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BEEE’s MPhil Student Awarded the PolyU Maker Fund Programme 2021

5 Nov 2021

MPhil Student - Mr. Wong Ho Yin

PolyU Maker Fund Programme 2021

The Department of Building Environment and Energy Engineering (BEEE) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is pleased to report that our MPhil student, Mr. Wong Ho Yin, was selected to enjoy a 24-month incubation and funding support of HK$600,000 in PolyU Maker Fund Programme 2021.

Mr. Wong, as the team leader, joined the 3-day Hardware Bootcamp in Early August, they had great performance in the First Assessment and were shortlisted after the Bootcamp. Afterwards, they went through the “Minimum Viable Product” (MVP) development and market validation training before the Final Assessment in September. Under the supervision of BEEE Assistant Professor, Dr Huang Xinyan, Mr. Wong’s team with the project entitled “Smart Building Emergency System” was selected ultimately to enjoy a 24-month incubation and funding support.

The proposed Smart Building Emergency System will apply artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies into a smart signage network that can guide residences towards the shortest and safest evacuation paths in a fire event. This system will be a core component of the novel smart firefighting technology developed in PolyU (the SureFire Project). It will be applied to the next generation smart and resilient building that will help Hong Kong achieve the status of the world's leading smart city.

PolyU has tailor-made PolyU Maker Fund Programme for Hong Kong young makers, by leveraging its own expertise and resources as well as partners’ network and through the support of the Youth Development Fund (YDF) (Funding Scheme for Youth Entrepreneurship in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area) under the administration of Youth Development Commission of Home Affairs Bureau. 

The Department would like to congratulate Mr. Wong Ho Yin and his team on the excellent achievement. We wish them continued success.

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