The organisers of a technology exhibition are hoping to attract many hi-tech displays from tertiary institutes, and thousands of students are expected to attend to learn about the latest developments. The Hong Kong Technology Exhibition 97 is aimed at promoting Hong Kong's hi-tech achievements to local and overseas investors and manufacturers, as well as showing the public what is going on in the territory's research centres. Organisers hope to attract more than 100,000 visitors to the exhibition at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, from January 6 to 8. Annie Choi, assistant director-general for industry at the Industry Department, said manufacturing in the territory had been transformed from being labour-based to technology-based. 'The event will provide a showcase for the technological advances of recent years by local companies,' she said. Hong Kong Polytechnic University is one of the organisers and universities and research institutions have been offered free exhibition stands. More than 150 applications for stands have been received. Hennia Chiu, of City University of Hong Kong, said they wanted to demonstrate what contribution their research had made to the community. Ms Chiu declined to say what they would put on show, but said it would be 'an interesting display and closely related to public concerns'.