Apply Visa to visit Nepal for ANQ 2017

I am planning to join the Asia Network for Quality (ANQ) Congress 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal from 20 to 21 Nov 2017.  Hong Kong to Nepal visa is free and could be applied on site in Nepal airport.  For safety, my wife and I applied it in the consulate general of Nepal in Hong Kong today.  I took a photo in front of the office of the consulate general of Nepal in Hong Kong.

The logo of the consulate general of Nepal


GP Quality & Testing Experts visit Science Park Laboratories

My good friends Dr. Percy Chan (Quality Director), Mr. Larry Lee (Quality & Compliance Manager) and Ms. Kitty Liu (Quality Engineer) led their colleagues to visit Science Park Laboratories on 16th Aug 2017.  We had cooperated for the HKSQ Student Project Competition in 2015 and then GP Batteries International Limited moved into Science Park.  I had visited their reliability laboratory on 17th Jun 2017 and then I invited them to visit our laboratories too.  Before our meeting, we took a group photo with my boss Mr. Kevin Edmunds (Senior Manager, Sustainability, HKSTP) for memory.

In the beginning, Kevin Edmunds briefed the background of Sustainability team and then I presented the corporation quality unit (CQU) functions and our integrated management system. 

Then we visited the Reliability Laboratory.  Mr. YC Lee (Senior Manager, Technology Support Centre, HKSTP) introduced the reliability testing and 3D printing technology to GP experts.


HKIE Seminar on “When Electronics Meets Medical Science”

The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) – Manufacturing & Industrial Division and Biomedical Division co-organized the seminar named “When Electronics Meets Medical Science – A case study of biomedical research and development, from concept to business launch” on 11th Aug 2018. Lab-On-Chip (LOC) technology integrates one or several laboratory tests on a single chip of only millimeters to a few square centimeters to achieve a high-throughput screening. LOC enables us to deliver accurate assays with extremely small fluid volumes down to pico-liters, therefore, a microfluidic LOC platform was the dream device in environmental and biomedial sectors.  Before seminar, Ir. SC Ho (Immediate past chairman, MID, HKIE) presented a souvenir to the guest speaker Mr. William Yam, then took a group photo with committee members.

(Left: SL Mak, Jackson Tang, SC Ho, William Yam and YC Chau)

Mr. William Yam (Founder of Sanwa BioTech Limited) was the guest speaker.  Firstly, he introduced manufacturing processes from components to assembly and then to micro technologies included micro-joining, micro-machining and micro-assembly. 


CityU BCH Research Cohort visit Science Park Laboratories

I was happy to meet my CityU BCH Research cohort Mr. Platini Kwok on 8th Aug 2017.  We had studied MPhil in Department of Biology and Chemistry (BCH) in CityU since 1994.  I studied Atmospheric Chemistry and Platini studied in Biology. He is Senior Product Manager of Tegent Scientific now.  Then I led him to visit our Reliability Laboratory and 3D SiP Laboratory. We took a photo in front of the cleanroom for memory.

During the visit, he introduced the most updated laptop Scanning Electron Microscope to me that the EDX detector did not use liquid nitrogen to cool down.  Wow! I need to update my knowledge more frequently.

(P.S. I remembered that he borrowed a camera battery (special size) to me during the graduation day! He saved my graduation photos.  Many thanks indeed!)

CHEM, CityU (Previous named BCH, CityU) - http://www.cityu.edu.hk/chem/
HKSTP Lab Services - https://www.hkstp.org/hkstp_web/en/facilities/science-park-innovation-technology-ecosystem/Labs/services


HKQMA Seminar on IQI & Towngas' Strategy to build an Innovation Culture

The seminar named "Innovative Quality Improvement (IQI) & Towngas' Strategy to build an innovation culture" was organized by Hong Kong Quality Management Association (HKQMA) and partner of Six Sigma Institute (SSI) on 5th Aug 2017.  The seminar mentioned Dr. Lo’s PKIR (問知創行) innovation model with Towngas Implementation, as well as, Towngas Innovation Culture. I took a photo with speakers for memory.

(Left: Ms. Senna Cheung (Sr. HR Manager, Towngas), Dr. Victor Lo (Chairman, ISI) and I)

In the beginning, Dr. Frankie Lam (Chairman, HKQMA) gave welcome speech and introduced two guest speakers. 

Dr. Victor Lo (Chairman - Institute of Systematic Innovation, HK) is the first guest speaker and his topic entitled “Innovative Quality Improvement”.  Firstly, Dr. Lo used an old photo about IBM 5MB hard drive in 1956 compared with 1TB USB in 2013 that demonstrated innovation power.  He reviewed Boston Consulting Group (BCG) 2010 Senior Executive Innovation Survey and the top two factors of measuring success at innovation were Customer Satisfaction and Overall Revenue Growth.  He also quoted Michael Schuman statement in TIME (18 Nov 2013) that “Why China Can’t Create Anything – The country is getting rich but unless it can learn to innovate, its economy will never overtake the United States”.  Dr. Lo then quoted Prime Minister Wen Jiabao statement (2007) that “To act on our own innovations, methodology becomes primary”.

Then Dr. Lo reviewed “What is Innovation?”  Dr. Lo quoted The American Heritage Dictionary that “The act of introducing something new” and “The successful exploitation of new ideas” from Department of Trade and Industry, UK.  Moreover, he also quoted Peter F. Drucker that “Change that creates a new dimension of performance”. Finally, he defined Innovation as “Novel ways to solve problem that bring values”.   Dr. Lo explained his definition of Innovation through NNFV named Need (), New (), Function () and Value ().


SGS Seminar on “How Sustainability Sparks Innovation”

Innovation is critical to every organization in competitive market and sustainability is a key driver of innovation.  Therefore, SGS Academy organized a seminar named “How Sustainability Sparks Innovation?” to give a grasp of the importance of incorporating sustainability into innovation processes within an organization as well as effective way to evaluate and to foster innovative process and thinking respectively.  I took a photo with two speakers for memory.

(Left: Mr. David T.W. Chung (Principal Consultant, InnoEdge Consulting Ltd.), I and Mr. Jacky S.F. Yeung (Project Manager, SGS))

 Mr. Jacky S.F. Yeung (Project Manager, SGS) was the first speaker and his topic was the theme of today’s seminar.  Firstly, he explained that there were many gaps among different level of executive and front line employee and he asked us any solution to close the innovation gap to transform from today’s problems.

The different obstacles in different level of organization were discussed as below diagram.  Then Mr. Jack Yeung briefed some cases to study how important of innovation such as Nokia and Apple. 


Minitab Workshop “Boost Customer Satisfaction”

I was invited by Minitab to attend their workshop named “Boost Customer Satisfaction” on 3 Aug 2017.  Since Minitab 18 issued in Jun and my company purchased a new version, I joined the workshop to see what would be updated.  I took a photo with Dr. Rita Wan (Director & Principal Consultant of AC&A; Chairman of ISSC) in her office for memory. 

In the beginning, Mr. Alex Kwan (Country Account Manager, Minitab) introduced the background on Minitab and appreciated Ms. Iza Ng and Mr. Calvin of Techmax support.  Alex told us that Minitab had been established by 3 scholars since 1972 and 90% of Fortune 500 companied had used it.

The first guest speaker was Ms. Eugenie Chung (Chartered Statistician (RSS), Technical Support Specialist at Minitab Ltd.) and her topic was “What’s new in Minitab”.  She gave us an overview of Minitab 18 and some features improvement to the existing tools.


HKQAA Bloggers’ Recommended Shop Award 2017

HKQAA arranged an introduction seminar on “Bloggers’ Recommended Shop Award (網絡紅人 KOL 推薦商店)” on 1st Aug 2017.  Recently, social media is dominated and their influence power even greater than traditional media (like TV and newspaper).  Bloggers’ word of mouth is more trust by customers than advertisement.  Therefore, HKQAA would like to establish a platform and asked some professional bloggers in different discipline to evaluate and comment local shops in the scheme for their improvement and promotion propose.  Since HKQAA has strong experience on “Mystery Shopping Programme”, it could be easier to extend to the Bloggers’ Recommended Shop Award.  In the beginning, Mr. Edmond Fung (GM, Training Service and Market Research) introduced the background of the award. 

KOL (網絡紅人) means Key Opinion Leader was appeared in Hong Kong in 2015 after Facebook started.  The exposure of the word “KOL” has increased sharply in the first half year of 2017! Moreover, there were different type of KOLs included beauty, technology, fashion, food and restaurant, child, exercise, etc. 


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