Organised by the Innovation and Expertise Fee along with the Hong Kong Science and Expertise Parks Company, the primary Metropolis I&T Grand Problem was launched. In mild of the brand new regular underneath the epidemic, the theme of the competitors this yr is “Innovating for Hong Kong’s New Regular” and invitations all sectors of the group to place ahead innovation and expertise (I&T) options specializing in two points, particularly environmental sustainability and social connectivity, to sort out issues dealing with the town and other people of their day by day lives. A collection of workshops and different actions may also be held to create an I&T ambiance in the entire group.
In his video speech for the launch of the occasion, the Monetary Secretary, Mr Paul Chan, mentioned that the Authorities has allotted over $100 billion in recent times for I&T infrastructure and improvement. It has offered full assist for nurturing I&T skills and fostering an I&T ecosystem. It’s dedicated to enhancing your complete I&T business chain from analysis and improvement (R&D) to manufacturing and advertising, enabling native I&T skills and enterprises to excel. The COVID-19 epidemic has led folks to vary their previous existence and to consider find out how to remedy issues with expertise. He believes that the Metropolis I&T Grand Problem will draw inventive concepts from all sectors for growing I&T and good dwelling proposals to assist folks reside as traditional and even in a greater approach within the new regular throughout and after the epidemic.
The Secretary for Innovation and Expertise, Mr Alfred Sit, mentioned in his video deal with that, along with selling a diversified financial system and injecting new impetus into the financial system of Hong Kong, an much more vital goal for the Authorities to push ahead I&T improvement is to enhance the standard of life, bringing comfort and advantages to members of the general public. Describing the Metropolis I&T Grand Problem as an “I&T marathon”, Mr Sit hoped the entire group may participate in and profit from it. He additionally hoped that the Metropolis I&T Grand Problem will gas community-wide enthusiasm for I&T, particularly amongst younger folks.
Talking on the media briefing of the competitors, the Commissioner for Innovation and Expertise, Ms Rebecca Pun, mentioned that, whereas some marketing strategy competitions put give attention to the group members and product improvement capabilities of an organization and its funding prospects, the Metropolis I&T Grand Problem evaluates every proposal primarily based on its originality, uniqueness and effectiveness, utility of innovation and expertise, in addition to social advantages and influence.
Additionally talking on the briefing, the Chief Government Officer of the Hong Kong Science and Expertise Parks Company, Mr Albert Wong, mentioned that everybody has the potential to be an innovator to form the longer term. The Metropolis I&T Grand Problem presents a useful alternative for the general public to use creativity and develop good options catering to the brand new regular underneath the epidemic for the advantage of the group.
The Metropolis I&T Grand Problem is open for utility from right now until 24 April 2021. Goal members vary from major and secondary college college students to native and non-local tertiary college students, expertise enterprises, R&D groups and entrepreneurs. Winners will likely be awarded a money prize and a trophy. For the winners of the College and Open classes, they may also have an opportunity to obtain R&D assets and coaching for refining their I&T options for attempting at a delegated venue similar to a authorities division or a public organisation.
Beneath every of the targeted problems with environmental sustainability and social connectivity, the Metropolis I&T Grand Problem units up two particular eventualities for members to pick out for growing progressive options. For “environmental sustainability”, the 2 eventualities are surrounding disposable plastic tableware and family meals waste, that are urgent environmental issues within the new regular. As regards “social connectivity”, the 2 eventualities are primarily involved in regards to the bodily and social well-being of senior residents and youngsters underneath the brand new regular of social distancing and distant studying.
The web site of the Metropolis I&T Grand Problem has been launched for the general public to submit functions. A number of workshops, seminars and coaching actions may also be organised to introduce data on applied sciences and entrepreneurship in addition to topical day by day life points. All are welcome to affix. Particulars can be found on the occasion web site (citytechgc.hk).
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About Hong Kong Science and Expertise Parks Company
Comprising Science Park, InnoCentre and Industrial Estates, Hong Kong Science & Expertise Parks Company (HKSTP) is a statutory physique devoted to constructing a vibrant innovation and expertise ecosystem to attach stakeholders, nurture expertise skills, facilitate collaboration, and catalyse improvements to ship social and financial advantages to Hong Kong and the area.
Established in Could 2001, HKSTP has been driving the event of Hong Kong right into a regional hub for innovation and progress in a number of targeted clusters together with Electronics, Info & Communications Expertise, Inexperienced Expertise, Biomedical Expertise, Supplies and Precision Engineering. We allow science and expertise corporations to nurture concepts, innovate and develop, supported by our R&D amenities, infrastructure, and market-led laboratories and technical centres with skilled assist providers. We additionally provide worth added providers and complete incubation programmes for expertise start-ups to speed up their progress.
Expertise companies profit from our specialised providers and infrastructure at Science Park for utilized analysis and product improvement; enterprises can discover inventive design assist at InnoCentre; whereas skill-intensive companies are served by our three industrial estates at Tai Po, Tseung Kwan O and Yuen Lengthy. Extra details about HKSTP is offered at www.hkstp.org