“Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship in China”

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From July 16th to 21st, 2012, The Faculty of Engineering of the University of Hong Kong organized a credit bearing summer program ENGG1903 Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship in Shanghai. Forty students from Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, UK, US as well as Engineering students from HKU went to Shanghai for a five-day interflow and technical visit.

A series of lectures on various subjects related to innovative technology and marketing were given by Dr. Wilton Fok, which were well received among students both from Hong Kong and abroad. The topics of the lectures vary from the theory of diffusion of innovation, the latest development of the smart-phone market, augmented reality and near field communication to how to use SWOT Analysis in business planning.

The overseas and HKU students also interflowed with local students from Tongji and Fudan University, two well-noted universities in China and exchanged their ideas on technology and culture. Technical visits to Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, Tongji Innovation Park and Fudan Science Park were also organized.

We also collaborate with the Hong Kong Cyberport in this summer program. Before departure to Shanghai, the delegation first visited the Cyberport Entrepreneurship Centre and the Technology Centre in Hong Kong to acquire an general understanding of this operation. During the time in Shanghai, the group also visited the Cyberport Shanghai Rep Office and the Knowledge and Innovation Community. A multinational technology company called EMC. The delegation were impressed but the nice working environment and their advanced operational system.

In the Knowledge and Innovation Community, the students were required to present a business plan of an innovative and technological business. Many innovative ideas such as mobile apps for taxi and hotel registration, 3D polarize transitional contact lens, smart watch for health monitoring, digital wallet…etc. were proposed. They were inspired by one and other and many groups determined to start their entrepreneurial business upon their gradation. The representatives from iCamp, a venture capital investor from the Silicon Valley who also attended the presentation, were impressed by the their performance and invited them to start their business in Shanghai.

Before the departure day, a closing dinner was hosted by the Hong Kong Cyberport for the delegations and interns from Hong Kong to interflow and share their learning and working experience in Shanghai. On the way to Pudong International Airport before they went back to HK, the students visited the Shanghai Maglev Museum to learn more about the operation mechanism and development of such an innovative transportation tool – the magnetic train. Not only impressed by the speed of the 430km/h Maglev train, the students also amazed by the high speed of technology development in China.


Day 1 morning : Lecture and visit in HKU

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A lecture on “Diffusion of Innovation and Technology” and a workshop on marsh mellow challenge were conducted on the first day.


Day 1 afternoon : Visit the Hong Kong Cyberport

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Visiting the Cyberport Technology Centre

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Dr. Fok presented souvenirs to Mr. Sunny Tsang , Manager of the Entrepreneurship Center

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The model of the Hong Kong Cyberport


Day 2: Arrived at Shanghai

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Dr. Wilton Fok introduced the surrounding facilities in Tongji University Knowledge Economic Cycle

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Group photo in front of the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Tongji University

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Ms. Lisa Xu presented a general introduction on Shanghai to the delegates

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Workshop in Tongji University – “Let’s brainstorm an innovative technological entrepreneurial business. We will be founder of the next Google or Facebook!”


Day 3 morning : Tongji University Lab visits

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Visited the wind tunnel lab

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Visited the vibration platform laboratory


Day 3 afternoon: Visited the Fudan University

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Group photo in the Fudan University

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Group photo in the Fudan University

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Attended a lecture titled “Innovation of smartphone and tablet PC” by Dr. Wilton Fok

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Workshop: Discussion of the SWOT Analysis of the delegates’ new business

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After class activity: Group photo in front of the Shanghai Pearl Tower


Day 3 morning: Visit the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

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Day 3 afternoon: Visit the Fudan University Science Park

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Delegates met with representatives from the Fudan University Science Park

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Group photo in front of the Fudan University Science Park


Day 5 morning: Visit the Shanghai Cyberport, Knowledge and Innovation Community and Shanghai Cloud Valley

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Ms. Chris Chan, the Business Development Manager – International Partnership of the Cyberport Collaboration Centre, introduced the operation of the Shanghai Cyberport and the collaboration program to the delegates

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Group photo in the Shanghai Cyberport

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Visited the exhibition gallery of the Knowledge and Innovation Community

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Company visit to EMC

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Visit the data centre lab of EMC

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Visited the Shanghai Cloud Valley

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Ms. Wu Yingzhi, the Manager of the Shanghai Cloud Valley, introduced the exhibits to the delegates

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Eric Au Yeung, Ken Law and Alan Chiang demonstrated a cloud application – iClass in the Shanghai Cloud Valley

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Lecture anywhere! Dr. Wilton Fok introduced the concept and operation principle of Near Field Communication (NFC) to the delegates


Day 5 afternoon: Business Plan presentation at the iCamp

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Introduction of the rules for the business presentation

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Delegates presented their business idea

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Judging panel: (From Left) Ms. Wu Yingzhi (Manager of Shanghai Cloud Valley), Mr. Kan (Manager of iCamp), Dr. Wilton Fok (Assistant Dean of Engineering), Ms. Chris Chan (Business Development Manager, Cyberport Collaboration Centre)

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Certificate presentation to each delegate at the end of the program

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Certificate presentation to each delegate at the end of the program

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Greeting from iCamp CEO Dr. Li Jun through a remote robot

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The CEO of iCamp was in Beijing during the visit. He logged himself on a robot called Anybots and talked to the delegates through the robotic body, though his real body is in Beijing. The delegates were very impressed by such amazing and innovative idea.

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Dr. Fok presented a souvenir to Mr. Lionello Lunesu, an internship mentor of the Microsoft China Shanghai Technology Park

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Dr. Wilton Fok presented a souvenir to Ms. Chris Chan, Business Development Manager of the Cyberport Collaboration Centre

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Dr. Wilton Fok presented a souvenir to Mr. Roby Chen, the Manager, Technologist Could Platform and Application Lab of EMC Labs China.


Day 6: Visit the Shanghai Maglev Museum

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Delegates visited the Shanghai Maglev Museum

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Dr. Wilton Fok explained the layout and configuration of the cable arrangement for the Maglev track.

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Lecture anywhere: Dr. Fok and all delegates finally surround a grand magnet model and discuss the key success factors for innovation technology development and concluded the whole course.