Startup Weekend Hong Kong Silver Society @ Lingnan University

    Friday, October 13 - 15, 2017

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Startup Weekend Hong Kong Silver Society @ Lingnan University

Friday, October 13 - 15, 2017

Friday, October 13 - 15, 2017
Event starts at 7:00 pm

Leung Fong Oi Wan Art Gallery, Lingnan University
2/F Patrick Lee Wan Keung Academic Building
8 Castle Peak Road
Tuen Mun, New Territories

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Startup Weekend Hong Kong Silver Society @ Lingnan University

About Techstars Startup Weekend: Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.

Growing old is a fact of life. With the advent of high-quality healthcare and advanced medicine, people are living longer than ever. As the inverted population pyramid fast approaching, especially in developed economies, an aging society represents a unique set of challenges we all have to face, but it also means there are enormous opportunities in this "Silver Economy."

Startup Weekend Hong Kong Silver Society (Silver Economy & Aging Society) would like to focus on tackling the pressing needs of an aging society through new products and service innovations. It includes all the economic activities relevant to the needs of older adults, and the impact on many sectors. For example, health and nutrition, leisure and wellbeing, transport and housing, finance, public policy, education and employment.

In just 54 hours, participants will form teams, brainstorm, design a product, validate their business idea and pitch in front of experienced judges on Sunday evening. Throughout the weekend, there will be highs and lows, frustrations and moments of triumph. Some people will meet their co-founder at the event. Some teams will even move on to start a company after the event. Win or lose, we are certain that new lessons will be learned, ideas will be tested, limits will be pushed and lives will be changed forever.

To spice things up, we will be having a few special activities: party and warm up games on Friday night to break the ice and form your teams!! On Saturday, we will be inviting awesome mentors and coaches to interact with the teams, so please seek their advice and opinions! In the true spirit of Startup Weekend, we will be bringing in local startups, budding founders and cool companies to sponsor, showcase and network with you! Remember, Startup Weekend is a time for experiential learning, networking and building your personal brand!

Startup Weekend has a strong brand in Hong Kong. Globally, it has touched more than 1140 cities and its alumni consists of more than 480,000 entrepreneurs in 10 years.

It is for everyone, whether you are working corporate, building your own startup, having a career as a professional clown, a mechanic, a designer, coder or student, everyone can contribute in their own way. We are open to teams forming before the event, but we strongly recommend you to form your team on Friday night and work on an idea then. Startup Weekend is designed to embrace diversity, creating a safe and conducive environment for anyone to turn their concepts into companies! So give it a go, you'll never know what magic can happen over a weekend!

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 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.

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$350 (Early Bird discount at HKD$280 until Sep 22 midnight) - for all the participants. This includes a beautiful t-shirt, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners, with loads of Energy drinks and snacks to keep you going all weekend long.

Bring your friends, form a team, and hack a startup in 54 hours.

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Friday October 13th

7:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:15 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:45 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:15 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 October 14th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

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 October 15th

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Prof. Leonard K Cheng, BBS, JP
President of Lingnan University

Professor Leonard K Cheng became President of Lingnan University of Hong Kong in September 2013. Prior to joining Lingnan University, he served as Dean of the School of Business and Management of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST Business School) from 2009 to 2013.

Event Judges

Eugenia Lo
CEO, SOW (Asia) Foundation Limited

Eugenia Lo leads SOW Asia, a charitable foundation in Hong Kong, established in 2009. SOW Asia aims to support for-profit enterprises intent on scaling their social and environmental impact through financial investments and our accelerator program. Through this platform, its vision is to create an ecosystem in which local social businesses can grow, self-sustain and attract funding.

Prof. Ada Wong
Assistant Professor, Department of Marketing and International Business

Prof. Ada Hiu Kan WONG, is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Marketing and International Business, Lingnan University. Prof. Wong teaches Marketing and International Business subjects in both undergraduate and Master programs. She is one of the teachers who applies Service-learning in her teaching successfully, which also brought her the “Teaching Excellence Award” of the University in 2015-16. Prof. Wong’s major research interests include: Marketing capabilities; Supply chain management; Distance effects on marketing strategies; Market orientation; Social marketing; Social enterprise; Practical significance in academic research. She has papers published in various journals such as the Journal of World Business, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Global Marketing, etc.

Sophia Chan-Combrink
Deputy Director Education, East Asia and Head of Education and Society

Ms. Sophia Chan-Combrink is currently jointly the Deputy Director Education, East Asia and the Head of Education and Society of the British Council in Hong Kong. Her responsibilities include providing strategic leadership to the education work of the East Asia region as well as in Hong Kong. Prior to joining the British Council, she was the Director of Education at an established Canadian environmental not-for-profit organization. Other career highlights include working for the United Nations’ Dams and Development Unit in Cape Town, South Africa and Environment Canada, the Canadian government’s ministry of the environment.

Lawrence Lui
Co-founder of Longevity Design House

Mr. Lawrence Lui is the Co-founder of Longevity Design House, with a mission to foster a more elderly-friendly living environment. Prior to his current position, he has nearly a decade of experience in consultancy. While he founded the first public relations firm specifically for social enterprises in Hong Kong, he had experience in serving multinational clients when he was a consultant of Weber Shandwick. In 2015, he was instrumental in helping Hong Kong to win the bid for organizing Social Enterprise World Forum. As an enthusiast in volunteering, he co-founded IDEA Project, building schools in developing countries such as Cambodia. He was also named Clinton Global Initiative University Scholar and Schoenfeld Foundation ECSEL Fellow. Mr. Lui holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science in Public Relations and Advertising from Hong Kong Baptist University.

Elsie Tsui
Project Director of Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge

Elsie has extensive experience as both a corporate executive and a management consultant. Prior to setting up her consulting business, she has worked for the Asia office of !What If? Innovation Partner, a leading innovation consultancy, based in Shanghai. Specialising in innovation management, innovation capability building and organisation transformation, she has led many high impact training and workshops for the leaders from Fortune 500 companies across Europe and Asia. She has also adopted business innovation methodology to support social innovation in the non-profit sector.

Coaches and Mentors

Dr. Albert Ko
Associate Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Lingnan University

Albert is an experienced engineer, accomplished entrepreneur, innovative educator and a well-
respected humanitarian worker. His research interests include robot-assisted search and rescue systems,
critical infrastructure management, rural technologies for sustainable development, and emergency
water and sanitation systems.
Albert was the first Hong Kong engineer to join Medecins Sans Frontiers’ field missions in 2000. He
volunteered in South Sudan during the civil war, Uzbekistan during 911, Indonesia during the South-
East Asia Tsunami, Pakistan during the Kashmir earthquake, and Sichuan during the Wenchuan
earthquake. Albert has completed 13 months of field mission and served as board members and
advisors for major international relief organizations, including MSF and Red Cross, for nearly 10
years. Throughout his career, Albert has travelled to over 100 cities in 25 countries and given over 300
talks to schools, professional bodies and the general public, in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and
Mainland China.
Albert co-founded INSIGHT Robotics with 2 friends in 2009 and developed world’s most accurate
wildfire detection robot to protect valuable natural resources. The Company now has over 50 staff from
12 nationalities based in 5 offices around the globe. In China alone, over 70 robots are currently
operating in 5 provinces. IBM named INSIGHT Robotics as Global Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015
for its cutting-edge technology and social responsibility. In addition to a successful tech startup, Albert
established a NGO in Guangzhou to empower university social activists to promote social innovation
in China. The project was later supported by Rockefellers Foundation in 2004.
Albert is also an inspiring role model for the youth. In 2006, he solo-cycled 2000 km across the
Qinghai-Tibet plateau to raise $200,000 for Medecins Sans Frontiers. Prior to the Sichuan Earthquake,
Albert organized the first “Emergency Engineering” course in 2006 with HK Institution of Engineers to
prepare young engineers for demanding emergency relief operations. Some of the participants later
contributed to the relief work in Sichuan. “Advanced Emergency Engineering” was organized the
following year. Albert is highly regarded by engineers and humanitarian workers as the “latrine expert”
in Hong Kong.
Albert is keen in promoting volunteerism and global citizenship to younger generations. He joined
HKU as a staff in 2007 and shared his extensive NGO network and relief experience to support
service-learning activities around the world. In recent 5 years his team has supported over 18,000
students serving more than 92,000 people through 600 projects worldwide.

Chloe Siu
Assistant Manager of of Office of Service-Learning, Lingnan University

Eddie Rong
CEO & Co-Founder of HEYCOINS

Johnny Tang
Corporate Sales Director at Qupital

Sabrina Yang
Chief Operating Officer, NOSH

Hailing from the historical city of Xi’an, Sabrina Yang moved to Hong Kong over a decade ago and began her career as a Management Trainee at The Bank of East Asia. Her drive for continual self-improvement led to her involvement with Launchpilots, a millennial marketing startup, where she headed business development and operations. In 2017 Robin8 acquired Launchpilots. Currently, Sabrina is the COO of NOSH, an Alibaba-funded health and wellness food brand that encourages people to eat smarter through its O2O food concept and nutrition tracking technology. In her spare time, Sabrina enjoys cooking, weightlifting and coaching people based on their MBTI personalities.

Jeff So
Ambassador, Aging 2.0 Hong Kong Chapter

Carven Liu
Partner at Wilbe

Carven Liu is a startup investor and advisor, working with startups in London and HK.

Elaine Yam
Team Head of Student Services Centre, Lingnan University

Anthony So
Co-Founder of OnGrad

Baptiste Leroux
CEO Startechup Inc & Startup Oasis

Baptiste has over 12 years of IT experience, working with some of the most successful
corporations such as Oracle, Electronic Arts (EA), Swiss bank, and IT consulting firm. As computer science engineer the goal was not simply to implement technical solutions, but mainly to work closely with business units to come up with tailor made solutions that will reinvent, optimize and accelerate business through technology.

After working for some time in Silicon Valley, he decided to start his own Social Enterprise.
This Web Social Startup was awarded at the CSR international congress, and was warmly welcome by very large international corporation for its social impact.

Since then he started 2 more ventures to help developing innovative solutions, and support entrepreneurship. His team has been working on dozens of great Web & Mobile projects, from Food Tech, Smart homes, IoT, Health tech, and many more verticals.

Rico Chan
Founder & CEO of Beyond Vision Projects, Hong Kong

Rico CHAN is the Founder and CEO of BEYOND VISION PROJECTS (BVP). BVP is a social
enterprise that enhances the quality of life of the visually impaired (VI) and elderly
with low vision which focused on the Social Inclusiveness, Equality and Employment
Opportunities, by providing Tactile-Audio Interaction System (TAIS) services – a
simple-to-create ‘touch synchronised’ tactile and audio tool for the users to receive
visual information through touching and hearing.

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The Startup Weekend Hong Kong Silver Society @ Lingnan University team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Eric Kwan
Director of Alitheia Advisors Limited

Eric is a startup experienced technologist currently working on a couple of startup projects and contributing toward Hong Kong's startup ecosystem as organizer, mentor and coach for Startup Weekend events. With a background in IT consulting, he has worked with clients in providing advice, facilitating change, and delivering technology for top-tier banks and multinationals in New York, London and Hong Kong. He has built and grown an IT consulting firm and a financial services outfit from being startups to revenue-generating organizations, and co-founded an education/learning product startup helping youngsters in Hong Kong preparing for their DSE exams. Eric graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

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