ik Sung Lee and Changyong Rhee.
Country: South Korea