Incubatee Belun Technology won two Grand Awards and the overall Award of the Year
Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the HKSAR Government, presenting the Award of the Year to Dr Lydia Leung (first row, third from the left), CEO of Belun Technology at the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2018 presentation ceremony.
Representatives from Fano Labs Limited received the Smart Business Grand Award from Mr Nicholas W. Yang (right), Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government. (From the left) Dr Miles Wen, CEO and Founder of Fano Labs; Albert Lam, Chief Scientist; and Prof Victor O.K. Li, Chair of Information Engineering and Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Hong Kong and co-founder of Fano Labs.
Mrs Fanny Law (front row, ninth from the left), Chairperson of HKSTP, congratulating HKSTP’s incubatees and partner companies for winning a total of 31 awards at the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2018, including the Award of the Year, three Grand Awards and nine Gold Awards in different categories.
(Hong Kong, 4 April 2018) - Hong Kong Science and Technology Park’s (HKSTP) incubatees and partner companies collected a total of 31 awards at the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2018, including the Award of the Year, the ICT Startup Grand Award, the Smart Living Grand Award, the Smart Business Grand Award and nine Gold Awards in different categories.
Belun Technology Company Limited, an HKSTP incubatee, shone at the award presentation ceremony winning five awards, namely the ICT Startup Grand Award, the Smart Living Grand Award, the ICT Startup (Hardware & Devices) Gold Award, Smart Living (Smart Healthcare) Gold Award and the overall grand prize, the Award of the Year. Their invention, the Belun™ Ring, is the world’s first medical-grade ring that users put on their fingers to help with pre-screening for obstructive sleep apnea and tracking of overnight mental stress.
“Belun is at the frontier of helping people to monitor and manage their health at home. We believe that if people can actively screen themselves in the comfort of their own homes with lightweight, medically certified and most importantly, accurate home screening tools, it will build the foundation for better preventive healthcare and chronic disease management,” said Dr Lydia Leung, CEO of Belun Technology. “HKSTP provided one of the best R&D environments for us to work in and test our prototypes, to make sure our Belun Ring solution is of medical-grade quality. On top of this, they also provided support and advice on how to start and grow our business. We thank all the engineers, researchers and business consultants at HKSTP who helped turn our idea into a commercial reality.”
Another HKSTP incubatee, Fano Labs Limited, received the Smart Business Grand Award and the Smart Business (Solution for Business and Public Sector Enterprise) Gold Award for their customer services product. Fano Labs develops Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based speech recognition, natural language processing and big data solutions to improve customer services.
“There are literally hundreds of Chinese dialects spoken by Chinese people on the mainland and around the world. Those in the service industry, especially those in the public sector, may find dealing with customers a massive challenge because of this. Customers gain a much better experience if they can speak with customer service executives in their own dialects,” said Dr Miles Wen, CEO and Founder of Fano Labs. “Our speech recognition and natural language processing solutions are based on AI and HKSTP has the community and infrastructure dedicated to the technology. With its full support, we managed to accelerate our R&D and commercialise our solutions.”
HKSTP is proud to witness the growth and successes of its incubatees and partner companies. Albert Wong, Chief Executive Officer of HKSTP, said: “The awards received by our incubatees and partner companies are testament to the creativity, courage and fortitude shown by the people involved in turning their great ideas into reality. These innovative solutions benefit us all and help make Hong Kong a smarter city.”
“The top award received by Belun Technology and the other 13 awards won by our incubatees in the ICT Startup category also tell us that we have the ability and the talent to make innovative technologies our competitive advantage and grow the innovation and technology (I&T) sector for Hong Kong. We’ve made Science Park into a successful living lab, where our incubatees can research, develop and validate their products at an accelerated pace. We strive to drive the continuous development of a vibrant I&T ecosystem, and we hope to see these winners expand their footprints in both the local and global marketplace,” Wong added.
Highlights of the winning innovations:
Steered by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer and organised by 10 Hong Kong ICT industry associations and professional bodies, the annual Hong Kong ICT Awards recognises and promotes outstanding information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and applications designed and developed in Hong Kong.
Please refer to the Appendix for the full list of awards received by HKSTP partner companies and incubates.