Official denies dotcoms behind rise in sector

Complaints that financial engineering and not technical innovation, as well as the dotcom phenomenon, were behind the high-technology sector's growth last year have been denied by the Government.

Wednesday, 14 June, 2000, 12:00am

Hi-tech team to be named

Expert help is being called in to ensure the SAR does not get left behind in the hi-tech race.

Mr Tsang announced that the Chief Executive would soon appoint a council of advisers on innovation and technology.

9 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Sunevision is blind to the wonders of e-mail

This week saw one sun burst across the sky and two others prepare to burst on to the stock market. Sunevision and Sunday are hoping to cash in on Hong Kong's bout of tech fever with their public offerings.

So would-be Sunevision investor Douglas Brown decided to log on to the tech firm's Web site to find out more about preferential access to shares.

7 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Computer tops list of key inventions in past century

The computer was voted the most popular invention in the 20th century in an election.

The Most Popular Inventions in the 20th Century Among Hong Kong People, organised by the Intellectual Property Department and Hong Kong Inventors' Association, aimed to motivate innovative inventions and promote a technological culture.

24 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Computer 'finest idea of century'

The computer was the leading invention of the past century, according to Hong Kong people who rated it one place ahead of the mobile phone.

The computer won most votes in a poll to select the favourite invention of the 20th century.

The poll was organised by the Intellectual Property Department and the Hong Kong Inventors Association.

11 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Gold-diggers jump on dotcom bandwagon

Today's Example of Common Knowledge: If business is the pits, it's time to get a dotcom address.

Today's Example of Taking Today's Example of Common Knowledge Too Literally: Griffin Mining decided to make the jump from a zinc-gold project in the mainland to Internet investment.

17 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Must learn to value innovation and creativity

The Chief Secretary for Administration, Anson Chan, recently defended Hong Kong's modest millennium fireworks display by pointing out that 'we do not want to copy what other people do'. If only we took this admonition seriously.

13 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Poll on top 10 concepts

Paper clips, scotch tape, safety razors and tampons are among 50 20th-century inventions listed in a poll on innovations that have had the most impact on people's lives.

The vote on the 10 most popular inventions of the 20th century has been launched in a government attempt to raise public awareness about innovation.

26 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Bureaucratic amateurs mull $5b hi-tech bet

Venture capital is a baskets business. Rather than putting all your eggs in one basket you put one egg each in as many baskets as you can in the sure knowledge that most of the baskets will crash and break the eggs in them.

16 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

$5b technology fund not seen as interventionist

The setting up of a $5 billion fund for innovation and technology projects does not mean a change of policy, says a senior official.

The money was intended to provide help to people with technology projects, said Chau Tak-hay, Secretary for Trade and Industry.

15 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Ideas are what matter

Perhaps for the first time, a policy address has given serious space to what Tung Chee-hwa calls 'innovation and technology'. After years of urging from industrialists and scientists, the Government seems to have taken on board the need to help diversify Hong Kong's economy towards higher-value industries, and to embrace the potential that scientific discoveries offer.

9 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Gadgetry wizards shower territory with inventions

Plasticine inventor Wallace and his dog Gromit may have reached the moon in their home-made rocket, but the Plasticine pair did not make any money from their inventions.

The newly formed Hong Kong Inventors' Association aims to help local people capitalise on their ideas but needs start-up funds to get the ideas off the ground.

30 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Inventors encouraged to change 'copycat' image

A DISPOSABLE videocassette, a calligraphy brush modelled on the fountain pen and a pager alerting credit card holders to fraud are among Hong Kong inventions.

And they are the sort of creations government and industry wants more inventors to start dreaming up.

27 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Innovation important

WINNING in the Consumer Product Design Category has always been difficult, especially in a city considered a mecca for consumer-based manufactured goods.

The competition for one of the two awards of the Hong Kong Awards for Industry has always been intense.

29 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Criteria for Hong Kong Business Awards

BUSINESSMAN OF THE YEAR Contribution to Hong Kong - A positive contribution to the further development of Hong Kong will be the main criteria for judging candidates. - Candidates should also have a strong track record in community service. Financial Performance - To have made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the organisation.

6 Jun 1995 - 12:00am