22 April 2019

Erwin Huang

Hong Kong Information Technology Federation Chairman
  • Protesters stage a rally in London to assail the misuse of Facebook users' personal data.  Photo: Reuters

    Facebook and Frankenstein

    - Apr 30, 2018 12:01pm
    In the summer of 1816, a group of young writers gathered in a villa in Lake Geneva. They were too bored and decided to write horror stories to challenge themselves. It might have been the world’s...
  • Shenzhen has developed an ecosystem that has substantially shortened the product development cycle for a much lower cost. Photo: Reuters

    Why rampant copying hasn’t stopped Shenzhen’s advance

    - Apr 23, 2018 10:22am
    Shenzhen is known as the capital of knockoffs. If a company wants to leverage on Shenzhen’s strong manufacturing ability, it has to be prepared for the very real possibility of its proprietary ideas being copied. That’s...
  • Shenzhen has attracted many young entrepreneurs as it has been considered a good place to create and nurture startups. Photo: Xinhua

    Shenzhen: From a knock-off hub to an innovation powerhouse

    - Apr 16, 2018 11:18am
    Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Big Bay Area has been a hot topic in business and political circles in recent months. Given this, I recently took my students to Shenzhen on a trip to help them gain better understanding...
  • A Chinese character stroke order app has become hugely popular recently. Photo: China Daily

    A Chinese character learning app shows edutech potential

    - Apr 9, 2018 10:27am
    Stroke order of Chinese written language characters has been a headache for many students and their parents. But now a Chinese handwriting mobile app promises to come to the rescue. I recently had an opportunity to...
  • Hong Kong's popular Next Magazine has gone digital-only, ending a 28-year run as print publication, as readers increasingly move online. Photo: HKEJ

    New Media boom spurs greater demand for authentic news

    - Mar 26, 2018 10:21am
    Next Magazine has ended its print edition after 28 years. The news was of particular interest to me as I had been among the various people who had participated in the creation of the magazine. The...
  • Brainstorming will not be very helpful if someone dominates the discussion and the others just listen rather than come up with their own solutions. Photo: Bloomberg

    We should all learn design thinking

    - Mar 19, 2018 11:05am
    If you ask people what a design is, many might think of trendy products or something that one does for a profession. Many also underestimate its value. International design firm Ideo and Stanford University are pioneers...
  • An initial public offering can bring a lot of benefits to a startup, but it may also pose a distraction to its business of generating revenue. Photo: Reuters

    Should a startup aim for an IPO?

    - Mar 12, 2018 10:27am
    Is launching an initial public offering (IPO) the ultimate goal of startups? In theory, if a business develops well and generates positive cash flow and sufficient profit, it doesn’t have to seek a public listing. An IPO...
  • Hong Kong government has allocated additional funds for promotion of innovative and high-tech enterprises, but it need to do more if it wants to create a robust start-up culture. Photo: HK Govt

    Is Hong Kong’s technology push big enough?

    - Mar 5, 2018 12:01pm
    In his budget speech last Wednesday, Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po earmarked an extra HK$50 billion to boost innovation and promote technology industries, on top of funds set aside last year. Of the new...
  • With technology becoming a game-changer, even a simple business idea can generate good profit if the execution and service quality are good. Photo: Reuters

    Grabbing new business opportunities in the e-commerce era

    - Feb 26, 2018 10:32am
    In the e-commerce era, product pricing transparency has improved a lot and profiting from arbitrage activities has become a lot more difficult. Nonetheless, technology also makes new business models possible. Dealing in niche products, for instance,...
  • Lunar New Year Fair has become a popular venue for young students to test their business talent. Photo:

    Student-run stores at Lunar New Year Fair to go online

    - Feb 12, 2018 10:42am
    Lunar New Year Fair is a key feature of Chinese New Year celebrations in Hong Kong. The fair has both traditional flower stalls as well as pop-up stalls for various crafts and goods. It has in...
  • Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates were not "good" students during their Harvard days, but tried out new things that led to the building of their business empires. Photo: YouTube/Harvard University

    How universities can nurture entrepreneurship

    - Feb 5, 2018 11:03am
    If being an entrepreneur is a profession, will universities be able to cultivate talent for it? Both Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg were Harvard dropouts, but were awarded honorary degrees by their university after they built...
  • Online mahjong games could be a fun way to keep the brains of elderly active. Photo: YouTube

    How technology can help in fight against Alzheimer’s

    - Jan 29, 2018 11:36am
    Alzheimer’s disease has become a hot topic worldwide in recent years. In Hong Kong, it’s reported that 103,000 people were diagnosed with the disease in 2009. And the number is expected to reach 333,000 by 2039....
  • 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:

    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,...

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