南韓去年除了飽受新冠肺炎疫情打擊，風季傷亡也慘重，豪雨引致山泥傾瀉沖毀道路房屋，超過50人死亡，打破9年來風災傷亡紀錄。如果能在基建或高危地區作實時監測，有助緩減天災的破壞和作更迅速的應對，因此當地積極推動「數碼分身」（digital twin），這也是該國去年宣布總預算達160萬億韓圜（約1.1萬億港元）、名為「Korea’s New Deal」的國家轉型計劃的一部分。
Singapore synergy shows the way forward for Hong Kong
Our city does not lag behind its neighbours in smart initiatives, but the fatal flaw is that many projects are not coordinated
Digital transformation needs top leadership
In the latest Budget, the SAR government earmarked HK$1 billion ($129 million) for maintenance works for so-called “three-nil buildings", that is, buildings without owners’ corporations, residents’ associations and management companies. The problem of leaking sewer pipes commonplace in those buildings has aroused widespread concern. According to government statistics, there are about 5,300 “three-nil buildings" in Hong Kong; it is difficult to identify which building has a higher priority for an immediate fix to eliminate public health risk amid the current COVID-19 pandemic. Further, if the funding is evenly allocated, or less than HK$190,000 for each building, the amount is obviously inadequate.
The trend of commercializing local scientific research
The University of Hong Kong (HKU), my alma mater, has reaped a total of 11 gold and silver awards as well as Gold Medal with Congratulations of the Jury in the Special Edition 2021 Inventions Geneva Evaluation Days (“Geneva Inventions Expo"). The alumni are all very excited about the good news. HKU has won numerous awards over the years. What is so special about this award?
HK: Some practical masterpieces of scientific research works
The University of Hong Kong (HKU), my alma mater, announced good news recently. It has reaped a total of eleven awards including Gold Medals and Silver Medals at the Special Edition 2021 Inventions Geneva Evaluation Days (Geneva Inventions Expo). The University’s “Flu-based COVID-19 Vaccine" was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal with Congratulations of the Jury. The Inventions Geneva Expo is one of the most recognized global annual events devoted exclusively to inventions. This year, the event was held online for the first time, around 600 inventions from about 20 countries were reviewed via virtual platforms by the international jury of specialists.
Promotion of creativity should not rely on contest alone
The annual Shenzhen Open Data Innovation Contest (SODiC) aims to push the government departments to further open up data, realizing the potential of data and stimulating social innovation. How can Hong Kong learn from Shenzhen’s experience?