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.