Startup Weekend EdUHK: STEM Education

    Friday, February 24 - 26, 2017

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend EdUHK: STEM Education

Friday, February 24 - 26, 2017

Friday, February 24 - 26, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Education University of Hong Kong
Block C, Level LP, Room 03
10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, New Territories
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Startup Weekend is a global movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 2,900+ past events in 150 countries around the world to date. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

Friday - Block C, Level LP, Room 03
Saturday - Block C, Level LP, Room 03
Sunday - Block C, Level LP, Room 03
Sunday Audience - Block D1, Level LP, Room 03

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model:
  • Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers;
  • Teams are formed around the top ideas (determined by popular vote);
  • Then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.
  • The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
  • Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

Why should you register?
  • Build your network
Startup Weekend attracts the best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.

  • Actually launch a business
You as a participant of this event and the presenter of your idea can join this community to actually work upon your idea and build your business under guidance and support of global, national and local supporters and collaborators. Take your idea to prototype.

  • Get face time with thought leaders
Get one-on-one time with the experienced startup community leaders and mentors. Meet and get valuable feedback from a panel of judges and startup coaches.

  • Join a global community
Startup Weekend alumni span across all the continents and scores of cities.

  • Learn
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the art of creating. Build your own strategy and test it as you go

Participation Fees
Tickets are priced at HKD$300 - for all the participants. This includes 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners, with loads of Energy drinks and snacks to keep you going all weekend long.

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Date: 23 Jan 2017 (Mon)
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: Oursky HQ, Rm B, 10/F, 11 Cheung Shun Street, Great Wall Factory Building, Cheung Sha Wan
Fee: Free

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Friday February 24th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday February 25th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday February 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Professor Chung Wai-yee, Joanne
Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, The Education University of Hong Kong

Event Judges

Sharon Wong
General Manager, Marshall Cavendish Education

Dr Sharon Wong Yin-yue earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Leeds. She obtained her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She has devoted herself to the educational publishing business. She worked at The Commercial Press (Hong Kong) Limited and Hong Kong Educational Publishing Company, holding the positions of Assistant General Manager and Editor in Chief. Currently, she is the General Manager and Publisher of Marshall Cavendish Education Hong Kong (a member of Times Publishing (Hong Kong) Limited), leading the company’s educational publishing business and daily operations.

Torin Fung
CEO of Novelin Limited

He is the Senior Vice President of the Hong Kong Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology and the CEO of the Novelin Limited. He has actively given talks on the Business Start-up to inspire new entrepreneurs, such as the seminar on “The Roles of Continuous Education for Career Development in Hong Kong Industry” organized by HKIE and “Startup Insights: Experience Sharing by Alumni” by VTC. He was the winner of Hong Kong ICT award in 2012 in the category of Best Innovation and Research Award.

Xania Wong
Founder and CEO of JOBDOH

Xania Wong is JOBDOH’s founder and CEO. In addition to three entrepreneurial ventures, Xania gained her professional experience in Canada and Hong Kong as an investment analyst, a management consultant and a Product/Business Manager, working with regional stock exchanges on key product launches. She is a CFA charter holder and obtained an INSEAD MBA. When not working on JOBDOH, she runs Xantana Wine Ltd., teaching about wines, working in vineyards around the world and soaking in all things passionate in life.

Michelle Sun
Co-founder and CEO of First Code Academy

Michelle is the CEO and cofounder of First Code Academy, a STEM education startup in Asia that teaches coding to kids from 6 and above with hands on workshops, camps and regular programs. Prior to starting First Code, she graduated from the inaugural class of Hackbright Academy, and held various technical roles in high growth startups in Silicon Valley, including as the first growth hacker at Buffer and Bump Technologies (acquired by Google in 2013). Born and raised in Hong Kong, she graduated from University of Chicago and began her career at Goldman Sachs as an equity analyst.

In addition to running First Code Academy, she is also passionate about women entrepreneurship and empowerment, cofounded a community for women in technology, Women Who Code (Hong Kong chapter). In her free time, she loves to run, train for triathlon and write on her blog.

Her work has received international and regional accolades including the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Asia List in 2016, BBC 30 Under 30 Women Entrepreneurs in 2015, Women of Hope Award (Entrepreneur Category 2015) and (Tech Category 2014) and American Chambers Women of Influence Awards (Young Entrepreneur Category 2015). 

Renée Boey
Founder and Educational Director of Baker & Bloom

Renée Boey founded Baker & Bloom to promote innovative learning, service, and leadership among young people. One of her greatest joys is to cultivate and channel imagination and compassion toward meaningful causes. She has mentored many student projects, taught the inspirED Social Entrepreneurship Program for teens for the past 3 years, and facilitated workshops for Kids4Kids' Powered by Youth Forum. Renée is a curriculum advisor for the startup incubator CoCoon's STEP (Student Training in Entrepreneurship Program) and served as a mentor in Startup Weekend Education. She is the Co-Chair of the Harvard Book Prize and Scholarship and a board director of the Harvard Club of Hong Kong. Through a new program combining STEM with language and humanities education and a Girls in STEM program, Renée hopes that Baker & Bloom will continue to create passionate young innovators.

Coaches and Mentors

Zorro Cheng
CEO/Founder of Avrio Solutions Company Limited

He is a professional app developer, entrepreneur and manager. He successfully leads the Avrio Solutions Company Limited to incubate the first innovation project “eSchoolPad”, a cloud-based mobile device management solution for teachers and parents to manage the kids' mobile devices. His specialties in mobile technologies, online media technologies and IT operation management have brought digital evolution of the broadcasting media company in Hong Kong. He was awarded the Hong Kong Best ICT Startup (Business Stream) Silver Award in 2014 and the Hong Kong Best ICT Lifestyle Merit in 2015.

Alex Li

He is a signature of Hong Kong innovative technology entrepreneur as he awarded over 7.5 million Hong Kong dollars from China. He is the first Cloud DR provider and developed a world-leading disaster recovery technology, AutoDrill, for IT industry, which applied in many government offices of cities in China to guarantee recovery.
Recently, he initiated the Global Cloud DR hub with Asian telcos to protect enterprises in China to develop market among the Belt and Road. He has great contribution to innovative technology industry in Hong Kong by setting up association "Hong Kong Innovative Technology Preferred (HKITP)" to promote adoption of technology in Hong Kong as well as in China since 2011.

Wendy Chan
PhD Candidate at Hong Kong Baptist University

She has worked in various news organizations, South China Morning Post (Money Post), Radio Television Hong Kong, Travel QnA, Island East Markets, currently working for SYMedialab as an anchor, a column contributor for Hong Kong Economic Journal and a freelancer for The British Broadcasting Corporation. All of the above professional field experience provided her great exposure in the media field. With the hard earned experience, she pursued PhD study on communication at Hong Kong Baptist University since 2014 and began to teach in Mainland China, Hong Kong and London. In 2016, she has been to University College London for a short term visiting for academic exchange as a visiting junior scholar. Her research outlets are about media writing and political communication.

Lavine Hemlani
Co-founder and CEO of Accelerate

Lavine Hemlani is co-founder and CEO of Accelerate, HK’s first socially aligned coding bootcamp. Accelerate’s education-to-employment model intensively trains promising software engineering talent from underrepresented backgrounds (e.g. minority, low-income, disabled, women) and places them at high impact roles with 20+ top-startups without any upfront tuition. Instead, Accelerate is only successful when graduates are successful, thereby catalyzing inclusive growth of HK's tech ecosystem. Prior, Lavine worked in investment banking at Lazard M&A in NYC.

Data Ng
Co-founder and CTO of 42Lab

Dr. Data Ng is an experimental Physicist at HKU. He is a maker and biohacker. As an advocate for digital fabrication, Data founded Printact to promote 3D Printing to the public. 

In 2016, he founded a biotech startup - 42Lab which is a first portable biotech laboratory for STEM eduction. Data is active in the entrepreneurship community and hosted several entrepreneurship events, including Startup Weekends HKU and AngelHack. 

He was invited to share his start-up experience at the HKU, CityU, Fudan University, TEDxCUHK, Cyberport, Qianhai Shen Zhen, UKTI and HKFYG. Data is also the HKU court member and HKU convocation standing committee member.

Ivan Chan
Co-founder of Affix Group

Ivan is a Co-Founder of Affix Group, Hong Kong based startup that brings companies to student market, and help students expand their future network. During the 2 years in Affix Group, he was responsible building the youth ecosystem with universities, corporates, startups and students. He also consults companies in building connection with younger generation, introducing the new era of Youth Marketing. Knowing the importance of technology and entrepreneurship, he initiated the #WeCodeBusiness campaign in 2016 to spread entrepreneurship among students and provide supports to great ideas and projects. On his spare time, he cannot get himself to stop trading and watching soccer games, amongst other things.

Jeff Hui
Co-founder of Affix Group

Jeff is one of the co-founders of Affix Group, a Hong Kong based startup that bridges the gap between student communities with the corporate world. Our goal is to build a sustainable youth ecosystem with universities, corporate and startups, in which each party can give back and help each other improve. Jeff is a huge NBA fan, always try to catch a game or two during his free time. He is also a app developer, who likes to code out his ideas every so often. Jeff is always on a look out for the next big thing.

Vince Chan
Founder and CEO of UnLearn

Founder and CEO of UnLearn, Hong Kong’s first accelerator in technology innovations in learning and workforce development.  A Hong Kong native, Vince has earned 20+ years of experience in in the financial services and education sector in the US and Asia.  Named as one of the seven “Overseas Returnee Elite” by Forbes China, she is a U.S. CPA, a CFA Charterholder, and holds three degrees from the University of Toronto, Yale University and the University of Chicago.  She has written two career development books and is appointed MBA Career Advisor at Renmin University School of Business (#1 in China), Judge/Mentor at University of Chicago New Venture Challenge (#4 in US), as well as Tech Columnist at Forbes China and CEIBS Review.

Ada Yip
CEO of Urban Spring

Ada is CEO of Urban Spring, a social purpose start-up with a mission to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic in Hong Kong through the provision of safe and modern water drinking experience to the citizens. Ada is also co- founder of 43 Ventures which invests financial and human capital in innovative social start-ups. Prior to these ventures, Ada was the Program Director of the i2i (incubation to investment) program at SOW Asia. Ada is on the board of Teach4HK, Hong Kong Institute of Social Impact Analysts and Education For Good (CIC) Limited. Ada is dedicated to supporting the social entrepreneurship development in Hong Kong.

Imbert Fung
Director of KAYAK

Imbert Fung is responsible for building KAYAK's business across Southeast and South Asia. Prior to joining KAYAK, Imbert was the Director of Strategy for AirAsia-Expedia (Expedia Asia). His previous experience includes managing retail teams in Asia with Apple and LVMH. Imbert began his career as a strategy consultant advising retail banks across North America and Asia. Imbert is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Born in Hong Kong, he has lived in Canada, the US, Singapore, and recently relocated back to Hong Kong.

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Cynthia Cheung
Founder @ Sparkle Academy Myanmar

Cynthia is the founder of Sparkle Academy, where she envisions business and technology education can empower the youths in developing countries. She has a passion for social innovation and and loves to enrich her knowledge, she studied business in the UK and self learnt front-end development.  She enjoys every second volunteering for Techstar’s Startup Weekend for the past four years.

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