Date
23 October 2018
Given the lack of world-class tech firms such as Google, Hong Kong has a long road ahead with regard to its ambition to emerge as a major tech hub in the region. Photo: Francis Fong
Given the lack of world-class tech firms such as Google, Hong Kong has a long road ahead with regard to its ambition to emerge as a major tech hub in the region. Photo: Francis Fong

A brief reflection on a trip to Silicon Valley

On a trip to Silicon Valley in the United States last week, I took several dozen Hong Kong educators to multinational technology companies based there.

We visited a number of world-class firms including Intel, Cisco Systems and Google during the tour, which was jointly organized by the eLearning Consortium and HKT Education.

Founded in 1968, Intel is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The company is now not only involved in semiconductor chip manufacturing, it has also made huge investments in fields such as 5G, VR, AR and LoT.

Coming to Cisco, it has 34 years of history, and it’s a main player in hardware equipment as well as information security. It provides around-the-clock technical support for its customers.

As for Google, which was founded in 1988, the tech behemoth is known for its search engine and its prowess in online advertising, besides a host of other Internet-related initiatives.

It was a real pity that we were not able to visit Facebook (set up in 2004) and Snapchat (founded in 2011).

Hong Kong government is always talking about turning the city into Asia’s Silicon Valley. But looking at the technology achievements in Silicon Valley, I and the other tour participants couldn’t help but wonder: “What a long way to go!”

The full article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Feb 20

Translation by Julie Zhu

[Chinese version 中文版]

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RC

Hong Kong Information Technology Federation honorary chairman

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