Hong Kong harvests top awards at the International Exhibitions of Inventions Geneva

Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Berlin (HKETO Berlin), together with the Hong Kong Federation of Invention and Innovation (HKFII), hosted a reception at the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva on to support the exhibitors from Hong Kong yesterday (April 13, Geneva time).
     This exhibition is recognised as the most important specialist event of its kind in the world. It attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the globe every year to put their inventions and innovations on display. Participants and visitors include business enterprises, research institutions, universities and investors.
     Representing a city with strong focus on innovation, HKFII brought a delegation of more than 100 people from Hong Kong, and showcased a total of 98 projects in the exhibition.

They ranged from microbial technology that turns food waste to biodegradable plastic bags to lip password for access control. Out of 800 entries from around the world, Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s invention of spectacle lens for retarding the progression of shortsightedness in children was awarded the grand prize - the top honour of the event. Other exhibition projects from Hong Kong were also awarded with a total of 25 gold medals (with the congratulations of the jury), 47 gold medals and 26 silver medals.
     "Hong Kong has strong research and development (R&D) capabilities and talent, excellent technological infrastructure, world-class universities and academics, a sound legal system and a robust intellectual property protection regime," highlighted by the Director of the HKETO Berlin, Ms Betty Ho, at the reception.

Given Hong Kong's favourable location in the heart of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area (Bay Area), Ms Ho added that the city would continue to step up collaboration in innovation and technology with the talent pools from other economies and capture the unprecedented opportunities together.
     The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) is putting great effort in turning Hong Kong into a knowledge-based economy and a technology and innovation hub, developing technology and its application in the Asian region. The city’s aim is to use innovations to develop a high value-added and diversified economy, as well as to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the Belt and Road Initiative and the Bay Area development for generating new impetus for the growth of various industries in Hong Kong. To this end, the HKSARG is introducing a series of measures to create a favourable ecosystem in Hong Kong, which includes a substantial increase in R&D) resources, a super tax deduction for R&D expenditures and continued expansion of R&D infrastructure.

About HKETO Berlin

     HKETO Berlin is the official HKSARG representative in commercial relations and other economic and trade matters in Switzerland as well as Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia.

Published on: 2018-04-14

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