InnoCarnival 2013 officially opened in Hong Kong on 2 November.
The Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSARG) announced the official opening of the innovation fair.
The carnival is held at the Hong Kong Science Park from 2 November through 10 November this year. This is part of InnoTech Month 2013, a mega event to be held from 18 October to 7 December 2013, organised by the Innovation and Technology Commission of Hong Kong.
According to an official statement from the event organisers, ITC aims to promote an innovation and technology culture among people from all walks of life through a diverse array of activities.
"Although technological research is inherently academic and somewhat difficult to understand, its ultimate aim is to improve human life," said the Financial Secretary of the HKSAR, John Tsang. "The activities of InnoCarnival 2013 aim to introduce, through a lively and easy-to-understand approach, various technologies to the general public of all ages and backgrounds so that they will not only find the technologies interesting but also understand the importance of technological development to our daily life. In the coming nine days, members of the public can get to know the latest technological developments by spending just a few hours at the Science Park."
"It has always been young people, with their curious natures and innovative spirits, who drive rapid advances in technology," said Dr. Rosanna Wong, DBE, JP, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG). "This is something that The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups fully supports, endorses and has a passion to nurture. As a result, we have established the HKFYG Centre for Creative Science and Technology (CCST) at Hong Kong Science Park, which provides a range of diversified scientific courses and activities for students."
This year's InnoCarnival provides the public with over 700 free activities suitable for people of all ages, as well as local innovation and research achievements showcased by over 60 organisations. Exhibits include a mobile manipulator, a flying robot and robot fish, along with green inventions such as a refuse sorting device, a food waste decomposer, a process to convert wastes into fungal products, and more. Healthcare and innovations for the elderly, including a household medical self-monitoring system called "Vital-i" and wearable electronics for better Alzheimer's patient management, will be displayed as well.
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