Virtual House of Innovation


To extend its geographical reach of audience both locally and globally, PolyU has established a technology showroom on the cyberspace namely “Virtual House of Innovation” (“Virtual HoI” in short). It is a computer simulation of the physical one on campus, integrated with the elements of “Education”, “Excellence”, “Experience” and “Entertainment”, showcasing the University’s innovation and research output in recent years. In fact, PolyU is the first local educational institution with a virtual technology gallery, which gathers the University’s wide range of expertise and cutting-edge breakthroughs grouped in eight categories, including Engineering and Applied Physics, Construction and Environmental Technology, Biotechnology and Healthcare, Telecom and Information Technology, Textile and Fashion, Design, Space Walk, and Green Innovation. The Virtual HoI will allow the local public as well as overseas visitors to access PolyU’s technology showroom anytime and anywhere, thus enjoying a truly self-guided tour service round the clock. By enabling the general public to experience and appreciate PolyU’s achievement in applied research, the University hopes to enhance their interest and support in innovation and technology, thereby facilitating knowledge and technology transfer from the University to the community. In addition, to arouse interest of the younger generation, two interactive educational games have been incorporated in the Virtual HoI so that they can learn while enjoying the game. A lovely ambassador, “Dr HoI”, has also been created to protect the “treasures”, i.e. the University’s intellectual properties, inside the virtual showroom.

In 2012, this online technology showroom won a silver award at the “10th Annual Horizon Interactive Awards Competition”