StartupsHK Presents ‘Startups of Future Past’ – a Stroll Down Hong Kong Startup Memory Lane on 12 November

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Whether you were in Hong Kong when BootHK first arrived on the scene, or showed up and had over 20 to choose from – you’re still here to witness the rapid growth of our young and promising startup scene.

Which is why we’re celebrating 5 years of trials and tribulations with Hong Kong’s tech movers and shakers, the hottest startups of 2014 and pioneers that have been here from the very beginning. Our ‘Startups of Future Past’ event on Wednesday, November 12th will not only make some of our seasoned entrepreneurs nostalgic and but also treat newcomers to a little Hong Kong startup scene history.

In the morning panel, we’ll be taking a stroll down memory lane with six startup pioneers – so in anticipation of that chat, we asked them: “what was the biggest highlight for you in the past 5 years?”

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HKUST Hosts Hong Kong’s First Ever University-Backed Hackathon and Introduces Students to Startup Life

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Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) hosted the city’s first ever university-backed hackathon.

With HK $43,000 in prizes on the line and over 100 students registered, the hackathon proposed a broad challenge to participants: build a working prototype of an app within 24 hours and present it to an audience and a panel of judges. No pressure.

Judging criteria was based on main idea, usability, implementation, business value and presentation. While our own Jon Buford grilled teams on the judging panel, fellow StartupsHK founder Casey Lau also lent his support through an inspiring talk as a startup scene pioneer and veteran entrepreneur.

With sponsorships from a number of startups including Radica, Divide, Makible, and BiTOSS, the categories with cash prizes up for grabs were: ‘Best Entrepreneurs’ ($8,000), ‘Best Innovators’ ($5,000), ‘Best Developers’ ($4,000) and the Audience’s Favorite ($2,000).
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Startup Roundtable of IBM’s Cloud Event 2014: What Are The Pros and Cons of Starting a Company in Hong Kong?

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We’ve spoken to investors and veteran entrepreneurs alike and advice for first-time founders is unanimous: when building your business, you need to think globally. Thanks to innovations such as the internet, social networking and the Cloud – it has never been easier to grow and stay connected with your customers and collaborators.

On Monday’s IBM Cloud Event 2014, leaders within the investment, hardware, gaming, web, mobile, social and co-work space community came together in a Roundtable discussion on the pros and cons of Hong Kong’s ecosystem. In an exciting nexus point for major startup scene players, the Roundtable was an opportunity for key IBM/SoftLayer execs to understand how they can help Hong Kong’s ecosystem.
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