As a little girl growing up in Korea, inventor and CEO Alice Chun spent many days learning how a simple fold can be structure. Origami forms were taught to her by her mother, who also taught her how to sew her own clothes. Inspired by fabric and the trend in material technology for smarter, lighter and faster materials, she started to sew solar panels to fabric as early experiments for harnessing solar energy. While teaching as a professor in architecture and material technology at Columbia University, she created an early prototype that was inflatable with a mouth nozzle, but rejected that design because she didnt want the risk of diseases like cholera, Zika, or Ebola spreading in regions where sanitation was an issue. The design inspired by the origami balloon eliminated the need for a mouth nozzle and simplified the flat pack and self inflation for ease of use.