Intensifying bilateral relations in many fields
Photo: Minister Hofer visiting HKSTP
The Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz visited Hong Kong from 31. August to 2. September 2018. He was accompanied by Norbert Hofer, Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Heinz Faßmann, Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research, Margarete Schramböck, Minister of Digitalisation and Economics and the President of the Austrian Economic Chamber, Harald Mahrer. The visit aimed at deepening the bilateral cooperation in particular in the areas of education, scientific research and technological innovation. On August 31, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mrs Carrie Lam, met with Chancellor Kurz and the three Federal Ministers at the Government House of Hong Kong. Following that meeting the three ministers had a frank exchange of views with the Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr. Nicholas YANG. Ms Schramböck and Mr Faßmann also had meetings with their counterparts, Mr Bernard CHAN, Acting Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, and Mr Kevin YEUNG Yun-hung, Secretary for Education. On September 1, the delegation visited i.a. Cyberport, the Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) and the Application Innovation Center of Lenzing in Hong Kong. The office for Science and Technology in Beijing supported the Austrian General Consulate in Hongkong in preparation of the visit.
Determing the potential topics for the Austrian Technology Day in Hongkong
Photo: Jack Lui, Franz Rößler, Max Pfeiler and Wynne Wong
12 July 2018 – After the visit of a Delegation from the Austrian Region of Burgenland led by Governor Hans Niessl in June, Mr. Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, accompanied by Mr. Franz Roessler, Austrian Trade Commissioner in Hongkong, paid another visit to the Hongkong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Ms Karen Jiang, Assistant Director of Innovation and Technology Development, Innovation and Technology Development Office (ITDO), Ms Sini Liu, Manager of ITDO and Ms Wynne Wong, Senior Manager of International Affairs Office (IAO), greeted the Austrian Delegation at the meeting.
PolyU presented the current cooperation with Burgenland, other European universities and research organisations. OSTA introduced and outlined the intended Austrian Technology Day in Hongkong, which will be hosted by the Austrian Promotion Agency and co-hosted by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and OSTA. PolyU kindly provided suggestions and expressed its interest to the coming event. Furthermore, the student exchange program was also a main topic of the meeting.
Presenting seven innovative tech-startups from Austria
Photo: Startup company Artivive presents AR solution
11 July 2018 – Mr. Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, took part in the Austrian Startup Nite 2018 in Hongkong, which was hosted by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce Hongkong in cooperation with the Austrian Global Incubator Network (GIN).
The Program Managers of GIN, Ms Annamaria Andres and Ms Carina Margreiter, introduced the startup ecosystem of Austria as well as the GoAustria Program and GoAsia Initiative. Seven highly innovative tech-startups of Austria – Artivive, Connect, Insider Navigation, Prewave, SCIO, SIMAX and Visual Vertigo – represented technologies in various fields during the Pitch and Switch event.
The Startup Nite goHongKong 2018 brought together startups, seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, incubators and tech-innovators from all around the world and enabled the experience exchange of the masterminds.
deeping the strategic partnership between Burgenland and Hunan Province
Photo: Hans Niessl, XU Dazhe
10 June 2018 – A Delegation of the Province of Burgenland and BMVIT, composed by Mr Hans Niessl (Governor), Mr Christian Illedits (President of the Provincial Parliament), Mr Alexander Petschnig (Vice Governor), Mr Gernot Grimm (Head of the Staff Group Technology Transfer) and other officials paid a visit to China from 10th to 17th of June 2018. The delegation stopped at first in Hongkong and Jieyang in order to meet several high level officials and take part in commercial forums.
On the 13th of June the Burgenland Delegation met Mr XU Dazhe (Governor of Hunan Province) accompanied by OSTA and Cultural Section of the Austrian Embassy, in Changsha and had fruitful talks about the long term established partnership of both sides. On the next day companies from Burgenland attended a business forum and promoted their advantageous technologies in the fields of energy efficiency and water treatment.
On the following days the Delegation made stops in the cities of Zhangjiajie and Shanghai. In Zhangjiajie the Mayor of the city of Mörbisch in Burgenland signed a partnership agreement with the Mayor of Zhangjiajie.
Participating to Pitch and Share Event
Photo: Alexander Unkart, Max Pfeiler, Harald Mahrer
01 February 2018 OSTA took part at the StartmeupHK Festival 2018 in Hongkong. Austria actively contributed by the startup “Pitch and Share Event” to the festival and was represented by a prominent guest, Mr. Harald Mahrer, former Federal Minister for Science, Research and Economy. That Event was hosted by Advantage Austria in cooperation with the Austrian Global Incubator Network (GIN).
Five days, six different verticals and a major venue for Asia’s startup ecosystem: The StartmeupHK Festival 2018 brought together startups, seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, incubators and tech-innovators from all around the world.
Austrian companies participated to the flagship conference Venture Forum, exchanged latest FinTech innovations at the FinTech Finals and pitched at the HealthTech Summit.
Visiting goHK Event and RISE Conference
Photo: Max Pfeiler, Ivana Bacanovic, Jürgen Rattenberger
10 to 12 July 2017 – It was a first time for 8 Austrian Start-ups together with their entrepreneurs coming to Hongkong, one of the most dynamic cities of the start-up scene, for scouting and learning purposes. This initiative, named as goHongKong, is supported by the Austrian Government and implemented by the Global Incubator Network of Austria (GIN). During the 3 weeks, the Austrian entrepreneurs have the opportunity to undergo an intensive accelerator programme at the Hongkong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) and participate to the RISE Conference, one of the most famous start-up event world-wide.
OSTA accompanied the GIN supervisors, Ms. Ivana Bacanovic and Mr. Jürgen Rattenberger, to the events and assisted the start-ups by hauling their businesses.
Exchanging concepts for smart city development
Photo: Robert Schwertner, Philipp Agathonos, Alexander Unkart, Yang Jun, Zeng Lu, Max Pfeiler, Chen Yongfen at GDST
9 December 2016 – From 5 to 9 December, a delegation led by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) met “Smart City”-stakeholders from Chinese universities, research institutes and government agencies. Alexander Unkart (BMVIT), Dr. Emmanuel Glenck and Robert Schwertner (both FFG), as well as representatives from the Austrian Consulate General in Guangzhou and Hong Kong and Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and Max Pfeiler (both OSTA), had lively discussions and on-site visits at the Polytechnic University Hong Kong, Guangzhou Smart City Research Institute, Guangdong Provincial Academy of Building Research Group, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (GIEC) and the Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation (GIUI).
The delegation visit culminated in the signing of an agreement between FFG and Guangdong Science and Technology Department (GDST).
Discussing future cooperation on smart cities
Photo: Helmut Spitzl, Dorothee Jokiel, Karen Jiang
On 14 April 2016, acting director of OSTA, Mr Helmut Spitzl, met with Ms Karen JIANG, Assistant Director of the Innovation and Technology Development Office, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in Beijing to explore existing funding possibilities and academic networks as well as to define possible next steps towards a cooperation in the field of smart cities.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is strong in areas such as aviation engineering, safety monitoring for railways, smart cities and food safety. It ranked 9th in the world and 1st in Hong Kong in engineering research disciplines, according to the Best Global Universities Rankings 2015 by the U.S. News and World Report.