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
Day 1 afternoon : Visit the Hong Kong Cyberport
Day 2: Arrived at Shanghai
Day 3 morning : Tongji University Lab visits
Day 3 afternoon: Visited the Fudan University
Day 3 morning: Visit the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum
Day 3 afternoon: Visit the Fudan University Science Park
Day 5 morning: Visit the Shanghai Cyberport, Knowledge and Innovation Community and Shanghai Cloud Valley
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
Group photo in the Shanghai Cyberport
Visited the exhibition gallery of the Knowledge and Innovation Community
Company visit to EMC
Visit the data centre lab of EMC
Visited the Shanghai Cloud Valley
Ms. Wu Yingzhi, the Manager of the Shanghai Cloud Valley, introduced the exhibits to the delegates
Eric Au Yeung, Ken Law and Alan Chiang demonstrated a cloud application – iClass in the Shanghai Cloud Valley
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
Day 6: Visit the Shanghai Maglev Museum