InnoTech Month 2014 Officially Commences
InnoTech Month 2014, the mega event of the Innovation and Technology Commission, officially began at Olympian City in West Kowloon on 10 October 2014. The kick-off ceremony, which attracted massive public interest, was jointly hosted by Guests of Honour, Mr Johann Wong, JP, Deputy Commiss-ioner for Innovation and Technology, and Dr Hubert Chan, JP, Council Member, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG).
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Johann Wong said, “The Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) has long been committed to promoting a culture of innovation and technology (I&T) in Hong Kong. Through diversified science, education and promotion activities, ITC encourages members of the public to enjoy first-hand experience of I&T achievements and gain a better understanding of the importance of I&T to the future development of Hong Kong.”
At the kick-off ceremony, the officiating guests recognised local students who had shown distinguished performance in innovation and technology, including two winning teams of the Hong Kong Student Science Project Competition 2014 (HKSSPC 2014), one winning team from the Hong Kong Science & Technology Innovation Competition 2012-2013 and another winning team from the Hong Kong Science & Technology Innovation Competition 2013-2014.
The Guests of Honour also visited the exhibition showcasing the local students’ innovative projects and joined the InnoTech workshops, encouraging the participants to gain hands-on experience with new technology as well as to inspire their creativity.
Following the kick-off ceremony, the achievements from the winners of the HKSSPC 2014 and other innovations were showcased in a roadshow, in conjunction with numerous workshops focused on science principles and robotics. The roadshow will also be staged at Citywalk in Tsuen Wan, starting at 28 November 2014 for three consecutive days.
The anchor event InnoCarnival 2014, which will be held from 1 to 9 November 2014 at the Hong Kong Science Park, will allow the public to experience the Hong Kong spirit of innovation and latest technological development. Underscore the main theme of “Technology for a Better Future”, over 60 pavilions and booths exhibited at the InnoCarnival 2014 will highlight the convenience brought by innovation and technology.
The InnoTech Month 2014, which began as Innovation Festival in 2005 and later renamed in 2010, aims to build innovation and technology culture among the community. Spanning over nearly two months, a wide range of activities targeting the general public and the innovation and technology industry will be held from 10 October to 6 December 2014, in addition to InnoCarnival 2014. Highlights of this year’s ITM include China Hi-Tech Fair 2014 – Hong Kong Pavilion, APAC Innovation Summit 2014 and Inno Design Tech Expo – Innovation and Technology Commission Exhibition.