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Nansha joins hands with HKUST to support tech startups
Update: 2018-10-09     Source: newsgd.com

Nansha Free Trade Zone Management Committee and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) co-hosted an international entrepreneurship competition grand final on October 8th and offered the winning teams more than 3-million-yuan award, aiming to facilitate the flows of technology, resources and talent among the Greater Bay Area.

The winning teams

This year’s competition attracted 934 tech startups from Hong Kong, Macao, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan and Zhongshan. They involve in a wide range of areas such as AI, big data, biomedicine, advanced manufacturing and Internet of Things (IoT). A team devoting to the R&D of antimicrobial peptide won the competition with a 500-thousand-yuan award.

Zhang Xiao, Engineer of Seeklane, a team awarded as the most popular startup, explained that their project is dedicated to helping people to navigate inside buildings. “Outdoor GPS technology has been rather mature nowadays but radar signal can hardly pass through steel structure and work inside large scale architectures.”

“We apply Bluetooth technology to buildings so that people can locate themselves or people or cars they are looking for in shopping malls and parking lots,” said Zhang, “now our technology has adopted by Guangzhou South Railway Station, and we expect to expand our services in the Pearl River Delta in the future.”

During the competition, Nansha government signed a MoU with HKUST Fok Ying Tung Research Institute to build a smart manufacturing platform. The platform will start with smart molding and smart equipment, and build Nansha into the country’s most high-end technological service platform and industrial cluster in the field of smart molding.

Professor Shi Wei, President of HKUST, said nonprofit institutes such as university are the best place to figure out how Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao could connect and cooperate in line with the Greater Bay Area construction.

“As the Guangdong-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high speed rail started operation and enables people to commute between Hong Kong and Nansha in half an hour, we are about to build another campus in Nansha and allow our students to apply classes in both Hong Kong campus and Nansha campus,” he said.

In 2007, HKUST and Fok Ying Tung Foundation established HKUST Fok Ying Tung Research Institute in Nansha, which is the first and the only foreign research institute in the district. The institute has become a R&D platform relying on R&D advantages of HKUST and combined with the development needs of universities, institutions and enterprises in the Pearl River Delta.

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