Google and CUHK “Empowering Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) Program” Now Open for Applications

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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.

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Hong Kong’s First Google Digicamp at ArtisTree

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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.

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Watch Eric Schmidt in Hong Kong; Google and CUHK Aim to Boost Hong Kong Entrepreneurs with New Program

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Google announced today that it 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.

The one ­year program, focused on empowering and enabling young entrepreneurs in Hong Kong, will include:

  1. An incubation and mentorship program designed with CUHK; this will give entrepreneurs in Hong Kong access to mentors that can often be hard to reach in Hong Kong.
  2. A sponsored trip for outstanding program participants to Google headquarters in Mountain View, U.S. to meet and connect with experts in the global community; and
  3. Efforts to help young entrepreneurs overcome the startup costs and isolation that come with high rents and a fragmented entrepreneurship community.

Speaking at “Connecting with the World: Empowering Young Entrepreneurs for the New Digital Age” event, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said, “Hong Kong has been one of history’s most successful incubators for entrepreneurs. Our goal with this program will be to help sustain and enhance that culture, enabling the next generation of digital innovators in Hong Kong.”

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