2014年4月11日星期五

EngD Society supported Seminar: IP Management for Innovators

A Seminar named “Intellectual Property (IP) Management for Innovators" was organized by Department of Computing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and supported by CityU EngD Society on 10 April 2014. The guest speaker was Dr. TW Liu (Former senior consultant of Innovation & IP, HKPC) who is a true expert on IP management.

In the beginning, Dr. Walter Fung (Teaching Fellow, Dept. of Computing, PolyU & Former Vice Chairman, CityU EngD Society) gave an opening speech and introduced our guest speaker Dr. TW Liu.


Firstly, Dr. TW Liu discussed about concept on theft of Intellectual Property (IP). People were aware someone who stole your tangible properties such as car, computer, credit card. But they were less aware on intangible properties such as inventive idea. He said that never told to other without protection if you had an inventive idea.


Then he described four IP Protection Options included:
i. Patents (Inventions such as processes and machines; Controversial areas such as business method and software)
ii. Copyright (Original work of authorship and Copyrightable matter such as software, manuals and company documents)
iii. Trademark (Word, phase or symbol for slogan, company name and product line)
iv. Trade Secret (Any Confidential Info that gives the owner competitive benefit or economic value)

After described the concept of IP Protection Options, Dr. Liu explained the process from Idea to Commercialization. He said “Commercialization is to make your idea profitable and valuable.”


Dr. Liu discussed some cases for capturing IP value such as GOOGLE acquired MOTOROLA and LENOVO acquired MOTOROLA MOBILITY both involved large amount of patents. He also analyzed the IP War between Apple and Samsung in US.
After Dr. Liu briefed the history of IP System since1474, he stated China set up its IP System since 1980. We started much later than western countries.


In 2000s, China focused on IP Strategies as follows:
2008 – Outline of National Intellectual Property Strategy of PRC
2010 – Innovation Knowledge Enterprise IP Management Practice (DB44/T 797-2010)
2013 – Enterprise Intellectual Property Management (GB/T 29490-2013)

Finally, Dr. Liu gave us an excise to understand the different among Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secret.


At the end, Dr. Walter Fung and Representative of Computing Dept. presented a souvenir to Dr. TW Liu.


Reference:
Department of Computing, PolyU - http://www.comp.polyu.edu.hk/en/home/index.php
CityU EngD Society - http://www.engd.org/home.aspx


2014年4月9日星期三

ASQ InfVoices – Conference Tips

The Topic of ASQ Influential Voice in April 2014 named “Conference Survival Guide 2014”. Paul Borawski (CEO, ASQ) asked two questions “Which networking events, conferences, or workshops do you typically attend?” and “What are your tips and advice for making the most of the events you attend?” Paul’s tip was to wear comfortable shoes because you would be walking or standing much of time at conference.

I had attended ASQ’s annual World Conference for Quality and Improvement (WCQI) for twice. One was held in 2006 which was the 60th anniversary of ASQ and the other one was held in 2011 which was the 65th anniversary of ASQ (See my records in reference).

(I took a photo in front of WCQI venue for the 60th anniversary of ASQ in 2006)


Moreover, I had attended Asia Network for Quality (ANQ) Congress for 11 times since 2003. In ANQ 2011 in Vietnam, HKSQ representatives took a photo with Mr. Paul Borawski (CEO of ASQ) during a toast to invite all quality societies to attend ANQ 2012 in Hong Kong (ANQ 2011 Farewell Party).


I would like to share my conference strategies for your reference.
i) Understand the conference schedule and arrangement and then select some presentations or activities you like.
ii) Arrive one day before conference start and perform registration as early as possible.
iii) During the break between presentation, exchange ideas with quality gurus and take some photos for memory.
The following photos were taken in ASQ WCQI 2006.
(Right: I, Mr. Ron Atkinson (Chairman, ASQ) and Ms. Ma Lin (Secretary General of CAQ))


(Photo taken with Prof. Noriaki Kano)


(Photo taken with Dr. Yoji Akao and Dr. Kozo Koura)


(Photo taken with Mr. Tommy Tam (ASQ Global Marketing Development Manager) in front of ASQ Worldpartner Corner)


iv) Buy Quality Book and seek the author’s signature.
(Photo with Mr. Bill Wortman of Quality Council of Indiana (QCI))


v) Take some photos in conference you are interested in.


vi) Record your activities and interested things into your blog for sharing.

Hopefully the above strategy is usefully for your coming conference.

Reference:
ASQ World Conference 2011 - Counselor Meeting & Registration - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2011/05/asq-world-conference-counselor-meeting.html
ASQ World Conference - Day 1 - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2011/05/asq-world-conference-day-1.html
ASQ World Conference - World Partner Workshop - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2011/05/asq-world-conference-world-partner.html
ASQ World Conference - Forces of Change - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2011/05/asq-world-conference-forces-of-change.html
ASQ World Conference - Day 2 - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2011/05/asq-world-conference-day-2.html
ASQ World Conference - Chair's Reception & Annual Banquet - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2011/05/asq-world-conference-chairs-reception.html
ASQ World Conference - Day 3 and Closing - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2011/05/asq-world-conference-day-3-and-closing.html
ASQ World Conference - IAQ Meeting - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2011/05/asq-world-conference-iaq-meeting.html


2014年4月6日星期日

Remember Academician Liu Yuanzhang (劉源張) - Father of Quality Management in China

This is very sad news about Prof Liu Yuanzhang passed away at age of 89 on the evening of April 3, 2014. We, Hong Kong Society for Quality (HKSQ) expressed hearty condolences to Prof Liu Yuanzhang's family, friends and colleagues.

We met Prof. Liu Yuanzhang in ANQ 2011 in Vietnam and He was awarded Ishikawa-Kano Award (IKA) of Asian Network for Quality in 2011. (Left: Prof. Liu Yuanzhang and Prof. Noriaki Kano)


Prof. Liu Yuanzhang was elected as academician of International Academy for Quality in 1995 and academician of China Academy of Engineering 2001. His major contribution to theory and practice of quality and engineering science in career of over 60 years includes:

1. Initiate TQM in China with milestones of establishing quality control research group at operation science research division, mechanics institute of CAS in 1957, introducing TQM in 1976, jointly establishing CAQ in 1979, assisting in issuing of Interim Measures for TQM in Industrial Enterprise in 1980 and Quality Revitalization Outline in 1996, etc.

2. Strive for development and promotion of quality management standards with milestones of appointing as director of QM Standardization Technical Committee (TC151) in 1988 and China’s representative of ISO TC176 in 1995, assisting in issuing of QMS standards of GB/T19000-ISO9000 (1989, 1994 and 2000 versions) and Criteria for Performance Excellence of GB/T19580-2004.

3. Insist in education at frontline and by various channels with milestones of introducing TQM into China at newspaper in 1977, conducting TQM lecture at China National Radio and China Central Television in 1980.

HKSQ representatives took a photo with Prof. Liu Yuanzhang in Asian Network for Quality (ANQ) Congress 2011 in Vietnam. It was my last memory with Prof. Liu Yuanzhang.


HKSQ and others Chinese professionals will continue Prof. Liu Yuanzhang work to promote quality management and theory in China and the world, especially through Chinese Quality Forum (CQF).

Reference:
ANQ 2011 - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2011/09/anq-2011-day-1.html
The 1st Chinese Quality Forum (華人品質論壇) - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2012/05/first-meeting-for-chinese-quality-forum.html
The 2nd Chinese Quality Forum (華人品質論壇) - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2014/03/the-2nd-chinese-quality-forum.html
Prof. Liu Yuanzhang’s Life of Quality (In Chinese) - http://blog.xuite.net/lingf01/twblog/141969161-劉源張:品質管制人生

2014年4月3日星期四

EngD Society supported Seminar: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

A Seminar named “Entrepreneurship and Innovation" was organized by Department of Computing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and supported by CityU EngD Society on 3 April 2014. The guest speaker was Dr. Augustine Chow (Chairman, Harmony Asset Management Limited) who is a true Entrepreneur. He built more than 150 companies in which more than 30 listed companies. His seminar shared his experience on the Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

In the beginning, Dr. Walter Fung (Teaching Fellow, Dept. of Computing, PolyU & Former Vice Chairman, CityU EngD Society) gave an opening speech and introduced our guest speaker Dr. Augustine Chow.


Before the seminar, Dr. Augustine Chow introduced he loved life long study and achieved 4 doctor degree and 5 master degree in his 40 years study journey. He built many companies in which were high failure rate at beginning but high success rate at the end. He told us don’t underestimate yourself.


Then he asked us what is Hard trend and Soft trend. Please participants asked soft trend but they don’t know Hard trend. Dr. Chow said to think in simple way. We all will die that is the Hard trend. Then he introduced his old book named “非創業不可”.


Dr. Chow briefed the characteristics of Network Economy that would be exponential growth and infinite expansion, flat hierarchy in network enterprises, and consumer-driven, as well as, microenterprises flourish. He also told us “to set up venture is a life-long challenge!” He pointed out 3 prerequisites for entrepreneurs as follows:
1. Intuitive foresight
2. Recognizing soft trends & hard trends
3. Understand Future, and design your future enterprise

After that Dr. Chow introduced his new book named “非創新不可” in which stated 5 emerging trends of societal needs as follows:
1. Social media will prevail as communication platforms
2. Smart use of environmental / energy resources
3. Smart public services
4. Personalized consumerism and healthcare
5. Smart home services


His new book recorded five elements of value innovation included Wind (風), Fire (火), Thunder (雷), Lightning (電) and Rain (雨).

Wind implied Trend such as Market Trend (consumers), Technology Changes and Rapid Speed (MTR).
Fire implied Idea and the spelling of FIRE mean Fire, Ideas, Release of passion and Energy.
Thunder implied Impact on Market Reputation, included Internal Leadership and External Strategic Alliance.
Lightning implied Speed, Efficiency and Decisive
Rain meant Resources / Asset included Human/Capital, Technology/IP/Trademark and Logistics.


Therefore, you need to ask yourself do you have all 5? What is missing and How to link the 5? Finally, Dr. Chow shared 5 Critical Factors of a Successful Business Model.
1. Easily understandable in concept
2. Simple in operation
3. Scalable in effects
4. High threshold
5. Low risks

Before end of seminar, he shared some tips for marketing strategies included “Target market well positioned”, “Significant market size and rapidly scalable” and “Blue sky strategy – Value innovation by way of innovative technology”.

Lastly, Dr. Chow concluded that Have GUTS to be Entrepreneur and Take the First Step. He said Happy 88 indicating he would work up to 88 years old.

Q&A session
Augustine asked student to find business partners, “Smart” and “Trust” which one would be more important? The answer was “Trust”. He quoted a Chinese statement “有才無德,其才難用。” (Talent without integrity, it was difficult to use.).


At the end, Dr. Walter Fung and Representative of Computing Dept. presented a souvenir to Dr. Augustine Chow.


We took a group photo with students and EngD Cohorts.


I got Augustine’s signuature on his new book which I brought in last month. Moreover, I was appreciated Dr. Walter Fung who gave me Augustine’s previous book.


Reference:
Department of Computing, PolyU - http://www.comp.polyu.edu.hk/en/home/index.php
CityU EngD Society - http://www.engd.org/home.aspx


2014年3月30日星期日

HKSQ Student Project Competition 2014 - Presentation

The HKSQ Company Based Student Project Competition offers an opportunity for students to work on an actual industrial case and propose resolution annually. This allows them to gain experience of resolving an industrial problem. We had joint sponsors of this year’s Competition and they were Woodley Agri-Service Company Limited and Green Technology Consortium (httbbp://www.green-tech-consortium.org) and Woodley Agri-Service Company Limited. The field trip was hosted by Hong Kong Organic Waste Resources Centre (HKOWRC) (有機資源再生中心). The final session for different teams suggestion/solution presentation was held on 29 Mar 2014. Previous sessions (Briefing and Plant Visit) stated in reference.

In the beginning, Mr. Peter Fung (Vice-Chairman, HKSQ) presented the rules of the HKSQ Student Project Competition 2014 presentation. There were two topics as below:
Topic 1: To improve the process of turning collected food waste into high value animal feed.
Topic 2: To develop a method for effective collection and segregation of food waste so as to facilitate subsequent processes.


We invited three guests and two HKSQ exco members into our judge panel. They are Mr. Kwok Ming Cheung (Managing Director of Woodley Agri-Service Company Limited), Ms. Angela Wong (Exco member of HKSQ), Mr. Henry Ngai (CEO, HKOWRC), Mr. Eddie Chan (President, HKOWRC) and Dr. Aaron Tong (Former Chairman of HKSQ).


The first presentation team (Team B) was from CityU and they studied Topic 2. Six sigma DMAIC techniques were employed to analysis the problem.


Two things were bright included Compliment Label Scheme and self-made two-color separation design of Food Waste Storing Box.


The second presentation team (Team H) also come from PolyU and they studied Topic 1. They proposed to use microwave rapid drying machine turning the remained food into animal feed.


The third presentation team (Team G) was studied at PolyU and their study was in Topic 1. They proposed long-term solution such as “Green Pork”. 


They also proposed to use Vibrated Fluidized Bed Dryer which provided gentle transportation by fluidization and vibration at 5-25 Hz, as well as, low gas rate chosen so that gas bubbling in the fluidized bed is avoided, generally reducing particle damages during to dry the food waste.


The fourth presentation team (Team D) was studied at CUHK and they studied the Topic 2. They proposed to use different color bins to collect meats, vegetables and cereals from kitchen and using cellulose to decompose food waste. They said “No Money No Talk, No Money No Action!”.


The fifth presentation team (Team A) was from CityU and their solution was for Topic 2. They suggested to use different color plastic bags to categorize types of food wastes.


They employed color separation smart camera to identify vegetable and other low protein value food. Moreover, they prepared short simulation video in Youtube.


The sixth presentation team (Team I) was from HKUST and they studied Topic 2 but they also mixed some part of Topic 1. Their presentation flow was Objective, Flow of our plan, logistics planning, segregation, black solider fly.


The logistics analysis was good in order to reduce the transportation fee.


Team E was the seventh presentation team from CUHK and they studied the Top 1 to produce high value animal feed from food waste. They benchmarked the dehydration technique from Sludge to Food Waste.


Team J was the eighth presentation team from HKUST and they selected Top 2 to develop a method for effective collection and segregation of food waste. They identified the problem to be low incentive because recycle food waste was costly but disposal was easy.


They suggested to use centrifuge principle for food waste processing and designed a downstream workflow.


The ninth presentation team (Team F) was from PolyU and their study was in the Topic 1 to improve the process of dehydration on food waste. They used cause and effect technique to identify the root cause.


They proposed the oil content modified design of the pipe for dehydration and made the prototype model.


Moreover, Team F had performed an experiment to confirm the efficiency.


The last presentation team (Team C) come from CityU and they studied on the Topic 2. They visited wet market and observed a large amount of well separated food waste.


After the judges discussion, Mr. Kwok Ming Cheung (Managing Director of Woodley Agri-Service Company Limited) and Mr. Eddie Chan (President, HKOWRC) gave short speeches to encourage student to think more about environmental and agriculture industries in Hong Kong.

 

The 2nd Runner Up was City University of Hong Kong (Team A).


The 1st Runner Up was The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Team H).


The Champion was The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Team F).


Then Mr. Kwok Ming Cheung sponsored one more prize as “Special Prize” (for 3rd Runner Up) to Team I from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.


Mr. Peter Fung represented HKSQ to present souvenir to Mr. Kwok Ming Cheung (Managing Director of Woodley Agri-Service Company Limited).


Mr. Peter Fung represented HKSQ to present souvenir to Mr. Eddie Chan (President, HKOWRC).


Before the end, we took a group photo.


During the judges discussion, we took a photo from different university for memory below.
City University of Hong Kong


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


The Chinese University of Hong Kong


After the HKSQ Student Project Competition was completed successfully, we had dinner with sponsors.


Reference:
HKSQ Company Based Student Project Competition 2014 - http://www.hksq.org/company_based_competition.htm
20140215&22 - HKSQ Student Project Competition 2014 - Briefing & Plant Visit - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2014/02/hksq-student-project-competition-2014.html
20140308 - Site Visit to Buddhist Chi King Primary School - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2014/03/hksq-student-project-competition-2014.html
20140316 - Site Visit to Kee Wah Bakery - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2014/03/hksq-student-project-competition-2014_16.html


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