HKSTP has commenced a two-week experiential event at Hong Kong Science Park aimed at demonstrating the vibrancy of Hong Kong's innovation and technology ecosystem.
This year's “MakeITHong Kong 3-2-1 Go! Bang!” event is focused on the theme of “Work. Live. Play.”
It will involve a series of engagement activities, including the InnoXchange conference, a smart city exhibition featuring real-life applications and ready-for-deployment solutions, and an innovative construction technology showcase.
At the opening ceremony for the event, HSTP held the 2019 Incubation Graduation Ceremony, recognizing a record 80 graduating companies from across its three incubation programs.
The companies graduating from the Incu-App, Incu-Tech and Incu-Bio programs were at various stages of development, from conceptualization to pre-commercialization, before signing up to the programs.
The companies came from China, Canada, Russia, the United States and Hong Kong, and have collectively won 99 innovation awards from local and international competitions, filed or registered 38 patents, and raised a total of HK$134 million from angel investments and venture capital funding.
Other events to be conducted as part of the program will include a “Techibition” showcasing solutions from over 40 park companies, a Smart City Experience showcasing around 20 smart city solutions, and the InnoCell Prototype Roadshow
InnoCell, the 17-storey building for smart living and co-creation community, is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. The building will be built using the Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) technology incorporating the concept of “factory assembly followed by on-site installation”. About 500 residential units will be provided to local and overseas I&T talent.
“InnoCell provides on-premise accommodation for companies at the Science Park, an additional incentive for attracting and retaining overseas talent, and cultivates a co-creation community culture,” said Simon Wong, chief project development officer at HKSTP.
He added that about 30% of the floor area is centralized communal area to enhance interaction of tenants.
A few prototypes of the fully-furnished InnoCell units were displayed at the HKSTP event yesterday. There are a mix of residential units including solo studio, twin studio, and co-living studio, each of which is about 248 square feet.