12 December 2018

Dr. Winnie Tang

The writer is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Hong Kong. She is also one of the locally-bred IT entrepreneurs of Hong Kong.
  • Chicago Marathon organizer now manages the big event with the help of a brand new central information platform. Photo: AFP

    Improving real-time response during major events via technology

    - Dec 10, 2018 10:52am
    Autumn in Hong Kong is a season for many outdoor activities. Oxfam Trailwalker, a popular local event that started in mid-November, is large-scale fundraising sporting fixture whose history goes back 37 years. Teams made up of...
  • Data sharing and collaboration between the government and private businesses, such as those involved in the transport sector, can help in better urban planning. Photo: Bloomberg

    Govt-private partnership needed to push API Economy

    - Dec 3, 2018 11:26am
    The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced in July the launch of open API as part of efforts to reinforce the territory’s status as an international financial center. API refers to “application programming interface” which is...
  • The HKMA believes Open API Framework will help ensure the competitiveness of the local banking sector, and encourage more parties to provide innovative and integrated services. Photo: Reuters

    Can Hong Kong catch up in the era of API Economy?

    - Nov 26, 2018 11:02am
    What is the similarity between the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), Google, Amazon, Uber, Tencent, Alibaba, and Singapore government in terms of an initiative they all pursued? Well, it pertains to the so-called API Economy. In...
  • China is stepping up efforts to become a big robotics player in the years to come. Photo: Reuters

    Rhapsody of robots

    - Nov 19, 2018 1:00pm
    Recently I encountered five robots, with different functions, within seven days, reminding me that the robotic era is approaching. I recall that when my primary school teacher talked about dreams during my childhood, he said: “What...
  • The global economic benefit created by 5G could be as much as US$12.3 trillion by 2035, according to a research firm. Photo: Bloomberg

    Hong Kong can lead in testing new 5G services

    - Nov 12, 2018 10:20am
    Though the fifth-generation of mobile service (5G) is expected to become popular only in mid to late 2030s when killer applications are introduced, the new technology is undoubtedly the future for the coming 10 to 20...
  • According to an industry group, over 60 percent of Asia’s mobile connections will still be running on 4G networks in 2025 and only 14 percent on 5G. Photo: Reuters

    Consumer adoption of 5G expected to be slow

    - Nov 7, 2018 2:28pm
    Early this year, some manufacturers showcased their application of the fifth generation of mobile service (5G). A South Korean automobile firm had a successful test run in autonomous vehicles from Seoul to Pyeongchang, a 190-kilometer round...
  • A view of Canary Wharf skyline in London. To enhance its competitive edge in the global market, the UK has taken bold steps in relation to opening up data to private businesses. Photo: Reuters

    Open data will help spur innotech development

    - Oct 29, 2018 2:01pm
    Singapore and the UK, both of which have had historical ties with Hong Kong, recently made some strategic moves to boost nationwide innovation through maximizing the value of their geospatial data. To enhance its competitive edge...
  • China has led in the global competition in building the 5G infrastructure. Photo: China Daily

    Global 5G race is heating up

    - Oct 29, 2018 1:23pm
    Researcher IHS Markit estimated that the global economic benefit resulting from the fifth-generation mobile service (5G) could be as much as US$12.3 trillion by 2035, more than combined consumer spending of China, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom...
  • Data is seen as the “new oil”, a key resource for driving the digital economy. Photo: Bloomberg

    Open data to cultivate I&T development

    - Oct 15, 2018 3:39pm
    In her policy address last week, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor showed her administration’s commitment to innovation and technology (I&T) development by pledging HK$4 billion for the required infrastructure for the city’s re-industrialization efforts. However,...
  • We need a central information platform to integrate all reports and fragmented data in real time, including the latest updates on bus, ferry and MTR services, and mark all these occurrences on a map for analysis and coordination. Photo: AFP

    How to enable speedy recovery from disasters

    - Oct 8, 2018 12:02pm
    With global warming, super typhoons are expected to become increasingly frequent. To enable the government to respond faster to such situations – before, during and after the calamity – is a matter of interest to everyone in...
  • There are still many obstacles to overcome for artificial intelligence to be widely accepted in the healthcare community. Photo: Reuters

    Why AI applications are not widely accepted in healthcare sector

    - Oct 4, 2018 7:57am
    In a recent article, Professor Joseph Sung Jao-yiu of the Chinese University of Hong Kong referred to the vast amount of data collected by advanced diagnostic technology. For example, capsule endoscopy can complete an entire small intestine...
  • Cyberport is among the business parks that have helped push forward Hong Kong's technology and innovation mission. Photo: Bloomberg

    Promoting innovation via public, private entity collaboration

    - Sep 24, 2018 4:13pm
    In 2017, there were more than 2,200 startups in Hong Kong, roughly double the number of such entities recorded in 2014. Meanwhile, venture capital investment increased from HK$600 million in 2012 to HK$6 billion in the...
  • Dr. Tao Ji, a Chinese expert in autonomous driving technology, is among the invited speakers for InnoTech Expo 2018, which will kick off in Hong Kong on September 23. Photo:

    InnoTech Expo to showcase forward-looking technologies

    - Sep 20, 2018 10:14am
    InnoTech Expo 2018 will be held from September 23 to October 2 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The theme this year is ‘Drive Innovation, Follow the Past and Herald the Future’. Under the...
  • Startups need to bear in mind that even good products can fail in the market if customer service is given the short shrift. Photo: Bloomberg

    How to win and retain customers

    - Sep 17, 2018 11:46am
    As I mentioned in a previous article, I had been invited to serve as a mentor for several startups from Mainland China and Hong Kong. The project is called the X-Plan and has been organized by...
  • A major issue confronting startups is the lack of talent for scientific research or sales and marketing, which hinders the development of business. Photo: Xinhua

    People issue in startup development

    - Sep 10, 2018 12:28pm
    In recent years, I have often served as a judge or a mentor in innovation technology competitions. The candidates comprised young entrepreneurs from Hong Kong and the mainland. Although they have different characteristics, they share a...
  • Knowledge Capital, located in downtown Osaka, aims to become a hub for the formation of new values by combining human creativity and technology. Photo: Osaka Convention and Tourism Bureau

    Talking about startups

    - Sep 4, 2018 2:20pm
    Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, the world’s largest and most valuable internet company in the 1990s, said in his book The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future that the internet is moving from virtual to...
  • The Esri User Conference showcased new geographic information system (GlS) applications for 18,000 GIS users around the world. Photo: Esri UC

    Hong Kong lags behind in opening up data

    - Aug 27, 2018 5:18pm
    My trip to the United States to participate in the Esri User Conference in July was very fruitful. The five-day conference showcased new geographic information system (GlS) applications for 18,000 GIS users around the world. Some countries are...
  • Po Leung Kuk Luk Hing Too Primary School students explain their award-winning project which involves the use of coding and IoT technology. Photo: Winnie Tang

    Enhancing Hong Kong students’ creativity

    - Aug 20, 2018 10:51am
    The Smart City Project Programme 2017/18 award ceremony was held in June this year. This project-based study program, organized by the Education Bureau, includes a series of activities for teachers and students, such as special exhibitions,...
  • Moscow is deploying smart systems to ease traffic congestion, which used to be the worst in the world. Photo: Reuters

    Moscow’s digital transformation offers valuable lessons to HK

    - Aug 13, 2018 2:23pm
    The 2018 FIFA World Cup ended last month, but the transformation of host Moscow is still going on. Information technology is continuing to revolutionize the city. Aside from reorganizing the streets and renovating historical buildings, IT has...
  • According to an estimate, the average daily amount of plastic waste in Hong Kong exceeds 2,000 tons, accounting for more than 20 percent of the city's total waste. Photo: Green Earth

    Reducing plastic waste for a better future

    - Aug 7, 2018 10:22am
    One million plastic bottles were consumed every minute globally in 2016, according to market research firm Euromonitor. Given that it takes more than 400 years for the plastic bottles to degenerate in nature, the world is...

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