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Hong Kong universities shine at international tech expo

Image Credits: PolyU, Press Release

Researchers from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), City University of Hong Kong (CityU), The University of Hong Kong (HKU) excelled at the Inventions Geneva Evaluation Days – Virtual Event, held from 10 to 14 March.

This year’s competition is a first-ever special virtual-only edition of The International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (“IEIG”), one of the most significant global annual events devoted exclusively to inventions.

The event attracted about 600 exhibitors from more than 20 countries/regions. It was organised under the patronage of the Swiss Federal Government, the State and the City of Geneva as well as the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

PolyU winners

The exhibition is regarded as one of the important annual events in the world devoted exclusively to inventions. PolyU garnered a total of six awards this year, including three Gold Medals and three Silver Medals.

Numerous activities around the globe have been disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the daunting challenges, PolyU’s researchers have continued their efforts in research and development as well as in translating research into impactful innovations and applications.

Among the six projects the University presented to the judges, two have already been commercialised through PolyU-supported start-ups led by its researchers.

The awards won by the University at this event not only demonstrate the professionalism and strength of PolyU’s researchers but also motivate them to further excel in their academic and scientific pursuits, enabling PolyU to push the boundaries of technological innovation and to generate a far-reaching impact on our community and the world.

The winning projects of PolyU cover a wide range of applications, including healthcare, environmental monitoring, smart cities, and automotive safety, thus showcasing the University’s distinguished capabilities and accomplishments in innovation and technology.

Project Awards
CareCoatexTM: A Biomaterial-based Core-Shell Particles for Safe and Effective Antibacterial and Antiviral Applications Gold Medal
Smart City Platform: A Comprehensive System for Spatial Data Infrastructure Gold Medal
Smart Monitoring System for Urban Tree Management Gold Medal
Liverscan: Palm-sized Real-time B-mode Ultrasound Imaging Guided System for Liver Fibrosis Assessment Silver Medal
A Smart All-electric Antilock Braking System (ABS) Silver Medal
Biomimicking Photocrosslinkable Nanocomposite Bone Graft Silver Medal

CityU winners

Researchers from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) received 12 awards, including a Gold Medal with Congratulations of the Jury, five Gold Medals, three Silver Medals and three Bronze Medals at the Inventions Geneva Evaluation Days (IGED) 2021, a virtual edition of the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva.

These awards at such a high international level demonstrate the excellence of the research carried out at CityU.

Project Awards
An Energy-Free, Low-Cost and High Cooling Performance Passive Radiative Cooling Technology for Building Applications Gold Medal
Aquatic Animal Postmortem Multimedia Analysis Platform Gold Medal
Super Bamboo – Sustainable Structural Bamboo Materials with High Strength and Multi-function Gold Medal
Youth Sports Education and Management SaaS platform Based on AI & IoT Gold Medal
Damage-healable Antimicrobial Coating Made from Natural Materials Gold Medal
Development of new generation anti-metastasis drugs based on endosomal trafficking Gold Medal
Neural Motor prosthesis Prototype for the Restoration of Motor Function in Spinocerebellar Ataxia Silver Medal
Magnetic Microrobotic System for Precise Cell Delivery in Vivo Silver Medal
IPA Guide for Visually Impaired Learners Silver Medal
The Golden Calf Bronze Medal
A Microfluidic Biosensing System for Effective Cancer Diagnostic and Screening Bronze Medal
Electronic Cane Grip Instrumented with Thermal Haptic Feedback Bronze Medal

HKU winners

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) reaped a total of ten awards at the Special Edition 2021 Inventions Geneva Evaluation Days.

The University’s “Flu-based COVID-19 Vaccine” was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal with Congratulations of the Jury whilst the “Innovative Sewage Testing Tool for SARS-CoV-2” received a Gold Medal, and eight other inventions won three Gold Medals and five Silver Medals in total.

Project Awards
Flu-based COVID-19 Vaccine Gold Medal
Innovative Sewage Testing Tool for SARS-CoV-2 Gold Medal
Direct Thermal Charging Cell (DTCC) Gold Medal
Light-controlled Contamination-free Fluidic Processor Gold Medal
Ultra-Strong and Ductile Steel with Low Price and Easy Manufacturing Gold Medal
A Nanofibrous Composite Membrane Air Filter Silver Medal
A Soft Underwater Manipulation System Silver Medal
Microfluidic Platform for Metastasis Detection and Drug Discovery Silver Medal
Momentus Robotics – MR-safe Actuators Silver Medal
Universal Fracture Healing Accelerator for External Fixators Silver Medal

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