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KE Newsletter Issue 13 (October 2017)

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News in Brief


Faculty Knowledge Exchange Awards 2017


Warm congratulations are extended to the following colleagues who have won the Faculty Knowledge Exchange (KE) Awards 2017 of their respective Faculties

Faculty of Architecture

Professor Rebecca Lai Har CHIU, Department of Urban Planning and Design, and team members – Professor Bo Sin TANG, Department of Urban Planning and Design; Professor Terry Yat Sang LUM and Dr Ernest Wing Tak CHUI, Department of Social Work and Social Administration

Improving Livability in Ageing Hong Kong

Faculty of Arts

Professor John Charles SCHENCKING, School of Humanities (History)

The Great Kanto Earthquake and a new understanding of responses to natural disasters

Faculty of Business and Economics

Mr David Lorin BISHOP, School of Business

Bringing Transparency to the Hong Kong Employment Agency Industry

Faculty of Dentistry

Dr Katherine Chiu Man LEUNG and team members – Professor Chun Hung CHU, Professor Edward Chin Man LO, Dr King Lun HO and Dr Duangthip DUANGPORN

Empowering a Non-governmental Non-profit Organisation to Deliver Oral Home Care and Promote Awareness of Dementia in Elderly Care Centers

Faculty of Education

Dr Pui Sze YEUNGFaculty of Education (Division of Learning, Development & Diversity), and team members – Miss Po Yin TSANG and Miss Yan Lee CHAN, Centre for Advancement in Inclusive and Special Education; and Miss Peggie CHAN, Faculty of Education (Division of Learning, Development and Diversity)

Supporting Struggling Writers: From Theory to Practice

Faculty of Engineering

Dr Mingxin HUANG, Department of Mechanical Engineering    

High-strength Lightweight Steels for Low Emission Automobiles

Faculty of Law

Ms Puja Kapai PARYANI, Department of Law

Plugging the Justice Gap for Minorities under the Law: Applied Intersectionality Research and Substantive Equality

Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine

Professor Danny CHAN, School of Biomedical Sciences, and team members – Dr Brian Hon Yin CHUNG, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine; Dr Michael Kai Tsun TO, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology; Dr Wilson Cheuk Wing CHAN and Dr Vivian TAM, School of Biomedical Sciences

Little People Care Alliance

Faculty of Science

Dr Chi Hang HAU, School of Biological Sciences, and team members – Dr Winnie Wai Yi LAW, Ms Joyce Wan Chi CHOW, Mr Ryan Siu Him LEUNG, Miss Vivian Hoi Shan LEUNG, Miss Sianna Si In YIU, Mr Kimchi Wing Fung LO and Miss Shirley Yuen Ling MAK, Faculty of Social Sciences

Global Forest Observatory: Public Involvement and Training in Scientific Research in Hong Kong

Faculty of Social Sciences

Dr Qijin CHENG and team members – Professor Paul Siu Fai YIP, Miss Esther Sze Tsai LEE and Miss Christine Tsz Long YEUNG, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention

Changing Suicide News Reporting in Hong Kong

HKU DreamCatchers 100K 2017

HKU DreamCatchers 100K is an entrepreneurship seed fund for young entrepreneurs to kick start their businesses, and to experiment and realise their dreams.  Each winning team will be awarded $100K seed fund.  This programme also includes mentorship, workshops, and networking opportunities.

Final Pitch of the DreamCatchers 100K 2017 was held on April 2 where 20 teams pitched before a panel of judges and a full house to compete for ten $100,000 awards.  The winning projects include ‘Project Raphael’, an automated and multi-sensory inspection software solution on drone for intelligent inspection in construction and buildings; ‘BioCap’, a portable and inexpensive chip that provides an easy and real-time diagnosis of influenza; and ‘Peacify’, a smart sock designed to keep track of a baby’s vital signs, alerting parents if there are any abnormalities; etc.

See the full list of winners and highlights here

HKU DreamCatchers 100K 2017


Global Youth Entrepreneurs Forum 2017

Global Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2017 was jointly organised by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and HKU DreamCatchers, and co-organised by Shenzhen Youth Federation, Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Youth Innovation and Entrepreneur Hub (E Hub) and The Dragon Foundation.  The theme was “WE THE FUTURE” and the programme included a full day forum in HKU on June 13 and a full day visit to the E Hub on June 14.  A wide range of hot topics including IoT, e-commerce, FinTech, social media, and cultural entrepreneurship were covered for participants to share, learn and network together.

At the forum held in HKU, leading figures from various fields and start-ups formed a speaker line-up at the plenary and breakout sessions, including Dov Moran from Israel who is the inventor of USB memory stick.  Altogether there were 74 speakers from around the world.

The event attracted over 1,000 young entrepreneurs, industry experts, angel investors, corporate and government representatives and stakeholders from 33 countries and regions around the world to engage in discussions.

Global Youth Entrepreneurs Forum 2017


Gerontech and Innovation Expo cum Summit (GIES)

Gerontech and Innovation Expo cum Summit (GIES)
Gerontech and Innovation Expo cum Summit (GIES)

HKU participated in the Gerontech and Innovation Expo cum Summit (GIES), which took place from June 16 to 18 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Jointly organised by the Chief Secretary for Administration’s Office of the HKSAR Government, Hong Kong Council of Social Service and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, GIES was the first large-scale expo and summit in Hong Kong to showcase the latest Gerontechnology products and solutions.  GIES aimed to support the Government’s policy of promoting healthy and active ageing.  It was also one of the events of the Government to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR.

According to the event organisers, this 3-day event attracted more than 43,000 visitors.  Through exhibition, demonstrations, thematic forums and workshops, GIES provided a platform drawing together stakeholders not only to showcase the latest innovative products and inclusive designs from around the world, but also to engage in dialogue to identify the driving forces for encouraging innovation for the ageing population in Hong Kong and the hurdles to overcome. 

HKU showcased the following 7 projects from the Faculties of Education, Engineering and Medicine at the GIES:

The project posters can be viewed on our website.

The following talks delivered by HKU colleagues at the Summit were well-received:

The HKU pavilion was supported by the HKU Knowledge Exchange (KE) Fund granted by the University Grants Committee and the Innovation and Technology Commission's funding to the Technology Transfer Office.