Last month, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt visited Hong Kong and announced that Google will be partnering with The Chinese University of Hong Kong on a program to help students and young entrepreneurs in Hong Kong to innovate and connect with the global community. Now the program, Empowering Young Entrepreneurs (EYE), is officially open for applications. University students and young entrepreneurs can apply from December 10th, 2013 to January 20th, 2014.
ArtisTree hosted Hong Kong’s first ever Google DigiCamp on Wednesday.
If you’re having trouble visualizing this, think 20,000 square feet of sensory overload: larger than life 3D brand logos (YouTube, Maps, Google+ etc.), mounted TV screens with real-time product demonstrations, projections of interactive games on the walls and of course, a giant domed Android head in the corner.
Basically, it was the amusement park equivalent for Google fans where attendees gave new and existing Google tools a whirl. In the Android corner, the delicious mascot KitKat stood next to fans eagerly waiting to design their own Androidify character for customized tote bags. At the interactive games wall, attendees got to simulate the Google Maps experience by using their body to navigate through the streets of Hong Kong, while others tried out the skydiving emulator; both were created exclusively for DigiCamp.
Exhibits for Art, Copy & Code (a 60 second film build out of code, personalized based on the viewer’s location, the weather and time of day) and 500 Chrome Experiments (showcase of web experiments written by the creative coding community) were also a couple notables.
Two questions: What is your dream job when you were still in school? And what is your job now? I hope your answers to the former questions are the same because that means you are both a dreamer and a doer. Does that sound too perfect? Probably. It is not an easy thing for everyone to carry out their dreams under various pressure and unexpected realistic problems.
However, for the young people who are new to this world, who have inherent passion, innovation, and energy about everything they see, they do care about dreams. In other words, they are more likely to take the adventures and do crazy things.
We are lucky to meet someone like this today and to have her share with us about dreams and entrepreneurship. The sweet girl is Jah Ying Chung, a fresh graduate of the university of Hong Kong who just started up a company LaunchPilots. Enjoy the story!