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Hong Kong Start-up Platysens Equips La Salle School’s Swimming Team with Groundbreaking Training Device
(Front row, from left to right) Mr Joseph Hui, Vice Principal of La Salle College; Mr Tong Wun Sing, Principal of La Salle College; Mrs Chandni Rakesh, Principal of La Salle Primary School; Mr Wong Cheong-yui, CEO of Platysens; and Mr Albert Wong, CEO of HKSTP, announced the successful collaboration between local start-up Platysens Limited and La Salle Primary School as well as La Salle College in boosting the application of a groundbreaking audio swimming training technology, as the result of HKSTP’s Leading Enterprises Acceleration Programme (LEAP).
With the Platysens devices, La Salle College’s swimming team could monitor and analyse the swimmers’ performance via real-time audio feedback, greatly enhancing training effectiveness.
(Hong Kong, 13 February 2018) - Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) today announced the successful collaboration between local start-up Platysens Limited and La Salle Primary School as well as La Salle College in boosting the application of a groundbreaking audio swimming training technology for athletes and coaches. The successful collaboration was the result of HKSTP’s Leading Enterprises Acceleration Programme (LEAP), an initiative to help high-potential start-ups incubated at HKSTP achieve commercial success quickly.
Since its launch in 2014, the programme has called for submissions six times and 33 technology start-ups have benefited from LEAP so far, with total capital raised exceeding HK$150 million. The programme offered management guidance, sped up the commercialisation of their products or solutions, to enable them to seek new markets beyond Hong Kong.
Mr Albert Wong, CEO, HKSTP said, “Many of our start-ups are young engineers and entrepreneurs with great ideas. Often, they need business acumen and practical support to achieve their dreams. Over the years, HKSTP has been coaching them on running their business, helping them improve their business models, expanding their customer base, and realising their potential through breaking into the global market. All these support services are backed by the LEAP network consisting of domain experts, Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) counsellors and professional panels from various industries. I am glad to see the leading educational institute La Salle trial and apply our start-up’s technology. With the engagement and positive responses from different sectors, LEAP’s success has reached a new level.”
The training device, called Marlin, was developed by Platysens to monitor a swimmer’s performance and offer real-time audio feedback to the swimmers and coaches and La Salle has put the device on trial with its swimming team. Mr Tong Wun Sing, Principal of La Salle College said, “We don’t have professional equipment and facilities to quantify and measure the performance of the swimmers. With the Platysens devices, we could analyse the swimmers’ actions in the pool and give them real time feedback, greatly enhancing our training effectiveness.”
Besides improving the performance of the swimming team, La Salle has also been engaging in STEM education programmes to inspire students’ creative thinking and interest in innovation and technology. MrsChandniRakesh, Principal of La Salle Primary School said, “The collaboration shows that Hong Kong can also match Silicon Valley in producing innovative products. Now our students have seen a practical example of an invention which can be used in their daily lives.
Our curriculum emphasises STEM education development and we are planning to open an IoT room in the coming academic year. Students are nurtured to think differently with this learning model. We hope this inspires our students not only to do well in swimming, but also to take up more STEM programmes and unleash their creativity.”
La Salle has provided Platysens with user feedback and data which helps improve the product and validate Platysens’ business model. The trial programme has enabled Platysens to collect better proof-of-concept data and refine the second-generation product, Seal, which will be tested by La Salle School’s swimming team in the second phase of the collaboration.
Mr Wong Cheong-yui, CEO of Platysens said, “Through LEAP, we have the opportunity to conduct product segment enhancement through trial programmes by high performance swimmers at La Salle. This school has one of the strongest swimming teams in Hong Kong Schools Tournament, and a very dedicated coaching team. Marlin has been launched in the market earlier but we know we can improve the product even more. The collaboration helps us collect real user feedback which we can’t obtain from lab tests, and thus work on a new and more scalable business model.”
The joint effort paves the way for LEAP participants to start working with various communities in Hong Kong. HKSTP is planning to explore more opportunities to line up start-ups with different sectors, to accelerate research and development of their innovative products.