San Ko


San Ko



TIDE Institute, Korea

Ko, San was born in Busan, South Korea. A graduate of Hanyoung Foreign Language High School, Ko studied Mathematics and Cognitive Science at Seoul National University.

After Graduating from Seoul National University, he started working at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology as a researcher. His research topic was computer vision. On December 25 2006, he was chosen as one of two finalists in the Korean Astronaut Program and trained in Russia for one year. After returning from Russia he continued working at Korea Aerospace Research Institute.

Ko started studying public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2010. Now he is taking a leave of absence from the John F. Kennedy School of Government to run an NGO, TIDE Institute, which he founded on February 2011.

Currently, Ko is the CEO at TIDE Institute. TIDE is an NGO based in Seoul, Korea, which promotes global technology entrepreneurship. It has held multiple entrepreneurship events with participants from around the world and runs entrepreneurial academic program every year. In April 2013 it opened Fab Lab Seoul, which is a public open space where tools for digital fabrication such as 3D printer, CNC and laser cutter are available for startups and makers.

TIDE stands for Technology, Imagination, Design and Entrepreneurship.