Tuesday, April 22, 2014

MIXiii - Israel Innovation Conference on May 20-22, 2014

Join me (as the chair of MIXiii 2014 conference) where we MIX Israel International Conference.

Networking is the name of the game. The unique and exciting international conference format - where Biomed and High-tech join hands - will enhance the chances you will have for interaction with young and mature companies, old and new friends.

The MIXiii conference will take place at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds May 20-22, 2014.

Registration is now open (Early Registration Until April 30, 2014)

The conference will serve as a meeting point for local and multinational companies, venture capitalists, private equity investors, corporate and institutional investors, technology transfer experts, licensing executives, business development executives, university, government and corporate research scientists and government representatives.

Hi-Tech program
Biomed program

More details at http://mixiii.com/

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

16-Apr-2014: Hong Kong Polytechnic University "Lead the Change: Five IT based Platforms for Innovation"

The presentation “Lead the Change: Five IT based Platforms for Innovation” will be held on Wednesday 16 April 2014 at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

The purpose of this talk is to upgrade “innovation” in the eyes, mind, and hands of CIOs and other IT leaders:

- “eyes” in the sense of recognizing different platforms for innovation;
- “mind” in the sense of understanding the relevancy of such innovation platforms for the organizations; and
- “hands” in the sense of driving some actions.

Click for more details and registration

Should there be any questions, please contact Clement Lee at 34002708 or email <clement.k.lee@polyu.edu.hk>.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

14-Apr-2014: Global, Messy and Fast and the Forward Thinking in 2014 Roundtable Discussion #2 (2014 Q2)

HK 3.0: The Venture ecosystem – Global, Messy and Fast and the Forward Thinking in 2014 Roundtable Discussion #2 (2014 Q2)

Prof. Yesha Sivan will review the state of the global ecosystem covering:

Date:  Wednesday 14 April 2014
Time:  7:00-8:30pm
Venue:  The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, KLN

Event details

Three Trends Affecting the Innovation Side of the Venture Ecosystem:

  1. Rise of New Treatment of Ideas: The Intellectual Venture Case
  2. Rise of Innovation Platforms: The Amazon Cloud Case
  3. Rise of the Early Clients Factor: The Kickstarter Case
Three Trends Affecting the Enabling Side of the Venture Ecosystem:

  1. Rise of Corporate Virtual R&D:  The IBM GTU (Global Tech. Unit) Case
  2. Rise of Super Angles: The Ron Conway and “Hot Potato” Case
  3. Rise of Regulation: The AIFMD Case
Following the talk will be a roundtable discussion on:

  • Factors contributing / affecting HK 3.0 (e.g., Proximity to Mainland Chinese, "one country/two systems", financial infrastructure, family based economy, public/private partnership, signs of effort, unfair advantage, etc.)
  • Focus Areas for HK 3.0 (e.g., hospitals, air quality, tourism, etc.)

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

My First Full Day with Google Glass: 02-Apr-2014

Seldom I get to experience the feeling of something that is totally new. You can see why I smile?

While I have tested and demoed Google Glass in the past (for example in Milan in our conference about devices), and I have also talked with few other Glass Explorers (that is how call us lucky ones that own Google Glass), nothing beats the real thing: spending a day with Glass.
(ok not a full day = just few hrs)

Few initial insights:

  1. The physical DESIGN is SLICK. You really get the feel of Apple, when you open the box. The packaging. The connectivity etc. It sure gives you the motivation to play with Glass.
  2. BATTERY SUCKS. After 30 min.. already a drop to 70%. I may be able to play with settings. But there is a long way to go here.
  3. The SCREEN REALLY WORKS. This was my worse fear. That you will not be able to see clearly. The screen is sharp. and one could see in almost every light conditions.
  4. INTERFACE MEGA FAIL. It seems that Google hired 5 different teams to design the interface and they could not make decisions.  You can wink to get a picture, tilt to turn it on, voice to start OK glass (no way to cancel?), sounds are confusing. No clear notion of what is an application, what is a feature. So many things to fix.
  5. LOTS OF COOL THINGS: getting email notification, calling from your phone, taking a picture, posting in twitter, and sharing in plus ad Facebook.
More to come.