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Hong Kong Financial Secretary sees trend towards mobility apps

Anuradha Shukla | April 18, 2011
John C. Tsang speaks during the Awards Presentation Ceremony of the Hong Kong Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Awards 2011.

SHENZHEN, CHINA, 18 APRIL 2011- Hong Kong Financial Secretary John C. Tsang has noticed mobility to be a common thread linking entries in all categories of the ICT Awards this year.

Speaking during the Awards Presentation Ceremony, Tsang said fierce competition amongst 740 entries this year demonstrates strong support among members of the industry and the community.

He cited ICT’s ability to empower people to become more mobile and pointed out how the new mobility applications are designed for fun and for functionality and always with end-users in mind.

Tsang is set to take up the chairmanship of the Steering Committee on Innovation and Technology which is focused on streamlining the efforts and ideas of industry, academia and research institutions.

It is expected that this initiative will help the government to better co-ordinate the formulation and implementation of policies for the industry. In addition, it will also help promote greater synergy among the ICT sector.

Tech-savvy population

Hong Kong has a tech-savvy population, according to Tsang who pointed out that the city’s household broadband Internet penetration rate is more than 82 per cent. Also, Hong Kong has a robust market characterised by an insatiable appetite for state-of-the-art ICT applications.

ICT professionals may find huge opportunities in regional and global markets.

While the developments in mainland China have boosted demand for ICT products and services, mainland companies can go global by leveraging the international trading infrastructure of Hong Kong.

Addressing the ceremony, Tsang said: "Since 2006, the ICT Awards have become a springboard for our dedicated professionals to achieve success and gain exposure further afield. They have also helped to promote healthy competition and raise the bar for the industry here in Hong Kong.

"Once again, this year there was fierce competition for the Awards with over 740 entries. This demonstrates strong support among the industry and the community for these Awards," he said.

The Hong Kong ICT Awards 2011 comprises 10 categories. There is one Grand Award in each category and an Award of the Year is selected among the 10 Grand Award winners. The Grand Award winners and their entries are:

1. Best Business Grand Award:

Pulse MediaTech Ltd (JM Digital Publishing Platform)

2. Best Collaboration Grand Award:

BRIO Electronic Commerce Ltd (Cross-border Electronic Trade Declaration Service Based on Mutual Recognition of Electronic Signature Certificates Issued by Hong Kong and Guangdong)

3. Best Digital Entertainment Grand Award:

Radio Television Hong Kong/Simage Animation & Media (Temple Rider)

4. Best Digital Inclusion Grand Award:

YMCA of Hong Kong (Netbook Inclusion for Children Empowerment (NICE) Computer Bank in Partnership with Servant Leadership Application Module (SLAM))

5. Best Green ICT Grand Award:

CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd (Green Data Centre)

6. Best Innovation and Research Grand Award:

Hong Kong RFID Ltd (Interactive Floor Tiles System)

7. Best Lifestyle Grand Award:

Cherrypicks Ltd/MTR Corporation (MTR Mobile iPhone and iPad App)

8. Best Professional Development Grand Award:

Computer Centre, The University of Hong Kong (ITIL Foundation Training and Certification Programme for IT Services Colleagues)

9. Best Public Service Application Grand Award:

Hong Kong Police Force and Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, HKSAR Government (Central Command System of Marine Police)

10. Best Ubiquitous Networking Grand Award:

Cherrypicks Ltd (Hennessy Mix iPhone and Android Apps with Location-based Augmented Reality Vision)


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