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HK government kicks off robot tech contest

The Catch the Innovation Campaign was launched on 30 June 2020 with a competition inviting government staff to submit proposals that can effectively adopt robotics technologies in enhancing public services.

In the first stage of the Leading Towards Robotics Technologies Innovation Competition, government staff can submit the proposals on an individual or team basis by 31 August 2020.

The judging panel will shortlist 10 finalists from the proposals received for the second stage of the competition. The shortlisted proposals will be matched with the industry, including local start-ups, for a six-month proof-of-concept exercise to test their feasibility by allowing the participants to apply the appropriate technologies and local research and development results.

All 10 shortlisted proposals will be put on trials in relevant government departments to enhance the quality and efficiency of public services, thereby allowing the public to enjoy the advantages of innovation and technology (I&T) in the delivery of quality public services.

The competition results will be announced in mid-2021.

The Government Chief Information Officer called on colleagues from different departments to take part in the competition, noting that the Catch the Innovation Campaign aims to nurture a more vibrant I&T culture within the Government and forge closer collaboration with the industry.

He stated, “As one of the key trends in smart city development, robotics technology will definitely open up enormous opportunities for us.”

Organised by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, the campaign consists of seminars on emerging technologies, workshops, information technology case sharing and online exchanges.

About the competition

Further details about the competition were provided by HK’s Smart Government Innovation Lab.

Eligibility

  • Contestants must be serving staff in the HKSAR Government;
  • Contestants can submit a proposal(s) for the Competition on an individual or team basis. Each team can have up to five members (including the Team Leader), who are not confined to the same B/D;
  • Individuals/Teams can submit more than one project proposal;
  • Each project proposal must be supported by a directorate grade officer; and
  • No limit on the number of project proposals is set for each B/D.

Stages

Stage 1 – contestants have to submit a project proposal based on business needs in delivering public services and put forward an innovative and unique solution by adopting robotics technologies. The proposed innovative projects should be cost-effective, practical and could be implemented to enhance the public services.

Stage 2 – with the assistance of the Smart Government Innovation Lab, contestants of the short-listed project proposals will work with IT suppliers to implement their project proposals via a PoC within a six-month period. Contestants are required to submit a report for their PoC and present the PoC results to the Judging Panel on the Pitching Day.

Fostering opportunities for collaboration and discussion

According to another press release, Hong Kong’s Smart Government Innovation Lad announced an online seminar providing opportunities for attendees to connect and co-create!

The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, Cyberport, the Hong Kong Productivity Council and the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation jointly organised a series of technology forums for industry players to share their innovative information technology (IT) solutions and success stories, and how such innovative solutions can help improve the quality of public services.

The forums included rosters of experts who specialised in various emerging technologies. They presented their innovative solutions and a wide range of products to help government departments improve operational efficiency and enhance the delivery of public services.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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