Young ICT achievers aim for upgraded version of society
This year's three winners of the Outstanding Youth ICT Achiever Awards share a common dedication to hard work, excellence and improving society via technology.
The youngest winner is possibly also the most well known. When Stark Chan Yik-hei's domestic security robot won an engineering award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 2004, an asteroid was subsequently named after him.
He was dubbed 'son of the star' in local media and published a best-selling autobiography in 2006.
At 22, Chan is currently CEO of a mobile-application development company, Bull-B. He set up the company shortly after graduating from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
'I want to make things that can affect human lives and benefit people in our society,' Chan says.
Jordan Cheng Man-fai, the second winner, is no stranger to awards. While an information engineering student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he regularly participated in information and communications technology (ICT) competitions. By the time he finished his degree, he had already won 12 awards.
Currently a lecturer in the department of electronic and information engineering at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, Cheng continues to be active in ICT competitions, but now as a coach. His students have won 25 awards to date.
His long-term goal is to start his own business. 'I always ask myself why we don't have someone like Steve Jobs or something like Facebook [in Hong Kong]. I'll try my best to do something about that in the future,' says Cheng.
The third winner, Dr Jacky Ting Siu-lun, has spent the past six years exploring radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology applications in health-care management, enhanced learning and other socially beneficial purposes.
Ting, 27, joined PCCW Solutions as a systems specialist last year. 'We do projects that are similar to what I've done in my research studies such as RFID and health-care information systems. I'm also engaged in projects involving cloud computing,' he says.
For his impressive achievements, Ting shares credit with everyone in the ICT industry. 'They are my heroes because they create many new things. I think all the people working in the ICT industry are creative and innovative,' he says.