16 July 2019

Erwin Huang

Hong Kong Information Technology Federation Chairman
  • Cashing in on the crypto mania, there have been quite a few companies that launched dubious fund-raising activities through ICOs. Photo: Reuters

    Investors should beware of ICO scams

    - Jul 30, 2018 11:32am
    Summer is a peak season for industry seminars. There are all sorts of start-up forums in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and other cities. The events offer a good platform for start-ups to promote themselves, as well...
  • Kids need to learn how to make things happen, take up challenges and work in a team to find solutions to problems. Photo: Freepik

    Helping our kids realize their dreams

    - Jul 23, 2018 10:18am
    Most of us, during our primary school years, would have been asked to write about our dreams as part of an exercise. Most of those goals, however, end up just like that — a dream —...
  • Google Photos can organize all the photos on your mobile device is such a way that you can easily retrieve them. Photo: Google

    Using Google Photos to organize your travel pictures

    - Jul 16, 2018 12:07pm
    Many people take a lot of pictures on their trips, but it’s quite a headache to sort out all these photos upon their return home. Fortunately, technological advances have enabled us to store all these photos...
  • A tour planner can set up a calendar online and share with other families seeking a common travel experience. Photo: Freepick

    How technology makes trip-planning so easy

    - Jul 9, 2018 11:15am
    With the onset of the summer holiday season, many parents are planning family trips with their children. In recent years, we have noticed a trend where several families would opt to travel together. The reason is...
  • DNA screening can help healthcare providers offer customized preventative care and treatments. Photo: Reuters

    Citywide DNA screening can benefit society and patients

    - Jul 3, 2018 4:27pm
    When I was a child, I was aware that my mother had been working in the Faculty of Medicine of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), but had no idea she was actually a leading...
  • Proper planning is a critical element in the waterfall system. Project requirements must be laid out clearly in advance, and all team members should be familiar with those requirements. Photo: Reuters

    Project management: Waterfall vs Agile approach

    - Jun 25, 2018 1:14pm
    Modern project management usually adopts the Waterfall approach, which means everything goes in a sequential, linear process according to plan. Be it building a website, launching a new product, or constructing a railway station, waterfall methods...
  • The EU has put in place a sweeping law that gives the bloc's residents more control over their personal data and helps clarify rules and responsibilities for online services. Photo:

    HK needs to catch up in data protection regulations

    - May 28, 2018 11:03am
    You may have received a flood of emails recently from multinational firms with regard to updated privacy policies. But the one about General Data Protection Regulation, or the GDPR, that went into effect in the EU’s...
  • Although 4G services are very affordable, it’s likely that Hong Kong telecom operators will cut prices further in the run-up to 5G launch. Photo: Reuters

    Is 4G price war on the horizon?

    - May 23, 2018 10:05am
    During a recent trip to Taiwan, I happened to notice advertisements from telecom operators there offering unlimited 4G data packages for just around NT$499 (HK$130). Telecom firms usually try to avoid very steep price cuts, as...
  • Social enterprises such as FOOD-CO, a platform for locals to donate food to indigents, make use of new technologies to enhance their operations. Photo: FOOD-CO

    Innovation and technology offer new hope for social enterprises

    - May 21, 2018 11:54am
    Government entities, private enterprises and non-governmental organizations are three major traditional parties active in resolving social issues ranging from inequality to environmental woes. But in recent years, the concept of social enterprise has started to gain...
  • One of the behavioral characteristics of Generation Z is that they use their smartphones for hours a day to consume media. Photo: Reuters

    Gen Z looks to change the world

    - May 14, 2018 3:17pm
    When we are still talking about those who were born in the 1980s or 1990s, it is the generational demographic cohort that followed them that has actually seen sweeping change accompany in the technology world. American...
  • More than 500 NGOs and over 40,000 individuals have registered on the Social Career app, offering more than 2,000 activities. Photo: Social Career

    Volunteer app shows how technology can help promote charity work

    - May 7, 2018 9:42am
    Apart from having a regular job to pay the bills, one needs to find a parallel career that he/she is really passionate about. As Peter Drucker said, creating a parallel career can broaden one’s circle of...
  • 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,...

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