The Next Big Thing

Start-ups win big at 2015 Hong Kong ICT Awards

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 April, 2015, 5:09pm
UPDATED : Monday, 13 April, 2015, 5:10pm

Start-ups and the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park Corporation were big winners at the annual Hong Kong ICT Awards this weekend.

26 partner companies and incubatees based at HKSTP collected 34 prizes at this year's awards, including the top prize.

Nbition Development, makers of a smart coffee machine and app which was highlighted by finance secretary John Tsang Chun-wah in his 2015 budget speech, took home the "Best ICT Startup Grand Award".

Judges said they were impressed by the company's "vision to address an old platform with an excellent concept, and combined with a great team and solid execution strategy."

Outside of HKSTP, winners included Dragon Creative, makers of a gesture-and-voice-controlled Google Glass-esque system which is intended to replace the smartphone.

Mad Glass, which won the top innovation prize, "can make phone calls, text messages, send multimedia to contacts, access personal digital assistant, play media, use GPS navigation, run third-party applications, take photos or record videos, web browsing, use Wi-Fi and pay online."

The "Best Lifestyle Grand Award" went to Penana, an electronic fiction social network, while office cloud-based mobile collaboration tool TeamNote won the top prize in the mobile apps category. HKSTP-based TFI Digital Media scooped the grand award and gold award (product) in the business solution category.

Another HKSTP company, and John Tsang favourite, Axon Labs, took home the "Public Sector Information Application Grand Award" for its HKBus+ app, which aggregates information on various public transport services in Hong Kong, including franchised buses, mini-buses, the MTR, ferries and trams. Free for both Android and iOS, the app has been downloaded more than 470,000 times.

“The innovations developed by these award winning companies clearly demonstrates that creativity and entrepreneurship continues to flourish in Hong Kong," said Allen Ma, chief executive of HKSTP, adding that the company's success should act "as a catalyst for Hong Kong to build a prosperous tomorrow".