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PolyU InnoTech Open Day

What you can't miss

Take a deep-dive into our latest endeavours in interdisciplinary research, innovation, knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship for the benefit of Hong Kong, the Nation and the world.



  • Nobel Laureate keynote
  • Inauguration ceremony of PolyU Academy for Interdisciplinary Research (PAIR)
  • Awards presentation to young researchers and outstanding Innovators



  • Start-up pitching
  • PolyU unicorns’ sharing
  • 15 start-ups exhibition
  • Networking



  • 8 research & innovation sessions
  • 10 most impactful innovations exhibition
  • Research & innovation showcase



  • 12 admission consultation booths
  • Learning journey seminar series



  • 15 thematic guided tours of labs & facilities
  • Life outside classroom: Residential College showcase

Discover the Programme

Block your calendar and plan your visit now!

Opening Ceremony

Location: Jockey Club Auditorium (next to Core Q)

09:30 am | Registration

10:00 am | Opening address by Prof. Dong SUN, Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry of the HKSAR Government

10:05 am | Keynote address by Prof. Jin-Guang TENG, President of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

At PolyU, we envision an interdisciplinary future and aspire to be a major player in the development of Hong Kong into an international innovation and technology hub. Therefore, we have established the PolyU Academy for Interdisciplinary Research, also known as PAIR. We celebrate the Inauguration of PAIR, under which 11 Research Institutes and five Research Centres have been established. The impactful solutions being developed at PAIR, which draw upon PolyU’s research expertise in different disciplines, will not only ensure that PolyU is at the forefront of addressing key societal issues, but will also contribute to Hong Kong’s I&T development.
To recognise the distinguished accomplishments and contributions of the University’s young researchers and outstanding innovators, PolyU will honour the recipients of the “Young Innovative Researcher Award” and the “President’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Knowledge Transfer 2021” in the Opening Ceremony. The former aims to honour exceptional young PolyU researchers under the age of 35, while the latter recognises scholars who have excelled in translating their research into impactful solutions.


Houghton is currently the director of the Li Ka Shing Applied Virology Institute at the University of Alberta in Canada. He is also a professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.

In recognition of his discovery of the hepatitis C (HCV) virus, Houghton was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. His discovery in 1989 opened a new field of viral hepatitis research that led to improved blood safety and hepatitis C treatment to the point where the viral infection can now be cured in virtually all patients. Antiviral therapies have also been developed that will cure 95 per cent of hepatitis C carriers. This is the first chronic viral illness that can be cured.

Houghton recently began leading an effort to produce a vaccine for COVID-19. He also created a successful vaccine for the SARS-CoV-1 virus in 2004.

The afternoon session provides a golden opportunity to learn about how PolyU’s researchers bring positive impact to society through cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. In addition, start-ups and unicorns will share their fascinating stories regarding their journeys to success. There will also be face-to-face student consultations, info seminars about PolyU’s academic programmes, campus life sharing sessions, and themed tours to various campus facilities and labs.

Parallel Breakout Sessions

Location: Global Student Hub (next to Core T)
*By invitation only, please contact for enquiries.

This session will highlight the impressive achievements and innovations of start-ups nurtured under the University’s PolyVentures initiative. There will be a series of exciting activities which you can participate in, including start-up pitching, sharing sessions by PolyU-supported unicorns, and a networking session. It will be a golden opportunity for technopreneurs and young and aspiring entrepreneurs to broaden their exposure and expedite ideation through networking and competitive pitching. Selected start-ups will also introduce their innovations in an exhibition.

By invitation only, more details here.

The breakout sessions provide a golden opportunity for industry practitioners and PolyU expert researchers to exchange views on technology innovation and development, collaboration, industry trends and applications. In specific, there will be eight parallel thematic sessions featuring novel and frontier topics related to life science, smart cities, neurohealth, future society, energy technology for carbon-neutrality, healthy food and lifestyle management, future manufacturing, artificial intelligence of things and intelligent wearable systems.

2:00 pm | Part 1 (Concurrent)
Location: Y301-Y303, Lee Shau Kee Building (Block Y) & TU103, Wing TU, Yip Kit Chuen Building (Core T)
#1 Novel Drug and Medical Device Development in Life Science
#2 Smart Cities and Innovative Land and Space Creation
#3 Neurohealth from Vision to Brain
#4 Future Society

3:35 pm | Part 2 (Concurrent)
Location: Y301-Y303, Lee Shau Kee Building (Block Y) & TU103, Wing TU, Yip Kit Chuen Building (Core T)
#5 Energy Technology and Sustainable Development for Carbon-neutrality
#6 Healthy Food & Lifestyle Management
#7 Future Manufacturing
#8 Artificial Intelligence of Things and Intelligent Wearable Systems

Seminar for Students

Location: N003, Block N

In this seminar, you will learn more about “Artificial Intelligence and Data Analysis” (AIDA) and “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” (IE), the two new programme elements to be incorporated into our General University Requirements starting from the 2022/23 academic year. Given the emergence of Industry 4.0 as a key trend that is shaping the future, you not only need to gain solid academic knowledge, but you also need to acquire an innovation and technology skillset and possess an entrepreneurial spirit in order to be highly competitive in contemporary society.

Location: N003, Block N

For students who are curious about the learning experience at PolyU, this seminar will provide an overview of the unique features of PolyU’s undergraduate curriculum, including Leadership, Work-Integrated Education and Service-Learning. The seminar will also highlight the opportunities to broaden students’ horizons, such as student exchange programmes and the Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scheme (URIS), which helps students gain research experience to enhance their career prospects after graduation.

Location: N003, Block N

This seminar introduces the Hong Kong Community College (HKCC) and the School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED), the two self-financed post-secondary institutions established by PolyU. It also introduces the well-planned “2+2” pathway, in which students may articulate to a 2-year articulation honours degree programme at SPEED after completing a 2-year Associate Degree or Higher Diploma programme at HKCC, in order to earn a PolyU Accredited Bachelor’s Honours Degree in 4 years.

Thematic Guided Tours

Gathering point: To be confirmed

The Faculty of Engineering is pleased to lead you to our state-of-the-art laboratories which cover interesting showcases and demonstrations of advanced manufacturing. The tour covers several of our key undergraduate learning facilities and leading research technologies. You will also visit Hong Kong's largest research centre in 3D Printing, in terms of range and quantity of facilities, which also houses the very first Makerbot Innovation Centre in the Asia Pacific Region.

Gathering point: To be confirmed

Don’t miss this amazing tour of the world-renowned PolyU School of Design located at the Jockey Club Innovation Tower, an award-winning architectural landmark designed by the late Zaha Hadid. The guided tour will cover the globally-recognised House of Dreams design research exhibition, selected award-winning projects by design students, the School’s teaching and learning facilities, the Material Resource Centre, and photogenic architectural spots.

Gathering point: To be confirmed

Going on the themed guided tour organised by the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences is a great way to find out whether a career in a health discipline is suitable for you! Grasp this exclusive opportunity to visit laboratories and teaching facilities in various disciplines, such as Nursing, Optometry, Medical Laboratory Science, Radiography, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy.

Gathering point: To be confirmed

The tour of the Smart Cities Lab will introduce the undergraduate programmes offered by the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI), and engage participants with cutting-edge technologies in smart cities, including mobile mapping, AI-based methods for object recognition and a variety of smart city applications. Students from LSGI will share their perspectives on studying at PolyU, and the many internship opportunities during their studies and job opportunities after graduation.

Gathering point: To be confirmed

In this session, you can have a glimpse of the latest research advancements by PolyU in sustainability. Three innovations will be introduced, including “Low carbon architectural products for anti-virus”, with a view to promoting decarbonization in building construction; “Foam glass-based lightweight concrete for low carbon MiC”, an eco-friendly high-performance lightweight concrete derived from local wastes; and “Sustainable permeable concrete for urban drainage”, an eco-permeable concrete developed by PolyU researchers.

Gathering point: To be confirmed

Under the theme of Textiles and New Materials, the Faculty of Science and the School of Fashion and Textiles will showcase novel research to combat COVID-19, in particular an ultrasensitive and portable detection sensor for rapid, easy and low-cost COVID-19 antibody testing. Future textile materials including a permeable superelastic liquid-metal fibre mat, and a moisture-absorbing fabric and textile for harvesting ambient mechanical energy will also be introduced.

Gathering point: To be confirmed

When it comes to navigating the way forward for the hospitality and tourism industry, PolyU’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) is best placed to provide an international education in a dynamic environment, where students will be able to realise their potential to the full. If you want to find out why SHTM is leading the way in hospitality and tourism education, join our guided tour to experience SHTM first hand!

Exhibitions and Showcases

Location: Foyer, Jockey Club Auditorium

PolyU puts great emphasis in translating research ideas into practical use for the benefit of industry and society. After a rigorous selection process, ten awards (including individual and team awards) were presented to distinguished scientists and scholars under the President’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Knowledge Transfer 2021. You will appreciate their innovations and successful applications in the showcase.

Location: Foyer, Jockey Club Auditorium

This year, PolyU launched the inaugural PolyU Young Innovative Researcher Award, and six outstanding researchers who are under the age of 35 received the prestigious honour. The University also launched the President’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Knowledge Transfer 2021, and ten awards were presented to distinguished scientists and scholars. Want to learn more about the exceptional research and knowledge transfer achievements of the winning recipients? Come and visit the showcase.

The showcase will also highlight impactful research undertaken by the mission-driven Research Institutes and Research Centres under the PolyU Academy for Interdisciplinary Research, covering the areas of human health, environment, technology and smart systems. You will be impressed by the innovative solutions and the impact of interdisciplinary research in addressing societal challenges.

Location: Global Student Hub (next to Core T)

This exhibition will highlight the impressive achievements and innovations of 15 start-ups nurtured under the University’s PolyVentures initiative. It will be a golden opportunity for technopreneurs and young and aspiring entrepreneurs to broaden their exposure and expedite ideation through networking.

Location: Main Hall, Shaw Sports Complex (Block VS)

The showcase highlights the impactful research projects undertaken by the mission-driven Research Institutes and Research Centres under the PolyU Academy for Interdisciplinary Research (PAIR), covering the areas of human health, environment, technology and smart systems. Today, PAIR hosts 11 Research Institutes and five Research Centres. You can learn more about PAIR’s game-changing interdisciplinary research projects in different frontier research areas, which are helping to solve the most pressing issues for the benefit of Hong Kong, the Nation and the world.

In addition, projects conducted by PolyU’s pioneering research centres under the Government’s InnoHK Clusters initiative will be displayed. By harnessing its research competence in AI, design and vision science, PolyU has partnered with world-leading institutions to establish three research centres, in an effort to bring together leading researchers from around the world to conduct collaborative research in Hong Kong.

Location: Fong Shu Chuen Hall (next to Block VS)

The Open Day provides an excellent opportunity for students and JUPAS applicants to have face-to-face consultations with PolyU staff. Students can obtain timely advice about academic subjects, helping them make a well-informed decision before prioritising their undergraduate programme choices. We will have booths introducing our undergraduate programmes offered by our nine Faculties and Schools; as well as the associate degree, higher diploma and top-up degree programmes offered by Hong Kong Community College (HKCC) and School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED). Students can also learn more about the University’s teaching resources, entrance requirements, curricula and characteristics, as well as campus life.

PolyU’s two Residential Colleges in the Homantin Halls of Residence offer students diverse opportunities in research and holistic development. The newly established STARS (Special Talents Admission and Recognition Scheme) Residential College provides students a vibrant living and learning environment for facilitating their talent development alongside their pursuit of academic excellence, whereas the CURI Residential College supports students in developing an interest in research and innovation early on in their studies at PolyU.

Join the PolyU InnoTech Open Day, a signature PolyU 85th Anniversary event for innovation and technology entrepreneurs, industry partners, start-ups, researchers, young talents and students to discover the latest innovation and technology advancements, the University's world-class education and research, and outstanding knowledge transfer projects. Join us to explore academic, entrepreneurial and collaboration opportunities!

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