Date
24 January 2018

Erwin Huang

Hong Kong Information Technology Federation Chairman
  • Many of Leonardo Da Vinci's creations were considered failures in the Renaissance era, but the genius never gave up and always kept his curiosity and dreams alive for new inventions. Photo: visititaly.com

    Curiosity may not kill the cat

    - Jan 22, 2018 9:57am
    There is an old English saying “Curiosity killed the cat”, referring to the potential dangers of unnecessary investigation or experimentation. Hong Kong parents have taken this as a golden rule, and they try everything to prevent...
  • Travelers give much value to reviews of restaurants and dishes made by real customers. Photo: TripAdvisor

    Why real customer reviews are critical for lifestyle apps

    - Jan 15, 2018 10:13am
    Most people are willing to spend money to try the local cuisine when they travel abroad. However, finding a good restaurant in an unfamiliar city is not an easy task. In the past, travelers would rely...
  • In the Star Wars movie, Luke Skywalker taught two apprentices into becoming excellent fighters, but the two went on to different paths. Photo: Disney-Lucasfilm

    Teaching and instilling the right values

    - Jan 5, 2018 5:40pm
    The latest installment of the Star Wars franchise “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was released recently. Master Luke Skywalker taught his two apprentices, Rey and Kylo Ren, into becoming excellent fighters. But the two went on...
  • To reap the benefits from e-learning, we must combine hardware with the right teaching approach.  Photo: China Daily

    Teachers also need to think like entrepreneurs

    - Jan 2, 2018 9:47am
    Many have the misperception that only those who want to start their own business should have entrepreneurship, and that those in another line of work like teaching don’t need to bother. The truth is, we are our...
  • Education should be more about helping students to discover their potential rather than spoon-feeding them textbook information. Photo: Facebook

    A new education mindset

    - Dec 27, 2017 10:42am
    A classroom, a blackboard and a teacher are considered the basic elements of education. By keeping the costs down, this traditional, one-size-fits-all approach works well when knowledge is not easily accessible. To achieve economies of scale, students...
  • Happy learning and e-teaching are some of the hallmarks of Baptist Rainbow Primary School. Photo: Baptist Rainbow Primary School

    How e-teaching transformed a primary school

    - Dec 18, 2017 10:46am
    When Chu Tsz-wing became the principal at Baptist Rainbow Primary School in 2013, the school had a shortage of students and its closure was looming. This is not surprising, given the aging population of Wong Tai...
  • Expensive copyright, a lack of technical standards and large platforms like Amazon’s Kindle or Tencent’s China Literature are some of the reasons stalling the development of e-book markets in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Photo: Reuters

    E-books: Why HK and Taiwan are slow to take off

    - Dec 11, 2017 11:50am
    Tencent-backed China Literature (00772.HK) is the first company listed in Hong Kong that focuses on online publishing and e-books. Although there are mixed views about its valuation, its stellar public debut suggests lots of people love...
  • Hong Kong's e-payment operators can learn from rivals, such as Tencent, whose WeChat Red Packet has become hugely popular. Photo: WeChat

    HK should cultivate e-payment market for small amounts

    - Dec 4, 2017 2:03pm
    Hong Kong has been criticized for lagging behind in fintech, in particular mobile payment. In fact, Hong Kong’s cashless payment giant Octopus was once a pioneer in e-payment using near-field communication (NFC) technology two decades ago,...
  • Alibaba is making it increasingly hard for traditional retailers to compete. Photo: Reuters

    How new retail can change our buying habits

    - Nov 27, 2017 10:28am
    November 11th of every year is Singles’ Day in China, but internet giant Alibaba has transformed it into an online shopping festival. The shopping event actually originated from the United States, where retailers would offer steep discounts...
  • Generation Z, the new emerging generation, grew up entirely in the Internet age. Photo: Bloomberg

    How Generation Z can survive

    - Nov 17, 2017 3:28pm
    The 1980s generation used to describe the young generation, but they’re now approaching 40 years old. They are the old story and the new generation is up. Those who were born after 1995 are the new...
  • A Chinese tourist carries a tablet device during a visit to the Parthenon temple in Athens. Thanks to mobile apps and online information, many people are planning trips and itineraries on their own, leaving out travel agencies. Photo: Bloomberg

    How technology is boosting free independent travel

    - Nov 13, 2017 10:42am
    More and more travellers now seek to explore their chosen destinations on their own and at their own pace with an emphasis on enjoying the local food, architecture, history, and culture. They don’t want the experience...
  • Compared with traditional tours, exotic trips that give travelers a taste of local culture have proven to be far more popular with the younger generation. Photo: Klook

    How technology is changing the tourism industry

    - Nov 6, 2017 12:49pm
    You might be overwhelmed with ads claiming to offer the best deals in travel bookings on TV or websites. Technology’s disruption to the tourism industry is not just in terms of pricing. The success of Klook,...
  • As Apple's late founder Steve Jobs once said, the only way to great work is to love what you do. Photo: Reuters

    There’s lot more to a job than making money

    - Oct 30, 2017 11:09am
    I’m working on a project being conducted jointly by business schools of several local universities, and the topic is about the purpose of work. Human beings spend most of their life at work, but very few...
  • Extracting value from data could be one lucrative area for Hongkongers seeking to start their own business and embark on a slash career. Photo: LinkedIn

    Tax cut offers incentive to embrace a ‘slash’ career

    - Oct 13, 2017 4:33pm
    The tax breaks unveiled by Chief Executive Carrie Lam in her maiden policy address is great news for those who have embraced a slash career. Under the new tax plan, local companies will soon pay tax...
  • Jack Ma has predicted that Alibaba will become the fifth largest "economy" in the world in two decades. Photo: Reuters

    Are internet giants becoming too powerful?

    - Oct 6, 2017 4:53pm
    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, in a message posted on his own social media platform last weekend, sought forgiveness “for the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring them together”. Although he didn’t...
  • Growth hackers try all possible tactics to achieve growth such as using apps, online marketing or even through acquisitions to expand customer base and turnover. Photo: devangst.com

    A promising new career in internet era

    - Aug 28, 2017 4:38pm
    A couple is worried about their son, a young graduate working in a startup as a growth hacker, because they have no idea what the job is about. Many new jobs have emerged in the internet...
  • Hong Kong has more than 60 co-working spaces, an indication of the growing popularity of freelance work. Photo: Good Lab

    How freelancing is reshaping the workplace

    - Aug 22, 2015 8:03am
    Hong Kong people were recently shocked by the news of a young teacher with three master’s degrees who committed suicide. He didn’t leave a suicide note but it’s believed he chose to end his life because...

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