University's inventive streak wins international recognition

Innovations go on show after claiming awards in Europe

Hong Kong Polytechnic University has distinguished itself by winning seven awards at an international innovation exhibition in Brussels.

Tuesday, 25 January, 2005, 12:00am

Enough of our hi-tech money wasters

'We are not doing it in response to criticism. We just hope to make it better and bring more significant results.'

Yeung Tak-keung

Assistant commissioner, Innovation and Technology Commission

9 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Tech fund aims to cut losses by refocusing

The government has proposed amending its funding strategy for technology projects in the hope of achieving better returns, after losing $247 million on investments.

The Innovation and Technology Commission yesterday said it would focus funding on research and development centres run by universities and corporations in specific hi-tech fields.

1 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Creme de Cologne

Furniture designers great and small recently made their annual pilgrimage to IMM Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. The annual furniture fair has been touted as a leading forum for international design ideas and trends, and this year showcased original living solutions and tried-and-tested interiors from more than 1,300 companies.

22 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

first person

It took Tang Hung 18 years to come up with his invention of 'non-organic wood'. However, his labour of love cost him his savings and his marriage. Mr Tang, 63, says he is still waiting for his environmentally friendly invention - made from a secret formula of Chinese clay, acid and minerals - to achieve the recognition he believes it deserves in Hong Kong.

27 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

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When 54-year-old Lo Kok-keung was a little boy, making toys was his greatest pleasure. Now, as a mechanical engineer with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where he has worked for 28 years, he is a prolific inventor. He believes that the true goal of an engineer and inventor should not be to make money but to benefit society with the creations.

6 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Economy needs a steady flow of fresh ideas

Innovation and quality service can make all the difference when the economy is slow and businesses are looking for advantages over competitors.

5 May 2003 - 12:00am


MUDDLE OF THE Month Award this month goes to new Technology Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, who says: 'If we start making the investment climate more attractive for R&D [research and development] . . . I think the market will actually pick its own winners rather than government.'

23 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Invention all an appliance of science (with a bit of dreamwork)

Name: Andrew Ng Kwing-ming

Job: Innovation designer and president of Apply Innovation.

What are you designing now? A remote-controlled, energy-saving cooker that I have already patented in the US, Europe, China and Japan. It can be operated remotely, via the telephone, so your dinner can be cooked and ready when you arrive home.

9 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Hi-tech the only way forward, says Tung

Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and Financial Secretary Antony Leung Kam-chung yesterday called on Hong Kong to forget its past in low-end manufacturing industries and accept that technology and innovation were the only way forward for the economy.

6 Nov 2001 - 12:00am


ONCE AGAIN, WE have a government official who needs to look up some words in the dictionary. She is Marilyn Hung, the acting assistant commissioner for Innovation and Technology (whew, what a mouthful), and the words she needs to look up are 'satisfied' and 'progress'.

3 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Seed fund remains largely untapped

The Government's efforts to boost Hong Kong's information technology industry seems to be making little progress as HK$5 billion earmarked for nurturing innovative technology projects remains largely untouched.

31 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Competitive strategies and ideas on agenda

Former US President George Bush and World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General designate, Supachai Panitchpakdi, will share their insights into enhancing the competitiveness of nations and businesses at a global productivity forum later this year.

14 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Reality bites for Science Park

We call it 'news bites', little snippets of news editorial authority does not consider important enough for separate news stories but still worthy of bundling together as single paragraph items on Page 2.

19 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Innovative ideas on offer

More than 30 Nobel laureates, scholars, scientists, economists and entrepreneurs from different corners of the world will present their innovative ideas and findings at the Hi-Tech Forum to be held from October 12 to 14 in Shenzhen. It will coincide with the China Hi-Tech Fair 2000 to be hosted by the southern mainland city from October 11 to 17.

14 Sep 2000 - 12:00am